The Ratings

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This week's TV ratings

Troubled teenage girls ruled as the Tori Spelling-Kellie Martin cheerleader-murdering movie A Friend to Die For finished 5th and the Tracey Gold anorexia drama For the Love of Nancy placed 8th, vanquishing its Sunday opposition, Brian Dennehy's latest Jack Reed vehicle (16th), and Kenny Rogers' fifth go-round as The Gambler (57th). Spelling's Fox show, Beverly Hills, 90210 (31st), was the leader of the Wednesday pack, besting NBC's new Cosby Mysteries (43rd), ABC's Thunder Alley (59th) and All-American Girl (38th), and CBS' Boys Are Back (61st) and Daddy's Girls (70th). After only two weeks, NBC's breakout medical hit ER (6th) has forced its CBS rival, Chicago Hope (69th), to move an hour earlier on Thursdays. And our nominee for bomb of the year: NBC's Gene Wilder sitcom, Something Wilder, which debuted at 92nd.

VIEWERS* TOP 20 LAST WEEK

1 35.0 Home Improvement ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 1 2 32.4 Seinfeld NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 3 3 31.4 Grace Under Fire ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 2 4 28.6 Roseanne ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 4 5 24.5 Movie: A Friend To Die For NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. - 6 23.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 13 7 23.8 Ellen ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 7 8 23.2 Madman of the people NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 14 23.2 Movie: for The Love of Nancy ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. - 10 23.1 Murder, She Wrote CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 10 11 22.9 60 Minutes CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 11 12 22.1 Me and the Boys ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 8 13 21.8 Football: Broncos vs. Bills ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. - 14 21.5 Mad About You NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 12 21.5 Murphy Brown CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 24 16 21.2 Movie: Jack Reed-Search For Justice NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. - 17 21.1 Dave's World CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 22 18 20.6 Frasier NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 17 19 20.4 Full House ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. - 20 20.2 Friends NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 15

BOTTOM 10

86 9.0 Cops (R) Fox, Saturday, 8:30 p.m. 83 9.0 My So-Called Life ABC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 90 88 8.9 Cops Fox, Saturday, 8 p.m. 85 89 8.8 Dateline nbc NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 86 90 8.7 America's most wanted Fox, Saturday, 9 p.m. 79 91 8.5 M.A.N.T.I.S. Fox, Friday, 8 p.m. 88 92 8.3 Something Wilder NBC, Saturday, 8 p.m. - 93 8.0 Fortune Hunter Fox, Sunday, 7:16 p.m. 92 94 7.6 Movie: Mr. Baseball (R) Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. - 95 7.4 Party of Five Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. 89

*In Millions Week of Sept.26-Oct.2,1994

Originally posted Oct 14, 1994 Published in issue #244 Oct 14, 1994 Order article reprints