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Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings

March 24, 1999

Prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for March 15-21. Top 20 listings include the week’s ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

An ``X″ in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation. The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 99.4 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 994,000 Households.

1. (X) ``Academy Awards,″ ABC, 28.6, 28.4 million homes.

2. (X) ``Oscar Preview Show,″ ABC, 18.1, 17.9 million homes.

3. (2) ``Friends,″ NBC, 16.6, 16.5 million homes.

4. (3) ``Frasier,″ NBC, 14.4, 14.3 million homes.

5. (X) ``Frasier,″ NBC, 14.0, 13.9 million homes.

6. (6) ``Jesse,″ NBC, 13.9, 13.8 million homes.

7. ``Barbara Walters Special,″ ABC, 12.7, 12.6 million homes.

8. ``Everybody Loves Raymond,″ CBS, 12.4, 12.3 million homes.

9. (1) ``ER,″ NBC, 12.1, 12.0 million homes.

10. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: Post Game,″ CBS, 11.6, 11.5 million homes.

11. ``Dateline NBC-Tuesday,″ NBC, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

12. ``Payne″ preview, CBS, 10.8, 10.7 million homes.

13. ``The CBS Tuesday Movie: Crime in Connecticut: Alex Kelly,″ CBS, 10.4, 10.3 million homes.

14. (10) ``20/20-Wednesday,″ ABC, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

15. (7) ``60 Minutes,″ CBS, 10.1, 10.0 million homes.

15. ``Dateline NBC-Friday,″ NBC, 10.1, 10.0 million homes.

17. ``Home Improvement,″ ABC, 9.8, 9.7 million homes.

18. ``60 Minutes II,″ CBS, 9.7, 9.6 million homes.

19. ``Providence,″ NBC, 9.6, 9.5 million homes.

20. ``20/20-Friday,″ ABC, 9.4, 9.3 million homes.

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21. ``Law and Order,″ NBC, 9.3

22. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: Michigan State vs. Kentucky,″ CBS, 9.2

23. ``King of Queens,″ CBS, 9.1.

24. ``Dateline NBC-Wednesday,″ NBC, 9.0

25. ``The Drew Carey Show,″ ABC, 8.6

25. ``The Hughleys,″ ABC, 8.6

27. ``20/20-Monday,″ ABC, 8.4

27. ``Cosby,″ CBS, 8.4

27. ``JAG,″ CBS, 8.4

27. ``Spin City,″ ABC, 8.4

31. ``The ABC Monday Night Movie: Resurrection,″ ABC, 8.3

31. ``Dateline NBC-Monday,″ NBC, 8.3

31. ``Dharma & Greg,″ ABC, 8.3

31. ``Sons of Thunder,″ CBS, 8.3

31. (8) ``Touched by an Angel,″ CBS, 8.3

31. ``World’s Most Amazing Videos,″ NBC, 8.3

37. ``Whose Line is it Anyway?,″ ABC, 8.0

38. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: St John’s vs. Ohio State,″ CBS, 7.9

39. ``Will & Grace,″ NBC, 7.8

40. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: Post Game,″ CBS, 7.5

40. ``Sabrina the Teenage Witch,″ ABC, 7.5

40. ``Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place,″ ABC, 7.5

43. ``The NBC Sunday Night Movie: Under Siege 2,″ NBC, 7.4

44. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: Missouri State vs. Duke/Oklahoma State vs. Miami,″ CBS, 7.3

44. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: St. Johns vs. Maryland/Gonzaga vs. Florida,″ CBS, 7.3

44. ``Just Shoot Me,″ NBC, 7.3

44. ``Party of Five,″ Fox, 7.3

48. (X) ``48 Hours,″ CBS, 7.2

48. (X) ``Law and Order,″ NBC, 7.2

48. ``Martial Law,″ CBS, 7.2

51. ``Homicide: Life on the Street,″ NBC, 7.1

52. ``Suddenly Susan,″ NBC, 6.9

53. ``NCAA Basketball Championship: Purdue vs. Temple/Miami, Ohio vs. Kentucky,″ CBS, 6.8

54. ``COPS 2: Atlanta,″ Fox, 6.7

54. ``The Simpsons,″ Fox, 6.7

54. ``World’s Wildest Police Videos,″ Fox, 6.7

57. ``AMW: America Fights Back,″ Fox, 6.6

57. ``NCAA Basketball Championship Ohio State vs. Auburn/Iowa vs. Connecticut,″ CBS, 6.6

59. ``Beverly Hills, 90210,″ Fox, 6.5

59. ``Early Edition,″ CBS, 6.5

59. ``Two of a Kind,″ ABC, 6.5

62. ``7th Heaven,″ WB, 6.4

62. (X) ``Payne Special,″ CBS, 6.4

62. ``The Pretender,″ NBC, 6.4

65. ``3rd Rock From the Sun,″ NBC, 6.3

65. ``Boy Meets World,″ ABC, 6.3

65. ``Brother’s Keeper,″ ABC, 6.3

68. ``Sports Night,″ ABC, 6.1

69. (X) ``Cosby Special,″ CBS, 5.9

70. (X) ``American Comedy Awards: 13th Annual,″ Fox, 5.8

70. ``Caroline in the City,″ NBC, 5.8

70. ``The NBC Movie of the Week: Passenger 57,″ NBC, 5.8

73. (X) ``Guinness World Records,″ Fox, 5.7

73. ``The Profiler,″ NBC, 5.7

75. ``The Fox Files,″ Fox, 5.6

76. ``Chicago Hope,″ CBS, 5.5

77. ``America’s Funniest Home Videos,″ ABC, 5.4

77. (9) ``The CBS Sunday Movie: Grumpy Old Men,″ CBS, 5.4

77. ``COPS: Virginia Beach,″ Fox, 5.4

80. ``PJs,″ Fox, 5.2

80. ``That 70′s Show,″ Fox, 5.2

82. ``The ABC Saturday Night Movie: Unforgiven,″ ABC, 5.1

82. (X) ``Inside Hollywood: People, Pictures, Academy Awards,″ ABC, 5.1

82. ``King of the Hill,″ Fox, 5.1

82. ``Lateline,″ NBC, 5.1

86. ``The Pretender,″ NBC, 5.0

87. (X) ``The Drew Carey Show,″ ABC, 4.8

87. (X) ``Spin City,″ ABC, 4.8

89. ``Guinness World Records: Primetime,″ Fox, 4.6

90. ``World’s Funniest!,″ Fox, 4.5

91. ``Strange World,″ ABC, 4.3

91. ``The X-Files,″ Fox, 4.3

93. ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,″ WB, 4.1

93. ``Millennium,″ Fox, 4.1

93. ``Rescue 77,″ WB, 4.1

96. (X) ``Rescue 77,″ WB, 3.2

97. ``The Steve Harvey Show,″ WB, 2.9

98. ``Charmed,″ WB, 2.7

98. ``For Your Love,″ WB, 2.7

98. ``The Jamie Foxx Show,″ WB, 2.7

98. ``Star Trek: Voyager,″ UPN, 2.7

102. ``7th Heaven: Beginnings,″ WB, 2.6

102. ``Dawson’s Creek,″ WB, 2.6

102. ``The Wayans Brothers,″ WB, 2.6

105. ``Smart Guy,″ WB, 2.5

106. ``Moesha,″ UPN, 2.3

107. ``Sister, Sister,″ WB, 2.2

107. ``Zoe Duncan Jack and Jane,″ WB, 2.2

109. ``America’s Greatest Pets,″ UPN, 2.0

109. ``Family Rules,″ UPN, 2.0

109. ``Unhappily Ever After,″ WB, 2.0

112. ``Americas Greatest Pets II,″ UPN, 1.9

112. ``Dilbert,″ UPN, 1.9

112. ``Malcolm & Eddie,″ UPN, 1.9

115. ``7 Days,″ UPN, 1.8

115. ``Between Brothers,″ UPN, 1.8

117. ``Redhanded,″ UPN, 1.7

118. ``The Sentinel,″ UPN, 1.6

118. ``The UPN Thursday Night Movie: I Married a Monster,″ UPN, 1.6

120. ``Love Boat: The Next Wave,″ UPN, 1.5

121. ``Diagnosis Murder,″ Pax, 1.2

122. ``Touched by an Angel,″ Pax, 1.1

123. ``Dr. Quinn,″ Pax, 0.8

123. (X) ``Little Men,″ Pax, 0.8

125. ``It’s a Miracle,″ Pax, 0.6

125. ``Little Men,″ Pax, 0.6

127. ``Pax TV Sunday Movie: Under the Influence,″ Pax, 0.5

128. ``Flipper: New Adventures,″ Pax, 0.4

128. ``Highway to Heaven,″ Pax, 0.4

128. ``Pax TV Saturday Movie: In Evil’s Grasp,″ Pax, 0.4

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