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Prime-Time Nielsen Ratings

December 23, 1998

Prime-time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Dec. 14-20. 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 one-time-only presentations. The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 99.4 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 994,000 households.

1. (1) ``ER,″ NBC, 20.5, 20.3 million homes.

2. (3) ``Frasier,″ NBC, 16.9, 16.7 million homes.

3. (2) ``Friends,″ NBC, 15.8, 15.7 million homes.

4. (4) ``Veronica’s Closet,″ NBC, 14.3, 14.2 million homes.

5. (6) ``Jesse,″ NBC, 13.3, 13.2 million homes.

6. (10) ``NYPD Blue,″ ABC, 13.1, 13.0 million homes.

7. (9) ``The CBS Sunday Movie: Borrowed Hearts,″ CBS, 12.9, 12.8 million homes.

8. (5) ``NFL Monday Night Football: Detroit at San Francisco,″ ABC, 11.9, 11.8 million homes.

9. (8) ``60 Minutes,″ CBS, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

10. ``JAG,″ CBS, 11.1, 11.0 million homes.

11. ``Everybody Loves Raymond,″ CBS, 10.9, 10.8 million homes.

12. ``The Drew Carey Show,″ ABC, 10.6, 10.5 million homes.

13. ``Ally McBeal,″ Fox, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

13. (7) ``Touched by an Angel,″ CBS, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

15. ``Becker,″ CBS, 9.9, 9.8 million homes.

16. ``Just Shoot Me,″ NBC, 9.7, 9.6 million homes.

17. ``Cosby,″ CBS, 9.6, 9.5 million homes.

17. ``Spin City,″ ABC, 9.6, 9.5 million homes.

19. ``Dateline NBC-Monday,″ NBC, 9.4, 9.3 million homes.

19. ``Home Improvement,″ ABC, 9.4, 9.3 million homes.

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21. ``NFL Monday Showcase,″ ABC, 9.3

22. ``The King of Queens,″ CBS, 9.1

23. ``Will & Grace,″ NBC, 8.7

24. ``Diagnosis Murder,″ CBS, 8.6

24. ``The Simpsons,″ Fox, 8.6

24. ``Walker, Texas Ranger,″ CBS, 8.6

27. ``Whose Line is it Anyway?,″ ABC, 8.5

28. ``The Hughleys,″ ABC, 8.4

29. ``Dateline NBC-Wednesday,″ NBC, 8.3

29. ``Law and Order,″ NBC, 8.3

29. ``Nash Bridges,″ CBS, 8.3

32. ``An ABC News Special: A Presidency at the Crossroads,″ ABC, 8.2

32. ``Dateline NBC Tuesday,″ NBC, 8.2

32. ``LA Doctors,″ CBS, 8.2

35. ``Dharma & Greg,″ ABC, 8.1

35. ``NFL Monday Blast,″ ABC, 8.1

35. ``Sabrina the Teenage Witch,″ ABC, 8.1

35. ``Sports Night,″ ABC, 8.1

39. ``Suddenly Susan,″ NBC, 7.9

40. ``Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place,″ ABC, 7.8

41. ``48 Hours Class of 2000,″ CBS, 7.7

42. ``An ABC News Special: Impeachment/Iraqi Bombings,″ ABC, 7.6

42. ``Chicago Hope,″ CBS, 7.6

44. ``Martial Law,″ CBS, 7.5

44. ``20/20,″ ABC, 7.5

46. ``Boy Meets World,″ ABC, 7.3

47. ``The CBS Tuesday Movie: A Thousand Men and a Baby,″ CBS, 7.1

47. (X) ``Newsradio,″ NBC, 7.1

49. (X) ``Candid Camera,″ CBS, 7.0

49. ``Caroline in the City,″ NBC, 7.0

49. ``Promised Land,″ CBS, 7.0

52. (X) ``48 Hours,″ CBS, 6.9

52. ``Party of Five,″ Fox, 6.9

52. ``That 70s Show,″ Fox, 6.9

52. ``The X-Files,″ Fox, 6.9

56. ``Beverly Hills, 90210,″ Fox, 6.8

56. ``Stars on Ice,″ NBC, 6.8

58. ``Brother’s Keeper,″ ABC, 6.7

58. ``Early Edition,″ CBS, 6.7

58. ``Kids Say the Darndest Things,″ CBS, 6.7

58. ``The Practice,″ ABC, 6.7

58. ``Two of a Kind,″ ABC, 6.7

63. ``The NBC Sunday Night Movie: Sense and Sensibility,″ NBC, 6.6

64. ``AMW: America Fights Back,″ Fox, 6.4

64. ``Mad About You,″ NBC, 6.4

64. ``3rd Rock From the Sun,″ NBC, 6.4

64. ``World’s Funniest!,″ Fox, 6.4

68. ``COPS 2: Texas,″ Fox, 6.2

69. ``Christmas in Washington,″ NBC, 6.1

69. ``Dateline NBC Sunday,″ NBC, 6.1

71. ``Encore! Encore!,″ NBC, 6.0

72. ``Melrose Place,″ Fox, 5.9

73. ``7th Heaven,″ WB, 5.7

74. ``3rd Rock From the Sun,″ NBC, 5.6

75. ``Conrad Bloom,″ NBC, 5.5

75. ``The Nanny,″ CBS, 5.5

75. ``The NBC Movie of the Week: It’s a Wonderful Life,″ NBC, 5.5

78. ``COPS: Atlanta,″ Fox, 5.4

78. ``Mickey’s Christmas,″ CBS, 5.4

80. ``The ABC Thursday Night Movie: I Love Trouble,″ ABC, 5.1

80. ``King of the Hill,″ Fox, 5.1

80. ``Maggie Winters,″ CBS, 5.1

83. ``Guinness World Records: Primetime,″ Fox, 4.9

84. ``Millennium,″ Fox, 4.8

85. ``America’s Funniest Home Videos,″ ABC, 4.6

85. ``Vengeance Unlimited,″ ABC, 4.6

87. ``Dawson’s Creek,″ WB, 4.5

88. ``Buffy the Vampire Slayer,″ WB, 4.3

88. ``Cupid,″ ABC, 4.3

90. ``The ABC Family Movie: The Baby-Sitters Club,″ ABC, 4.0

90. ``Charmed,″ WB, 4.0

92. ``Brimstone,″ Fox, 3.8

92. ``Greatest Christmas Moments,″ Fox, 3.8

94. ``Fantasy Island,″ ABC, 3.6

95. ``Felicity,″ WB, 3.5

96. ``Star Trek: Voyager,″ UPN, 3.4

97. ``The Fox Files,″ Fox, 3.3

97. ``Holding the Baby,″ Fox, 3.3

99. ``The Jamie Foxx Show,″ WB, 3.0

99. ``Mariah Carey,″ UPN, 3.0

99. ``The Steve Harvey Show,″ WB, 3.0

102. ``Moesha ,″ UPN, 2.8

103. ``Smart Guy,″ WB 2.7

103. ``The Wayans Brothers,″ WB, 2.7

105. ``For Your Love,″ WB, 2.6

106. ``Clueless,″ UPN, 2.5

106. ``Unhappily Ever After,″ WB 2.5

108. ``7 Days,″ UPN, 2.3

108. ``Sister, Sister,″ WB, 2.3

110. ``The Army Show,″ WB, 2.2

111. ``7th Heaven Beginnings,″ WB 2.1

112. ``Hyperion Bay,″ WB, 1.9

113. ``Malcolm & Eddie,″ UPN, 1.8

114. ``Malcolm & Eddie,″ UPN, 1.7

115. ``Diresta,″ UPN, 1.5

115. ``Guys Like Us,″ UPN, 1.5

115. ``Legacy,″ UPN, 1.5

118. ``Love Boat: The Next Wave,″ UPN, 1.3

118. ``The UPN Thursday Night Movie: Out There,″ UPN, 1.3

120. ``Chicken Soup for the Soul,″ Pax, 1.0

120. ``Diagnosis Murder,″ Pax, 1.0

122. ``Touched by an Angel,″ Pax, 0.7

123. ``My Favorite Christmas Songs,″ Pax, 0.6

123. ``Hollywood’s Greatest Christmas Moments,″ Pax, 0.6

125. ``Veggie Tales Christmas Spectacular,″ Pax, 0.5

125. (X) ``It’s a Miracle,″ Pax, 0.5

127. ``Secrets of the Bible Reveled,″ Pax, 0.4

127. ``The PaxTV Saturday Movie,″ Pax, 0.4

129. ``Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman,″ Pax, 0.3

129. ``It’s a Miracle,″ Pax, 0.3

129. ``The PaxTV Sunday Movie,″ Pax, 0.3

129. ``Colorado Christmas,″ Pax, 0.3

129. ``Flipper: New Adventures,″ Pax, 0.3

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