Originally created 12/19/97

Thursday lineup wins for NBC



NEW YORK -- NBC's Thursday-night lineup helped the network break out of a slump and win the prime-time ratings last week.

NBC had a 10.1 rating and 17 share, easily outdistancing second-place CBS, Nielsen Media Research reported Tuesday.

Thursday's powerhouses ER, Seinfeld and Veronica's Closet were the three most-watched programs of the week.

For the week, CBS had a 9.2 rating and 15 share, ABC an 8.8 rating and 15 share and Fox a 7.3 rating and 12 share.

Nielsen ratings

Prime time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Dec. 8-14. Top 10 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and total homes. An "X" in parentheses denotes one-time-only presentation. A rating measures the percentage of the nation's estimated 97 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 980,000 households.

1. E.R., NBC, 21.8, 21.1 million homes

2. Seinfeld, NBC, 20.6, 20.0 million homes

3. Veronica's Closet, NBC, 17.1, 16.6 million homes

4. CBS Sunday Movie: Ellen Foster, CBS, 16.5, 16.0 million homes

5. Friends, NBC, 16.1, 15.6 million homes

6. NFL Monday Night Football: Carolina At Dallas, ABC, 15.3, 14.8 million homes

7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 14.4, 14.0 million homes

8. Union Square, NBC, 13.5, 13.1 million homes

9. Touched by an Angel, CBS, 13.3, 12.9 million homes

10. NYPD Blue, ABC, 12.9, 12.5 million homes

11. Home Improvement, ABC, 12.8, 12.4 million homes

12. Frasier, NBC, 12.6, 12.3 Million homes

13. The X-Files, Fox, 12.4, 12.2 million homes

14. Dateline NBC-Monday, NBC, 12.0, 11.8 million homes

15. (X) Frasier, NBC, 11.5, 11.2 million homes

15. NFL Monday Showcase, ABC, 11.5, 11.2 million homes

17. Dateline NBC-Tuesday, NBC, 11.3, 11.1 million homes 17. Drew Carey Show, ABC, 11.3, 11.1 nillion homes

19. King of the Hill, Fox, 11.1, 10.8 million homes

20. Dharma & Greg, ABC, 11.0, 10.7 million homes

21. PrimeTime Live, ABC, 10.7 22. Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 10.3

22. Mad About You, NBC, 10.3

23. ABC Sunday Night Movie: Holiday in Your Heart, ABC, 10.1

24. Law and Order, NBC, 10.1

26. (X) Dateline NBC-Sunday, NBC, 10.0

26. Simpsons, Fox, 10.0

28. Promised Land, CBS, 9.9

29. Caroline in the City, NBC, 9.8

30. 20/20, ABC, 9.7

31. Dateline NBC-Friday, NBC, 9.4

31. JAG, CBS, 9.4

31. (X) Just Shoot Me, NBC, 9.4

34. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 9.3

34. Spin City, ABC, 9.3

36. Cosby, CBS, 9.2

36. Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 9.2

38. Pretender, NBC, 8.9

39. Chicago Hope, CBS, 8.8

40. Ellen, ABC, 8.7

40. 20/20, (Thursday) ABC, 8.7

42. (X) Billboard Music Awards: 8th Annual, Fox, 8.6

42. (X) Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas, CBS, 8.6

44. Suddenly Susan, NBC, 8.4

45. Beverly Hills 90210, Fox, 8.2

45. Party of Five, Fox, 8.2

47. NBC Sunday Night Movie: Congo, NBC, 8.1

47. (X) Pretender, NBC, 8.1

47. Soul Man, ABC, 8.1

50. Cybill, CBS, 8.0

50. George & Leo, CBS, 8.0

50. (X) Mad About You, NBC, 8.0