Originally created 01/22/99

Debut of `60 Minutes II' brings CBS victory



NEW YORK -- For the second straight week, a brand new show made the Nielsen Media Research top 10.

60 Minutes II teamed with its more famous father to help CBS beat NBC for the week.

60 Minutes II was the most-watched program on Jan. 13 and drew the highest ratings of any regularly scheduled CBS program in its time slot since 1993.

NBC's drama Providence didn't quite match the ratings of its highly rated premiere. But it still finished tied for 12th in the week's rankings and was the top-rated show on any network on Friday, Jan. 15.

The new animated Fox comedy, The PJs, isn't quite in that lofty company and was sharply criticized for its depiction of blacks this week by filmmaker Spike Lee. But Fox could be heartened that The PJs drew more viewers than the show that immediately preceded it, King of the Hill, on Tuesday's schedule.

Season ratings leader CBS had a 10.4 rating and 17 share for the week, Nielsen said Tuesday. NBC had a 9.1 rating and 15 share; ABC had a 7.6 rating and 12 share; and Fox was at 6.9 and 11.

Among the developing networks, the WB had a 3.4 rating and 5 share, nearly double UPN's 1.8 rating and 3 share.

Prime-time ratings as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Jan. 11-17. 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.

Top shows

1.(X)AFC Championship Postgame: New York Jets at Denver, CBS, 19.6, 19.5 million homes.

2.(7)60 Minutes, CBS, 17.6, 17.5 million homes.

3.(2)Friends, NBC, 15.6, 15.5 million homes.

4.(1)ER, NBC, 14.8, 14.7 million homes.

5.(3)Frasier, NBC, 14.3, 14.2 million homes.

6.(6)Jesse, NBC, 13.8, 13.7 million homes.

7.(8)Touched by an Angel, CBS, 12.8, 12.7 million homes.

8.(10)60 Minutes II, CBS, 12.3, 12.2 million homes.

9.(20)Law and Order, NBC, 11.7, 11.6 million homes.

9.(12)NYPD Blue, ABC, 11.7, 11.6 million homes.

11.(14)Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 11.6, 11.5 million homes.

12.(18)JAG, CBS, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

12.(11)Providence, NBC, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

14.(16)The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 11.1, 11.0 million homes.

15.(X)Lateline, NBC, 11.0, 10.9 million homes.

16.(31)Dateline NBC-Tuesday, NBC, 10.7, 10.6 million homes.

17.(20)Becker, CBS, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

17.(36)The King of Queens, CBS, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

19.(37)The NBC Sunday Night Movie: The Fugitive, NBC, 10.4, 10.3 million homes.

20.(30)Ally McBeal, Fox, 10.3, 10.2 million homes.

20.(X)American Music Awards, ABC, 10.3, 10.2 million homes.

20.(33)Just Shoot Me, NBC, 10.3, 10.2 million homes.

20.(27)Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 10.3, 10.2 million homes.

24.Dateline NBC-Friday, NBC, 10.2

25.(X)JAG, CBS, 10.1

25.20/20-Friday, ABC, 10.1

27.Cosby, CBS, 10.0

28.The Practice, ABC, 9.7

29.Dharma & Greg, ABC, 9.6

29.Home Improvement, ABC, 9.6

29.Will & Grace, NBC, 9.6

32.Promised Land, CBS, 9.5

33.The CBS Tuesday Movie: Family of Cops III, CBS, 9.4

33.Spin City, ABC, 9.4

35.Whose Line is it Anyway? ABC, 9.3