Originally created 01/29/99

NBC scores with Globe Awards, 'ER'



NEW YORK -- The Golden Globe Awards show and the countdown to George Clooney's departure from ER helped NBC score a solid victory in the Nielsen's ratings.

The network had a 10.4 rating and 17 share for last week, well above second-place CBS's 8.8 rating and 14 share, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. They were followed by ABC, with a 6.8 and 11, and Fox, with a 6.7 and 11.

ER was easily the week's most-watched show, solidifying its lead over Friends in the competition for the season's top-ranked series. NBC is promoting Mr. Clooney's upcoming exit, set to occur during next month's ratings "sweeps" period.

Sunday's Golden Globes telecast had a 16.1 rating, its best ever and a pleasant surprise for NBC, which has been broadcasting the show for four years.

Nielsen ratingsHere are prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Jan. 18-24. 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. (1) ER, NBC, 21.3, 21.1 million homes.

2. (2) Friends, NBC, 16.8, 16.6 million homes.

3. (3) Frasier, NBC, 16.5, 16.4 million homes.

4. (X) Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 16.1, 16.0 million homes.

5. (6) Jesse, NBC, 14.4, 14.3 million homes.

6. (4) Veronica's Closet, NBC, 14.2, 14.1 million homes.

7. (7) 60 Minutes, CBS, 13.5, 13.4 million homes.

8. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 12.5, 12.4 million homes.

9. Becker, CBS, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

10. Ally McBeal, Fox, 11.1, 11.0 million homes.

11. Providence, NBC, 10.7, 10.6 million homes.

12. 20/20-Friday, ABC, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

13. (9) The CBS Sunday Movie: Outlaw Justice, CBS, 10.4, 10.3 million homes.

13. Dateline NBC-Wednesday, NBC, 10.4, 10.3 million homes.

15. The King of Queens, CBS, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

15. L.A. Doctors, CBS, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

17. The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 10.1, 10.0 million homes.

18. Cosby, CBS, 10.0, 9.9 million homes.

18. (8) Touched by an Angel, CBS, 10.0, 9.9 million homes.

20. 60 Minutes II, CBS, 9.9, 9.8 million homes.

20. Home Improvement, ABC, 9.9, 9.8 million homes.

22. Dharma & Greg, ABC, 9.7

23. 20/20-Wednesday, ABC, 9.6

24. Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 9.4

25. The X-Files, Fox, 9.2

26. State of the Union Analysis, NBC, 9.1

27. Turks, CBS, 9.0

28. Dateline NBC-Monday, NBC, 8.9

29. Law and Order, NBC, 8.7

29. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, ABC, 8.7

31. Kids Say the Darndest Things, CBS, 8.6

32. Whose Line is it Anyway?, ABC, 8.5

33. (X) Just Shoot Me, NBC, 8.4

33. World Professional Figure Skating Championship, NBC, 8.4

35. Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 8.3

36. Candid Camera, CBS, 8.2

37. JAG, CBS, 8.1

38. Nash Bridges, CBS, 8.0

39. Brother's Keeper, ABC, 7.9

40. World Professional Figure Skating Championship, NBC, 7.8