Originally created 02/19/99

Thursday night keeps NBC on top in 'sweeps'



NEW YORK -- NBC maintained a lead during television's February "sweeps" period with a strong showing on Thursday night, while Stephen King faced a stormy reception on ABC.

All five of NBC's Thursday shows, led by ER, bettered their season averages. The medical drama was the week's most popular show as viewers flocked to George Clooney's penultimate appearance as a series regular.

For the week, NBC had a 9.9 rating and 16 share, Nielsen Media Research said Wednesday. CBS was second with a 9.4 rating and 15 share, followed by ABC's 7.9 rating and 13 share and Fox's 6.7 and 11.

Part one of ABC's Stephen King miniseries, Storm of the Century, finished in 10th place for the week. That's not as strong as past King-based series and was second in its time slot to the CBS movie, Deep in My Heart.

Prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for Feb. 8-14. 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, 21.7, 21.5 million homes.

2.(2)Friends, NBC, 17.8, 17.6 million homes.

3.(3)Frasier, NBC, 17.4, 17.2 million homes.

4.(6)Jesse, NBC, 14.9, 14.8 million homes.

4.(4)Veronica's Closet, NBC, 14.9, 14.8 million homes.

6.(7)60 Minutes, CBS, 14.4, 14.3 million homes.

6.(8)Touched by an Angel, CBS, 14.4, 14.3 million homes.

8.NBC Movie of the Week: The '60's, Part II, NBC, 13.4, 13.3 million homes.

9.(9)CBS Sunday Movie: Deep in My Heart, CBS, 13.1, 13.0 million homes.

10.Storm of the Century, ABC, 12.3, 12.2 million homes.

11.CBS Tuesday Movie: Murder at 75 Birch, CBS, 11.4, 11.3 million homes.

12.Law and Order, NBC, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

13.The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 11.0, 10.9 million homes.

13.Providence, NBC, 11.0, 10.9 million homes.

15.JAG, CBS, 10.7, 10.6 million homes.

16.Dharma & Greg, ABC, 10.5, 10.4 million homes.

17.(10)NYPD Blue, ABC, 10.4, 10.4 million homes.

18.Dateline NBC: Friday, NBC, 10.3, 10.2 million homes.

19.Ally McBeal, Fox, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

19.Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

21.The X-Files, Fox, 10.1

22.20/20: Friday, ABC, 9.9

23.(X)Law and Order, NBC, 9.6

23.Home Improvement, ABC, 9.6

23.Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, ABC, 9.6

26.Becker, CBS, 9.4

26.20/20: Wednesday, ABC, 9.4

28.Dateline NBC: Tuesday, NBC, 9.3

28.Whose Line Is it Anyway? ABC, 9.3

30.Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 9.0

31.20/20: Monday, ABC, 8.9

32.Just Shoot Me, NBC, 8.8

33.The King of Queens, CBS, 8.7

33.60 Minutes II, CBS, 8.7

33.Spin City, ABC, 8.7

33.Will & Grace, NBC, 8.7

37.Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 8.6

38.Dateline NBC: Wednesday, NBC, 8.5

39.NBC Sunday Night Movie: To Serve and Protect, Part I, NBC, 8.4

39.When Good Times Go Bad, Fox, 8.4

41.Cosby, CBS, 8.3

42.LA Doctors, CBS, 8.2

42.Sabrina the Teenage Witch, ABC, 8.2

44.Kids Say the Darndest Things, CBS, 8.1

44.Nash Bridges, CBS, 8.1

46.The Hughleys, ABC, 7.9

47.Candid Camera, CBS, 7.8

48.Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC, 7.7

48.The Simpsons, Fox, 7.7

50.(X)Mad About You, NBC, 7.5

51.Boy Meets World, ABC, 7.4

51.Chicago Hope, CBS, 7.4

51.48 Hours, CBS, 7.4

51.Party of Five, Fox, 7.4

55.Brother's Keeper, ABC, 7.3

55.Martial Law, CBS, 7.3

55.7th Heaven, WB, 7.3

55.Sports Night, ABC, 7.3

59.Dateline NBC: Sunday, NBC, 7.2

59.Early Edition, CBS, 7.2

59.Suddenly Susan, NBC, 7.2

62.ABC Monday Night Movie: Courage Under Fire, ABC, 7.1

62.That 70's Show, Fox, 7.1

62.Turks, CBS, 7.1

65.Funniest Flubs, CBS, 7.0

65.Two of a Kind, ABC, 7.0

67.Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 6.9

67.Guinness World Records Primetime, Fox, 6.9

69.COPS 2: Atlanta, Fox, 6.8

70.US Figure Skating Championship, ABC, 6.7

70.World's Wildest Police Videos, Fox, 6.7

72.The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella, ABC, 6.5

73.AMW: America Fights Back, Fox, 6.4

73.Newsradio, NBC, 6.4

75.Magnificent Seven, CBS, 6.3

76.The Pretender, NBC, 6.2

77.3rd Rock from the Sun, NBC, 6.1

78.The Profiler, NBC, 6.0

79.Melrose Place, Fox, 5.9

80.COPS: Palm Beach, Florida, Fox, 5.7

80.PJs, Fox, 5.7

82.King of the Hill, Fox, 5.4

83.National Geographic Special: Dolphins: The Wild Side, NBC, 5.0

83.Vengeance Unlimited, ABC, 5.0

85.Dawson's Creek, WB, , WB, 4.8

86.World's Funniest!, Fox, 4.7

87.Millennium, Fox, 4.6

88.ABC News: Crime & Justice, ABC, 4.2

88.Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WB, 4.2

90.Charmed, WB, 4.1

91.Cupid, ABC, 4.0

92.Star Trek: Voyager, UPN, 3.9

92.(X)Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine, ABC, 3.9

94.Brimstone, Fox, 3.7

95.Felicity, WB, 3.4

95.Smart Guy, WB, 3.4

97.Sister, Sister, WB, 3.1

97.The Steve Harvey Show, WB, 3.1

99.For Your Love, WB, 3.0

99.The Jamie Foxx Show, WB, 3.0

101.7th Heaven Beginnings, WB, 2.9

101.The Wayans Brothers, WB, 2.9