Originally created 03/26/99

Oscars give ABC winning Nielsen rating



NEW YORK -- ABC rode the Academy Awards telecast to a weekly Nielsen ratings victory.

The network won the week with a 10.0 rating and 17 share. NBC was second with an 8.4 rating and 14 share; CBS had an 8.0 and 13; and Fox was at 5.6 and 9, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

The Oscars had a 28.6 rating and 46 share on Sunday night. While this represented an 18 percent drop from 1998, when Titanic won best picture, it was on par with other Academy Awards telecasts from the 1990s.

Prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for March 15-21. 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.(X)Academy Awards, ABC, 28.6, 28.4 million homes.

2.(X)Oscar Preview Show, ABC, 18.1, 17.9 million homes.

3.(2)Friends, NBC, 16.6, 16.5 million homes.

4.(3)Frasier, NBC, 14.4, 14.3 million homes.

5.(X)Frasier, NBC, 14.0, 13.9 million homes.

6.(6)Jesse, NBC, 13.9, 13.8 million homes.

7.Barbara Walters Special, ABC, 12.7, 12.6 million homes.

8.Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 12.4, 12.3 million homes.

9.(1)ER, NBC, 12.1, 12.0 million homes.

10.NCAA Basketball Championship: Post Game, CBS, 11.6, 11.5 million homes.

11.Dateline NBC-Tuesday, NBC, 11.2, 11.1 million homes.

12.Payne preview, CBS, 10.8, 10.7 million homes.

13.CBS Tuesday movie: Crime in Connecticut: Alex Kelly, CBS, 10.4, 10.3 million homes.

14.(10)20/20-Wednesday, ABC, 10.2, 10.1 million homes.

15.(7)60 Minutes, CBS, 10.1, 10.0 million homes.

15.Dateline NBC-Friday, NBC, 10.1, 10.0 million homes.

17.Home Improvement, ABC, 9.8, 9.7 million homes.

18.60 Minutes II, CBS, 9.7, 9.6 million homes.

19.Providence, NBC, 9.6, 9.5 million homes.

20.20/20-Friday, ABC, 9.4, 9.3 million homes.

21.Law and Order, NBC, 9.3

22.NCAA Basketball Championship: Michigan State vs. Kentucky, CBS, 9.2

23.King of Queens, CBS, 9.1.

24.Dateline NBC-Wednesday, NBC, 9.0

25.The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 8.6

25.The Hughleys, ABC, 8.6

27.20/20-Monday, ABC, 8.4

27.Cosby, CBS, 8.4

27.JAG, CBS, 8.4

27.Spin City, ABC, 8.4

31.ABC Monday-night movie: Resurrection, ABC, 8.3

31.Dateline NBC-Monday, NBC, 8.3

31.Dharma & Greg, ABC, 8.3

31.Sons of Thunder, CBS, 8.3

31.(8)Touched by an Angel, CBS, 8.3

31.World's Most Amazing Videos, NBC, 8.3

37.Whose Line is it Anyway? ABC, 8.0

38.NCAA Basketball Championship: St. John's vs. Ohio State, CBS, 7.9

39.Will & Grace, NBC, 7.8

40.NCAA Basketball Championship: Post Game, CBS, 7.5

40.Sabrina the Teenage Witch, ABC, 7.5

40.Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, ABC, 7.5

43.NBC Sunday-night movie: Under Siege 2, NBC, 7.4

44.NCAA Basketball Championship: Missouri State vs. Duke/Oklahoma State vs. Miami, CBS, 7.3

44.NCAA Basketball Championship: St. John's vs. Maryland/Gonzaga vs. Florida, CBS, 7.3

44.Just Shoot Me, NBC, 7.3

44.Party of Five, Fox, 7.3

48.(X)48 Hours, CBS, 7.2

48.(X)Law and Order, NBC, 7.2

48.Martial Law, CBS, 7.2

51.Homicide: Life on the Street, NBC, 7.1

52.Suddenly Susan, NBC, 6.9

53.NCAA Basketball Championship: Purdue vs. Temple/Miami, Ohio vs. Kentucky, CBS, 6.8

54.COPS 2: Atlanta, Fox, 6.7

54.The Simpsons, Fox, 6.7

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

57.AMW: America Fights Back, Fox, 6.6

57.NCAA Basketball Championship Ohio State vs. Auburn/Iowa vs. Connecticut, CBS, 6.6

59.Beverly Hills, 90210, Fox, 6.5

59.Early Edition, CBS, 6.5

59.Two of a Kind, ABC, 6.5

62.7th Heaven, WB, 6.4

62.(X)Payne Special, CBS, 6.4

62.The Pretender, NBC, 6.4

65.3rd Rock From the Sun, NBC, 6.3

65.Boy Meets World, ABC, 6.3

65.Brother's Keeper, ABC, 6.3

68.Sports Night, ABC, 6.1

69.(X)Cosby Special, CBS, 5.9

70.(X)American Comedy Awards, Fox, 5.8

70.Caroline in the City, NBC, 5.8

70.NBC Movie of the Week: Passenger 57, NBC, 5.8

73.(X)Guinness World Records, Fox, 5.7

73.The Profiler, NBC, 5.7

75.The Fox Files, Fox, 5.6

76.Chicago Hope, CBS, 5.5

77.America's Funniest Home Videos, ABC, 5.4

77.(9)CBS Sunday movie: Grumpy Old Men, CBS, 5.4

77.COPS: Virginia Beach, Fox, 5.4

80.PJs, Fox, 5.2

80.That 70's Show, Fox, 5.2

82.ABC Saturday-night movie: Unforgiven, ABC, 5.1

82.(X)Inside Hollywood: People, Pictures, Academy Awards, ABC, 5.1

82.King of the Hill, Fox, 5.1

82.Lateline, NBC, 5.1

86.The Pretender, NBC, 5.0

87.(X)The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 4.8

87.(X)Spin City, ABC, 4.8

89.Guinness World Records: Primetime, Fox, 4.6

90.World's Funniest! Fox, 4.5

91.Strange World, ABC, 4.3

91.The X-Files, Fox, 4.3

93.Buffy the Vampire Slayer, WB, 4.1

93.Millennium, Fox, 4.1

93.Rescue 77, WB, 4.1

96.(X)Rescue 77, WB, 3.2

97.The Steve Harvey Show, WB, 2.9

98.Charmed, WB, 2.7

98.For Your Love, WB, 2.7

98.The Jamie Foxx Show, WB, 2.7

98.Star Trek: Voyager, UPN, 2.7

102.7th Heaven: Beginnings, WB, 2.6

102.Dawson's Creek, WB, 2.6