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CBS wins week as reruns send viewers to seek alternatives

The final episode of thirtysomething had the series' highest ranking ever, but the dwindling numbers of network viewers confirmed that the summer rerun season has hit full stride. For the second consecutive week, ratings released by the A.C. Nielsen Co. dropped to single digits.

According to figures released Tuesday, CBS finished first with a 9.6 average.

ABC was a close second with 9.4. NBC, hampered by lackluster ratings for its broadcasts of two National Basketball Association Conference finals games, was third with a 9 average and failed to place any shows in the top 10.

Each ratings point represents 931,000 homes.

ABC scored a hit with the final episode of its yuppie drama thirtysomething. The network's recent cancellation announcement helped make May 28's closing episode the No. 4 show on television last week. It was the highest ranked installment in the series' four-season history. The previous week, it finished in 66th place.

A rerun of ABC's comedy favorite Roseanne was the most watched program last week, followed by a repeat of the network's Coach series.

CBS' 60 Minutes finished third.

The back-to-back CBS Monday night comedies Murphy Brown and Designing Women tied for fifth.

ABC's 20/20 newsmagazine was seventh. CBS' reality drama Rescue 911 was eighth.

ABC's Friday night hits Family Matters and Full House finished ninth and 10th respectively.

Tying for 10th place was a rebroadcast of the pilot for All in the Family, the classic CBS series that debuted 20 years ago.

Co-created by Norman Lear, All in the Family is being reshown for six weeks alongside Lear's new program Sunday Dinner.

The older series' pilot fared much better than the new program's opening episode. Sunday Dinner tied for 20th place.

In the network news ratings battle, ABC won again, this time with an 8.6. CBS and Dan Rather were second with 7.6. NBC and Tom Brokaw were third with 7.2.

ProgramNet-Rat-

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1. Roseanne ABC 17.2

2. Coach ABC 15.6

3. 60 Minutes CBS 15.2

4. thirtysomething ABC 13.9

5. Designing Women CBS 13.8

6. Murphy Brown CBS 13.8

7. 20/20 ABC 13.6

8. Rescue: 911 CBS 13.3

9. Family Matters ABC 13.2

10. All In The Family CBS 12.9

11. Full House ABC 12.9

12. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 12.8

13. Movie: Bluegrass CBS 12.7

14. Movie: Murder In High Places NBC 12.3

15. Perfect Strangers ABC 12.1

16. 48 Hours CBS 11.9

17. NBA Playoff _ Thursday NBC 11.8

18. Funniest Home Videos ABC 11.7

19. America's Funniest People ABC 11.6

20. Major Dad CBS 11.4

21. Sunday Dinner CBS 11.4

22. Doogie Howser, M.D. ABC 11.3

23. Cheers Special NBC 11.1

24. Fresh Prince of Bel Air NBC 11.0

25. Matlock NBC 10.7

26. Who's The Boss? ABC 10.7

27. The Cosby Show NBC 10.6

28. Empty Nest NBC 10.5

29. Head of the Class ABC 10.5

30. Going Places ABC 10.3

31. Jake and the Fatman CBS 10.1

32. NBA Playoff _ Tuesday NBC 10.1

33. Golden Girls NBC 9.9

34. Evening Shade CBS 9.9

35. American Story CBS 9.9

36. Night Court NBC 9.9

37. Growing Pains ABC 9.8

38. Wonder Years ABC 9.8

39. The Simpsons FOX 9.7

40. Anything But Love ABC 9.6

41. Movie: B.L. Stryker ABC 9.5

42. Married ... With Children FOX 9.5

43. Primetime Live ABC 9.2

44. Quantum Leap NBC 9.1

45. Beverly Hills, 90210 FOX 9.1

46. Dear John NBC 9.1

47. Tony Awards CBS 8.9

48. Top Cops CBS 8.8

49. Antagonists CBS 8.8

50. Blossom NBC 8.8

51. Good Sports CBS 8.6

52. Movie: Baby M ABC 8.4

53. Movie: Three On A Match NBC 8.3

54. Top of the Heap FOX 8.1

55. Sisters NBC 7.9

56. MacGyver ABC 7.8

57. In Living Color FOX 7.7

58. American Dreamer NBC 7.5

59. Movie: Kiss Shot CBS 7.4

60. Movie: Baby Girl Scott CBS 7.2

61. Father Dowling Mysteries ABC 7.2

62. Real Life-Jane Pauley NBC 7.2

63. Good Sports Special CBS 7.0

64. Eddie Dodd ABC 6.8

65. Amen NBC 6.7

66. My Life and Times ABC 6.5

67. Babes FOX 6.3

68. Movie: Blood Ties FOX 6.3

69. Movie: Rhinestone ABC 6.1

70. Rocky and Bullwinkle Special CBS 6.1

71. My Life and Times Special ABC 6.1

72. Expose NBC 6.0

73. Get a Life FOX 6.0

74. Claymation CBS 5.9

75. Life Goes On ABC 5.6

76. Midnight Caller NBC 5.5

77. Sunday Comics FOX 5.5

78. Young Riders ABC 5.4

79. America's Most Wanted FOX 5.4

80. Guns of Paradise CBS 5.3

81. L.A. Law NBC 5.3

82. Cops 2 FOX 5.2

83. Hunter NBC 5.1

84. Flash CBS 5.0

85. Cops FOX 4.5

87. Parker Lewis FOX 4.4

88. Our Shining Moments NBC 4.1

89. DEA FOX 4.0

90. True Colors FOX 3.8

91. Totally Hidden Video FOX 3.7

92. Yearbook FOX 2.5

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