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Ratings up from last Games

CBS' prime-time rating for the first three days of the Winter Olympics were up 17 percent from ABC's rating for the first three nights of the Calgary Games.

Monday night's coverage got a 19.1 national rating and a 29 national share, the network said Tuesday. That was a 6 percent increase from ABC's 18.1 rating on the third night of the Calgary Games and CBS' second-best Monday night of the season behind Sept. 16.

Thus far, CBS is averaging a 19.0 prime-time rating and a 29 share through three nights of the Albertville Games, a 17 percent increase from the 16.3 rating of the first three nights four years ago. CBS guaranteed advertisers a ratings average of 17 for the 16 nights of prime-time broadcasts.

A rating is the percentage of people watching a show and a share represents the percentage of TV sets in use tuned to a particular show.

Saboteurs foiled: Saboteurs tried to black out coverage of the opening ceremonies by cutting a transmission cable, the French state telecommunications company said Tuesday.

Coverage of the ceremonies, broadcast live around the world, was only slightly affected because emergency backup facilities took over immediately, France Telecom said in a statement.

Top moment: CBS showed skier Paul Accola burying his competitor's bib in the snow at the base of the Val d'Isere course he can't stand after falling during Tuesday's Alpine combined.

Best bet: Today is Part 2 of the Bonnie Blair Story, with the American speed skater competing in the 1,500 meters. As with Part 1, CBS will save Blair _ who actually will be finished skating by early afternoon _ for its prime-time show (8-11 p.m.).

_ Staff and wire reports

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