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Two new comedies lift CBS to top

Two new romantic comedies _ Hearts Afire and Love and War _ broke into the Top 10 in the latest ratings and boosted CBS to No. 1.

The rest of the Top 10 last week looked pretty much like a rerun from last season, with ABC's Roseanne the most-watched show on television.

CBS won the overall ratings with a 13.5, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported this week. ABC had an 11.6, and NBC had a 10.6. Fox Broadcasting Co., with 12 hours of prime-time programing compared with 22 at the Big Three, had a 7.6.

Each rating point represents 931,000 homes.

Love and War, from Murphy Brown creators Diane English and Joel Shukovsky, tied for eighth place with ABC's Home Improvement. Love and War stars Susan Dey and Jay Thomas.

Another new comedy about a sparring couple, Hearts Afire, finished 10th. The series from Evening Shade and Designing Women producers Harry Thomason and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason stars John Ritter and Markie Post.

ABC won the network news ratings with a 9.5. CBS had an 8.7, and NBC had an 8.1.

Here are the top 10 shows, their network and the rating:

Roseanne, ABC, 23.2; Murphy Brown, CBS, 21.5; Country Music Awards, CBS, 20.3; 60 Minutes, CBS, 20; Coach, ABC, 19.1; Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 18.4; Northern Exposure, CBS, 18.3; Home Improvement, ABC and Love and War, CBS (tie), 17.3, and Hearts Afire, CBS, 17.

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