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Summer doldrums becalm TV

TV viewers across the nation turned off the set and went outside to play last week.

Big Four network viewership was down almost 20 percent from the season average.

Only NBC was exempt from the viewer defection.

NBC won with an 11.5 rating and 22 share, while CBS had a 9.6 and 18 share, ABC an 8.7 and 16 share, Fox a 5.4 and 10 share.

A rating point equals 931,000 television households. A share is the percentage of TV sets tuned to a particular broadcast.

HOW THEY RATE

Nielsen ratings from the past week on broadcast television.

Program Network Rating

1. NBA Finals Game 3 NBC 17.0

2. NBA Finals Game 1 NBC 16.8

3. Roseanne ABC 15.8

4. Home Improvement ABC 15.2

5. NBA Finals Game 2 NBC 14.6

6. She Says She's Innocent NBC 14.0

7. 60 Minutes CBS 13.5

8. Coach ABC 13.1

9. Deadbolt CBS 12.9

10. Seinfeld NBC 12.2

11. Murder She Wrote CBS 11.9

12. 48 Hours CBS 11.6

13. Double Edge CBS 11.4

14. NBC News: Special NBC 11.1

15. Hangin' With Mr. Cooper ABC 11.0

16. Full House ABC 10.9

16. 20/20 ABC 10.9

18. Cheers NBC 10.7

18. Rescue: 911 CBS 10.7

20. Dateline NBC NBC 10.6

21. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 10.4

22. Fresh Prince of Bel Air NBC 10.3

23. Primetime Live ABC 10.2

24. See No Evil, Hear No Evil ABC 10.1

25. Murphy Brown CBS 10.0

25. Room For Two ABC 10.0

27. Matlock ABC 9.9

28. Blossom NBC 9.7

28. Day One ABC 9.7

30. Major Dad CBS 9.5

31. In The Heat of The Night CBS 9.3

32. Simpsons Fox 9.1

33. Burning Bridges ABC 8.9

33. Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman CBS 8.9

35. A Woman Scorned CBS 8.8

36. Route 66 NBC 8.7

37. Her Final Fury CBS 8.6

37. Family Matter ABC 8.6

39. Evening Shade CBS 8.5

40. Martin Fox 8.4

40. Siren ABC 8.4

42. Step By Step ABC 8.3

43. Law and Order NBC 8.2

44. Commish ABC 8.1

44. Mad About You NBC 8.1

46. Empty Nest NBC 8.0

46. Picket Fences CBS 8.0

48. Dinosaurs ABC 7.9

49. America's Funniest-Home Videos ABC 7.8

50. Wonder Years ABC 7.8

51. South Beach NBC 7.7

52. America's Funniest People ABC 7.5

52. Cops 2 Fox 7.5

52. Crossroads ABC 7.5

55. Home Free ABC 7.3

55. Love & War CBS 7.3

57. ILC First Season Fox 7.1

57. Married With Children, CBS 6.9

59. Doogie Howser, M.D. ABC 7.0

60. Top Cops CBS 6.9

60. Wings NBC 6.9

62. Sea World-Busch Summer Celebration CBS 6.7

63. Cops Fox 6.6

63. Jack's Place ABC 6.6

65. American Detective ABC 6.2

66. Beverly Hills, 90210 Fox 6.1

66. Cutters CBS 6.1

66. Herman's Head Fox 6.1

69. Nurses NBC 6.0

70. America's Most Wanted Fox 5.9

70. Golden Palace CBS 5.9

72. Code 3 Fox 5.8

73. Black Tie Affair NBC 5.6

74. A Different World NBC 5.5

75. Almost Home NBC 5.4

74. In Living Color Fox 5.4

77. Powers That Be NBC 5.2

78. Down The Shore Fox 5.0

78. NBA Stories NBC 5.0

78. Roc Fox 5.0

81. Code 3 Two Fox 4.9

82. FBI: The Untold Stories ABC 4.8

Associated Press

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