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Games top TV event in history

About 204-million Americans watched the Winter Olympics, making it the most-watched event in television history and crushing CBS's rivals in the February ratings sweep.

"On a household basis, 92.5 percent of all American households tuned in," David Poltrack, CBS vice president for research, said Wednesday. "That is also the highest-rated cumulative audience of any event in television history."

The Lillehammer Games posted the highest average rating, a 27.8, of any Olympics, Winter or Summer. A ratings point equals 942,000 homes of the 94.2-million TV households in the United States.

According to preliminary Nielsens, CBS averaged a 22.6 rating for all programs _ up 36 percent from 1992; ABC averaged an 11.2 rating and NBC a 10.4.

Harding gets extra day

PORTLAND, Ore. _ The U.S. Figure Skating Association has delayed by one day the start of next week's hearing to consider disciplinary action against Tonya Harding for her possible role in the Jan.

6 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.

Harding's attorneys asked for an indefinite postponement of the hearing, which previously was scheduled for March 9, but the USFSA was willing only to move it back to March 10.

The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday there was a difference of opinion over where the criminal cases in the attack on Kerrigan should be tried.

Oregon authorities believe Detroit is the logical site, since that's where the attack took place.

But Wayne County prosecutor John O'Hair told the newspaper that Oregon would be the better place for the trial because that is where the plot was hatched.

Harding's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, her bodyguard Shawn Eckardt and two other men, Shane Stant and Derrick Smith, have been charged in Oregon in connection with the attack.


Torvill and Dean retire again: Tired of the pressure and frustrated with the judges, ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean retired from competitive skating. Gold medalists at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Torvill and Dean won the bronze at Lillehammer. They had planned to try for a fifth world title.

Brother pleads innocent: Ice dancer Elizabeth Punsalan's brother pleaded innocent by reason of insanity in the stabbing death of their father. Ricardo Punsalan, 21, was arraigned before Lorain County (Ohio) Common Pleas Judge Edward Zaleski. Punsalan was charged with aggravated murder in the Feb. 4 death of Dr. Ernesto R. Punsalan.

Jansen homecoming: Dan Jansen returned to his home state, greeted by some 700 fans. The champion speed skater and his wife received a jubilant welcome when they arrived at Mitchell International Airport at about 6:30 p.m. CST in Milwaukee. "Wow Unbelievable," Jansen said. "I don't know what to say."