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3 reasons ABC loves Tuesdays

ABC's Tuesday lineup of Home Improvement, Grace Under Fire and NYPD Blue led the network to the top of the weekly ratings, according to Nielsen data released Tuesday.

Home Improvement was TV's top-rated show for the fourth consecutive week of the new season, drawing more than 34.2-million viewers. Grace Under Fire was second.

The season premiere of NYPD Blue ranked eighth for the week, winning its highest ratings ever. ABC's Monday Night Football finished sixth.

For the week of Oct. 10-16, ABC led with a 12.4 rating and a 20 percent share of the TV audience; NBC edged CBS one-tenth of a ratings point in the duel for second place, earning an 11.5 rating, 19 share, to CBS' 11.4, 19. Fox Broadcasting Co., which programs 15 of the 22 prime-time hours, finished fourth with a 7.9 rating and a 13 percent share.

NBC had nine of the Top 20 shows, with Seinfeld finishing third and its new-season hit ER in fourth place. CBS squeaked its venerable 60 Minutes into fifth place and Murder, She Wrote was ninth.

One ratings point equals 954,000 TV homes, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 95.4-million TV homes; share is the percentage of sets in use that are tuned to a network or show during a specified time period.

Among the evening newscasts, ABC's World News Tonight was first, with a 9.8 rating, 20 share _ its 110th victory in the past 111 weeks. CBS Evening News was second, at an 8.6 rating, 17 share; and NBC Nightly News a close third with an 8.5 rating, 18 share.