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TELEVISION RATINGS

If not for the newsmagazine 20/20, it would be a bleak midsummer week in the ratings for ABC.

The newsmagazine's separate Friday, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday editions each drew higher Nielsen Media Research ratings than anything put on the air by ABC's entertainment division last week.

Friday's 20/20 drew the biggest audience and was topped in Nielsen's prime-time standings for the week only by a Frasier rerun on NBC. Friday's 20/20 featured a Barbara Walters interview with tennis star Alexandra Stevenson and her mother, Samantha.

The positive signs for ABC News didn't extend to its summer replacement series, Nightline in Primetime: Brave New World. The offbeat news show that examines concepts like speed and technology finished No. 76 in the ratings.

CBS won the week with a 6.5 rating and 12 share. NBC had a 6.2 rating and 12 share, ABC was at 5.5 and 10, and Fox had a 4.6 rating and 9 share.

For the week of July 26-Aug. 1, the top shows, their networks and ratings were:

1. Frasier (special), NBC, 8.6.

2. 20/20-Friday, ABC, 8.5.

2. CBS Sunday Movie: Undue Influence Part I, CBS, 8.5.

2. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 8.5.

5. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.4.

6. Frasier, NBC, 8.2.

7. Dateline NBC-Tuesday, NBC, 8.1.

7. ER, NBC, 8.1.

9. Dateline NBC-Wednesday, NBC, 8.0.

9. Friends, NBC, 8.0.

11. Touched by an Angel, CBS, 7.9.

12. Becker, CBS, 7.8.

13. 20/20-Sunday, ABC, 7.7.

14. 20/20-Monday, ABC, 7.6.

15. 20/20-Wednesday, ABC, 7.5.

16. Law and Order, NBC, 7.3.

17. 60 Minutes II, CBS, 7.2.

17. Dateline NBC-Monday, NBC, 7.2.

17. Will & Grace, NBC, 7.2.

20. Jesse, NBC, 7.1

21. 48 Hours-Monday, CBS, 7.0.

_ Associated Press

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