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WTSP comes out ahead in close Nielsen race

CBS affiliate WTSP-TV came out on top of the local television heap during the July "sweeps," climbing back to the spot it last held in February. But the competition was tight.

According to total household viewership figures from Nielsen Media Research, WTSP ranked first from sign-on to sign-off with a 4.3 rating and an 11.3 share _ amounting to 4.3 percent of the area's 1.4-million households, or 11.3 percent of those with televisions turned on. Coming in at a close second was WTVT, the Fox affiliate, with a 4.1 rating and a 10.9 share; followed by WFLA, the NBC affiliate, with a 4.0/10.6. WFLA had been first during the May ratings period. At fourth place was a tie between ABC affiliate WFTS and independent WTOG, both with a 2.7 rating and 7.1 share.

"The win is a result of hard work by everyone at Tampa Bay's 10 plus strong support from CBS," said Noreen Parker, president and general manager of WTSP in a news release.

WTSP led the competition in July during its noon newscast, syndicated game shows Price Is Right, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, afternoon soap operas, and CBS prime time.

"Jurassic Park' sequels

aren't extinct yet

Steven Spielberg has hatched a story line, and Joe Johnston was picked to direct Jurassic Park 3. Universal and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment are shooting for an early 2000 production start. The script is being written by Craig Rosenberg in close collaboration with Johnston, who also directed Jumanji and October Sky. Last year, Spielberg said he planned to direct the third installment, but he will be busy directing Tom Cruise in Minority Report. The Jurassic Park dinosaur franchise has earned more than $1.5-billion in box office revenue. The original grossed $913-million, and the Lost World sequel earned more than $600-million.

Crawford "phlattered'

to be called "phat'

Cindy Crawford doesn't mind being phat. The hip-hop term for "cool" is used to describe the supermodel in a song by Blessid Union of Souls called Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me). The lyric goes "I like her for her/ Not because she's phat like Cindy Crawford." "How could I be anything but flattered?" Crawford wrote in a note to lead singer Eliot Sloan, according to his publicist. "Thanks for calling me phat!"

Alanis Morissette

gets to play God

Alanis Morissette will make her big-screen debut playing God in Dogma, directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy). She says the role was a breeze because "Kevin Smith and I both believe that God is us. So there's really no preparation needed. It's really small _ it's a small role."

_ Staff and wire reports.


Movie times for several movies at Hollywood 18 theater in Port Richey changed after press time for the listings in today's Home and Garden section. The correct times, today through Thursday, are: The Blair Witch Project: 12:40, 3, 5:30, 8, 10:10; The Haunting: 1:10, 4:30, 7:50, 9:30, 10:30; and Tarzan:12:30, 2:45, 4:50, 7:05.