Stephen M. Silverman
June 23, 1998 12:00 AM

Those reports about the fading popularity of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” may be premature. The quiz show with Regis Philbin grabbed the first three top spots on last week’s Nielsen ratings list, though it did tie for that third ranking with “Everybody Loves Raymond.” (On the other hand, there have been reports that “Millionaire” watchers don’t include enough of those 18-to-54-year-old viewers that advertisers crave.) “Frasier” is showing its strength again, while the ABC special “David Blaine: Frozen in Time,” on which the magician was safely plucked out of his ice chamber after nearly 62 hours, came in at No. 20, with 10.4 million homes watching. (The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 100.8 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,008,000 households.) Last week’s Top 10:

1. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Wednesday), ABC, 15.0, 15.3 million homes

2. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Tuesday), ABC, 14.3, 14.6 million homes

3. (tie) “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 13.1, 13.4 million homes

3. (tie) “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Thursday), ABC, 13.1, 13.4 million homes

5. “Law and Order,” NBC, 12.9, 13.2 million homes

6. “West Wing,” NBC, 12.6, 12.8 million homes

7. “NFL Monday Night Football: Green Bay at Carolina,” ABC, 12.5, 12.8 million homes

8. “Frasier,” NBC, 12.1, 12.4 million homes

9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.0, 12.3 million homes

10. “Friends,” NBC, 11.9, 12.1 million homes

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