Stephen M. Silverman
August 27, 1998 12:00 AM

Last week proved sluggish in the TV viewing race, according to the Nielsen ratings. But look for things to pick up this week and next. On Thursday, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” handed out its fifth $1 million check, and a sixth one is due to be presented sometime between July 9-13, says ABC. Meanwhile, last week’s Top 10 shows (a rating point represents 1,008,000 households, or 1% of the nation’s estimated 99.4 million TV homes):

1. “Survivor,” CBS, 15.3, 15.38 million homes

2. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Tuesday,” ABC, 12.9, 12.99 million homes

3. “Peter Jennings Reporting: The Search for Jesus,” ABC, 11.4, 11.4 million homes

4. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Thursday,” ABC, 11.3, 11.34 million homes

5. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Sunday,” ABC, 11.1, 11.14 million homes

6. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Thursday,” ABC, 9.6, 9.69 million homes

7. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 9.3, 9.38 million homes

8. “Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Sunday,” ABC, 9.2, 9.24 million homes

9. “Law and Order,” NBC, 9.1, 9.15 million homes

10. “20/20 – Downtown,” ABC, 8.4, 8.46 million homes

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