Ratings: Good News

The election mess has meant good ratings for network news shows, which, in this age of cable, have been steadily losing their audiences. Viewership for top-rated NBC “Nightly News,” anchored by Tom Brokaw, and third-ranked “CBS Evening News,” with Dan Rather behind the desk, is up 16% since Nov. 7. For second-place ABC “World News Tonight,” with Peter Jennings, ratings are up 11%, according to Nielsen. Last week, this translated into an average of 11.2 million viewers for NBC, 9.9 million for ABC and 9.4 million for CBS. In primetime, NBC’s “ER” dominated the race. With 28 million viewers, it had 7 million more than any other show. (The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 100.8 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,008,000 households.) The Top 10:

1. “ER,” NBC, 19.0, 19.4 million homes

2. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Tuesday), ABC, 14.6, 14.9 million homes

3. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Wednesday), ABC, 14.1, 14.4 million homes

4. “Friends,” NBC, 13.6, 13.9 million homes

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

6. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” (Sunday), ABC, 12.8, 13.1 million homes

7. “Just Shoot Me,” NBC, 12.7, 13.0 million homes

8. “The Practice,” ABC, 12.6, 12.9 million homes

9. “Will & Grace,” NBC, 12.0, 12.3 million homes

10. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 11.7, 12.0 million homes

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