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SUMMERTIME NEWS

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Now that the new fall season is upon us-and since regular ratings were unavailable at deadline because of the Labor Day holiday-we thought it was time to look back at the summer of ’93 and see what people were watching. Aside from Home Improvement’s establishing itself as the top show on TV (drawing nearly 4 million more viewers per week than its closest competitor, Roseanne), the big news in TV ratings was news. Five of the top 10 summer shows were newsmagazines, including NBC’s latest entrant, Now with Tom Brokaw & Katie Couric. More good news for NBC: Its other prime-time newsmag, Dateline NBC, also had a strong summer, finishing in 16th place overall. Viewers (In Millions June 21-Aug 29) Top 20

1 23.8 Home Improvement ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 2 19.9 Roseanne ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 3 19.7 60 minutes CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 4 18.5 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 5 18.3 Coach ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 6 18.1 Primetime live ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 7 17.2 seinfeld NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 8 16.6 Now with Brokaw & Couric NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 9 16.2 ABC Monday Night Movie ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. 16.2 48 hours CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 11 16.1 Living Single Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 16.1 Murder, She Wrote CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 13 16.0 Unsolved Mysteries NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 14 15.9 CBS Sunday Movie CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. 15 15.7 Rescue 911 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 16 15.6 dateline nbc NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 15.6 Ned Blessing CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 18 15.4 Big Wave Dave’s CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 19 15.3 Full House ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 20 14.8 ABC sunday movie ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 14.8 Delta ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 14.8 Murphy Brown CBS, Monday, 9 p.m.

Bottom 10

110 5.3 Beverly Hills, 90210 Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 111 5.2 Flying Blind Fox, Sunday, 10 p.m. 5.2 Melrose Place Fox, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 113 4.8 The Edge Fox, Sunday, 10:30 p.m. 4.8 Young Indiana Jones Chronicles ABC, Saturday, 8 p.m. 115 4.7 Key West Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 116 4.6 Danger Theater Fox, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. 117 4.1 Parker Lewis Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. 118 3.9 Tribeca Fox, Sunday, 10 p.m. 119 3.4 Shaky Ground Fox, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.