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THE OLD NAVY BLUES

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After getting mothballed by NBC last season, David James Elliott’s naval-law drama JAG sailed over to CBS. Its Friday-night premiere failed to make waves, finishing 43rd and getting swamped by Dateline NBC (7th) and ABC’s Sabrina (21st). JAG did, however, defeat the Fox chiller Millennium (65th), an extra airing of which in The X-Files’ Sunday slot got frozen out in 66th. At this rate, Millennium won’t make it to the millennium. A new time period couldn’t reverse Lois & Clark’s fall, as ABC’s Superman show plunged to 75th at 7 p.m., losing to CBS’ 60 Minutes (3rd), Dateline NBC (32nd), and Fox’s Funniest Party Disasters (15th), which benefited from an NFC-play-off lead-in. College football also scored, with the top-ranked Sugar Bowl between Florida and Florida State giving ABC a rare touchdown against NBC’s Thursday-night lineup.

TOP 30 VIEWERS* LAST WEEK 1 25.8 SUGAR BOWL ABC, Thursday, 8 p.m. — 2 24.5 SEINFELD (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 3 21.3 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 2 4 21.0 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 5 19.7 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 3 19.7 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL (R) CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 7 7 19.5 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 26 8 19.4 SUDDENLY SUSAN (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. — 9 18.7 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN NBC, Sunday, 8 p.m. 13 10 18.6 CAROLINE IN THE CITY (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:30p.m. — 11 18.0 MOVIE: IN THE LINE OF DUTY — BLAZE OF GLORY NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 12 17.5 MOVIE: BREAKING THROUGH ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. — 13 16.8 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 7 14 16.3 WALKER, TEXAS RANGER (R) CBS, Saturday, 10p.m. 25 15 15.9 RSVP: WORLD’S FUNNIEST PARTY DISASTERS Fox, Sunday,7:30 p.m. — 16 15.8 MOVIE: KEEPING THE PROMISE CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 17 15.6 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (R) ABC, Sunday, 8:24 p.m. — 18 15.3 THE DREW CAREY SHOW (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9:19p.m. — 19 15.2 BOSTON COMMON NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 27 15.2 FAMILY MATTERS ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 21 21 15.1 SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. 11 22 14.9 BOY MEETS WORLD ABC, Friday, 8:30 p.m. 19 14.9 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 15 24 14.5 FIESTA BOWL CBS, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. — 25 14.4 WINGS (R) NBC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. — 26 14.0 ELLEN (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9:49 p.m. — 14.0 UNSOLVED MYSTERIES NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 33 28 13.4 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. — 13.4 MOVIE: ECHO ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 13.4 WINGS (R) NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. — *IN MILLIONS WEEK OF DEC. 30, 1996-JAN. 5, 1997 (R) RERUN SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH