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NBC West Coast prez Don Ohlmeyer may have wanted a sweep in four games, but the World Series went seven — and ended up finally dominating the ratings, sparing the net the dubious distinction of airing the lowest-rated Fall Classic ever (the 1989 San Francisco earthquake-interrupted series has that honor). Some other Players are doing okay for the Peacock: Ice-T’s action hour, which finished 57th (making it a solid second in its time slot), attracted a more desirable (read: younger) audience than last season’s Unsolved Mysteries. Over at ABC, Over the Top‘s debut (35th) lost nearly two million viewers from its Soul Man lead-in (23rd). In the food-for-thought department, a repeat of Dharma & Greg in Ellen‘s Wednesday-at-9:30 spot (16th) beat a new Dharma (24th) in its regular 8:30 slot.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 38.0 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 7 NBC, Sunday, 7:55 p.m. — 2 24.2 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 5 NBC, Thursday, 8:23 p.m. — 3 23.7 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 6 NBC, Saturday, 8:03 p.m. — 4 22.2 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 3 NBC, Tuesday, 8:14 p.m. — 5 22.1 BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES, GAME 4 NBC, Wednesday, 8:22 p.m. — 6 21.7 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 7 7 21.4 MOVIE: MIRACLE IN THE WOODS CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 8 19.2 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 10 9 19.0 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 37 10 18.6 HOME IMPROVEMENT (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 4 11 17.9 KING OF THE HILL Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 33 12 17.5 FOOTBALL: BUFFALO VS. INDIANAPOLIS ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. — 13 17.4 THE DREW CAREY SHOW ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 14 14 16.1 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. — 15 16.0 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 19 16 15.6 DHARMA & GREG (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. — 17 15.3 DATELINE NBC NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. 24 18 15.0 COSBY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 25 15.0 DIAGNOSIS MURDER CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 31 20 14.8 LOVE, LUST AND MARRIAGE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 14.8 PRIMETIME LIVE ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 23 22 14.6 CAROLINE IN THE CITY NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 27 23 14.2 SOUL MAN ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. — 24 14.1 DHARMA & GREG ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 21 14.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 30 26 13.9 THE X-FILES (R) Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 50 27 13.7 WALKER, TEXAS RANGER CBS, Saturday, 10 p.m. 27 28 13.5 HILLER AND DILLER ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 18 13.5 PROMISED LAND CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 34 30 13.3 CHICAGO HOPE CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 29 13.3 THE NAKED TRUTH NBC, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 42

*IN MILLIONS (R) RERUN WEEK OF OCTOBER 20-26, 1997 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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