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'Cinderella' Story

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That glass slipper fit ABC like a glove — Cinderella easily beat the stiff sweeps competition, attracting 34.3 million viewers and giving the Alphabet its best Sunday-night numbers in over 10 years. The princess’ momentum helped Oprah, too; Before Women Had Wings came in fourth. Actually, all the nets posted big numbers — Fox’s The X-Files (5th) got its second-highest rating ever, CBS’ Murder, She Wrote movie (13th) was lively enough — except NBC; House of Frankenstein 1997 (32nd) was a ratings nightmare. The net even took a hit on Thursday; both Seinfeld (2nd) and ER (3rd) were down from their season averages. But the Peacock did have Tuesday to crow about: Frasier (9th) scored a victory over Home Improvement (12th) for the first time, and Just Shoot Me (16th) crushed Hiller and Diller (44th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 34.3 RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. — 2 30.2 SEINFELD NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. — 3 29.2 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. — 4 28.1 MOVIE: BEFORE WOMEN HAD WINGS ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 5 27.3 THE X-FILES Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 26 6 25.0 VERONICA’S CLOSET NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. — 7 24.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. — 8 22.3 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 6 9 20.7 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. — 10 19.6 KING OF THE HILL Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 11 11 19.3 UNION SQUARE NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. — 12 19.2 HOME IMPROVEMENT ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 10 13 18.6 MOVIE: MURDER, SHE WROTE — SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 18.6 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 8 15 18.0 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 9 16 17.2 JUST SHOOT ME NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. — 17 17.0 MAD ABOUT YOU NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. — 18 16.7 PRIMETIME LIVE ABC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 20 19 16.5 DATELINE NBC NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 20 16.4 COSBY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 18 21 16.2 THE DREW CAREY SHOW ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 13 22 15.5 PROMISED LAND CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 28 23 15.3 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 24 15.1 WALKER, TEXAS RANGER CBS, Saturday, 10 p.m. 27 25 15.0 DHARMA & GREG ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 24 15.0 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 15 27 14.9 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. — 14.9 DIAGNOSIS MURDER CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 18 29 14.8 NEWSRADIO NBC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. — 30 14.7 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 35

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF OCT. 27-NOV. 2, 1997 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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