EW Staff
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Its debut galloped into the top 10, but this week’s second installment of CBS’ The Magnificent Seven (57th) got shot down by an ornery opponent — ABC’s coverage of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships (18th). Fox had a good news-bad news week as freshman Ally McBeal (43rd) continued to shine while newcomer Ask Harriet (89th) got off to a less than buxom start in its Thursday home, even with a special lead-in airing of The Simpsons (81st). ABC’s The Practice (58th) made a formidable premiere in its new Monday slot, much to the chagrin of CBS’ Brooklyn South (90th). The Eye did have one thing to smile about as Kids Say the Darndest Things (24th) pumped some new life into its struggling Friday lineup.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 32.9 SEINFELD NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 3 2 32.2 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 10 3 25.7 VERONICA’S CLOSET NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. — 4 24.1 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 1 5 23.7 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 15 6 21.4 THE X-FILES Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 5 7 21.1 DATELINE NBC NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. 21 8 19.8 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 3 9 19.7 KING OF THE HILL Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. — 10 19.2 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 15 11 18.8 THE DREW CAREY SHOW ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 55 18.8 UNION SQUARE NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. — 13 18.6 NFC CHAMPIONSHIP POSTGAME: PACKERS VS. 49ERS Fox, Sunday, 7:10 p.m. — 14 18.2 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 21 18.2 HOME IMPROVEMENT ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 10 16 17.9 MOVIE: THE FUGITIVE (R) NBC, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. — 17 17.8 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 18 18 17.6 U.S. FIGURE SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS ABC, Saturday, 8 p.m. — 19 17.5 DHARMA & GREG ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 54 20 17.4 THE 24TH ANNUAL PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. — 21 17.0 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 57 22 16.8 20/20 ABC, Monday, 9 p.m. — 23 16.2 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 37 24 15.8 KIDS SAY THE DARNDEST THINGS CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. — 25 15.6 COSBY CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 25 26 15.3 JUST SHOOT ME NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 31 27 15.1 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ABC, Monday, 8 p.m. — 28 15.0 DATELINE NBC NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 24 15.0 MAD ABOUT YOU NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 22 30 14.9 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 39

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JAN. 5-11, 1998 (R) RERUN SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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