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TV Ratings: Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett continue to dominate with viewers

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The week’s two iconic celebrity deaths continued to dominate a weekend television lineup otherwise filled with typical summer reruns and burnoffs. A repeat airing of May’s Farrah’s Story documentary, about Fawcett’s grueling battle with cancer, drew 4.7 million viewers to NBC on Friday — beating CBS’ usually solid lineup of crime-show repeats such as Ghost Whisperer (4.3 million) — while 20/20‘s hour of Michael Jackson coverage averaged 3.7 million. At 10 p.m., however, 6.6 million tuned into NBC’s Dateline dedicated to Jackson, winning the hour (and helping win the night) for the net. On Saturday, meanwhile, CBS’ murder-mystery Harper’s Island (3.5 million) continued to win the battle-of-the-canceled-shows against ABC’s Eli Stone (2.7 million) and NBC’s Kings (1.5 million)

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