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LIFE OF THE 'PARTY'?

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The stars of Fox’s little-watched critical fave Party of Five may yet have reason to celebrate. The season finale rose to an almost-respectable 65th, drawing the series’ second-biggest audience ever. Another quality family drama, CBS’ Under One Roof, had an okay debut in 56th, while the first episode of Fox’s doctor show, Medicine Ball, fumbled in 85th, one spot behind the network’s new cyber-drama, VR.5. Fans of 90210 didn’t forget to watch Tori Spelling as an amnesiac in her NBC Monday flick Awake to Danger (23rd), and the Peacock people also aced the Sunday movie race, as Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct (16th) outgunned ABC’s adultery opus Betrayed (26th) and CBS’ John Lithgow weeper My Brother’s Keeper (90th). Last Viewers* Top 20 Week

1 32.9 Home Improvement ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 4 2 31.1 Seinfeld NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 29.4 Grace Under Fire ABC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 6 4 28.5 Friends (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 3 5 28.0 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 1 6 23.5 NYPD Blue ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 22 7 23.2 60 Minutes CBS, Sunday, 7:22 p.m. 10 8 21.8 Mad About You (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 10 9 21.4 Murphy Brown CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 31 10 21.0 Hope & Gloria NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 7 11 20.7 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 25 12 20.5 Dave’s World CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. – 13 20.0 Murder, She Wrote CBS, Sunday, 8:22 p.m. 15 14 19.9 Step by Step ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. 18 19.9 Thunder Alley ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 9 16 19.7 Movie: Ed McBain’s 87th precinct NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m.- 17 19.6 Full House ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – 18 19.1 Roseanne (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 12 19 19.0 America’s Funniest Videos (R) ABC, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. 8 19.0 Chicago Hope CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 53 19.0 Ellen (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 14

Bottom 10

93 6.9 NCAA Basketball CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. – 94 6.6 Encounters Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. – 95 4.5 Marker UPN, Tuesday, 8 p.m. – 96 3.6 The Watcher UPN, Tuesday, 9 p.m. – 97 3.5 Platypus Man UPN, Monday, 9 p.m. 97 98 3.4 The Wayans Bros. WB, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 99 99 3.1 The Parent ‘Hood WB, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 98 3.1 Pig Sty UPN, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 96 101 2.5 Unhappily Ever After WB, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 100 102 2.0 Muscle (R) WB, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 101

*In millions week of March 13-19 (R) Rerun

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