What ranked and what tanked -- A complete ranking of all the year's shows

By EW Staff
May 29, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
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VIEWERS1

LAST SEASON2

% CHANGE3

1

34.1

Seinfeld NBC

2

(+11%)

2

30.2

ER NBC

1

(-2%)

3

24.4

Veronica’s Closet NBC

4

24.0

Friends NBC

3

(-4%)

5

21.8

Touched by an Angel CBS

10

(+7%)

6

21.0

NFL Monday Night Football ABC

7

(-7%)

7

19.9

Union Square NBC

8

19.8

60 Minutes CBS

11

(+5%)

9

19.4

CBS Sunday Movie

14

(+11%)

10

18.4

Home Improvement ABC

8

(-15%)

11

17.1

The X-Files FOX

12

(-7%)

12

17.0

Just Shoot Me NBC

71

(+53%)

13

16.7

The Drew Carey Show ABC

18

(-2%)

16.7

Frasier NBC

22

(+1%)

15

16.3

King of the Hill FOX

27

(+6%)

16

15.4

Dateline NBC Monday

17

15.3

Dateline NBC Tuesday

27

(-1%)

15.3

The Simpsons FOX

37

(+7%)

19

15.0

NYPD Blue ABC

16

(-14%)

15.0

20/20 ABC Friday

12

(-18%)

21

14.4

Walker, Texas Ranger CBS

18

(-15%)

22

14.2

NBC Sunday Night Movie

14

(-19%)

14.2

Primetime Live ABC

23

(-12%)

24

14.1

Law & Order NBC

32

(-5%)

25

13.9

Dharma & Greg ABC

13.9

Diagnosis Murder CBS

55

(+10%)

13.9

20/20 ABC Monday

28

13.8

Cosby CBS

24

(-14%)

29

13.6

Soul Man ABC

21

(-19%)

30

13.5

Hiller and Diller ABC

13.5

Wonderful World of Disney ABC

32

13.4

Mad About You NBC

25

(-15%)

33

13.3

Everybody Loves Raymond CBS

82

(+27%)

34

13.2

Dateline NBC Friday

31

(-11%)

35

13.1

Promised Land CBS

58

(+7%)

36

12.9

Jag CBS

62

(+8%)

12.9

Two Guys, a Girl and a… ABC

38

12.8

ABC Sunday Night Movie

40

(-7%)

12.8

The Magnificent Seven CBS

40

12.6

Dateline NBC Sunday 8 P.M.

41

12.5

Sabrina… ABC, 9 P.M.

32

(-16%)

42

12.4

Ellen ABC

30

(-18%)

43

12.3

Lateline NBC

12.3

3rd Rock From the Sun NBC

18

(-28%)

45

12.1

Chicago Hope CBS

39

(-14%)

12.1

Kids Say the Darndest Things CBS

47

12.0

Spin City ABC

17

(-31%)

48

11.9

Candid Camera CBS

11.9

Early Edition CBS

44

(-12%)

11.9

Something So Right ABC

46

(-11%)

51

11.7

Caroline in the City NBC

29

(-24%)

11.7

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman CBS

53

(-9%)

11.7

Nash Bridges CBS

65

(-1%)

11.7

Over the Top ABC

55

11.6

Boy Meets World ABC

41

(-15%)

56

11.5

The Nanny CBS

51

(-12%)

11.5

Party of Five FOX

85

(+12%)

11.5

That’s Life ABC

59

11.4

Ally Mcbeal FOX

11.4

Beverly Hills, 90210 FOX

62

(-4%)

11.4

The Pretender NBC

74

(+5%)

11.4

Working NBC

63

11.3

Funniest Home Videos ABC

91

(+11%)

11.3

George & Leo CBS

11.3

Grace Under Fire ABC

49

(-14%)

11.3

Sabrina… ABC, 8 P.M.

67

11.2

Cybill CBS

35

(-22%)

68

11.0

NewsRadio NBC

96

(+15%)

69

10.9

48 Hours CBS

85

(+7%)

10.9

You Wish ABC

71

10.8

Dateline NBC Sunday 7 P.M.

74

(-1%)

10.8

Suddenly Susan NBC

4

(-56%)

10.8

20/20 ABC, Thursday

74

10.7

Homicide: Life on the Street NBC

69

(-5%)

10.7

The Naked Truth NBC

5

(-56%)

76

10.6

Teen Angel ABC

77

10.5

The Closer CBS

78

10.3

Dateline NBC Friday 8 P.M.

10.3

Fired Up NBC

6

(-56%)

80

10.2

Melrose Place FOX

65

(-14%)

81

10.1

World’s Wildest Police Videos FOX

82

10.0

Cops 2 FOX

99

(+6%)

10.0

Michael Hayes CBS

10.0

The Practice ABC

55

(-21%)

10.0

Public Eye CBS

86

9.9

For Your Love NBC

9.9

Murphy Brown CBS

35

(-31%)

9.9

Profiler NBC

76

(-8%)

9.9

Style & Substance CBS

9.9

Unsolved Mysteries CBS

58

(-20%)

91

9.8

AMW: America Fights Back FOX

94

(+1%)

92

9.7

Jenny NBC

93

9.5

The World’s Funniest! FOX

94

9.3

Brooklyn South CBS

9.3

Dellaventura CBS

96

9.2

FOX Tuesday Night Movie

85

(-11%)

97

9.1

Men Behaving Badly NBC

79

(-14%)

9.1

Tv Censored Bloopers NBC

99

8.9

Family Matters CBS

41

(-35%)

100

8.7

Cops FOX

108

(+1%

101

8.5

Four Corners CBS

102

8.4

Step by Step CBS

50

(-36%)

103

8.3

Damon FOX

104

8.2

ABC Thursday Night Movie

91

(-20%)

8.2

The Gregory Hines Show CBS

8.2

House Rules NBC

8.2

Millennium FOX

85

(-20%)

8.2

Sleepwalkers NBC

109

8.0

ABC Sat. Night at the Movies

76

(-26%)

8.0

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? FOX

8.0

Meego CBS

112

7.9

The Tony Danza Show NBC

113

7.8

Players NBC

114

7.5

The Visitor FOX

115

7.1

Getting Personal FOX

7.1

Prey ABC

117

7.0

Living Single FOX

101

(-25%)

118

6.8

Ask Harriet FOX

6.8

Between Brothers FOX

120

6.7

Timecop ABC

121

6.6

Dawson’s Creek WB

122

6.5

ABC News Saturday Night

6.5

New York Undercover FOX

102

(-29%)

124

6.4

C-16 ABC

125

6.3

Total Security ABC

126

6.2

Built to Last NBC

127

6.1

Nothing Sacred ABC

128

6.0

Significant Others FOX

129

5.9

Cracker ABC

5.9

413 Hope St. FOX

131

5.8

7th Heaven WB

148

(+81%)

132

5.4

Star Trek: Voyager UPN

125

(-13%)

133

5.2

Buffy The Vampire Slayer WB

144

(+41%)

134

5.1

The Steve Harvey Show WB

141

(+28%)

5.1

The Wayans Bros. WB

134

(+9%)

136

5.0

Push ABC

5.0

Smart Guy WB

137

(+11%)

138

4.8

Love Boat: The Next Wave UPN

139

4.7

Sister, Sister WB

139

(+9%)

140

4.3

Malcolm & Eddie UPN

130

(-12%)

141

4.0

In the House UPN

136

(-13%)

4.0

Moesha UPN

130

(-18%)

143

3.9

Good News UPN

3.9

The Jamie Foxx Show WB

130

(-20%)

145

3.8

Sparks UPN

145

(+6%)

3.8

Unhappily Ever After WB

140

(-7%)

147

3.7

The Sentinel UPN

134

(-21%)

148

3.6

Clueless UPN

46

(-73%)

149

3.4

The Parent ‘Hood WB

147

(0%)

150

3.2

Three WB

151

3.1

Hitz UPN

152

2.8

Kelly Kelly WB

2.8

Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher WB

138

(-36%)

2.8

The Tom Show WB

2.8

You’re the One WB

156

2.7

Alright, Already WB

2.7

Head Over Heels UPN

1. IN MILLIONS (SEPT. 22, 1997 TO MAY 17, 1998)

2. SEPT. 16, 1996 TO MAY 21, 1997

3. PERCENT CHANGE REFLECTS DIFFERENCE IN VIEWERSHIP.

SOURCE: EW ANALYSIS OF NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH DATA

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