NEW YORK, Jan. 10 -- Three of the season's new shows made the Nielsen top 10 ratings list last week, the most of any week so far. All are NBC programs. They were 'E.R.,' in second place, 'Friends' in sixth place, and 'Madman of the People' in seventh place, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported for the week ending Jan. 8. NBC also took the No. 1 spot with the AFC playoff game half-hour overrun into prime time on Sunday, which rated 30.3 and got a 46 percent share of the viewing audience. Despite this powerful showing by NBC, ABC continued to be the dominant network with a 13.3 rating and a 21 share. NBC was second with 12.7-20 and CBS third with 11.7-18. Fox made a showing with a rating of 8 and a 12 share for 15 hours of prime time programming, compared to the other networks' 22. The staying power of NBC's 'Seinfeld' was demonstrated when the sitcom claimed second place on the list despite airing opposite CBS's 'Eye to Eye With Connie Chung' when Chung was conducting her widely publicized interview with Kathleen Gingrich in which she said her Speaker of the House son, Newt, had called Hillary Rodham Clinton a 'bitch.' 'Eye to Eye' got only a 10.9 rating and 16 share and didn't even make the top 20 Nielsen list. The public seemed to be more interested in learning the full name of Kramer, a 'Seinfeld' character, giving the show its highest rating in its five-hear history, scoring a whopping 23. 2-33.
His mother calls him Cosmo. ABC claimed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday audiences, CBS took Saturday and tied with NBC for Sunday, and NBC took Thursday. ABC was the leader, as always, in evening news coverage, registering 11.6-21. CBS was second with 11.1-19 and NBC third with 10.1-18. Each rating point represents about 942,000 households.A share is the percentage of TV sets in use that are tuned into a particular show or network. ------
The top 10 programs for the past week, according to Nielsen, were: 1. AFC playoff game, overrun (NBC) 30.3-46. 2. 'Seinfeld' (NBC) 23.2-33. 3. 'E.R.' (NBC) 21.2-34. 4. 'Grace Under Fire,' (ABC) 20-30. 5. Rose Bowl game (ABC) 19.6-29. 6. 'Home Improvement' (ABC) 19.6-29. 7. 'Friends' (NBC) 17.6-27. 8. 'Madman of the People'(NBC) l7.6-26. 9. 'Mad About You' (NBC) l7.2-27. 10. '60 Minutes' (CBS) l7.2-26.