Condit interview: little news; big ratings

Congressman Gary Condit may have done little to advance his position with his constituents and with the public at large during his interview with Connie Chung on ABC’s PrimeTime Thursday last week, but the interview’s 17.2 rating and 29 share certainly advanced ABC’s ratings position. The magazine’s 17.2 rating and 29 share, coupled with top-ten ratings for three episodes of the network’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, helped make ABC the most-watched TV outlet with a 6.9/12 average–the first time that it has nabbed the weekly ratings crown since Academy Awards week last March. CBS was well behind with a 5.4/10. NBC finished third with a 5.1/9, followed by Fox with a 4.0/7.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:

1. Primetime Thursday, ABC, 17.2/29; 2. 60 Minutes, CBS, 9.8/19; 3. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Thursday), ABC, 9.8/16; 4. Millionaire (Sunday), ABC, 9.7/16; 5. Millionaire (Tuesday), ABC, 9.5/17; 6. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 9.0/14; 7. Will & Grace, NBC, 8.5/14; 8. Law and Order, NBC, 8.4/15; 9. Millionaire (Friday), ABC, 8.2/15; 10. Friends, NBC, 8.0/15.