A Michael Jackson concert — which had not been expected to attract a
big audience — produced the best ratings CBS has seen on a Tuesday
night since 1994 and enabled the network to tie NBC for the second full
week of the November sweeps. (In fact, CBS edged out NBC in average
viewers: 13.1 million to 12.9 million.)
Both networks averaged an 8.6
rating and a 14 share.
Once again, ABC failed to place a single show in
the top ten, coming in third with a 7.5/12. (Even worse, it came in
fourth among the target demo of 18-49-year-olds.)
Fox placed fourth
overall with a 6.0/9.
The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
E.R. NBC, 17.8/29; 2. Friends, NBC, 16.1/25; 3. CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 15.7/24; 3. Michael Jackson 30th
Anniversary Special, CBS, 15.7/24; 5. Everybody Loves Raymond,
CBS, 14.1/20; 6. Law and Order, NBC, 13.9/23; 7. The West
Wing, NBC, 13.1/20; 8. Frasier (9:00 p.m.), NBC, 12.3/18; 8.
Frasier (9:30 p.m.), NBC, 12.3/18; 10. JAG, CBS, 11.5/17.