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Syndicated ratings Wk 35 ending May 14 1989

1. Wheel of Fortune 13.6  230 stations  99% coverage

2. Jeopardy 12.2   208 stations 97% coverage

3. Cosby Show 10.0  198 stations  97% coverage

4. Star Trek 9.7 232 stations 97% coverage

5. Oprah 8.6 218 stations 99% coverage

6. Wheel of Fortune weekend 8.3 206 stations 93% coverage

7. Current Affair 7.1 149 stations 91% coverage

8. Entertainment Tonight 6.9 169 stations 93% coverage

9. Geraldo 6.1 200 stations 99% coverage

10. Donahue 6.0 226 stations 98% coverage

11. People's Court 6.0 186 stations 94% coverage

12. Friday the 13th 5.7 216 stations 96% coverage

13. Star Search 5.7 149 stations 96% coverage

14. War of the Worlds 5.6 221 stations 95% coverage

15. Mama's Family 5.4 196 stations 93% coverage

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Syndicated ratings Wk 35 ending May 14 1989

1. Wheel of Fortune 13.6  230 stations  99% coverage

2. Jeopardy 12.2   208 stations 97% coverage

3. Cosby Show 10.0  198 stations  97% coverage

4. Star Trek 9.7 232 stations 97% coverage

5. Oprah 8.6 218 stations 99% coverage

6. Wheel of Fortune weekend 8.3 206 stations 93% coverage

7. Current Affair 7.1 149 stations 91% coverage

8. Entertainment Tonight 6.9 169 stations 93% coverage

9. Geraldo 6.1 200 stations 99% coverage

10. Donahue 6.0 226 stations 98% coverage

11. People's Court 6.0 186 stations 94% coverage

12. Friday the 13th 5.7 216 stations 96% coverage

13. Star Search 5.7 149 stations 96% coverage

14. War of the Worlds 5.6 221 stations 95% coverage

15. Mama's Family 5.4 196 stations 93% coverage

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Wk 1 85/86 Season. Note that some series had their premieres the previous week.

Shows yet to debut

CBS

Crazy Like A Fox

Trapper John MD

Kate & Allie

Newhart

Cagney & Lacey

Simon & Simon

Falcon Crest

 

NBC

Silver Spoons

Riptide

Misfits of Science

 

ABC

Benson

The Colbys

 

1. The Cosby Show NBC 31.6/48

2. Family Ties NBC 29.6/45

3. Dynasty ABC 28.1/42

4. Cheers NBC 26.0/39

5. Amos CBS 24.5/37

6. Murder, She Wrote CBS 24.4/37

7. Dallas CBS 23.9/38

8. Miami Vice NBC 23.237

9. Night Court NBC 22.9/34

10. 60 Minutes CBS 222/38

11. Family Ties Vacation NBC 22.1/33

12. Amazing Stories NBC 22.0/34

13. Knots Landing CBS 21.8/34

14. Hotel ABC 21.3/35

15. Highway to Heaven NBC 20.9/33

16, First Blood NBC 20.9/31

17. Who's the Boss? ABC 20.4/33

18. Alfred Hitchcock NBC 20.2/30

19. A Team NBC 20.0/31

20. Golden Girls NBC 19.0/32

21. Growing Pains ABC 18.5/28

22. Remington Steele NBC 18.0/30

23. Hill Street, Blues NBC 18.0/28

24. Izzy & Moe CBS 17.9/27

25. Football, LA. Rams -Seattle ABC 17.9/29

26. Twilight Zone CBS 17.7/30

27. Moonlighting ABC 17.6/27

28. Facts of Life  NBC 17.5/30

29. Magnum, CBS 17.4/26

30. Scarecrow & Mrs. King CBS 17.4/26

31. TV Bloopers & Prac. Jokes  NBC 17.2/26

32. Football, Sun. 7 -7:18 p.m. NBC 16.8/31

33.Tootsie ABC 18.0/25

34. Nat. Lampoon -Vacation CBS 15.6/27

35. 227  NBC 15.6/26

36.  Helltown NBC 15.1/22

37. The Insiders ABC 14.9/24

38. Gimme A Break NBC 14.8/27

39. Hardcastle & McCormick    ABC 14.8/23

40. 20/20  ABC 14.6/23

41. Equalizer CBS 14.3/23

42. Knight Rider NBC 14.1/24

43. Hunter NBC 14.0/25

43.Webster ABC 13.8/24

44.St. Elsewhere NBC 13.8/23  

45. The Other Lover CBS 13.8/22   

46. Love Boat ABC 12.8/22   

47. Lime Street ABC 12.3/21

48. Alrwolf CBS 12.0/21

49. NFL Post -game NBC 11.7/22 

50. Our Family Honor ABC 11.7/20 

51. Mr. Belvedere ABC 11.8/19 

52. Lady Blue  ABC 11.4/17 

53. MacGyver ABC 10.9/17 

54. George Burns Comedy CBS 10.8/16   

55. Punky Brewster NBC 10.5/18  

56. Charlie & Co. CBS 10.5/16 

57. Hollywood Beat ABC 9.1/16 

58. Stir Crazy CBS 9.0/14 

59. Diffrent Strokes ABC 9.0/14 

60. Ripley's Believe It or Not ABC 8.6/15

61. Hometown ABC 7.9/12

62.Fall Guy ABC 7.9/12

63.Spenser: For Hire ABC 6.3/10 

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