On Monday of this week, the first night after the close of the traditional season, CBS' all-rerun sked topped NBC's and ABC's all-firstrun lineups.
ABC got a respectable 9.0/15 out of ``The Marshal'' in a Monday trial run. Then a 10.5/17 for Part 2 helped ``Texas'' finish its run as the ninth highest rated multiparter out of 10 aired on the Big Three since September.
NBC's ``In the House'' (9.9/16) continues to look solid, building by 7% on its adults 18-49 lead-in from ``Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.''
The Fox surprise of the night came when ``Medicine Ball'' (5.7/9) improved on its lead-in from a ``Melrose Place'' rerun (5.3/9).
As was often the case this past season, CBS won Sunday in homes while ABC took the night among adults 18-49. For the 1994-95 campaign, CBS won or tied for first on 27 of 30 Sundays in homes while ABC won or tied for first 19 times in that key-adult demo.
``The Michael Jordan Show,'' otherwise known as NBA basketball, brought NBC its best Sunday 7-8:16 p.m. share since Jan. 8. That helped drop Fox's ``The Simpsons'' to its lowest firstrun rating ever for the second straight week.
Fox dominated with its 8-10 p.m. block, even in households, and tied CBS' 8-11 p.m. average.
It's the first time in the regular season that Fox has tied one of the Big Three for first in full-night household averages. Twice before, Fox has topped the Big Three in ``common-time'' 8-10 p.m. figures, but not in 8-11 p.m. ``total primetime'' averages. Fox also won the night in all key adult and male categories.
CBS lost ground by trying ``Christy'' in place of the tiring ``Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman,'' and failing to equal a single firstrun ``Quinn'' rating ever. ``Christy'' finished down 6 shares from ``Quinn's'' season average.
ABC's ``The Marshal'' equaled the web's lowest Saturday 10-11 p.m. rating, excluding a Hitler documentary that aired last August, since Dec. 26, 1992. That same hour, NBC's ``Sisters'' slipped to its worst firstrun rating since the '92 Winter Olympics.
ABC wrapped a season of Friday dominance with its 29th Friday victory in 30 weeks, but as was often the case late in the season, Fox actually beat the Alphabet web's 8-10 p.m. block head-to-head among adults 18-49.
CBS' ``Burke's Law,'' brutalized in its one try on Tuesday, performed respectably on Friday, equaling the adults 18-49 share average of slot regular ``Diagnosis Murder'' over its last five airings.
NBC's Thursday lineup, the star of the just-concluded season, slipped to its lowest share since Jan. 26, but with ``Hope & Gloria'' and ``Friends'' both building on their powerful lead-ins, all looks well. ``Friends'' tied ``Home Improvement'' for the week's highest rating among adults 18-49.
ABC got a households boost from the return of ``Matlock,'' but paid for it by tying the web's lowest adults 18-49 share that hour since the last ``Matlock'' ran in February.
ABC's revised lineup cooled by another 6% but remains the scheduling coup of the late season. Last week reruns of ``Roseanne'' and ``Ellen'' took the 8-9 p.m. hour from a firstrun ``Beverly Hills, 90210'' among adults 18-49.
The night's WB results were: ``Wayans Bros.,'' 2.0/3 (rerun, highest rating in four weeks); ``Parent 'Hood,'' 1.7/3 (rerun, lowest yet); ``Unhappily Ever After,'' 1.6/3 (rerun, equaling its lowest yet); and ``Muscle,'' 1.3/2 (rerun).
NBC's successful sitcom beach--head on Tuesday was a key development of the '94-95 season, but you wouldn't know it by last Tuesday's results. An hourlong ``Home Improvement'' helped ABC to its easiest win on a
non-disrupted Tuesday since Dec. 6. That helped drop ``Frasier'' to its worst regular-slot numbers ever, including summer reruns, and ``Pride & Joy'' held just 71% of ``Frasier's'' adults 18-49 lead-in. ``Thunder Alley'' revved up its renewal chances by improving on its 18-49 lead-in from ``Full House'' by 15%.
The night's UPN results were ``Marker,'' 3.0/5 (rerun) and ``The Watcher,'' 2.4/4.
CBS' regular lineup prevailed. NBC got a good start from ``In the House'' but its ``Perry Mason Mystery'' settled for a 12 share among adults 18-49 (Daily Variety, April 12).
The night's UPN results: ``Star Trek: Voyager,'' 6.5/11; ``Pig Sty,'' 2.4/4; ``Platypus Man,'' 2.3/4 (best share in that slot to date).
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