Viewers turn out for Emmy coverage

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The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards drove up ratings for the
entertainment news hours during the week ending Sept. 29, according to Nielsen
Media Research's national syndication ratings.

The No. 1 show, Paramount's Entertainment Tonight, was up 11 percent
for the week to score a 6.0. For its Emmy coverage Monday, Sept. 23,
ET hit a 6.3.

The other two entertainment hours also improved after the Emmys, with NBC
Enterprises' Access Hollywood up 22 percent to a 2.8 and Warner Bros.'
Extra up 13 percent to a 2.7. Access Hollywood and Extra
tied with a 3.0 each for their Monday Emmy coverage.

Another hour, King World Productions' Inside Edition, also got a lift from the
Emmys even though it isn't purely entertainment news. It was
up 7 percent for the week to a 3.2.

In the first week of national ratings for the debuts of two off-net sitcoms,
Warner Bros.' Will & Grace won fourth place overall and topped the
rookie list with a 3.9 rating on 221 stations covering 96 percent of the

Twentieth Television's Dharma & Greg debuted with a 2.5 rating on 188
stations covering 95 percent of the country.

Twentieth's other off-net entry this year, The Hughleys, was unchanged
in its second week at 1.3.

Carsey-Werner-Mandabach's That 70s Show in its second week was up 6 percent to a
3.5, and it is second to Will & Grace out of the new sitcoms.

King World/Paramount Television's Dr. Phil remains on top of the new talk shows,
although it was down 5 percent to a 4.2 in its second week.

NBC Enterprises' The John Walsh Show was up 18 percent to a 1.3 in its
third week.

Warner Bros.' The Caroline Rhea Show, cleared in late-night
spots in the top 10 markets, held steady at 1.1.

Tribune's psychic talker, Beyond with James Van Praagh, was up 11
percent to a 1.0, while Twentieth talker The Rob Nelson Show remained
flat at a 0.9 in its second week.

Out of the two rookie reality magazines, Warner Bros.' Celebrity
has the edge, although it dipped 8 percent to a 1.2 in its fourth
week out.

Paramount's Life Moments remained unchanged at 0.9 in week three.

In the game-show genre, Buena Vista's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,
hosted by Meredith Vieira, was down 4 percent in its second week to a 2.3.

Sony Pictures Entertainment's Pyramid, hosted by Donny Osmond, was flat at a 1.7.

A new weekly action hour also debuted last week, MGM/NBC Media Sales' She
, which got a three-episode preview run on the NBC network this summer
before launching in syndication. In its first week, the show scored a 1.9 rating
on 278 stations covering 97 percent of the United States.

The other new action hour, Western International Syndication's
Starhunter, was down 33 percent to a 0.6 in its second week.

In the weekly half-hours, Sony comedy The Larry Sanders Show was down
6 percent to 1.6 in its third week on the air, while NBC Enterprises' political
talker, The Chris Matthews Show, was down 20 percent to a 0.8 in
its second week.