Date: 13th September 2000

ABC Scores With Football, Millionaire.

The three weekly episodes of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire combined with Monday Night Football to give ABC another ratings win for the week last week.

It finished with an 8.4 rating and a 14 share, well above second-place CBS, which pulled a 5.9/10. NBC, despite big numbers for the 52nd annual Grammy Awards telecast, which garnered its best numbers since 1986, remained in third place with a 5.7/10. Fox placed fourth with a 4.7/8. Analysts noted that after years of ratings erosion, audiences appeared to be drifting back to network television.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Tuesday), ABC, 15.7/26; 2. NFL Monday Night Football, ABC, 15.3/27; 3. Emmy Awards, ABC, 14.2/23; 4. Millionaire (Thursday), ABC, 13.5/21; 5. NFL Monday Showcase, ABC, 12.7/21; 6. Vanished, ABC, 9.1/16; 7. Law and Order, NBC, 9.0/15; 8. Dharma & Greg, ABC, 8.3/13; 9. Dateline NBC (Tuesday), NBC, 8.1/14; 10. 20/20 Downtown, ABC, 8.0/14; 10. Law and Order (Monday), NBC, 8.0/12.

Source: Studio Briefing