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TV Ratings : ‘Fish Police’ Can’t Get Arrested

Even without the Winter Olympics, CBS won the prime-time ratings race last week, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported Tuesday. Its margin of victory was considerably smaller, however: CBS averaged 13.3 overall, compared to NBC’s 13, ABC’s 12.4 and Fox’s 9.8.

In another blow to the future of prime-time animation, CBS’ “Fish Police” got a less than rousing reception Friday night, finishing 77th among the week’s 90 prime-time network programs. Tied at No. 77 was another CBS newcomer, “Scorch.” Two other series debuts fared only slightly better: CBS’ “Boys of Twilight” on Saturday was No. 68, while NBC’s “Nightmare Cafe” on Friday was No. 69.

Points Share 1. “60 Minutes” (CBS) 21.4 36 2. “A Woman Scorned” (CBS) 19.5 30 3. “Roseanne” (ABC) 19.2 28 4. “Murphy Brown” (CBS) 19.0 28 5. “Unsolved Mysteries” (NBC) 18.8 30 * “Fish Police” (CBS) 7.2 13

(Each rating point represents 921,000 homes.

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