In fact only NBC's Wednesday night sitcom Just Shoot Me, which aired at 9:30 p.m., managed to hold steady, with another l3 share during its secondweek. It also drew in l.6 million more viewers than watched its lead-in show, the long-running Wings.
This new show's breakout impact may stem from its casting. Two movie veterans, George Segal and Laura San Giacomo play father and daughter trying to reconcile whileworking at Blush, a sex and the single girl type magazine.
However, over on ABC Arsenio, the comeback bid of actor/talk show host Arsenio Hall has plummeted inthe ratings in its second week. Its premiere attracted over l5million viewers, making it the highest rated of the new comedyseries, but this week it was down from that l7 share premiere to justa l4 share .
The WB network was pleased with the two-hour debut of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Monday night; it beat arch-rival UPN's back-to-back sitcom schedule for the first time ever.
In the drama arena, ABC's The Practice which also brought inover l5 million viewers while registering in the top 20 its premiereweek, slipped a little this Tuesday night, but not enough to reallydisappoint. Meanwhile on CBS, the other new law show, FEDS, wasalso down from its so-so premiere, but again only slightly.
HoweverNBC's Prince Street,which had premiered in the ER Thursday timeslot, didn't find many viewers following it on its second outing thispast Wednesday and was dropped from the network's lineup--the first casualty among the replacements. How much of that can be blamed on theundercover cop show's content and how much on the confusion of theconstantly shifting scheduling is hard to say.
That show did do betterthan its time-schedule rival CBS's EZ Streets but was down on theratings for the period usually occupied by Law & Order. That not-at-all new cops and lawyers drama got the ER time slot thisThursday in which to showcase its Hollywood-themed three-parterstoryline. It played better than ER reruns--but the new timeslot simply added to the confusion of audiences looking for programingthey like, whether old or new.