While the two sci-fi series got the ax, Tony Danza got some good news--his low-rated The Tony Danza Show, temporarily sidelined during November sweeps, will be pulled out of the mothballs and given a second chance by NBC next month.
Fox expected big things from the big-budget The Visitor, which starred Northern Exposure's John Corbett as an alien-abducted pilot who comes back to Earth with superhuman powers. The series was produced for 20th Century Fox Television by Independence Day heavyweights Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich. But after a strong debut the ratings for the Friday show disappeared--it averaged only a 5.0/9 share. Fox will air the remainder of the thirteen completed episodes through January, but no more. .
Sleepwalkers loses its place in NBC's Saturday Thrillogy lineup after only two episodes. Pretender takes over the 9 p.m. time slot, preceded this week by a National Geographic special and next week by an episode of Ice-T's Players.
During its first run The Tony Danza Show only drew a 5.7 rating and 10 share. It gets another chance on Wednesday, December 3, as Danza's old Taxi pal Simka (Carol Kane) makes a cameo. Danza will be bookended by the aliens from 3rd Rock From the Sun, itself suffering in the Nielsens this season since being moved to Wednesdays.
Some other ratings highlights: Last Sunday's episode of The X-Files, the series' 100th, earned a 14.7 rating and a 21 share, ahead of the CBS' The Third Twin (12.9/20) and NBC's Outbreak (9.9/15) and ABC's Into Thin Air(8.5/13). He may have a thing for ear-nibbling, but fight fans would rather watch Mike Tyson box than any other pugilist. Only 700,000 paid to see Evander Holyfield TKO Michael Moorer last weekend. That's way below the 2 million who saw Holyfield lose an ear but keep his belt against Tyson back in June. Sinbad has a better Vibe than Chris Spencer. Since taking over the late-night talker, Sinbad has almost doubled the ratings from 1.6/4 to 2.4/6.