Buoyed by its live telecast Sept. 25 of hit hospital drama "ER," NBC led the prime-time ratings race through the first four nights of the new TV season. NBC's average 14.6 rating and 23 share Monday to Thursday easily beat No. 2 CBS' 10.5/17 and ABC's 9.6/15. Fox came in with a 6.0/9. NBC's "ER" premiere earned a 28.5 rating and 45 share, touted by the network as the most viewers ever for the season premiere of a drama series. NBC led among viewers ages 18-to-49 with a 10.2 rating, followed by ABC with a 6.0; CBS, 4.8; and Fox, 4.3.
Copyright September 1997, Crain Communications Inc.