SIZING UP THE '95 SEASON

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Only seven of the 26 new series scheduled by the Big 3 networks for the 1995-96 prime-time season received passing grades, according to an Advertis composite of preliminary agency share estimates.

The winners include ABC's "Wilde Again" and "Hudson Street" with a 23 and a 22 share, respectively; CBS' "Almost Perfect" and "Can't Hurry Love," with a 19 share each; and NBC's "Caroline in the City," "The Single Guy" and "Pursuit of Happiness," with 25, 23 and 19. The scores are primarily based on time slots.

Media buyers said there were a number of borderline shows that could be hits if moved to better time slots, including ABC's "Murder One" and CBS' "Bless This House."

Among the newcomers falling well below the 18 share level are: ABC's "The Drew Carey Show" and "Charlie Grace"; CBS' "Matt Waters," "Central Park West," "Courthouse" and "Dweebs"; and NBC's "Brotherly Love" and "Minor Adjustment."

The critera on Fox and, especially, UPN and WB, are based more on how well a show improves on its time period performance than competitive share.

Of the eight new Fox series, only "The Preston Episodes" and "Too Something," with 12 shares each, are considered to have passing grades. None of the new UPN or WB series garnered more than a 4 share.

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