Most syndie strips lit up the sky with higher ratings during the week ended July 4, according to the weekly Nielsen national barter rankings.

All of the top 10 shows gained except Paramount’s star performer “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” which lost 17% of its anti-gravity matter and landed at a 7.3 for the week.

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Strips turning in the most rousing ratings performances among the top 10 were Columbia’s “Married … With Children,” which unfurled an 11% gain to a 7.3 from a 6.6 a week earlier, and Par’s “Entertainment Tonight,” which exploded with a 9 % jump to a star-spangled 7.1 from a 6.5.

Further down the list, King World’s “Wheel of Fortune” weekend edition skyrocketed 58% to a 6.3 from a 4.0.

The game show got burned the previous week with a 38% loss because of preemptions.

There were fireworks in latenight, with Par’s “Arsenio Hall Show” sparkling with a 12% gain as it rose to a 2.8.

The other entrant with a majority of its clearances in the daypart, Multimedia Entertainment’s “Rush Limbaugh,” dropped 3% to a 3.6 from a 3.7 after he was shuttled off from the mornings to latenight in New York.

Several shows misfired during the week, with Rysher-TPE’s action-adventure series “The Highlander” being the biggest dud.

It lost 33%, plunging to a 3.0 from a 4.5.

Other bombs were All American TV’s “Baywatch” (4.4) and Warner Bros.’ “Jenny Jones” (1.9), each of which dropped by 17%.

Nielsen threw water on Viacom’s “Montel Williams Show,” which dropped 7% to a 2.7, while Warner Bros.’ “Time Trax” suffered an untimely 6% loss to a 4.4. Par’s “Maury Povich Show” sputtered out with a 5% fall to a 3.7.

Multimedia’s “Jerry Springer” plunged 5% to a 1.9. Buena Vista Television’s “Live With Regis & Kathie Lee” also declined by 5% to a 4.0.

Elsewhere, Par’s “Star Trek: The Next Generation” gained 1% to an 11.7, WB’s “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” tried to fight off a 2% loss to a 4.9 and Par’s “The Untouchables” remained unchanged at a 4.8.

‘Vicki!’ looks sharp

Group W’s patriot “Vicki!” was hot, gaining 13% to 2.6 from 2.3.

In the kidvid race, the Fox Children’s Network edition of “Batman” tied Buena Vista Television’s syndicated “Goof Troop” for the top spot among children 2-11, with each firing off a 5.1.

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