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Best week for ‘Copy’ tops rival

Paramount’s “Hard Copy” inked its highest weekly rating ever in Nielsen syndication rankings Jan. 10-16, recording only its third finish ever ahead of rival Twentieth TV strip “A Current Affair.”

Still trailing

“Copy” is running more than 20% ahead of last year’s average season-to-date, while still trailing “Current Affair” and King World’s “Inside Edition,” which are down and flat, respectively.

Another newsmagazine, “The Crusaders,” also made news in the syndication standings, posting a 5.9 rating — 29% better than the Buena Vista hour’s previous high this season.

Weekly fare, in fact, enjoyed a relatively strong performance, with double-digit increases from the prior week for action hours like “Renegade, “”Kung Fu: The Legend Continues,””The Untouchables” and “Highlander.” Paramount’s “Star Trek” duo remain at the head of that class, followed by All American TV’s “Baywatch.”

Further down the list were “Time Trax” (4.1), “Cobra” (3.4) and the not-so-hot “Acapulco H.E.A.T.” (3.1).

Geraldo still the king

Among talkers, Tribune’s “Geraldo” (4.5) gained 5% to equal its highest rating this season. Multimedia’s “Rush Limbaugh” (3.8) also posted an 8% improvement, while several canceled series continue to slide into the sunset, among them “Les Brown” (1.9) and “Jane Whitney” (1.7).

King World’s gameshow tandem “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” continued their torrid pace, while “The Oprah Winfrey Show”– still queen of the chatters — was off 15% from the previous frame.

Buena Vista’s “Bonkers” strip and Turner’s weekly “Captain Planet” each averaged a 3 rating to lead syndicated children’s fare, though the strip version of “Captain Planet” rotated to only a 1.2 rating.

Twentieth’s off-Fox Broadcasting strip “Cops” (6.0) nabbed its second-best rating of the season. “Roseanne” topped off-network fare with a barter element.

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