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Chevy wins ratings, but for Letterman

Chevy Chase finally delivered some latenight ratings … but it was on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman.”

Chase’s Jan. 14 appearance helped produce the second-best nightly results (a 7.2 rating/19 share) since “Late Show’s” premiere week last August.

Letterman tops week

Overall, Letterman averaged a 5.8/18 for the Jan. 10-14 week, with a 6.6/17 for its opening half-hour. “Nightline’s” exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of President Clinton’s European trip delivered a 5.6/15, while a repeat week of “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” averaged 5.0/13 for its first half-hour and 4.4 /13 overall.

Elsewhere in Nielsen daytime and fringe ratings, CBS ran its daytime streak to 254 weeks as “Good Morning America” turned up the heat over breakfast, and the Fox Children’s Network had another huge Saturday with the children’s demographic.

CBS’ daytime roster posted a 6.9/24 for the week in households, plus a rare first-place finish among adults 18-49, with a 4.3 average rating to ABC’s 4.0 and NBC’s 2.2. ABC and NBC scored 5.0/17 and 3.0/10, respectively, in households.

The CBS soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” (6.8/21) equaled its highest rating ever, ranking second overall behind the web’s “Young and the Restless” (9.5/32), which has been on a roll in recent weeks.

“Good Morning America” (4.7/20) posted its highest household rating since November in running its win streak to 20 weeks by that standard. The show also tied NBC’s “Today” (4.3/19) among adults 18-49, with a 1.8 rating each.

“CBS This Morning” continues to boast relative improvement, delivering a 3.4/ 15 in households and 1.1 among key adults.

Kids watch Fox

On the Saturday morning front, Fox (8.3/29) hammered out a record-high rating and share among children ages 2-11 and a 4.2/13 in households. By contrast, ABC scored a 5.2 with kids and 3.0/9 overall and CBS — receiving low coverage due to sports — had a 4.4. and 2.8/9.

The Fox assault included the top seven programs among kids, led by “X-Men” ( 10.7), while new series “The Terrible Thunder-Lizards” (8.7) improved in its second week.

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