FOX BY AN EYE-LASH

Fox took a tight matchup Sunday in the overnight ratings race as its telecast of “Home Alone 2” averaged a 15.3 rating and 22 share in the 7-9 p.m. block, according to Nielsen. That was a record for a Fox movie night and drove the web to an average of 15.2/22.

CBS also had a very strong night as “Mrs. Santa Claus” starring Angela Lansbury averaged a 15.2/22 in the 8-10 p.m. block. That was good for the web’s best Sunday movie rating since “Harvest of Fire” (16.5/26) last April. At 10 p.m., a special “Touched by an Angel” averaged a 12.0/19. The Eye web finished with a 14.2/21. National numbers will be released today, whereupon CBS usually goes up and Fox usually loses a little.

A repeat of Fox’s “The X-Files” averaged a 13.8/19, as the network posted its best numbers ever in the overnight ratings for a Sunday night that didn’t include sports programming.

NBC finished third in the overnights with a 10.1/16. Its broadcast of the theatrical “Greedy” averaged a 11.9/17 in the 9-11 p.m. slot. At 8 p.m. “Third Rock From the Sun” averaged a 10.2/16, while “Boston Common” dropped off to a 7.6/11 in the 8:30 slot.

ABC finished with a very disappointing 8.0/12 as “Lois and Clark” averaged a 6.4/8, and its rebroadcast of the theatrical “Passenger 57” posted a 10.2/15.

The WB finished with a 3.2/6.

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