Season finales for Fox’s “The X-Files” and CBS’ “Touched by an Angel” led those networks to Sunday victories in adults 18-49 and households respectively, while ABC’s “Creature, Part 1” foundered and NBC’s “Bridges of Madison County” collapsed.
According to preliminary national Nielsens for Sunday, “The X-Files” season wrap, which leads into this summer’s theatrical pic, earned an 11.4 rating 18 share in homes and a 10.0/24 in adults 18-49.
Those figures may be adjusted by Nielsen today, but at this point represent a 10% drop in homes and 11% decline in the 18-49 demo vs. “X-Files” ‘ year-ago finale. They were still strong enough to win the 9-10 p.m. hour by 9 shares in adults 18-49. For the night, Fox beat CBS by 3 shares in that demo.
CBS swept Sunday in homes with two-hour episodes of “60 Minutes” (12.0/23) and “Touched by an Angel” (13.5/22). “Touched” slipped by 9% vs. last year’s hourlong season wrap-up, but still gave CBS its best Sunday-pic rating in four weeks.
The “Angel” finale wrapped the 1997-98 campaign for CBS’ Sunday movie, which ranks as the season’s highest-rated film package in households, up 10% vs. last year. CBS won the Sunday film competition by 3.8 rating points, the Eye’s biggest advan-tage in that night’s movie race since the 1983-84 season.
ABC’s first episode of “Creature” (9.9/16) was harpooned by a weak lead-in, the “Disney” vidpic “Miracle at Midnight” (5.2/10).
“Creature” gained enough strength through the night, however, to win the 10-11 p.m. hour in all key adult and male demos.
NBC finished fourth for the night by virtually every important measure, as a low average for the broadcast debut of “The Bridges of Madison County” (7.7/13) took its toll.
Each household rating point represents an estimated 980,000 homes, or 1% of the country’s TV homes. Each adults 18-49 rating point reps 1.23 million viewers, 1% of the U.S. total. A share is the same sort of percentage, except it’s measured against only the homes or viewers watching TV during the time slot involved.