‘X-Files’ tops ‘ER’ in syndies

'Beastmaster' jumps in ratings

Actioners and other weeklies duked it out to the end during the third week of sweeps, resulting in a new king of the ring, according to the Nielsen report for the week of Nov. 15-21.

Tribune/Alliance Atlantis’ “Beastmaster” saw the most notable jump. The rookie actioner beat some veteran staples, such as David Hasselhoff and Pamela Lee, with an 11% jump to an all-time high of 3.0. The series debuted as the top freshman in its genre and has held the title every week since.

Among the vets, Twentieth’s “The X-Files” reclaimed its throne from “ER” as the top weekly, with a 15% increase to a 4.6 rating. Warner Bros.’ “ER” fell to third with a 20% slide for a 3.7 rating, tying Paramount’s weekly edition of “Entertainment Tonight.”

Second place went to Studios USA’s “Xena: Warrior Princess,” which climbed 8% to a 3.9. Sister show “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” on the other hand, slipped 3% to a 3.2 for its next-to-last new episode for the outgoing series.

Sophomore series “Stargate SG-1,” from MGM, and Columbia TriStar’s “VIP” went in opposite directions: “Stargate” grew 10% for a 3.3 score, “VIP” dipped 7% to a 2.8.

Veterans “Earth: Final Conflict” and “Baywatch Hawaii” tied for the week with a 2.9 rating. The Tribune-distribbed “Earth” was flat while Pearson’s “Baywatch” took a 15% hit. Eyemark’s “Pensacola: Wings of Gold” brought in the rear among veterans despite a 14% jump to a 2.4 score.

Rookie actioners were a mixed bag, with “Beastmaster’s” closest competition coming from Carsey-Werner’s off-net series “Profiler,” up 10% to a 2.3, and TriStar’s “Battledome,” which hit an all-time high with a 10% climb to a 2.2.

Other battles among rookies saw Eyemark’s “Peter Benchley’s Amazon” rise a strong 17% for a 2.1, with rivals “Lost World” from New Line and “Relic Hunter” from Paramount taking hits of 14% and 5%, respectively.

Buena Vista’s “Your Big Break” continued to float at the 2.0 mark, staying flat for the week. Hamilton’s actioner “Dream Team” was at the back of the pack with a 0.9 rating but was up 12% for the week.

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