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Weeklies ‘Amazon,’ ‘Relic’ show muscle

Syndies hope to attract 'Hercules,' 'Xena' audience

With “Hercules” leaving the air in December and “Xena” showing signs of erosion, several new syndie action hours are duking it out in hopes of capturing the attention of the loincloth and breastplate crowd.

“Peter Benchley’s Amazon” from Eyemark/Alliance Atlantis, was the top rookie this week, landing a preliminary 2.4 rating, 6 share, over the weekend, up 4% from its lead-in and 26% from its year-ago time period average. Paramount’s Tia Carrere starrer “Relic Hunter” bowed with a 2.3 rating, 6 share, off 12% from its lead-in, but up 15% from last year’s time period average.

The other weekly syndie actioner to bow this week, Hamilton’s “The Dream Team,” with Roger Moore, preemed to less-than-stellar numbers, pulling a 1.4 rating/3 share.

Last year, only two debuting action hours managed to survive for a second season: Columbia TriStar’s “VIP,” with Pamela Anderson, and MGM’s “Stargate SG-1,” bowing with a 2.5/6 and 3.3/8, respectively. No other rookie was able to break the 2.0 barrier.

In the variety genre, Buena Vista’s “Star Search”-like “Your Big Break” pulled a 2.1/5, according to early numbers.

Next week, New Line’s action hour “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s the Lost World” will bow; Tribune’s “Beastmaster” is skedded to enter the fray the week after.