ABC's 'Cop Rock,'sinks beneath the competition

September 28, 1990|By David Zurawik

"Cop Rock," the critically acclaimed cop-show-as-musical from Steven Bochco, debuted with low ratings Wednesday night. "Cop Rock" finished third behind "Hunter" on NBC and a special on "Mike Wallace" on CBS, according to Nielsen overnight ratings from the nation's largest television markets.

Worse news for "Cop Rock" is that the show lost about 2 million of the television households provided by its lead-in show on ABC, "Married People." ABC yesterday emphasized that "Cop Rock" finished first among the three shows with people 18 to 49 years old.

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