Barrymore's 'Amy' is early winner

January 05, 1993|By Knight-Ridder Newspapers

And the early winner in the Amy Fisher sweepstakes is -- the envelope, please -- ABC.

"The Amy Fisher Story," starring Drew Barrymore as the notorious Long Island Lolita, did big business Sunday night in Nielsen's 26 largest markets, scoring a 19.3 rating and 29 percent audience share from 9 to 11. ABC estimates that 50 million people saw all or part of the made-for-TV flick.

CBS's version, "Casualties of Love: The Long Island Lolita Story," with Alyssa Milano and Jack Scalia, had a 15.6 rating and 23 audience share in its head-to-head battle with ABC.

"Lionhart," starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, had a 14.3/ 21 on NBC. (Each overnight rating point equals 436,263 homes.)

Nationally, NBC's "My Story," starring Noelle Parker, averaged a 19.1 rating/30 share. An estimated 41 million viewers tuned in to the telemovie. National numbers for "Amy Fisher" and "Casualties" won't be available until today.

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