CBS miniseries 'Queen' reigns with high Nielsen ratings

February 18, 1993|By David Zurawik | David Zurawik,Television Critic

The latest news from Nielsen is that CBS has the miniseries hit of the TV season in "Queen."

The complete, national ratings show Sunday's Part 1 of the miniseries which stars Halle Berry as Alex Haley's grandmother, was watched by an estimated 70 million people.

That makes it the highest-rated movie on any network in four years and the highest on CBS since "Lonesome Dove." Those ratings carried CBS to an important victory for last week over ABC, despite the huge audience for Oprah Winfrey's interview with Michael Jackson.

The ratings were even better for Part 2 Tuesday night, which beat ABC's mega-hit, "Roseanne," and the "Academy of Country Music Hits" special on NBC, racking up more big ratings.

"Queen" did a 23.3 rating and 34 share Tuesday night in the 29 metered overnight markets. Its closest competition came from "Roseanne," which had a 20.4 rating and 28 share for its half hour from 9 to 9:30. After "Roseanne," "Queen" doubled and tripled the audience of its other competitors, such as "Dateline NBC," "Jackie Thomas," "Civil Wars" and the country music show.

In Baltimore the ratings were again even better than elsewhere in the country Tuesday night. "Queen" earned a 30.2 rating and 41 share locally, putting it in the category of blockbuster. The conclusion of "Queen" airs at 9 tonight on WBAL (Channel 11).

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