'Wild Palms' fails to stir viewers

May 19, 1993|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Staff Writer

ABC's "Wild Palms" has not exactly rattled the rating treetops. The miniseries, which concludes tonight at 10 on WJZ (Channel 13), slipped to third place Monday night after a second-place finish Sunday among the major networks.

National Nielsen numbers for the second night of the series, starring Jim Belushi, Angie Dickinson and Dana Delaney, were a 9.7 rating and a 15 share, translating to an average of 13.3 million viewers. Baltimore viewers liked the show a little more, giving it a third-place 12.8 rating and 18 share. Monday's national numbers were down from the 12.3 rating and 20 share that put the series in second place Sunday.

The overall ratings winner Sunday and Monday night was the NBC miniseries "Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story." The final segment of the movie scored a 15.6 rating and 25 share nationally. (In Baltimore, the conclusion of the movie was rescheduled for 8 p.m. Tuesday because of a Monday night Orioles/Indians game.)

But Monday's season finale of the CBS' comedy "Murphy Brown," at 9 p.m., was the most-watched half-hour of the evening. The show scored a 17.5 rating and 27 share. Arbitron's numbers for Baltimore for Monday also show "Wild Palms" trailed in third place (9.4 rating and 14 share), behind the Orioles/Indians game (10.3 rating and 16 share) and the CBS three-show block (averaging 17.8 rating and 26 share).

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