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LOS ANGELES - Martin Scorsese was an also-ran two years ago with "Gangs of New York." Clint Eastwood was a runner-up last year with "Mystic River."
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'Noah's Ark' gives NBC a boost

NEW YORK -- If NBC manages to come from behind and capture the year's Nielsen Media Research ratings crown, it can thank Noah's Ark for keeping it afloat. Opening night of the biblical miniseries on Sunday scored the highest ratings for a TV movie this year, leading NBC to an easy victory during opening week of the May "sweeps" period, where ratings are watched closely to set advertising rates.
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Shooting coverage dominates ratings

NEW YORK -- Six network newsmagazines, all of them with reports on the Colorado school massacre, were among the 12 top-rated prime-time shows measured by Nielsen Media Research during the week that ended Sunday. The newsmagazines responded quickly with stories on the Littleton shooting, and viewers apparently couldn't get enough. On Wednesday, ABC's 20/20 had more viewers than any other newsmagazine. Its ratings were the network's second-highest of the year, behind the Monica Lewinsky interview.
Lewinsky special gives ABC a sweep

NEW YORK -- Barbara Walters' interview with Monica Lewinsky drew more than twice as many viewers as any other prime-time show show last week, giving ABC its best week in the ratings in nearly a year. ABC's 10.1 rating and 16 share for the week easily topped CBS, which had a 9.0 rating and 15 share, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. NBC was third with an 8.6 and 14. Fox had a 6.7 and 11.
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Nielsens: Schroder helps ABC win

NEW YORK -- A Thursday night airing of Forrest Gump and Rick Schroder's debut on NYPD Blue helped ABC to its first prime-time Nielsen Media Research win of the television season. ABC hadn't won the ratings competition since its March showing of the Academy Awards, but took advantage of a week full of holiday specials and reruns. For the week, ABC had a 9.6 rating and 16 share, Nielsen said Tuesday. CBS was second with a 9.3 rating and 15 share, NBC had an 8.2 rating and 14 share and Fox had a 6.3 rating and 10 share.
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'Soul Food' awarded five NAACP Image Awards

PASADENA, Calif. -- "Soul Food," a drama about black family life, love and home cooking, won five NAACP Image Awards, including outstanding motion picture. Vanessa Williams was named outstanding actress, co-star Irma P. Hall was outstanding supporting actress and Brandon Hammond was chosen as outstanding youth actor for their roles in the film, which tells the story of a black Chicago family struggling with the loss of its matriarch. The movie's soundtrack was named outstanding album during the 29th annual awards ceremony on Saturday night.
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`Cinderella' magical for ABC

NEW YORK - Disney's new version of Cinderella, starring Brandy, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg, was a ratings smash that led ABC to its first weekly win of the television season. ABC estimated that 60 million people tuned in to at least some part of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Sunday night. For its first hour, the movie gave ABC its best ratings in the time slot in 13 years. Viewers included an estimated 70 percent of girls aged 2 to 11 who were watching television.
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NBC hits home run with World Series coverage

NEW YORK - World Series ratings may have been lackluster compared with past years but were strong enough to propel NBC to its most decisive weekly win of the television season -- even without Seinfeld and ER. The Cleveland-Florida World Series had a 16.8 average rating, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday. That's the second-lowest of any World Series measured, behind the 16.4 rating for the Oakland-San Francisco "earthquake" series of 1989.
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TV viewers get mix of tricks, treats on Halloween

Oh, to have the pumpkin concession for prime-time television this week when the broadcast and cable networks trot out their Halloween-themed programming. The idea of capitalizing on such holidays is neither novel nor creative. But it does give viewers something beside trickor-treat loot in which to sink their teeth.
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