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Ratings Archives: Winter 1994-95

Covering December 5, 1994 to March 5, 1995

Up until December 1994, the USA only received, historically, three or four broadcast networks.In January 1995, that number reached SIX. Both the WB (Warner Brothers) and UPN (Paramount) debuted in mid-January with a limited TV schedule.

Both the WB and UPN bowed in January of 1995. Technically, The WB was the 5th network, airing a week ahead of UPN. UPN started off airing on  Mondays and Tuesdays, while The WB only programed one night, Wednesdays. UPN had more affiliates, airing in 86% of the USA, while The WB was only cleared in 80%.

Here is the original lineup for both networks.

UPN Mondays:
8:00pm - STAR TREK: VOYAGER
9:00pm - PLATYPUS MAN
9:30pm - PIG STY

UPN Tuesdays:
8:00pm - MARKER
9:00pm - THE WATCHER

WB Wednesdays:
8:00pm - THE WAYANS BROS.
8:30pm - THE PARENT 'HOOD
9:00pm - UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER
9:30pm - MUSCLE

Of these new shows, I remember watching STAR TREK: VOYAGER and MARKER on UPN. On the WB I watched UNHAPPILY EVER AFTER and MUSCLE. MUSCLE was a comedy heavily influenced by the classic ABC comedy SOAP.

STAR TREK: VOYAGER premiered to relatively big numbers, grabbing nearly 15 million viewers. but as the winter progressed, it settled into an average of about 10-11 million per week.

As for the rest of network TV, ABC still held the ratings lead, but with a surge by both E.R. and SEINFELD (Overtaking HOME IMPROVEMENT), NBC was starting to make a move for the top spot.

Nielsen Broadcast ratings charts for December 5, 1994 to March 5, 1995
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