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Syndies show muscle in sweeps

Syndicated shows came out of the first week of the February sweeps in
strong shape, especially the top off-net sitcoms.

The top four off-net comedies all had season-high ratings, including
series-best ratings for freshmen Everybody Loves Raymond and King of
the Hill

Raymond averaged a 6.4 rating for the week of Feb. 4 through 10,
and Kingscored a 3.7 rating, according
to Nielsen Media Research.

Raymond has improved 52 percent in the weekly ratings
since its debut, and King has jumped 48
percent from its premiere.

Friends led all off-net comedies, scoring a
season-best 7.9 rating.

Seinfeld was second with a season-high 7.3.

A number of other syndicated series hit season-best ratings, including
Wheel of Fortune at a 10.8 and Judge Judy with a 6.4.