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'MONTY'S' RATINGS ARE 'RIGHT'-ON; PREMIERE PROVES TO BE FOX'S HIGHEST RATING EVER FOR TIME PERIOD; DEMOS DELIVER HIGHEST MALE AUDIENCE

 BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "Monty," Touchstone Television's new half-hour comedy series starring Henry Winkler, delivered an 8.6 rating/13 share(+) in its premiere last night, Tuesday, Jan. 11. It was FOX's highest rating ever for its Tuesday night 8 p.m. time period since beginning full-time programming of the night in January 1993.
 In addition, "Monty" out-performed the previous four weeks of "ROC" in that time slot by 63 percent and ranked No. 1 in the time period for male demographics. "ROC" dropped to a 5.2 rating/8(+) share immediately following "Monty," a 40 percent drop in rating and 38 percent drop in share.
 Among the all-important male demographics, "Monty" won its time period with a 6.6 rating/18(+) share (men 18-49) and a 6.7 rating/17(+) share (men 25-54). Comparatively, "Full House" performed with a 5.2/14(+) (males 18-49) and 5.4/13(+) (males 25-54); "Rescue 911" performed with a 6.0/16(+) (males 18-49) and 6.4/16(+) (males 25-54); "Saved By the Bell" performed with 2.8/8(+) (males 18-49) and 2.9/7(+) (males 25-54).
 While the series ranked third in its time period, it was the first time since FOX began programming full-time on Tuesday evenings that the network has ranked better than fourth place. "Full House" (ABC) came in first with 14.4 rating/22 share; "Rescue 911" (CBS) came in second with 12.9 rating/20 share(+); and "Saved By the Bell" (NBC) came in fourth with 6.3 rating/10 share.(+)
 Along with Winkler, "Monty" stars Kate Burton, David Krumholtz, David Schwimmer, China Kantner, Tom McGowan and Joyce Guy.
 "Monty," created by Marc Lawrence, is produced by Fair Dinkum and Reserve Room Productions Inc., in association with Touchstone Television. Winkler and Lawrence are executive producers, with Katie Ford serving as supervising producer. George Beckerman is consulting producer, and Ana Krewson is producer. James Burrows directed the pilot.
 Touchstone Television is part of Walt Disney Pictures and Television.
 (+) Source: NTI
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