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WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY!, THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW AND INSIDE EDITION AGAIN RANK AS THE HIGHEST RATED STRIPS IN NATIONAL SYNDICATION ACCORDING TO 1993 NOVEMBER CASSANDRA

-- INSIDE EDITION is No. 1 newsmagazine in overall national ranking
 and in access beating out 'Hard Copy' and 'A Current Affair' --
 NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- WHEEL OF FORTUNE, JEOPARDY! and THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW are once again the top three highest rated strips in national syndication, ranking No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 respectively, and INSIDE EDITION ranks as the 5th highest rated first-run strip, according to the 1993 November Cassandra Ranking report. INSIDE EDITION is also the highest ranked newsmagazine in access beating out 'Hard Copy' and 'A Current Affair.'
 Results of the '93 November Cassandra Ranking report show that WHEEL OF FORTUNE, with a 16.7, remains dominant No. 1 among all nationally syndicated shows. Now in its eleventh season in syndication, WHEEL OF FORTUNE has also ranked No. 1 among all strip programs for 40 consecutive sweeps periods. Currently broadcast in 28 international territories, WHEEL is the most watched game show in the world with over 100 million weekly viewers around the globe. WHEEL OF FORTUNE is produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and is distributed worldwide by King World Productions, Inc.
 JEOPARDY!, with a 13.8 rating, continues as the second highest rated show in national syndication and has maintained that position for 33 consecutive sweeps periods. JEOPARDY! is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary season in syndication. Since its 1984 syndication debut, the show has garnered eleven prestigious Emmys, including the current 1993 "Best Game Show" award. JEOPARDY! is produced by Merv Griffin Enterprises, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, and is distributed worldwide by King World Productions, Inc.
 THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW pulled an 11.9 to remain the No. 1 talk show on television, outranking its competitors, delivering more than twice the rating of its next closest competitor including, DONAHUE, SALLY JESSY RAPHAEL and MAURY POVICH. The talk show is also the leading strip among all three key women's demographics. Additionally, THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW has been the third highest ranked first-run strip for 28 consecutive sweeps periods. THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW is produced by HARPO, Inc., and is distributed worldwide by King World Productions, Inc.
 INSIDE EDITION pulled a 7.1, beating 'Hard Copy,' 'A Current Affair' and 'Cops.' The show is also the highest ranked newsmagazine in access with an 8.5, outranking competitors' 'A Current Affair' (8.3) and 'Hard Copy' (8.3). The only syndicated newsmagazine to garner an Emmy Award nomination for News and Documentary excellence, INSIDE EDITION celebrated its 5th anniversary on the air Jan. 9, 1994. INSIDE EDITION is produced and distributed by King World Productions, Inc.
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