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Upsies, Downsies

January 12, 1986|Lee Margulies

The numbers continue wild for Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories."

The Dec. 29 episode, written by Spielberg and directed by Clint Eastwood, attracted the smallest audience yet for the NBC series--about 11 million homes. But last Sunday's installment, about a baby-sitter who uses voodoo on her young charges, drew the second-best ratings of the season--nearly 18 million homes, topped only by the premiere episode Sept. 29.

For the season, "Amazing" ranks 27th among 75 network series, averaging a respectable 25 share, or 25% of all homes watching TV. It generally runs second in its time slot to CBS' "Murder, She Wrote."

To New York Times critic John O'Connor, Spielberg "has delivered a spotty skein of cliches, sentimentality and ordinary hokum." But NBC program chief Brandon Tartikoff claims he's satisfied.

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