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When Nancy Travis made the career move from films (Three Men and a Baby, Internal Affairs) to the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect (as cop-show producer Kim Cooper), she desperately wanted the show to be a hit. "I'd run out to get the newspaper every Wednesday when the ratings were listed," she admits. "I'd come back very frustrated." Fortunately, since moving from Sunday to Monday nights last month, Almost Perfect's ratings have soared 30 percent, and a second season looks likely. We recently caught up with a much-reassured Travis, 34, who lives in Los Angeles with her husband of nearly two years, Savoy Pictures president Rob Fried.
Were you always a big TV fan?
Growing up, I was allowed to watch only one hour a day. I always chose Here Come the Brides. I couldn't live without seeing it. I loved the romance of it, and seeing Bobby Sherman probably had something to do with it too.
Do you get recognized more now that you're on television?
Yes. And more now than when the show was on Sundays. Of course it's always during those embarrassing moments, like when I'm walking my dogs and picking up the excrement in a plastic bag. Hopefully people will think, "At least she's picking it up."
Have you ever wondered how Nielsen arrives at the ratings?
Actually my husband and I got to be a Nielsen family once. We got the ratings book in the mail, so we just put down the names of all our friends' shows. Funny how they never sent us another one.
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