"Practice" and "Raymond" Top VQT Winnners

ABC's Emmy nominated drama "The Practice" has won the Viewers for Quality Television's Best Quality Drama award for the second year in a row, while CBS's Emmy nominated comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond" has earned its first "Q" as Best Quality Comedy in VQT's 1999 Quality Awards. The Ray Romano comedy leads the awards with four; "The Practice" follows with three. Winners were selected by VQT's 2,000 nation-wide participants.

"VQT members' preference for character-driven, substantive stories, and humor that assumes the audience's intelligence, is demonstrated by our choices," says Dorothy Swanson, president and founder of VQT. "We're always proud to select such deserving winners; the Quality Awards are chosen by people who actually watch television."

The complete list of 1999 "Q" award winners follows:

Best quality drama -- "The Practice"

Best quality comedy -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Best actress, quality drama -- Gillian Anderson, "The X-Files"

Best actor, quality drama -- Dennis Franz, "NYPD Blue"

Best actress, quality comedy -- Patricia Heaton, "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Best actor, quality comedy Ray Romano, "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Best supporting actress, quality drama -- Camryn Manheim, "The Practice"

Best supporting actor, quality drama -- Steve Harris, "The Practice"

Best supporting actress, quality comedy -- Doris Roberts, "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Best supporting actor, quality comedy -- Peter MacNicol, "Ally McBeal"

Founder's award -- "Will & Grace"

Viewers for Quality Television, a non profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1984 to advocate network series that its participants vote to be of the highest quality. It is a participatory organization, open to all interested viewers.