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May 14, 2003
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CBS survives some tough competition to win week
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Thursday highlights


By Greg Braxton

Sunday's finale of "Survivor: The Amazon" trounced its competition and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" continued its dominance as television's top-rated series, according to rankings released Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research.

CBS' "Survivor" climax beat ABC's premiere of director Steven Spielberg's "new" version of "E.T.," featuring never-before-seen footage; part one of the season-ending episode of "Malcolm in the Middle" and a reunion of the cast of "Beverly Hills, 90210," both on Fox.

But even though more than 22 million viewers tuned in to the two-hour installment of "Survivor," it was still the least watched of all the "Survivor" finales. Network officials attributed the drop-off to the celebration of Mother's Day.

A reunion of the previous "Survivor" casts fell off from the main show but still landed in the Top 10.

In the meantime, "American Idol" on Fox continues its juggernaut toward next week's highly anticipated finale, which will face considerable competition on Wednesday from a three-hour "Law & Order" night on NBC.

Thursday's 200th episode of "ER" performed well for NBC, and ABC's "The Bachelor" continued to hold its own.

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (May 5-11) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 272.04 million potential viewers in the U.S. age 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.
2.American Idol (Wed.)FOX22.69
3."Survivor: Amazon Finale"CBS22.29
4.American Idol (Tue.)FOX22.24
6.Everybody Loves RaymondCBS19.59
8.Survivor: AmazonCBS19.00
9.Friends (8:30 p.m.)NBC18.98
10."Survivor: Amazon Reunion"CBS17.65
11.Law & OrderNBC17.46
12.Will & GraceNBC17.10
13.Still StandingCBS15.50
14.Without a TraceCBS14.92
15.CSI: MiamiCBS14.46
16.Bernie Mac ShowFOX13.73
17.The BachelorABC13.51
19.The West WingNBC13.37
20.Law & Order: Criminal Intent (10 p.m.)NBC13.30
21.Judging AmyCBS13.29
22.Law & Order: SVUNBC13.28
23.Law & Order: Criminal IntentNBC13.01
25.Fear FactorNBC12.62
Yes, DearCBS12.62
27.King of QueensCBS11.93
28.60 MinutesCBS11.89
29.That '70s ShowFOX11.72
30.The GuardianCBS11.66
31.NYPD BlueABC11.56
32.Bernie Mac Show (9:30 p.m.)FOX11.51
33.The DistrictCBS11.05
35."Murder She Wrote: Celtic Riddle"CBS10.69
36.The SimpsonsFOX10.56
37.Extreme Makeover (Wed.)ABC10.34
38.The PracticeABC10.07
39.Crossing JordanNBC9.86
40.Malcolm in the MiddleFOX9.82
41.My Wife and KidsABC9.56
42.60 Minutes IICBS9.52
43.Star Search (Wed.)CBS9.51
44.America's Funniest Home VideosABC9.25
45.George LopezABC9.24
46."ABC's 50th Anniversary Bloopers"ABC9.18
47.Dateline NBC (Wed.)NBC9.13
48."The Green Mile"ABC9.08
49.According to Jim (9 p.m.)ABC9.07
50.48 Hours InvestigatesCBS8.96
51.Law & Order: SVU (Sat.)NBC8.88
52."Price Is Right: Million 5"CBS8.69
53.Star Search (Fri.)CBS8.61
54.Primetime ThursdayABC8.50
55.Less Than PerfectABC8.39
56.Watching EllieNBC8.29
57.American DreamsNBC8.12
58.Dateline NBC (Fri.)NBC8.11
59.Boston PublicFOX8.03
60."The Matrix"FOX7.87
61.Dateline NBC (Tue.)NBC7.81
62.20/20 (Fri.)ABC7.74
63.King of the HillFOX7.68
64.8 Simple Rules ... ABC7.63
65.The AgencyCBS7.57
66.America's Most WantedFOX7.48
67."E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"ABC7.47
68.According to JimABC7.46
71."90210 Ten Year High School Reunion"FOX7.01
72.Cops (8:30 p.m.)FOX6.79
73.7th HeavenWB6.77
74.The Simpsons (7 p.m.)FOX6.38
75."Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 4"NBC6.33
76.Mr. PersonalityFOX5.99
77.Dateline NBC (Sun.)NBC5.87
79.Law & Order (Sat.)NBC5.70
80."Miss Dog Beauty Pageant"FOX5.48
81.Gilmore GirlsWB5.17
84.WWE Smackdown!UPN4.88
Dawson's CreekWB4.88
86."Favorite Stars: Then and Now"ABC4.62
87."Most Outrageous Game Show Moments 4" (Sat.)NBC4.45
91.Buffy the Vampire SlayerUPN4.02
94.Half and HalfUPN3.67
95.Grounded for LifeWB3.52
96.One on OneUPN3.49
97.The ParkersUPN3.20
98.The Twilight ZoneUPN2.61
99.Greetings From TucsonWB2.52
100.What I Like About YouWB2.40
101.Gilmore Girls: BeginningsWB2.35
102."Pitch Black"WB2.34

Network averages
Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season.
NetworkLast weekSeason to date

Southland TV rankings
Here are the 10 most-watched prime-time programs in the L.A. market last week, based on the average number of households.
 ProgramNat'l RankStationHouseholds
1American Idol (Wed.)2KTTV781,000
2American Idol (Tue.)4KTTV754,000
6Friends (8:30 p.m.)9KNBC679,000
7Will & Grace12KNBC613,000
8Law & Order11KNBC600,000
10Bernie Mac Show16KTTV577,000

Source: CBS; Nielsen Media Research

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