TV

Coup De 'Ville'

Smallville (73rd) came to the rescue of The WB’s Wednesday lineup, opening its third season with 1.5 million more viewers than last season’s premiere of former time-slot occupant Dawson’s Creek and soaring above UPN’s competing Star Trek: Enterprise (92nd). The hour-long episode of CBS’ relocated King of Queens (18th) improved on Amazing Race 3’s year-ago performance but couldn’t beat NBC’s rejuvenated West Wing (11th). On Thursday, Scrubs (9th) checked into its third season with 17.2 million viewers – dropping off from lead-in Friends (2nd) and struggling against the second half of CBS’ Survivor: Pearl Islands (5th). The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, proved to be ratings champs by beating Atlanta during Fox’s Major League Baseball play-offs (14th) on Sunday.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 26.7 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 P.M. 1 2 22.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 3 20.8 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 3 4 20.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 5 5 19.7 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 7 6 17.7 FOOTBALL: PACKERS VS. BEARS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. – 7 17.5 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 4 8 17.3 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 10 9 17.2 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 8:33 p.m. – 10 16.8 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 6 11 16.3 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 9 12 16.2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 8 13 15.5 8 SIMPLE RULES… ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 12 14 15.4 BASEBALL: CUBS VS. BRAVES Fox, Sunday, 7:55 p.m. – 15 15.3 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 13 16 14.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 15 17 14.0 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 14 18 13.6 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. – 19 13.4 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 27 13.4 JAG CBS, Friday, 9:01 p.m. 20 21 12.9 COUPLING NBC, Thursday, 9:32 p.m. 17 22 12.6 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 20 23 12.5 JOAN OF ARCADIA CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. 23 24 12.3 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 19 25 12.1 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 36 12.1 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 26 27 12.0 I’M WITH HER ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 24 28 11.9 ACCORDING TO JIM ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 32 29 11.8 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 18 11.8 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 33 11.8 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 37

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF SEPT. 29-OCT. 5, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted October 17 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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