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Reality Bites

''Idol,'' ''Apprentice'' top TV ratings. ''American Idol'' holds the top two slots among the week's most-watched shows

Reality shows reigned over last week's Nielsen ratings, with ''American Idol'''s two broadcasts at the top, according to the Associated Press. 26.7 million people watched Tuesday's ''Idol,'' the largest Tuesday audience ever for Fox, USA Today reported. ''Survivor: All Stars'' and ''The Apprentice'' were at No. 3 and 4, respectively. ''60 Minutes,'' with its interview with disaffected Bush advisor Richard Clarke, came in at No. 5, scoring 1.3 million more viewers than a typical episode of the news show.

Despite ''Idol'''s success, new Fox shows ''Cracking Up,'' ''Playing it Straight,'' and the critically acclaimed ''Wonderfalls'' failed to score viewers, according to USA Today. Meanwhile, ABC's drama ''The D.A.'' got off to a weak start, bringing in only 6.9 viewers. And the same network's Stephen King-penned ''Kingdom Hospital'' saw diminished ratings, with 7.1 million people watching. CBS' comedy ''The Stones'' also performed weakly, according to AP. But HBO's ''Deadwood'' was the cable network's most-watched series debut ever, pulling in 5.8 million viewers Sunday night.

Originally posted Mar 24, 2004