The Ratings

'Outback' in Business

'Survivor' beats 'Friends' in ratings

The Nielsen tribe has spoken: CBS' Survivor: The Australian Outback (1st) outplayed NBC's supersize Friends (3rd), drawing nearly seven million more viewers in their first mano a mano matchup. The gap was even wider when the castaways took on the Peacock's SNL Primetime Extra (8th). Perhaps more impressively, CBS' rookie smash CSI (5th) moved from its Friday slot and promptly topped NBC's Will & Grace (6th) and Just Shoot Me (15th) -- not to mention ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (19th). Fox's Temptation Island (13th) continued to score, as Taheed and Ytossie's tossing attracted the show's biggest audience yet, and ABC's The Mole burrowed its way into 33rd place. Finally, a non-reality show -- Vince McMahon's XFL -- X-ceeded all X-pectations with its X-cellent NBC debut (21st).

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 29.0 SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. -- 2 26.5 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 11 3 22.2 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 4 21.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 12 5 21.3 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 18 6 20.4 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 10 7 19.5 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 3 8 19.4 SNL PRIMETIME EXTRA NBC, Thursday, 8:38 p.m. -- 9 19.0 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 28 10 18.8 THE PRACTICE ABC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 35 11 18.6 MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 67 12 18.5 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 79 13 18.2 TEMPTATION ISLAND Fox, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 8 14 17.5 BECKER CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 27 15 17.2 JUST SHOOT ME NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 17 17.2 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC, Friday, 9 p.m. -- 17 17.1 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 19 18 16.6 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 19 16.3 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 34 16.3 WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 5 21 15.7 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 30 15.7 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 13 15.7 FOOTBALL: HITMEN VS. OUTLAWS NBC, Saturday, 8 p.m. -- 24 15.5 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 25 15.3 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 31 26 14.9 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 6 27 14.7 THREE SISTERS NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 23 28 14.6 THE X-FILES Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 73 29 14.0 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 13 30 13.9 PROVIDENCE NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 64

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JAN. 29-FEB. 4, 2001 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Feb 16, 2001 Published in issue #582 Feb 16, 2001 Order article reprints
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