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THE RATINGS

ALIEN NATION

Once again, steven Spielberg plus spacemen equal big hit: Taken (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th), the Sci Fi miniseries exec-produced by the E.T. director, helped the cabler dominate the top 10. The series' Dec. 2 debut broke Sci Fi records, drawing 6 million UFO nuts. Still, ESPN's Sunday-night football matchup (1st) won by 2 million viewers. While pigskin can stand up to little green men, we have reason to believe aliens have abducted fans of The Osbournes (13th): Ozzy's brood has lost 2.2 million viewers since the second-season debut. Meanwhile, Michael Keaton's return to acting didn't make much news; a mere 3.3 million folks tuned in to see him and Helena Bonham Carter cover the Gulf War in HBO's Live From Baghdad (5th).

TOP 5 PAY CABLE

VIEWERS*

1 5.2 BOXING: HOLYFIELD VS. BYRD HBO, Saturday, 10:26 p.m. 2 4.4 OCEAN'S ELEVEN HBO, Saturday, 8:01 p.m. 3 3.9 SEX AND THE CITY (R) HBO, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 4 3.4 SEX AND THE CITY (R) HBO, Sunday, 8 p.m. 5 3.3 MOVIE: LIVE FROM BAGHDAD HBO, Sunday, 9:02 p.m.

TOP 25 BASIC CABLE

1 7.3 FOOTBALL: CARDINALS VS. RAMS ESPN, Sunday, 8:28 p.m. 2 5.3 TAKEN Sci Fi, Friday, 9:01 p.m. 3 5.2 TAKEN Sci Fi, Monday, 9:01 p.m. 4 5.0 FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10 a.m. 5.0 TAKEN Sci Fi, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 6 4.9 TAKEN Sci Fi, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 7 4.7 TAKEN Sci Fi, Tuesday, 9:01 p.m. 8 4.6 HEY ARNOLD! Nickelodeon, Friday, 6 p.m. 4.6 RUGRATS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. 4.6 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Thursday, 5:30 p.m. 4.6 WWE RAW TNN, Monday, 10 p.m. 4.6 MOVIE: THE JUNCTION BOYS ESPN, Saturday, 9 p.m. 13 4.4 THE OSBOURNES MTV, Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. 14 4.3 FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10 a.m. 4.3 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. 4.3 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Thursday, 5 p.m. 17 4.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 9 a.m. 4.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9 a.m. 19 4.1 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 4.1 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. 4.1 WWE RAW TNN, Monday, 9 p.m. 4.1 FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Friday, 6:30 p.m. 23 4.0 MOVIE: THE SANTA CLAUSE (R) Disney, Saturday, 8 p.m. 4.0 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 4.0 HEISMAN TROPHY PRESENTATION ESPN, Saturday, 8 p.m.

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF DEC. 9-15, 2002 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Jan 10, 2003 Published in issue #690 Jan 10, 2003 Order article reprints
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