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THE RATINGS

'GIRL' POWERLESS The reality market may finally be saturated, as the nation's viewers spurned the debut of ABC's All American Girl (75th). Despite the ''star'' quality of ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, the not-just-a-beauty-pageant became TV's latest unscripted flop, joining ABC's The Family (81st) and Are You Hot? (which tied Fox's failing Married by America for 70th). But reality isn't entirely dead: Longer-running contenders in the genre continue to flourish, as Fox's American Idol soared to 2nd with a live two-hour singathon, CBS' Survivor (3rd) showed its Amazonian strength, and NBC's Fear Factor (8th) drew its biggest crowd ever with a Las Vegas special. Idol's Wednesday results show (8th) is having a halo effect on the sitcoms that surround it, That '70s Show (28th) and The Bernie Mac Show (32nd) -- but not on Bernie's lead-out, Cedric the Entertainer Presents (51st). Unlike reality, variety is dead.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 28.6 CSI 2 CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 22.0 AMERICAN IDOL 3 Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 3 21.1 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON 1 CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 21.0 FRIENDS 8 NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 20.9 ER -- NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 6 19.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND 6 CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 7 19.0 CSI: MIAMI 13 CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 8 18.3 FEAR FACTOR 7 NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 18.3 AMERICAN IDOL 4 Fox, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 10 17.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT 26 NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 11 15.9 STILL STANDING 10 CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 12 15.6 SCRUBS -- NBC, Thursday, 8:33 p.m. 13 15.4 WITHOUT A TRACE 17 CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 14 15.0 WILL & GRACE -- NBC, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 15.0 LAW & ORDER (R) 11 NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 16 14.0 THE KING OF QUEENS 20 CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 17 13.7 60 MINUTES 5 CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 18 13.5 YES, DEAR 21 CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 19 13.2 48 HOURS INVESTIGATES 53 CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 20 13.0 THE SIMPSONS 11 Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 21 12.6 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) 9 NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 12.6 GOOD MORNING, MIAMI -- NBC, Thursday, 9:31 p.m. 23 12.5 LAW & ORDER (R) -- NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 24 12.4 MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE 15 CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 25 12.2 60 MINUTES II 22 CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 26 12.1 JAG (R) 40 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 27 12.0 MEET MY FOLKS 26 NBC, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 28 11.7 THAT '70S SHOW -- Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 29 11.6 STAR SEARCH 35 CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 30 11.5 DATELINE NBC 64 NBC, Friday, 9 p.m.

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF MARCH 10-16, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #702 Mar 28, 2003 Order article reprints
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