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THE RATINGS

THE RATINGS

'OLIVER' HARDY

Nearly 14 million people showed up to meet Oliver Beene (14th), making the Wonder Years look-alike Fox's biggest comedy debut in three years. Lead-in Simpsons (11th) topped CBS' Big Fat eroding comedy (15th) by a million viewers, while NBC's American Dreams (49th) got lost in the shuffle. Meanwhile, Bob Dole and Bill Clinton's point-counterpoint gave 60 Minutes (5th) a boost. In reality news, ABC's wrap-up of I'm a Celebrity... (28th) cracked the top 30, but only 9 million folks opted to greet The Family (51st). The premiere of Fox's overlong Married by America (56th) pulled 8.6 million viewers against NBC's Fear Factor (7th), and only 8.7 million took the bet that Access Hollywood's Billy Bush hosting NBC's revamped Let's Make a Deal (55th) would make great TV.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 23.3 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON CBS, Thursday, 8:52 p.m. 3 2 22.9 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9:52 p.m. 1 3 18.7 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 5 4 18.0 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 12 5 17.0 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 16 6 16.8 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 4 7 16.3 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 18 8 15.6 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:54 p.m. -- 9 15.0 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 11 10 14.5 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. -- 11 14.4 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 21 14.4 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 6 13 14.2 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 1 14 13.8 OLIVER BEENE Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 15 13.3 MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 15 13.3 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:26 p.m. 31 17 13.2 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10:52 p.m. 9 13.2 24 Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 33 19 13.1 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (R) NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 14 20 12.9 THE KING OF QUEENS (R) CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 20 21 12.7 YES, DEAR (R) CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 19 22 12.2 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 12 23 12.1 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 28 24 11.7 BECKER CBS, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 30 11.7 MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 38 26 11.3 MEET MY FOLKS NBC, Monday, 9:30 p.m. -- 11.3 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (R) NBC, Saturday, 10 p.m. -- 28 11.0 I'M A CELEBRITY... ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 58 29 10.9 STAR SEARCH CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. 47 30 10.7 8 SIMPLE RULES... (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 52 10.7 ACCORDING TO JIM (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 54 10.7 AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 41

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #701 Mar 21, 2003 Order article reprints
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