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THE RATINGS

GRECIAN FORMULA

CBS can break out the ouzo. More than 22 million Nia Vardalos lovers gave record-breaking oomph to the small-screen premiere of My Big Fat Greek Life (1st, 15th), which was the network's most watched sitcom debut since Cosby in 1996. Greek squashed the second half of Joe Millionaire: The Aftermath (7th) by a hefty margin of 3.4 million viewers and helped Monday-night mate Yes, Dear (19th) score its best ratings of the past year. Greek remained on top in its regular Sunday-night time slot and even gave burnout Becker (30th) a boost. Battle of the sexes Survivor: The Amazon (3rd) picked up steam while the war-weary masses fled from ABC's Profiles From the Front Line (90th). And even the Boss has a bad night every so often: Bruce Springsteen's CBS concert was only seven slots higher than the debut of former Fox dweller Grounded for Life (101st) on The WB.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 22.9 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 3 22.9 MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. -- 3 22.4 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 7 4 22.2 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 15 5 20.0 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 9 6 19.6 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 8 7 19.5 JOE MILLIONAIRE: THE AFTERMATH Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. -- 8 19.1 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10:01 p.m. 12 9 18.8 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 14 10 17.5 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 10 11 17.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 12 17.1 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:31 p.m. 18 17.1 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 67 14 16.8 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (R) NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 21 15 16.6 MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 16 16.3 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 16 17 15.8 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 20 18 15.6 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 39 19 15.4 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 31 20 14.8 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 25 21 14.6 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 22 14.6 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 23 14.0 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 35 24 13.9 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 25 13.8 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 25 26 13.7 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 53 27 13.5 SCRUBS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. 27 28 13.1 STAR SEARCH CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 44 13.1 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 33 30 13.0 BECKER CBS, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. --

Originally posted Feb 05, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints
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