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The Ratings

THE RATINGS

MADONNA GRACES 'WILL'

MADONNA'S AP-pearance on Will & Grace (10th) helped materialize a ratings victory for NBC on Thursday, the first night of sweeps. Even though the iconic guest star wasn't enough to tempt audiences away from CBS' competing crime drama, CSI (1st), Will & Grace teamed up with Friends (3rd) and ER (2nd) to help NBC win the night. Sunday was a different story, as CBS dominated with a combination of 60 Minutes (27th), the series finale of Touched by an Angel (21st), and a made-for-TV movie version of John Grisham's A Painted House (7th), while NBC stumbled with American Dreams (72nd) and a special edition of America's Most Talented Kid (84th). Curious viewers checked out premieres of Fox's Mr. Personality (28th) and ABC's Extreme Makeover (30th) but weren't nostalgic for NBC's Saturday-night revival of Hunter (87th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS

LAST WEEK

1 25.2 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 2 20.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. -- 3 20.7 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 4 20.6 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 1 5 20.3 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:34 p.m. -- 6 19.5 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:31 p.m. 4 7 18.3 MOVIE: A PAINTED HOUSE CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 8 18.1 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 12 18.1 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 15 10 17.7 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:05 p.m. 9 11 14.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:59 p.m. 5 14.1 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Monday, 8 p.m. -- 13 14.0 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 22 14.0 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 20 15 13.8 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 41 16 13.7 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 51 17 13.5 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 8 18 13.4 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. -- 13.4 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 11 20 13.3 PRIMETIME THURSDAY ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 40 21 12.9 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 23 12.9 TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 12.9 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. -- 24 12.8 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 7 25 12.7 THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 9:02 p.m. 17 26 12.4 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 27 12.3 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 35 28 12.2 MR. PERSONALITY Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. -- 29 12.1 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 19 30 12.0 EXTREME MAKEOVER ABC, Wednesday, 10:10 p.m.

Originally posted May 09, 2003 Published in issue #709 May 09, 2003 Order article reprints
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