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The Ratings

THE RATINGS

GARNERING SUPPORT

Juiced by some kick-ass fights and a who-coulda-seen-it-coming ender, the two-hour season finale of Alias (38th) shot up the ratings chart and boosted ABC's Sunday-night 18-49 audience by 12 percent compared with a year ago. But Jennifer Garner's Sydney Bristow couldn't fend off the competition: CBS had a ball with competing biopic Lucy (21st), and NBC maintained the pecking Order with two episodes of Criminal Intent (14th and 12th). Earlier in the week, President Bush's address interrupted Thursday-night programming, but that didn't stop viewers from tuning in for Macaulay Culkin's turn as a baby-faced lawyer on NBC's Will & Grace (9th) or CBS juggernaut CSI (1st). On Tuesday, Frasier (37th) tied the first half hour of Fox's 24 (27th) thanks to a guest spot by Dr. Phil, but lead-out Watching Ellie (49th) continued its ratings plunge after an auspicious premiere.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 22.7 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9:27 p.m. 1 2 20.4 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 4 3 20.2 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 6 4 19.6 ER NBC, Thursday, 10:18 p.m. 2 5 19.0 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 6 18.1 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m 8 7 17.9 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 11 8 17.7 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 8 9 17.2 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 24 17.2 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:39 p.m. 5 17.2 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:39 p.m. 10 12 14.5 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 21 13 14.4 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. -- 14 14.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 18 15 14.0 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 17 16 13.8 THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 9:01 p.m. 25 17 13.6 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 15 18 13.3 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 21 19 13.2 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 16 13.2 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 13 21 12.9 MOVIE: LUCY CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 22 12.8 THIRD WATCH NBC, Monday, 9:02 p.m. 37 23 12.6 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:27 p.m. 13 24 12.5 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 26 25 12.4 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 34 26 12.2 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 62 27 12.1 MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE Fox, Sunday, 9 p.m. 36 12.1 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 31 12.1 24 Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 31 30 11.9 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 27

Originally posted May 16, 2003 Published in issue #710 May 16, 2003 Order article reprints