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THE RATINGS

'DAWSON'S' PEAK

DAWSON'S CREEK (63rd) rose before it ran dry, with viewers flooding The WB airwaves for the seminal teen series' tear-jerking finale. The two-hour glimpse at the Capeside gang's future set an adults 18-34 ratings record for the net -- but it still couldn't drown out Kimberley Locke's ouster on Fox's American Idol. As the talentfest narrowed the field to two, its Wednesday results show (2nd) again attracted a larger audience than the Tuesday competition night (4th). NBC's The West Wing (16th) captured its highest young-adult numbers since January with its season-ending first-daughter abduction. ABC had mixed results with The Bachelor: Viewers skipped out on Wednesday's women-tell-all special (40th), but spiky-haired heir Andrew Firestone's Sunday-finale proposal to Jen (14th) pulled in a flock of well-wishers -- and edged out part 1 of CBS' controversial Hitler movie (18th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK 1 25.5 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 6 2 25.3 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:35 p.m. 2 3 23.9 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 4 23.4 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 4 5 21.6 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:58 p.m. 5 6 20.3 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:10 p.m. 12 7 18.7 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 6 8 18.3 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 11 9 17.2 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 15 10 16.2 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 20 11 15.8 THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 9:31 p.m. -- 12 15.7 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 14 13 15.5 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 13 14 15.1 THE BACHELOR ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 15 14.5 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 23 16 13.8 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 19 17 13.7 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 20 18 13.6 MOVIE: HITLER: THE RISE OF EVIL CBS, Sunday, 9:01 p.m. -- 13.6 THAT '70S SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 29 20 13.4 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 21 12.9 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 27 22 12.8 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 20 23 12.7 24 Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 17 24 12.6 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 24 25 12.3 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. -- 12.3 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 25 27 12.1 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 36 28 11.8 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 31 29 11.7 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 29 30 11.6 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 27

Originally posted May 23, 2003 Published in issue #712 May 30, 2003 Order article reprints
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