Television

The Ratings

'Paradise' Lost

'PARADISE' LOST

Reality check: Unscripted high jinks no longer lead to high ratings. Few tuned in to Paradise Hotel's Monday debut (58th) on Fox -- the sexfest trailed NBC's For Love or Money (12th), which itself couldn't court viewers away from CBS repeats of Raymond (6th) and King of Queens (8th). Fox's American Juniors (15th) beat the competition on Tuesday, but doesn't have the halo effect of its grown-up predecessor: Lead-out Keen Eddie (72nd) dropped 40 percent. NBC's Last Comic (18th) and CBS' Amazing Race (19th) drew moderate interest, while NBC's Fame (41st) continues to flame out. Meanwhile, CBS yanked sitcoms Baby Bob and Nathan Lane's Charlie Lawrence from its schedule after a dismal few weeks -- their replacements, an old Price Is Right special (61st) and a CSI: Miami rerun (41st), pulled in far better numbers.

TOP 30

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TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 13.8 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 2 12.4 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 4 3 12.0 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 2 4 11.5 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 9 5 10.5 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (R) NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 8 6 10.4 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 7 10.4 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:59 p.m. 3 8 10.0 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 10.0 THE KING OF QUEENS (R) CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 5 10 9.1 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 11 11 8.9 60 MINUTES (R) CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 6 12 8.7 FOR LOVE OR MONEY NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 23 13 8.6 PRIMETIME ABC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 40 8.6 DATELINE NBC NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 17 15 8.2 AMERICAN JUNIORS Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 10 16 8.1 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. -- 8.1 DATELINE NBC NBC, Sunday, 7 p.m. 38 18 8.0 LAST COMIC STANDING NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 18 19 7.9 ACCORDING TO JIM (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 13 7.9 THE AMAZING RACE 4 CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 33 21 7.8 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 18 7.8 MEET MY FOLKS NBC, Monday, 10:08 p.m. 38 23 7.7 SCRUBS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 23 7.7 GEORGE LOPEZ (R) ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 47 25 7.6 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 33 7.6 DOG EAT DOG NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 48 7.6 MOVIE: GUILTY HEARTS (R) CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 28 7.4 MOVIE: PERFECT MURDER... (R) CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 7.4 MY WIFE AND KIDS (R) ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 53 7.4 AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (R) ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 13 7.4 WILL & GRACE (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:58 p.m. 28

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JUNE 23-29, 200 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Jul 11, 2003 Published in issue #718 Jul 11, 2003 Order article reprints