The Ratings

The Ratings

Holiday Blackout

Ratings fizzled over the July 4 weekend, with few choosing to get their patriotic fix on TV. Those who did stay in chose CBS' Boston Pops Fireworks (19th) over NBC's Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular (33rd), hosted by Carson Daly and Molly Sims. The Beantown display edged out New York's pyrotechnics thanks to its lead-ins -- reruns of a Price Is Right special (62nd) and 48 Hours Investigates (56th), which beat NBC's two-hour Dateline (63rd). The Peacock locked up far more viewers on Sunday with a repeat episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (8th) and reality counterpart Crime and Punishment (14th). On Tuesday, UPN's America's Next Top Model (68th) earned its recent renewal, hitting a ratings high and winning its time slot with women 18-34.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 12.1 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 P.M. 3 2 11.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:59 p.m. 6 3 11.4 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 4 4 11.0 THE KING OF QUEENS (R) CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 8 11.0 60 MINUTES (R) CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 11 6 10.8 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 7 9.7 DAYTONA 400 NBC, Saturday, 7:36 p.m. -- 8 9.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 6 9.3 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 2 10 8.9 MOVIE: INDEPENDENCE DAY (R) Fox, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 8.9 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 8 12 8.7 FOR LOVE OR MONEY NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 12 13 8.6 FEAR FACTOR (R) NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 32 14 8.1 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 21 15 7.9 LAST COMIC STANDING NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 18 16 7.6 AMERICAN JUNIORS Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 15 7.6 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 16 18 7.5 MEET MY FOLKS NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. -- 19 7.4 BOSTON POPS FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR CBS, Friday, 10 p.m. -- 20 7.3 DOG EAT DOG NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 25 7.3 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 22 7.2 PRIMETIME SPECIAL EDITION ABC, Monday, 10 p.m. -- 23 7.1 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 8:29 p.m. 39 7.1 ACCORDING TO JIM (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 19 25 7.0 MEET MY FOLKS NBC, Monday, 10:08 p.m. 21 7.0 MOVIE: WILD WILD WEST CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 27 6.9 AMERICAN JUNIORS Fox, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 39 6.9 THE AMAZING RACE 4 CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 19 6.9 GEORGE LOPEZ (R) ABC, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 23 6.9 YES, DEAR (R) CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 37 6.9 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 10

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JUNE 30-JULY 6, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Jul 18, 2003 Published in issue #719 Jul 18, 2003 Order article reprints