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Fox's ''101 Things Removed From the Human Body'' (34th) unearthed 7.1 million gross-out fans on Thursday with one of the net's most infamous old ratings-grabbing tricks: broadcasting the removal of a grotesquely large tumor. Though the show featured additional horrors -- like a knife lodged in a woman's skull (pictured) -- it wasn't the 13.8-million-viewer blockbuster that the 300-pound tumor of '98 was. As reruns continued to dominate, NBC scored the highest-rated original program with Monday's ''Who Wants to Marry My Dad?'' (10th); still, CBS won the night with help from a Bob Hope tribute on ''48 Hours'' (13th). Two Wednesday debuts, NBC's ''Race to the Altar'' (58th) and ABC's second attempt at ''The Family''(75th), sealed this season as the summer of unscripted bombs.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 13.2 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 2 12.0 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 4 3 11.1 60 MINUTES (R) CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 8 4 10.5 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 7 10.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:59 p.m. 6 6 10.2 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 2 7 10.0 THE KING OF QUEENS (R) CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 9 8 9.9 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 3 9 9.8 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 19 10 9.6 WHO WANTS TO MARRY MY DAD? NBC, Monday, 10:08 p.m. 13 9.6 BIG BROTHER 4 CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 12 12 9.5 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 25 13 9.0 48 HOURS: BOB HOPE TRIBUTE SPECIAL CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. -- 14 8.8 LAW & ORDER: SVU (R) NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 10 8.8 FEAR FACTOR (R) NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 11 8.8 FOR LOVE OR MONEY 2 NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 16 17 8.7 BIG BROTHER 4 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 24 18 8.6 LAW & ORDER: SVU (R) NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. -- 19 8.5 LAST COMIC STANDING NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 37 20 8.3 SCRUBS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. 50 21 8.1 THE AMAZING RACE 4 CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 13 22 8.0 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 29 23 7.9 AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (R) ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 22 24 7.8 MOVIE: INSTINCT CBS, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. -- 7.8 THE RESTAURANT NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 18 7.8 MY WIFE AND KIDS (R) ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 53 27 7.7 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 30 7.7 BIG BROTHER 4 CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. 58 29 7.6 BECKER (R) CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 46 30 7.3 DOG EAT DOG NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 30 7.3 ACCORDING TO JIM (R) ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 16

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JULY 28-AUG. 3, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Aug 15, 2003 Published in issue #723 Aug 15, 2003 Order article reprints
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