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The Ratings

Monk-Ey Business

More than 4 million viewers clued in to USA's ''Monk'' (6th) for its second season finale. Still, the detective drama couldn't beat HBO's allure -- the pay channel's ''Sex and the City'' (1st) and ''The Wire'' (5th) were the week's top-rated cable series. Sports fans tuned in to TNT on Saturday for Winston Cup auto racing (2nd) and Spike TV on Monday for WWE wrestling (3rd and 4th), while young audiences soaked up Nickelodeon's endless airings of ''SpongeBob SquarePants'' and ''The Fairly OddParents'' and Disney's ''Cheetah Girls'' movie (13th and 17th) starring Raven.

TOP 30 CABLE

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1 6.9 SEX AND THE CITY HBO, Sunday, 9:02 P.M. 2 6.0 AUTO RACING: WINSTON CUP TNT, Saturday, 7:35 p.m. 3 4.9 WWE ENTERTAINMENT Spike TV, Monday, 10 p.m. 4 4.8 WWE ENTERTAINMENT Spike TV, Monday, 9 p.m. 5 4.5 THE WIRE HBO, Sunday, 9:35 p.m. 6 4.4 MONK USA, Friday, 10 p.m. 7 3.8 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. 8 3.7 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10 a.m. 9 3.6 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. 10 3.5 DISCOVERY CARD PRE-RACE TNT, Saturday, 7 p.m. 3.5 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10 a.m. 12 3.4 LAW & ORDER TNT, Monday, 9 p.m. 13 3.3 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. 3.3 LAW & ORDER TNT, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 3.3 THE SOPRANOS HBO, Sunday, 8:01 p.m. 3.3 THE CHEETAH GIRLS Disney, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 17 3.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Monday, 3:30 p.m. 3.2 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. 3.2 THE CHEETAH GIRLS Disney, Saturday, 8 p.m. 3.2 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10:30 a.m. 3.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Monday, 3 p.m. 3.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Monday, 2:30 p.m. 3.2 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9 a.m. 24 3.1 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3.1 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 3.1 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Monday, 4:30 p.m. 27 3.0 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 5:30 p.m. 3.0 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 4 p.m. 3.0 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 5 p.m. 3.0 BEST OF DISCOVERY WEEK Discovery Channel, Monday, 10 p.m. 3.0 LAW & ORDER TNT, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 3.0 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Monday, 2 p.m. 3.0 LAW & ORDER TNT, Monday, 8 p.m. 3.0 NIP/TUCK FX, Tuesday, 10 p.m.

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF AUG. 18 -- 24, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Sep 12, 2003 Published in issue #727-728 Sep 12, 2003 Order article reprints