The Ratings

'West'Ward Ho!

The votes are in: Viewers prefer John Goodman as NBC's ''West Wing'' (9th) President over Bob Guiney as ABC's Bachelor (29th). Goodman's guest turn as temporary Commander-in-Chief on the revamped drama helped NBC win Wednesday. Real-life politics proved no match for the start of the new season, as a mere 4.3 million viewers tuned in for Fox's Monday interview with President Bush (84th). On Thursday, CBS' ''CSI'' (1st) continued to dominate, while NBC's Must See lineup premiered to mixed results. Expanded episodes of ''Friends'' (2nd) and ''Will & Grace'' (6th) won their time slots, but the racy Coupling (17th) fizzled despite loads of hype. CBS got some divine intervention on Friday night, as the debut of ''Joan of Arcadia'' (23rd) topped the premiere of NBC's Alicia Silverstone dramedy, Miss Match (61st).

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 26.9 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 P.M. -- 2 24.5 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 7 3 23.2 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 39 4 20.9 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 8 5 20.6 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 4 6 20.3 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 8:45 p.m. 9 7 19.9 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 1 8 18.4 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. -- 9 18.3 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 17 10 17.4 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10:01 p.m. 9 11 17.3 FOOTBALL: RAIDERS VS. BRONCOS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 12 17.0 8 SIMPLE RULES... ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 13 16.7 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. -- 14 15.9 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 15 15.8 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 28 15.8 MOVIE: TWELVE MILE ROAD CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 17 15.3 COUPLING NBC, Thursday, 9:26 p.m. -- 18 14.5 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 32 19 14.0 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 20 13.8 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 31 13.8 JAG CBS, Friday, 9 p.m. 50 22 13.6 MY WIFE AND KIDS ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 26 23 13.5 JOAN OF ARCADIA CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. -- 24 13.2 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 23 13.2 I'M WITH HER ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. -- 26 13.0 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 27 12.7 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 36 28 12.6 THE HANDLER CBS, Friday, 10 p.m. -- 29 12.5 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 30 12.3 THE LYON'S DEN NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. -- 12.3 LAS VEGAS NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. --

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF SEPT. 22-28, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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