The Ratings

Coup De 'Ville'

Smallville (73rd) came to the rescue of The WB's Wednesday lineup, opening its third season with 1.5 million more viewers than last season's premiere of former time-slot occupant Dawson's Creek and soaring above UPN's competing Star Trek: Enterprise (92nd). The hour-long episode of CBS' relocated King of Queens (18th) improved on Amazing Race 3's year-ago performance but couldn't beat NBC's rejuvenated West Wing (11th). On Thursday, Scrubs (9th) checked into its third season with 17.2 million viewers -- dropping off from lead-in Friends (2nd) and struggling against the second half of CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands (5th). The Chicago Cubs, meanwhile, proved to be ratings champs by beating Atlanta during Fox's Major League Baseball play-offs (14th) on Sunday.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 26.7 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 P.M. 1 2 22.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 3 20.8 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 3 4 20.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 5 5 19.7 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 7 6 17.7 FOOTBALL: PACKERS VS. BEARS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 7 17.5 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 4 8 17.3 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 10 9 17.2 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 8:33 p.m. -- 10 16.8 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 6 11 16.3 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 9 12 16.2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 8 13 15.5 8 SIMPLE RULES... ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 12 14 15.4 BASEBALL: CUBS VS. BRAVES Fox, Sunday, 7:55 p.m. -- 15 15.3 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 13 16 14.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 15 17 14.0 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 14 18 13.6 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 19 13.4 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 27 13.4 JAG CBS, Friday, 9:01 p.m. 20 21 12.9 COUPLING NBC, Thursday, 9:32 p.m. 17 22 12.6 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 20 23 12.5 JOAN OF ARCADIA CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. 23 24 12.3 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 19 25 12.1 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 36 12.1 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 26 27 12.0 I'M WITH HER ABC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 24 28 11.9 ACCORDING TO JIM ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 32 29 11.8 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 18 11.8 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 33 11.8 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 37

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF SEPT. 29-OCT. 5, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Oct 17, 2003 Published in issue #733 Oct 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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