The Ratings

Fly Ball

It was a curse for Boston but a blessing for Fox: The Yankees' pennant-clinching, 11th-inning victory over the Red Sox Thursday scored 27.5 million fans and topped the week's ratings. Though baseball gave Fox five times the audience it had on the same night last year, it still left plenty of viewers for CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands (5th) and NBC's Friends (13th) rerun. Sunday's verdict came down in favor of Sharon Stone's stint on ABC's The Practice (34th) over Rob Lowe's new NBC law drama, The Lyon's Den (44th) -- which left little love for Melissa Gilbert, Farrah Fawcett, and Robin Givens in CBS' Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives: The New Generation (49th).

TOP 15 WEEK OF OCT. 13-19 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 27.5 BASEBALL: RED SOX VS. YANKEES Fox, Thursday, 8:14 p.m. -- 2 26.5 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. CUBS Fox, Wednesday, 8:21 p.m. -- 3 21.6 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 1 4 20.6 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. YANKEES Fox, Sunday, 7:54 p.m. -- 5 19.4 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. CUBS Fox, Tuesday, 7:55 p.m. -- 19.4 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 7 18.2 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 7 8 17.7 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. YANKEES Fox, Saturday, 8 p.m. -- 9 17.6 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 6 10 17.5 BASEBALL: YANKEES VS. RED SOX Fox, Monday, 8:13 p.m. -- 11 14.9 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 16 12 14.7 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 14 13 14.6 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 14 13.9 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 10 15 12.9 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 9

*IN MILLIONS SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

TOP 15 WEEK OF OCT. 6-12 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 26.5 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 2 21.9 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 3 20.1 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 3 4 20.0 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 5 18.4 BASEBALL: VARIOUS TEAMS Fox, Wednesday, 8:13 p.m. -- 6 18.1 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 8 7 18.0 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 4 8 17.7 8 SIMPLE RULES... ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 13 9 16.5 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 7 10 16.1 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 15 11 15.6 BASEBALL: MARLINS VS. CUBS Fox, Tuesday, 8:13 p.m. -- 12 15.0 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 8:33 p.m. 9 13 14.9 FOOTBALL: COLTS VS. BUCCANEERS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 14 14.8 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 12 15 14.6 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:02 p.m. 10

1 2