The Ratings

Below-Average 'Joe'

Looks like ''The Next Joe Millionaire: An International Affair'' (74th) is spent. The second-season premiere of Fox's former reality hit hooked a mere 6.8 million viewers Monday -- less than a third of the last edition's average audience. That left little hope for the debut of lead-out ''Skin'' (79th), despite what seemed a fail-safe formula of heavy hype, porn-related plots, sexy teens, and Jerry Bruckheimer. (The Romeo-and-Juliet drama couldn't even beat last year's premiere of former time-slot dud girls club.) In more bad news for Fox, the World Series didn't top the previous week's pennant race. NBC, however, finally showed some life on Friday night, scoring with Katie Couric's Elizabeth Smart interview on ''Dateline'' (23rd). The newscast beat ABC's ''20/20'' (52nd) and CBS' freshman drama ''The Handler'' (54th), which just received a full-season pickup.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 27.6 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 3 2 20.9 BASEBALL: YANKEES VS. MARLINS Fox, Wednesday, 8:18 p.m. -- 3 20.2 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 4 19.9 BASEBALL: YANKEES VS. MARLINS Fox, Thursday, 8:19 p.m. -- 5 18.9 BASEBALL: YANKEES VS. MARLINS Fox, Tuesday, 8:25 p.m. -- 6 18.8 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 13 7 18.0 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9:01 p.m. 7 18.0 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 25 9 17.5 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 9:59 p.m. 9 10 17.4 FOOTBALL: CHIEFS VS. RAIDERS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 11 16.6 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 15 12 16.2 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:14 p.m. 17 13 15.2 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:33 p.m. 12 15.2 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 11 15 14.7 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 14 16 14.1 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. -- 17 13.6 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 21 18 13.5 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. -- 19 13.4 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8:14 p.m. 25 20 12.5 JAG CBS, Friday, 9 p.m. 18 21 12.4 MOVIE: WHAT WOMEN WANT CBS, Sunday, 9:14 p.m. -- 22 12.3 MY WIFE AND KIDS ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 31 23 12.2 DATELINE: KATIE COURIC SPECIAL NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. -- 12.2 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:31 p.m. 20 25 12.1 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 26 11.9 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 21 11.9 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 16 28 11.5 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 30 11.5 LAS VEGAS NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 34 30 11.4 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 31

1 2
Advertisement

From Our Partners