The Ratings

Keeping 'Watch'

What a difference Ann-Margret makes: After weeks of struggling with its Friday-night lineup, NBC finally gained traction with a special two-hour edition of ''Dateline'' (32nd) and the recently relocated (and apparently time-slot-proof) ''Third Watch'' (40th). The drama about do-gooder cops, firefighters, and paramedics, featuring a guest-starring turn from the legendary redhead, pulled in 10.5 million viewers, outperforming the defunct ''Boomtown.'' Meanwhile, Fox's slate of post-baseball premieres was a toss-up: 24 (30th) won its slot despite being slightly down from last year's premiere; the returning ''The O.C.'' (50th) scored nicely with 9.3 million viewers; not too many folks were ready to spend ''A Minute With Stan Hooper'' (73rd); and former Buffy rebel Eliza Dushku's ''Tru Calling'' (91st) attracted 2 million fewer viewers than the much-maligned ''Threat Matrix'' (75th).

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 27.3 CSI CBS, THURSDAY, 9 P.M. 1 2 20.8 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 3 19.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 7 4 19.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 6 5 18.3 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 7 6 18.2 CBS AT 75 CBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 7 17.0 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 9 8 16.2 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8:17 p.m. -- 16.2 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 11 10 15.9 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 8:43 p.m. 18 11 15.8 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 13 15.8 FOOTBALL: DOLPHINS VS. CHARGERS ABC, Monday, 9:06 p.m. -- 13 15.6 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 15 14 14.5 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:47 p.m. -- 15 14.2 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 23 16 13.8 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 17 17 13.5 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 11 13.5 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 19 13.2 IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN... (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 20 13.1 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 26 13.1 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 25 22 12.7 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:17 p.m. 12 23 12.5 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 34 24 12.4 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 62 25 12.3 KING OF THE HILL Fox, Sunday, 7:47 p.m. 86 26 12.2 JAG CBS, Friday, 9:01 p.m. 20 12.2 LAW AND ORDER: SVU NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 26 12.2 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 30 29 11.9 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 9:21 p.m. 16 30 11.6 24 Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m.

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