The Ratings

Get 'Smart'

It's not just all those Law & Orders that spin ripped-from-the-headlines stories into ratings gold: In Sunday's battle of the TV movies based on recent media-saturated rescues, CBS' The Elizabeth Smart Story (14th) beat NBC's Saving Jessica Lynch (16th) by 1.1 million viewers. The film about the Utah teen's abduction and return, along with 60 Minutes (11th) and Cold Case (19th), helped CBS win the night. Meanwhile, on Monday, the reality-show premiere of the week, NBC's geeky-boys-meet-hot-girl Average Joe (37th), courted ho-hum ratings, losing about 500,000 viewers from its lead-in, the new modest hit Las Vegas (33rd). On Friday, Barbara Walters' chat with beleaguered domestic goddess Martha Stewart was a good thing for ABC's 20/20 (20th), making the newsmagazine the night's most watched show.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 29.6 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 P.M. 1 2 21.4 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 3 20.7 COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOC. AWARDS CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. -- 4 20.5 8 SIMPLE RULES... ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 5 20.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 6 20.0 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 3 7 19.5 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 7 8 18.6 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 8:58 p.m. 5 9 18.5 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 13 10 18.2 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:33 p.m. -- 11 17.6 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:37 p.m. 22 12 16.6 FOOTBALL: PATRIOTS VS. BRONCOS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 13 16.4 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 8 14 16.0 MOVIE: THE ELIZABETH SMART STORY CBS, Sunday, 9:37 p.m. -- 16.0 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 11 16 14.9 MOVIE: SAVING JESSICA LYNCH NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 17 14.8 ACCORDING TO JIM ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 34 18 14.7 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. -- 19 14.4 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8:37 p.m. -- 20 13.9 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 60 21 13.8 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 20 22 13.5 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 16 23 13.4 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 31 24 13.2 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 25 13.1 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 26 26 13.0 JAG CBS, Friday, 9 p.m. 26 27 12.6 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 14 28 12.5 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 20 29 12.4 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 8 30 12.1 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:28 p.m. 15

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3-9, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Nov 21, 2003 Published in issue #738 Nov 21, 2003 Order article reprints