The Ratings

Big 'Mac'

Finally, some good news for Fox: The Bernie Mac Show (34th) premiered strong in its new Sunday-night slot, winning in young adults and teens and losing only 1.3 million viewers from lead-in The Simpsons (23rd). The net's Tuesday American Idol Christmas (30th) also found some early holiday cheer. With NBC's Must See lineup taking Thanksgiving off, CBS snagged the week's top eight spots, led by a Wednesday edition of Survivor: Pearl Islands. (NBC managed to eke into the top 10 with Fear Factor, however.) ABC stayed in the game with a Monday Night Football Giants-Buccaneers matchup (9th) and romanced viewers with another kind of matchup: the first of three specials chronicling Bachelorette Trista Rehn's wedding to Ryan Sutter (20th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 20.1 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, WEDNESDAY, 8 p.m. -- 2 19.7 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 7 3 19.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 6 19.1 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:28 p.m. 9 5 17.1 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 14 6 16.6 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 7 16.5 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8:28 p.m. -- 8 16.2 MOVIE: FINDING JOHN CHRISTMAS CBS, Sunday, 9:28 p.m. -- 9 15.9 FOOTBALL: GIANTS VS. BUCCANEERS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 10 15.0 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 27 15.0 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 28 12 14.7 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 10 13 14.6 CSI (R) CBS, Wednesday, 10 p.m. -- 14 13.4 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 15 15 13.1 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 17 16 12.9 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 18 17 12.7 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 21 18 12.3 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 12.3 COLD CASE (R) CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. -- 20 12.1 TRISTA & RYAN'S WEDDING ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 21 11.9 ACCORDING TO JIM ABC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 43 22 11.8 BECKER CBS, Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. 34 23 11.7 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 16 11.7 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 25 11.7 8 SIMPLE RULES ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 35 26 11.6 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. -- 11.6 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 24 28 11.3 MOVIE: THE FAMILY MAN NBC, Saturday, 8 p.m. -- 29 11.2 EXTREME MAKEOVER ABC, Wednesday, 10:02p.m. -- 30 10.9 THE GUARDIAN CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. -- 10.9 AN AMERICAN IDOL CHRISTMAS Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. --

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF NOV. 24-30, 2003 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Dec 12, 2003 Published in issue #741 Dec 12, 2003 Order article reprints