The Ratings

Christmas Story

Charlie Brown rang in another holiday season Tuesday night with his Christmas special on ABC (32nd); the classic cartoon charmed 11.2 million viewers. It was a festive week for TV, as NBC's chilly celebration the following night in Rockefeller Center (31st) brought in more than 11 million revelers. Fox was merry about socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, who earned rich ratings for their Simple Life debut on Tuesday (20th) and second episode on Wednesday (18th). The premiere of ABC's cops-and-mobbers drama Line of Fire (46th) delivered less arresting numbers in NYPD Blue's slot, though the network continues to score with Trista & Ryan's Wedding (19th) and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (25th). NBC had mixed results with Tracy Morgan's family comedy, which premiered with two episodes on Tuesday (44th, 58th), got a boost from a post-Friends airing on Thursday (30th), but dropped in its fourth airing on Sunday (90th).

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 22.2 SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 1 2 22.1 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 6 3 20.7 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. -- 4 18.7 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:20 p.m. 3 5 17.3 MOVIE: UNDERCOVER CHRISTMAS CBS, Sunday, 9:20 p.m. -- 6 16.8 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 3 7 16.6 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 12 8 16.4 FOOTBALL: TITANS VS. JETS ABC, Monday, 9:07 p.m. -- 9 15.5 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 2 10 15.4 COLD CASE CBS, Sunday, 8:20 p.m. 7 11 14.6 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. -- 12 14.2 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 8:59 p.m. -- 13 14.1 AVERAGE JOE NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. -- 14 14.0 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 10 15 13.8 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 5 16 13.7 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 14 17 13.6 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 15 18 13.3 THE SIMPLE LIFE Fox, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. -- 19 13.2 TRISTA & RYAN'S WEDDING ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 20 20 13.0 THE SIMPLE LIFE Fox, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. -- 13.0 JAG (R) CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 22 12.8 LAS VEGAS NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. -- 12.8 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. -- 24 12.2 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 9:31 p.m. -- 25 12.1 EXTREME MAKEOVER ABC, Wednesday, 10:01 p.m. 29 26 12.0 MOVIE: MISS CONGENIALITY CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. -- 12.0 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 10 28 11.8 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 16 11.8 DATELINE NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. -- 30 11.7 THE TRACY MORGAN SHOW NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m.

Originally posted Dec 19, 2003 Published in issue #742 Dec 19, 2003 Order article reprints
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