The Ratings

Bowled Over

ABC went on the offensive with a football-heavy holiday lineup that gave it four of the week's top 10 spots -- including Louisiana State's Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma on Sunday (2nd) and Carolina's Saturday NFL playoff win against Dallas (1st). CBS' Sunday schedule also got a pigskin pick-me-up, with the Colts-Broncos playoff leading into a 90-minute ''60 Minutes'' (4th) and repeats of ''Cold Case'' (18th) and ''CSI: Miami''(7th). The Eye's delayed ''Michael Jackson Number Ones'' (22nd) tribute did fairly well given the pop star's legal troubles; still, the special lost to ABC's Fiesta Bowl (9th) despite record low numbers for that game. Bravo imports ''Queer Eye for the Straight Guy'' (35th) and ''Celebrity Poker Showdown'' (83rd) played to mixed results on NBC, while ABC's ''New Year's Rockin' Eve''(40th) and part 2 of Fox's ''World Idol'' (42nd) didn't offer much cause for celebration.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 24.7 FOOTBALL: COWBOYS VS. PANTHERS ABC, Saturday, 8:07 p.m. -- 2 23.9 FOOTBALL: SUGAR BOWL ABC, Sunday, 8:26 p.m. -- 3 16.2 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 6 4 15.8 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. 1 5 15.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 4 15.1 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 3 7 14.6 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Sunday, 10 p.m. -- 8 14.2 FOOTBALL: ORANGE BOWL ABC, Thursday, 8:35 p.m. -- 9 13.7 FOOTBALL: FIESTA BOWL ABC, Friday, 8:12 p.m. -- 10 13.2 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 10 11 13.0 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 7 12 12.9 TWO AND A HALF MEN (R) CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 5 13 12.8 DATELINE NBC NBC, Sunday, 7 p.m. 23 14 12.6 COLD CASE (R) CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 19 15 12.3 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 25 16 12.0 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 17 11.7 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 39 18 11.1 COLD CASE (R) CBS, Sunday, 9 p.m. -- 19 10.9 MOST OUTRAGEOUS MOMENTS... (R) NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. -- 20 10.7 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 14 21 10.6 YES, DEAR (R) CBS, Monday, 8:32 p.m. 13 22 10.5 MICHAEL JACKSON NUMBER ONES CBS, Friday, 8 p.m. -- 23 10.3 FEAR FACTOR (R) NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 16 24 10.2 LAW & ORDER: SVU (R) NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 8 10.2 NAVY NCIS (R) CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. -- 26 10.0 THE SIMPLE LIFE (R) Fox, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. -- 27 9.7 AMERICAN DREAMS NBC, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 28 9.6 WILL & GRACE (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:43 p.m. 63 29 9.5 THE SIMPLE LIFE (R) Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. -- 30 9.4 MOVIE: DREAMKEEPER, PART 2 ABC, Monday, 9 p.m.

Week of Dec. 29, 2003--Jan. 4, 2004

Source: Nielsen Media Research

Originally posted Jan 16, 2004 Published in issue #746 Jan 16, 2004 Order article reprints
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