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Tony Shalhoub's detective dramedy Monk (1st) nabbed 6 million viewers with its Friday season premiere, making USA the week's top cable channel and beating CBS' competing The Handler (67th) in young adults. A Monk repeat Saturday on ABC (81st) clued in another 5.8 million fans. The midseason reality rollouts continued, as ABC's The Bachelorette (20th) flirted with 12.4 million viewers, CBS' Star Search (59th) looked solid on Saturday, and UPN's America's Next Top Model (88th) hit the runway with 4.9 million gawkers. Football play-offs dominated on Fox, with Carolina clinching a Super Bowl spot over Philly before 40.4 million fans -- the season's biggest audience to date.

TOP 15 CABLE

VIEWERS*

1 6.0 MONK USA, Friday, 10 p.m. 2 4.8 SEX AND THE CITY HBO, Sunday, 9 p.m. 3 4.4 WWE RAW ZONE Spike, Monday, 10 p.m. 4.4 WWE RAW Spike, Monday, 9 p.m. 5 4.3 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 9:30 a.m. 4.3 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. 7 4.2 MOVIE: GRACIE'S CHOICE Lifetime, Monday, 8 p.m. 4.2 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10 a.m. 9 4.1 THE REAL WORLD SAN DIEGO MTV, Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. 10 3.9 THE REAL WORLD SAN DIEGO MTV, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 3.9 MOVIE: PIXEL PERFECT Disney, Friday, 8 p.m. 3.9 MOVIE: PIXEL PERFECT Disney, Saturday, 8 p.m. 3.9 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Sunday, 11 a.m. 14 3.8 JIMMY NEUTRON Nickelodeon, Sunday, 11:30 a.m. 3.8 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Sunday, 10:30 a.m. 3.8 THE FAIRLY ODDPARENTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10 a.m.

TOP 15 BROADCAST LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 40.4 FOOTBALL: PANTHERS VS. EAGLES FOX, Sunday, 6:51 p.m. -- 2 28.7 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 1 3 26.7 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 4 21.6 ER NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 4 5 20.2 THE APPRENTICE NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. 7 6 19.7 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 5 7 19.3 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 6 8 17.9 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 10 9 17.4 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 8 10 17.2 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 9 11 16.3 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 11 12 16.2 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 16 13 15.0 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:29 p.m. -- 14 14.1 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 14 15 14.0 NAVY NCIS CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 17

* IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JAN. 12-18, 2004 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Feb 06, 2004 Published in issue #749-750 Feb 06, 2004 Order article reprints