The Ratings

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Don't cry for Diane Keaton: She may have lost the Oscar, but she helped ABC bring in 13.5 million viewers to the pre-Oscar Barbara Walters Special (19th). The net's Academy Awards was the year's most watched entertainment program, with an audience of 43.5 million (the show's biggest in four years). The glamfest capped a stellar week for ABC, which also scored with the Bachelorette finale (19th) and nightly sweeps gimmick Super Millionaire (Monday, Tuesday, and Friday editions all landed in the top 25). And Fox's My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (9th) and The Littlest Groom (45th) concluded Monday with appropriately large and small ratings, respectively.

TOP 25

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 43.5 76th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS ABC, Sunday, 8:30 P.M. -- 2 28.0 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 3 27.7 COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS ABC, Sunday, 8 p.m. -- 4 26.6 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 2 5 23.0 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. 6 6 22.8 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 7 22.2 SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 4 8 21.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 4 9 21.0 MY BIG FAT OBNOXIOUS FIANCE Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. 17 10 20.3 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 10 11 20.0 THE APPRENTICE NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 8 12 18.1 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. 11 13 17.8 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 8 14 17.0 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m. 7 15 16.7 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 13 16 16.5 TWO AND A HALF MEN CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 15 17 14.9 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 12 18 14.4 LAW & ORDER: SVU NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 19 19 13.5 THE BACHELORETTE ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 40 13.5 THE BARBARA WALTERS SPECIAL ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. -- 21 13.2 SUPER MILLIONAIRE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. -- 22 12.8 SUPER MILLIONAIRE ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. -- 23 12.7 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 33 24 12.6 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 28 25 12.3 SUPER MILLIONAIRE ABC, Monday, 10 p.m. --

NETWORK RANKINGS

VIEWERS** LAST WEEK

1 14.4 ABC 4 2 12.3 CBS 1 3 11.1 NBC 2 4 10.1 FOX 3 5 4.0 UPN 6 6 3.9 THE WB 5

* IN MILLIONS ** AVERAGE IN MILLIONS WEEK OF FEB. 23-29, 2004 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

Originally posted Mar 12, 2004 Published in issue #755 Mar 12, 2004 Order article reprints