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Prime-Time TV Rankings

National Nielsen Viewership

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Oct. 11-17) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates that there are 260 million potential U.S. viewers age 2 and older. Viewership is listed here in millions.

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Net- View- Program work ers 1. ER NBC 30.45 2. Friends NBC 21.07 3. Frasier NBC 10.93 4. Touched By an Angel CBS 18.11 5. Every. Loves Raymond CBS 17.72 6. Stark Raving Mad NBC 17.03 7. Law and Order NBC 16.84 8. Jesse NBC 16.75 9. Judging Amy CBS 16.46 10. JAG CBS 16.33 11. The Practice ABC 16.30 12. CBS Sunday Movie CBS 16.27 13. 60 Minutes CBS 16.20 14. Becker CBS 15.39 15. Dharma & Greg ABC 15.17 16. “Baseball: NLCS Game 3" NBC 15.10 17. Monday Night Football ABC 14.69 18. “Baseball: ALCS Game 1" FOX 14.68 19. “Baseball: NLCS Game 1" NBC 14.50 20. “Baseball: ALCS Game 2" FOX 14.35 21. Family Law CBS 14.27 22. The Drew Carey Show ABC 13.97 23. 60 Minutes II CBS 13.80 24. Law and Order: SVU NBC 13.72 25. Walker, Texas Ranger CBS 12.24 26. Wonderful World of Disney ABC 12.22 27. Dateline: NBC (Wed.) NBC 13.15 28. 20/20 (Fri.) ABC 13.08 29. “Baseball: AL Div., Game 5" FOX 12.99 30. Dateline: NBC (Mon.) NBC 12.67 31. Nash Bridges CBS 12.60 32. King of Kings CBS 12.52 33. Spin City ABC 12.40 34. West Wing NBC 12.32 35. “Lethal Vows” CBS 12.27 36. Diagnosis Murder CBS 12.24 37. Sports Night ABC 12.16 38. Chicago Hope CBS 11.92 39. Ladies Man CBS 11.80 40. Once and Again ABC 11.51 41. 20/20 (Wed.) ABC 11.48 42. Martial Law CBS 11.03 43. “Baseball: ALCS Game 4" FOX 10.81 44. Early Edition FOX 10.76 45. Snoops ABC 10.54 46. That ‘70s Show FOX 10.46 47. Sabrina, Teenage Witch ABC 10.04 48. Kids Say Darndest Things CBS 9.95 49. 48 Hours CBS 9.91 50. Now and Again CBS 9.87 51. Oh Grow Up ABC 9.84 It’s Like, You Know ABC 9.84 53. 20/20 (Mon.) ABC 9.62 54. Two Guys and a Girl ABC 9.45 55. The Hughleys ABC 9.27 56. Norm ABC 8.94 57. Whose Line Is It Anyway? (8:30) ABC 8.77 58, Boy Meets World ABC 8.71 59. “ALCS Game 1 Pre” FOX 8.70 60. Odd Man Out ABC 8.65 61. America’s Most Wanted FOX 8.57 62. Cosby CBS 8.53 63. “AL Div. Game 5 Pre” FOX 8.40 64. Party of Five FOX 8.37 65. “Apollo 13" ABC 8.23 66. Cops 2 FOX 8.16 67. Love & Money CBS 8.00 68. Dateline: NBC (Sun.) NBC 7.86 69. “ALCS Game 2 Pre” FOX 7.65 70. “ALCS Game 4 Pre” FOX 7.59 71. Ally FOX 7.58 72. Whose Line Is It Anyway? ABC 7.51 73. 7th Heaven WB 7.44 74. Cops FOX 7.38 75. Work With Me CBS 7.33 76. Veronica’s Closet NBC 7.19 77. WWF Smackdown! UPN 6.68 78. 20/20 Downtown ABC 6.59 79. “Baseball: ALCS Game 4" FOX 6.44 80. Charmed WB 6.39 81. Suddenly Susan NBC 6.27 82. Dateline NBC 5.86 83. Dawson’s Creek WB 5.83 84. Angel WB 5.82 85. Buffy, the Slayer WB 5.64 86. Roswell WB 5.44 87. Star Trek: Voyager UPN 5.09 88. Harsh Realm FOX 4.92 89. Wasteland ABC 4.52 90. Ryan Caulfield: Year One FOX 4.43 91. The Parkers UPN 3.88 92. Felicity WB 3.83 93. Safe Harbor WB 3.71 The Steve Harvey Show WB 3.71 7th Days UPN 3.71 96. Grown Ups UPN 3.51 97. The Strip UPN 3.46 98. For Your Love WB 3.44 99. Popular WB 3.39 100. Moesha UPN 3.37 101. Malcolm & Eddie UPN 3.17 102. The Jamie Foxx Show WB 2.98 103. Jack & Jill WB 2.82 104. 7th Heaven Beginnings WB 2.70 105. Grown Ups (Tue.) UPN 2.69 106. Shasta McNasty UPN 2.68 107. The Jamie Foxx Show (SP) WB 2.65 108. Blockbuster Cinema UPN 2.19

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Cable Top 10

Here are Nielsen’s top 10 cable programs in prime time last week, also ranked by total viewers (in millions).

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Net- View- Program work ers 1. Wrestling (Mon., 9 p.m.) USA 7.12 2. Wrestling(Mon., 10 p.m.) USA 6.85 3. Football: Wash. vs. Arizona ESPN 5.69 4. Wrestling (Mon., 8 p.m.) TNT 4.33 5. The Timeshifters TBS 4.06 6. Wrestling (Sun., 7 p.m.) USA 3.91 7. “Mighty Joe Young” DISN 3.34 8. “Grease” TBS 3.07 9. NFL Primetime ESPN 3.06 10. Wild Thornberrys NICK 2.94

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Network Averages

Here is the number of viewers that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season.

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Last Season week to date NBC 15.59 million 13.95 CBS 13.16 13.38 ABC 10.80 11.29 FOX 10.84 8.84 WB 4.57 4.48 UPN 3.97 3.79

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Southland Viewing

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Here are Nielsen’s Top 10 prime-time programs in the Los Angeles area during the same week. The rankings are based on the number of households watching.

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Sta- House- Program tion holds 1. ER KNBC 1,037,290 2. Frasier KNBC 898,643 3. Friends KNBC 872,967 4. The Practice KABC 857,562 5. Law and Order KNBC 775,400 6. Law and Order: SVU KNBC 729,184 7. 20/20 (Fri.) KABC 682,968 8. Stark Raving Mad KNBC 657,293 9. Dharma & Greg KABC 636,752 10. Jesse KNBC 631,617

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