Originally created 01/18/01

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TOP TV:

The prime-time ratings for Jan. 8-14 compiled by Nielsen Media Research have been delayed by the Martin Luther King holiday.

But we do know that the debut of Fox's Temptation Island on Jan. 10 proved enticing for viewers, with 16 million tuning in to see sexy singles test the fidelity of four unmarried couples.

According to preliminary ratings, the reality series drew a bigger audience than the debut of CBS' Survivor. That show premiered in May with 15.5 million viewers. Island's rating more than tripled Fox's average with its short-lived drama The $treet in that hour.

Temptation, which airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on WFXG-TV (Channel 54), trailed NBC's largely unfazed The West Wing - at 17.7 million viewers - in its time slot, but it outdrew the Jan. 9 premiere of ABC's The Mole.

The ABC reality series, which takes over the Tuesday slot of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for nine weeks, failed to match the Regis Philbin quiz show in total viewership but attracted a younger audience. It was 26 percent smaller than Mr. Philbin's average audience in that slot.

In The Mole, which drew 13.7 million viewers, contestants solve challenges and ferret out the saboteur in their midst for a prize of up to $1 million. It airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on WJBF-TV (Channel 6).

ROCKERS ON THE SPOT:

In a continuing effort to bring back young viewers to the show, ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is staging a rock-star version of the popular reality series.

Rockers to take part in two special editions of the high-stakes trivia game include Backstreet Boys Nick Carter and Howie Dorough, KISS singer Gene Simmons, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, thong admirer Sisqo, Dixie Chick Emily Robinson and Sugar Ray pretty boy Mark McGrath. The episodes are to air during sweeps on Sunday, Feb. 11, and Wednesday, Feb. 14.

The pop idols will be trying to win $1 million for their favorite charities.

DEAD HEADS:

Their heyday is long gone, yet their legacy lingers on - and in the strangest ways. The latest spinoff trying to capitalize on the Grateful Dead's peace, love and patchouli vibe is "Grateful Head," a Colorado-based line of organic hair-care products and accessories. The line includes a ginger-sesame blend that's supposed to prevent hair loss, a hemp shine-enhancing conditioner and a cherry-bark highlighting tea rinse. The collection sells for $12 to $15 and is available online at www.gratefulheadorganics.com.