Originally created 06/28/01

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TOP TV: News and games, including NBC's controversial Spy TV, dominated TV ratings during a week of summer doldrums.

ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox averaged 28.4 million viewers last week, down from the 44.4 million average during the rest of the year, Nielsen Media Research said Tuesday.

Traditionally, the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July are the least-watched weeks of the year on television.

Spy TV, which many critics derided as a mean version of Candid Camera, tied for sixth in the ratings. ABC's new game show, You Don't Know Jack, had a lukewarm start with 8.1 million viewers for its premiere. Its old game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, took the top three spots in the ratings.

Here are the prime-time ratings for June 18 through Sunday. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

1. (5) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Tuesday, ABC, 10.1 million homes.

2. (10) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Thursday, ABC, 9.7 million homes.

3. (9) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Sunday, ABC, 9.1 million homes.

4. (37) 20/20-Friday, ABC, 9.0 million homes.

4. (62) 48 Hours-Monday, CBS, 9.0 million homes.

6. (6) Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 8.4 million homes.

6. (37) Spy TV, NBC, 8.4 million homes.

8. (32) Weakest Link, NBC, 8.1 million homes.

9. (16) Becker, CBS, 7.8 million homes.

10.(16) 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.5 million homes.

10. (7) Friends, NBC, 7.6 million homes.

12. (37)60 Minutes II, CBS, 7.5 million homes.

12. (42)Primetime Thursday, ABC, 7.5 million homes.

14. (7)Law & Order, NBC, 7.4 million homes.

15. (12)CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 7.3 million homes.

16. (54)Dateline NBC-Tuesday, 7.1 million homes.

17. (13) The Practice, ABC, 7.0 million homes.

18. (62) Fear Factor, NBC, 6.7 million homes.

19. (62) 48 Hours, CBS, 6.6 million homes.

19. (21) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Friday, ABC, 6.7 million homes.

ON THE SHELF: The Wind Done Gone, a new novel by Alice Randall, is being released nationwide today. It's a parody of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind. The 210-page hardback book is $22.

The Augusta Chronicle is forming a book club in conjunction with the release of the book. The first discussion meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 5, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1336 Augusta West Parkway. The first half of the novel (through Page 104) will be discussed at that time. To post comments in an electronic discussion of The Wind Done Gone go to augustachronicle.com/forums.