Originally created 07/25/02

ABC still losing the ratings game



NEW YORK - The dog days of summer have turned ABC into a fourth-place network. And without its news division, the picture would be even bleaker.

Buoyed by the hit reality show, American Idol, Fox jumped past ABC into third place among viewers last week, according to Nielsen Media Research. It was the fifth time in six weeks Fox beat ABC.

The three most-watched prime-time programs on ABC were all produced by the network's news division. The newsmagazines Primetime Thursday and 20/20 both hit Nielsen's top 10. The news-based reality series, State V., which follows criminal cases in Arizona, was next, tied for 40th.

An ABC entertainment series - a rerun of My Wife and Kids - doesn't appear on Nielsen's list until No. 49.

Last week's most popular show, with just fewer than 10 million viewers, was a rerun of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS.

Prime-time ratings compiled by Nielsen Media Research for July 15-21. Top 20 listings include the week's ranking, with rating for the week and season-to-date rankings in parentheses.

An "X" in parentheses denotes a one-time-only presentation. The rating is the percentage of the nation's estimated 105.5 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,055,000 households.

1. (2) "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS, 9.4, 9.9 million homes.

2. (7) "Law & Order," NBC, 8.0, 8.4 million homes.

3. (6) "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS, 7.8, 8.2 million homes.

4. (38) "Dateline NBC-Tuesday," NBC, 7.6, 8.1 million homes.

5. (17) "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.1, 7.5 million homes.

6. (35) "48 Hours-Monday," CBS, 7.0, 7.4 million homes.

6. (35) "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," NBC, 7.0, 7.4 million homes.

8. (13) "Becker," CBS, 6.9, 7.3 million homes.

9. (44) "Primetime Thursday," ABC, 6.8, 7.2 million homes.

10. (53) "20/20-Friday," ABC, 6.4, 6.7 million homes.

10. (64) "Dog Eat Dog," NBC, 6.4, 6.8 million homes.

12. (30) "CBS Sunday Movie: Emma's Wish," CBS, 6.2, 6.5 million homes.

12. (64) "Crime and Punishment," NBC, 6.2, 6.6 million homes.

14. (40) "60 Minutes II," CBS, 6.0, 6.3 million homes.

14. (71) "American Idol-Tuesday," Fox, 6.0, 6.3 million homes.

14. (3) "Friends," NBC, 6.0, 6.3 million homes.

17. (66) "Big Brother 3-Wednesday," CBS, 5.9, 6.2 million homes.

18. (15) "Law and Order: Special Victim's Unit," NBC, 5.8, 6.1 million homes.

19. (X) "Most Outrageous Game Show Moments," NBC, 5.7, 6.0 million homes.

19. (26) "Yes, Dear," CBS, 5.7, 6.0 million homes.

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21. "Dateline NBC-Sunday," NBC, 5.6

22. "American Idol-Wednesday," Fox, 5.5

22. "Crossing Jordan," NBC, 5.5

22. "Dateline NBC-Friday," NBC, 5.5

25. "The Agency," CBS, 5.4

25. "Fear Factor," NBC, 5.4

25. "King Of Queens," CBS, 5.4

25. "West Wing," NBC, 5.4

29. "Big Brother 3-Thursday," CBS, 5.3

30. "48 Hours-Wednesday," CBS, 5.2

30. (X) "The Simpsons-8:30pm," Fox, 5.2

30. "Will & Grace," NBC, 5.2

33. (X) "Cops Special: Caught in the Act," Fox, 5.1

33. (X) "Cops Special: Stupid Criminals," Fox, 5.1

33. "Judging Amy," CBS, 5.1

36. "48 Hours," CBS, 5.0

36. "The Guardian," CBS, 5.0

38. "JAG," CBS, 4.9

38. "Scrubs-Thursday," NBC, 4.9

40. "30 Seconds to Fame," Fox, 4.7

40. "ER," NBC, 4.7

40. "Frasier," NBC, 4.7

40. "Just Shoot Me," NBC, 4.7

40. "State V.," ABC, 4.7

40. "Touched By an Angel-Sunday," CBS, 4.7

46. "Cops 2: Coast to Coast," Fox, 4.6

46. (X) "Fox Movie Special: Happy Gilmore," Fox, 4.6

46. "The Simpsons-8pm," Fox, 4.6

49. "Dateline NBC-Friday: Firehouse Series," NBC, 4.5

49. "Malcolm in the Middle," Fox, 4.5

49. "My Wife & Kids-Wednesday," ABC, 4.5

49. "Spy TV-8pm," NBC, 4.5

53. "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC, 4.3

53. "Scrubs," NBC, 4.3

53. "Spy TV-8:30pm," NBC, 4.3

56. "My Wife and Kids," ABC, 4.2

57. (X) "ABC Big Picture Show-Thursday: The Phantom," ABC, 4.1

57. "ABC Monday Night Movie: Pleasantville," ABC, 4.1

57. "Houston Medical," ABC, 4.1

57. "Mole II: The Next Betrayal," ABC, 4.1

61. (X) "30 Seconds to Fame," Fox, 4.0

61. "CBS Friday Movie: The President's Man," CBS, 4.0

61. "That '70s Show," Fox, 4.0

64. "According to Jim-8pm," ABC, 3.9

64. "The Bernie Mac Show," Fox, 3.9

64. "The Drew Carey Show," ABC, 3.9

64. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?-9:30pm," ABC, 3.9

68. "According to Jim-8:30pm," ABC, 3.7

68. "Big Brother 3-Saturday," CBS, 3.7

68. "Cops: Coast to Coast," Fox, 3.7

68. "The Drew Carey Show-9:30pm," ABC, 3.7

68. "Meet the Marks," Fox, 3.7

73. (X) "ABC Sunday Picture Show: Babe: Pig in the City," ABC, 3.6

73. "The Agency-Saturday," CBS, 3.6

73. "Beyond Belief," Fox, 3.6

73. (X) "The Simpsons-7:30pm," Fox, 3.6

77. "The District," CBS, 3.5

77. "Whose Line Is It Anyway?-9pm," ABC, 3.5

79. "World Wrestling Entertainment Smackdown!," UPN, 3.4

80. (X) "ABC Premiere Event-Sunday: Stephen King's the Shining, part 1," ABC, 3.2

81. "ABC Saturday Night Movie: Diamonds Are Forever," ABC, 3.1

82. "She Spies," NBC, 3.0

83. "Invasion of the Hidden Cameras 1," Fox, 2.8

83. "Pulse," Fox, 2.8

83. (X) "Simpsons-7pm," Fox, 2.8

86. "Invasion of the Hidden Cameras 2," Fox, 2.7

86. "NBC Saturday Night Movies: Species," NBC, 2.7

88. "Smallville," WB, 2.2

89. "Reba," WB, 2.1

90. "7th Heaven," WB, 1.9

90. "One on One," UPN, 1.9

90. "UPN's Movie Friday: Outbreak," UPN, 1.9

90. "WB Wednesday Movie: Dumb and Dumber," WB, 1.9

94. "Gilmore Girls," WB, 1.8

94. "The Parkers," UPN, 1.8

94. "Raising Dad," WB, 1.8

97. "Girlfriends," UPN, 1.7

97. "The Hughleys" UPN, 1.7

97. "Reba-Thursday," WB, 1.7

97. "The X-Files," Fox, 1.7

101. "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," WB, 1.6

102. "Enterprise," UPN, 1.5

103. "Charmed," WB, 1.3

103. "Smallville-Monday," WB, 1.3

105. "Angel," WB, 1.2

105. "Diagnosis Murder-Thursday," Pax, 1.2

105. "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment-8:30pm," WB, 1.2

105. "Maybe It's Me" WB, 1.2

109. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," UPN, 1.1

109. "Diagnosis Murder-Monday," Pax, 1.1

109. "Diagnosis Murder-Tuesday," Pax, 1.1

109. "For Your Love-Sunday," WB, 1.1

109. "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment-9pm," WB, 1.1

114. "Diagnosis Murder-Saturday," Pax, 1.0

114. "Diagnosis Murder-Wednesday," Pax, 1.0

114. "Off Centre," WB, 1.0

114. "Touched By an Angel-Thursday," Pax, 1.0

118. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer-Wednesday," UPN, 0.9

118. "For Your Love," WB, 0.9

118. "Pax Big Event: Pretend You Don't See Her," Pax, 0.9

118. "Touched By an Angel-Wednesday," Pax, 0.9

122. "It's a Miracle," Pax, 0.8

122. "Touched By an Angel-Monday," Pax, 0.8

124. "Diagnosis Murder-Friday," Pax, 0.7

124. "Doc-Sunday," Pax, 0.7

124. "Doc-Tuesday," Pax, 0.7

124. "Touched By an Angel-Sunday," Pax, 0.7

124. "Under One Roof," UPN, 0.7

124. "Weakest Link," Pax, 0.7

130. "Encounters With the Unexplained," Pax, 0.6

130. "Miracle Pets-Monday," Pax, 0.6

130. "Mysterious Ways-Tuesday," Pax, 0.6

133. "Ponderosa-Sunday," Pax, 0.5

134. "Candid Camera-Sunday," Pax, 0.4

134. "Candid Camera-Wednesday," Pax, 0.4