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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Ratings Roundup

Last week, football ruled.

CBS drew more than 44 million viewers for its AFC Championship game Sunday night, then got a big audience for its new drama, Numb3rs.

The return of American Idol lifted Fox to rarified air for them, making them runners-up for the week.

Meanwhile, NBC's highest rated show was the return of The Apprentice (number 14).

ABC's Desperate Housewives and Lost both landed in the top 10.

Network Rankings
1. CBS, 16.3 million viewers (10.3 household rating, 16 share)
2. Fox, 12 million viewers (7 rating, 11 share)
3. NBC, 10.8 million viewers (7.1 rating, 11 share)
4. ABC, 10 million viewers (6.4 rating, 10 share)
5. The WB, 3.13 million viewers (2.1 rating, 3 share)
6. UPN 3.05 million viewers (2.0 rating, 3 share)
7. Pax TV 700,000 viewers (0.5 rating, 1 share)

Top 20 Primetime Shows
1. AFC Championship: New England at Pittsburgh, CBS, 44.3 million viewers.
2. American Idol Tuesday, Fox, 33.6 million viewers.
3. American Idol Wednesday, Fox, 26.7 million viewers.
4. Desperate Housewives, ABC, 26 million viewers.
5. AFC Championship postgame show, CBS, 25.8 million viewers.
6. Numb3rs, (Sunday preview), CBS, 25 million viewers.
7. CSI: Miami, CBS, 22 million viewers
8. Lost, ABC, 19.7 million viewers.
9. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 19.2 million viewers
10. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 19 million viewers
11. ER, NBC, 18.8 million viewers
12. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC, 18.3 million viewers
13. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 18.1 million viewers.
14. Apprentice 3, NBC, 15.6 million viewers.
15. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, NBC, 15.3 million viewers.
16. Boston Legal, ABC, 15.3 million viewers.
17. Law & Order, NBC, 15.1 million viewers.
18. NCIS, CBS, 14.5 million viewers.
19. Medium, NBC, 14.4 million viewers.
20. Without a Trace, CBS, 13.6 million viewers.

Network Newscasts
1. NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, 11.5 million viewers
2. ABC's World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, 10.4 million viewers
3. The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 8 million viewers

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