EW Staff
June 29, 2001 AT 04:00 AM EDT

‘UNDER’ TAKERS?

HBO’s combination of sex and death did not go down quite as smoothly the second time around, as Alan Ball’s mortuary-centric drama Six Feet Under (4th) lost 1.1 million viewers from its debut the previous week. Meanwhile, week 2 of Sex and the City (1st) produced the series’ third-most-watched half hour ever. In the world of basic cable, TNT’s Sunday-night rebroadcast of the star-studded sapfest You’ve Got Mail (5th) attracted 1.4 million more viewers than ESPN’s live baseball broadcast (21st), while an avalanche of anatomic teasers–like John Travolta’s tummy and Cameron Diaz’s armpits–successfully lured 6.4 million viewers to the MTV 2001 Movie Awards (1st).

TOP 5 PAY CABLE

VIEWERS*

1 5.5 SEX AND THE CITY HBO, Sunday, 9:01 p.m. 2 4.7 THE REPLACEMENTS HBO, Saturday, 9 p.m. 3 4.1 GLADIATOR HBO, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 4 3.9 SIX FEET UNDER HBO, Sunday, 10:02 p.m. 5 3.8 ARLI$$ HBO, Sunday, 9:32 p.m.

TOP 25 BASIC CABLE

1 6.4 MTV 2001 MOVIE AWARDS MTV, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 5.7 WWF: WAR ZONE TNN, Monday, 10 p.m. 3 5.3 WWF: RAW IS WAR TNN, Monday, 9 p.m. 4 4.9 WINSTON CUP RACING FX, Sunday, 1:13 p.m. 5 4.0 MOVIE: YOU’VE GOT MAIL TNT, Sunday, 8 p.m. 6 3.6 MOVIE: SNAP DECISION Lifetime, Monday, 9 p.m. 7 3.5 MOVIE: YOU’VE GOT MAIL TNT, Friday, 8 p.m. 8 3.2 RUGRATS Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. 3.2 MTV 2001 MOVIE AWARDS PRE-SHOW MTV, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 3.2 RUGRATS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9:30 a.m. 11 2.9 MTV 2001 MOVIE AWARDS PRE-SHOW MTV, Thursday, 11:12 p.m. 2.9 RUGRATS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 9 a.m. 13 2.8 SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Nickelodeon, Saturday, 10 a.m. 2.8 MOVIE: WITCHBLADE TNT, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 2.8 MOVIE: YOU’VE GOT MAIL TNT, Friday, 10:30 p.m. 2.8 JAG USA, Tuesday, 7 p.m. 2.8 HEY ARNOLD! Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 7 p.m. 2.8 MOVIE: BLADE TNT, Monday, 8 p.m. 2.8 MOVIE: MURDER AT 1600 TBS, Sunday, 8 p.m. 20 2.7 RUGRATS Nickelodeon, Monday, 7:30 p.m. 21 2.6 BASEBALL: YANKEES VS. BRAVES ESPN, Sunday, 8 p.m. 2.6 GOLDEN GIRLS Lifetime, Monday, 11 p.m. 23 2.5 DIFF’RENT STROKES Nickelodeon, Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. 2.5 NASH BRIDGES USA, Monday, 8 p.m. 2.5 MOVIE: AS GOOD AS IT GETS TNT, Saturday, 8 p.m.

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF JUNE 4-10, 2001; SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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