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THE RATINGS

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SMELLING LIKE A ROSE

Are you ready for some football? Well, sort of. ABC’s broadcast of the Rose Bowl: Miami vs. Nebraska (1st) edged CBS’ Survivor: Africa (2nd) and a repeat of CSI (3rd) by a hair. A week of landslide victories was good for the teams in the Bowl Championship Series, but bad for ABC, as overall ratings were off by about 20 percent from last year. In less testosterone-laden news, ABC’s spy-girl thriller Alias (26th) spiked to its second-highest ratings, in spite of airing against the return of Sex and the City on HBO. CBS had a mixed weekend: Saturday-night viewers chose NBC’s James Bond flick GoldenEye (36th) over the inaugural AFI Awards (72nd), while the return of a kinder, gentler version of The Education of Max Bickford (20th) on Sunday lured 11.7 million Richard Dreyfuss fans.

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 21.6 FOOTBALL: ROSE BOWL ABC, Thursday, 8:18 p.m. — 2 21.3 SURVIVOR: AFRICA CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 2 3 21.2 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 4 17.7 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 6 5 17.6 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:21 p.m. — 6 16.7 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 7 16.2 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 4 8 15.4 THE PRACTICE ABC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 33 9 14.0 FOOTBALL: ORANGE BOWL ABC, Wednesday, 8:12 p.m. — 10 13.8 JAG (R) CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. — 11 13.4 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 25 12 13.1 FOOTBALL: SUGAR BOWL ABC, Tuesday, 8:35 p.m. — 13 12.8 THE WEST WING (R) NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 7 14 12.3 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 20 12.3 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 10 16 12.2 PROVIDENCE NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 36 17 12.0 WILL & GRACE (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 9 18 11.8 MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 22 11.8 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 13 20 11.7 THE EDUCATION OF MAX BICKFORD CBS, Sunday, 8:21 p.m. — 11.7 MOVIE: DR. DOLITTLE (R) ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. — 11.7 THE AGENCY (R) CBS, Thursday, 10:02 p.m. 17 23 11.6 THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 38 24 11.2 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 11 25 11.0 JUST SHOOT ME (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 18 26 10.7 ALIAS ABC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 53 10.7 MOVIE: ENTRAPMENT CBS, Sunday, 9:21 p.m. — 10.7 I LOVE LUCY 50TH ANNIVERSARY (R) CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. — 29 10.6 WEAKEST LINK NBC, Sunday, 8 p.m. — 30 10.5 DATELINE NBC NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 10.5 INSIDE SCHWARTZ NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 11

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF DECEMBER 31, 2001-JANUARY 6, 2002 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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