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‘ELLIE’ STORY

And the curse is lifted…at least for now. Over 16 million folks tried out Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Watching Ellie (14th), making it the most watched debut of a Seinfeld-alum comedy to date. Still, Ellie and NBC’s other femme-friendly newbie Leap of Faith (6th) were overshadowed by CSI (1st), which made history as the first drama to top an original episode of NBC’s ER (3rd) in total viewers. Meanwhile, the Grammy Awards (7th) dropped 21 percent from last year, but CBS scored the following night with Survivor: Marquesas (4th), which pulled in a respectable 23.2 million viewers. The week’s other reality debut barely survived: The WB’s No Boundaries (108th) landed near last place. And ABC’s Cinderella (29th) was the belle of the Sunday-night ball, outshining Diane Keaton and Jennifer Jason Leigh, the stars of CBS’ drippy drama Crossed Over (58th).

TOP 30

LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 28.7 CSI — CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 27.5 FRIENDS — NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 24.9 ER — NBC, Thursday, 10 p.m. 4 23.2 SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS — CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 22.5 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND 9 CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 6 20.8 LEAP OF FAITH — NBC, Thursday, 8:30 p.m. 7 19.0 44TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS — CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 8 18.2 WILL & GRACE — NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 9 17.9 LAW & ORDER — NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 10 17.8 FRASIER — NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 11 17.5 BECKER 13 CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 12 17.1 JAG 22 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 13 16.9 60 MINUTES 12 CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 14 16.7 WATCHING ELLIE — NBC, Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. 15 16.4 THE WEST WING — NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 16 15.8 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 17 15.4 JUST SHOOT ME — NBC, Thursday, 9:30 p.m. 18 14.6 JUDGING AMY 63 CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 19 14.2 YES, DEAR 21 CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 20 14.1 THE KING OF QUEENS 18 CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 21 14.0 THE GUARDIAN 46 CBS, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 22 13.9 THE SIMPSONS (R) 10 Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 23 13.6 MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE 14 Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 24 13.4 DATELINE NBC — NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 13.4 FRASIER (R) — NBC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 26 13.2 CROSSING JORDAN — NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. 27 12.9 FEAR FACTOR — NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 28 12.6 SCRUBS — NBC, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. 29 12.3 MOVIE: CINDERELLA — ABC, Sunday, 7 p.m. 30 12.1 THE AGENCY 64 CBS, Thursday, 10:01 p.m.

*IN MILLIONS WEEK OF FEB. 25-MARCH 3, 2002 SOURCE: NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH

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