Sweeps is notoriously a ratings war zone of guest stars, stunts, and cliff-hangers. But Sunday, May 19, will be the most internecine battle in recent memory, with four networks pitting their mightiest warriors against one another: the ”Survivor” and ”Practice” season finales, a ”Cosby Show” retrospective, and the ”X-Files” series ender. We predict the winner will be regular ratings champ ”Survivor,” but the true loser will be viewers, forced to select just one of these televents. To help you plan your viewing schedule, here’s the Sunday-showdown tale of the tape (or TiVo).
”SURVIVOR” FINALE AND REUNION SHOW, 8-11 p.m., CBS
-Might be a return to the show’s good ol’ days, when bastards won.
-Retiring, nothing-to-lose host Rosie O’Donnell could spice up live reunion show by streaking in a Richard Hatch homage.
-If past ”Survivor” players attend Central Park live shoot, will be New York’s biggest collection of has-beens since Liza’s wedding.
-Would be more compelling if winner were forced to marry ”The Bachelor.”