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The Ratings

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THE RATINGS

OFF THE WALL They may not dig his parenting skills (who calls a kid ”Blanket,” anyway?), but 27 million viewers went wacko for Jacko. ABC’s 20/20 (1st) Michael Jackson special danced all over NBC’s lineup and gave the network its first Thursday-night sweeps win in at least 12 years. Fox’s American Idol (9th, 10th) continues to hog the spotlight, and Bernie Mac (38th) proved that you can go home again: The sophomore sleeper reached a season high on its first night in its original Wednesday-at-9 p.m. time slot. Scott Foley’s DA comedy A.U.S.A. (42nd) on NBC debuted to a far-from-felicitious audience of 11.5 million viewers, while the drug-lord drama Kingpin (48th, 67th) lost steam in its second week. As for UPN, well, their highest-rated show WWE Smackdown! (90th) only has 3.4 million more viewers than their lowest — One on One (117th) — which is scarier than an episode of The Twilight Zone (110th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 27.1 20/20 ABC, Thursday, 8 p.m. — 2 25.6 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 3 23.4 FRIENDS NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 4 22.7 PRIMETIME THURSDAY ABC, Thursday, 10:05 p.m. — 5 22.0 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. — 6 20.9 ER NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 5 7 20.6 JOE MILLIONAIRE Fox, Monday, 9 p.m. 6 8 20.4 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND CBS, Monday, 9 p.m. 8 9 20.1 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 4 10 19.3 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:32 p.m. 2 11 18.3 LAW & ORDER NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 19 12 18.2 CSI: MIAMI CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 9 13 17.3 THE BACHELORETTE ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 18 14 16.9 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 22 15 16.5 WILL & GRACE NBC, Thursday, 9:01 p.m. 11 16 15.9 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 14 17 15.8 STILL STANDING CBS, Monday, 9:31 p.m. 21 18 15.5 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 12 19 15.3 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 16 20 15.0 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 10 21 14.9 FRASIER NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. — 14.9 THE KING OF QUEENS CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 27 23 14.8 YES, DEAR CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 31 24 14.1 JAG CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 29 25 13.6 STAR SEARCH CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 17 13.6 JUDGING AMY CBS, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 27 13.4 THE SIMPSONS (R) Fox, Sunday, 8:30 p.m. 14 13.4 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 13 29 13.0 THE WEST WING NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. — 30 12.9 MY WIFE AND KIDS ABC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 37