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The Ratings

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More than 19 million football fans caught the NFL season opener between the Jets and the Redskins (1st), handing ABC a rare Thursday ratings victory. Teamed with a kickoff concert featuring Aerosmith and Britney Spears (18th), the game put the net well ahead of CBS’ usually unbeatable repeats of ”CSI” (2nd and 10th) and ”Without a Trace” (11th). Tennis couldn’t serve up the same kind of ratings, with CBS’ coverage of the U.S. Open (80th) double-faulting on Saturday. Fox’s teen soap ”The O.C.” (19th) showed the other nets how it’s done on Tuesday, improving on lead-in talentfest ”Performing As…” (47th) by about 2.5 million viewers. CBS’ ”Big Brother 4” became the week’s top-rated original reality show with its Tuesday and Wednesday editions (12th and 14th), while NBC stayed in the game with its own MVP, ”Law & Order”, in repeats on Wednesday (3rd) and Sunday (4th).

TOP 30

VIEWERS* LAST WEEK

1 19.2 FOOTBALL: JETS VS. REDSKINS ABC, Thursday, 9:07 P.M. — 2 14.5 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 2 3 13.0 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 5 4 12.3 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Sunday, 10 p.m. 12 5 11.7 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:59 p.m. 1 6 11.4 THE KING OF QUEENS (R) CBS, Monday, 9:30 p.m. 6 7 11.2 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 11 11.2 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Monday, 10 p.m. 3 9 10.8 FEAR FACTOR (R) NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 15 10 10.7 CSI (R) CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. — 11 10.5 WITHOUT A TRACE (R) CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 7 12 10.0 BIG BROTHER 4 CBS, Wednesday, 8 p.m. — 13 9.8 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 43 14 9.7 BIG BROTHER 4 CBS, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 17 9.7 60 MINUTES (R) CBS, Sunday, 7 p.m. 19 9.7 DATELINE NBC NBC, Friday, 8 p.m. 39 17 9.4 LAW & ORDER: SVU (R) NBC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. 14 18 9.3 NFL KICKOFF LIVE ABC, Thursday, 8 p.m. — 19 9.1 THE O.C. Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 18 20 9.0 GEORGE LOPEZ (R) ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 20 21 8.8 DATELINE NBC NBC, Wednesday, 8 p.m. — 22 8.7 WILL & GRACE (R) NBC, Thursday, 8:39 p.m. 48 23 8.6 THE WEST WING (R) NBC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 30 8.6 FOR LOVE OR MONEY 2 NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 10 25 8.5 STILL STANDING (R) CBS, Monday, 8:30 p.m. 16 26 8.4 8 SIMPLE RULES… (R) ABC, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 29 27 8.2 AMERICA’S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS (R) ABC, Friday, 8 p.m. 23 28 8.1 CSI: MIAMI (R) CBS, Friday, 10 p.m. 45 8.1 20/20 ABC, Friday, 10 p.m. 42 8.1 YES, DEAR (R) CBS, Monday, 8 p.m. 24