April 25, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

CHER THE LOVE

Cher: The Farewell Tour (7th) gave NBC reason to believe that — at least for one night — it could compete with Fox’s unstoppable Tuesday edition of American Idol (2nd). The special featuring the diva’s last tour (or so she claims) drew more viewers than last month’s Celine Dion spectacle on CBS and concert specials earlier this season by Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. NYPD Blue (29th) held up well in its return to ABC after six weeks off, bringing in nearly 3.1 million viewers more than its Lost at Home (56th) lead-in, while on Wednesday, Fox’s The Bernie Mac Show (12th) and Wanda at Large (14th) continued to bask in the afterglow of Idol’s results show (3rd). NBC scored on Friday with the season finale of Ed (26th), featuring the long-awaited hookup with Carol. Unfortunately, that left little ratings love for ABC’s Daniel Stern sitcom Regular Joe (86th), which continues to plummet.

TOP 30 LAST VIEWERS* WEEK

1 26.4 CSI CBS, Thursday, 9 p.m. 1 2 20.1 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Tuesday, 8 p.m. 2 3 19.2 AMERICAN IDOL Fox, Wednesday, 8:31 p.m. 4 4 19.1 SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON CBS, Thursday, 8 p.m. 5 5 18.6 BASKETBALL: SYRACUSE VS. KANSAS CBS, Monday, 9:16 p.m. — 6 17.5 WITHOUT A TRACE CBS, Thursday, 10 p.m. 16 7 16.7 CHER: THE FAREWELL TOUR NBC, Tuesday, 9 p.m. — 8 14.9 FRIENDS (R) NBC, Thursday, 8 p.m. 3 9 13.8 LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (R) NBC, Friday, 10 p.m. 9 10 13.5 FEAR FACTOR NBC, Monday, 8 p.m. 33 11 13.0 THIRD WATCH NBC, Monday, 9 p.m. 36 12 12.9 THE BERNIE MAC SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 9:02 p.m. — 13 12.8 60 MINUTES CBS, Sunday, 7:26 p.m. — 14 12.1 WANDA AT LARGE Fox, Wednesday, 9:32 p.m. 15 12.1 EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (R) CBS, Monday, 8:29 p.m. — 12.1 60 MINUTES II CBS, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 42 17 12.0 LAW & ORDER (R) NBC, Wednesday, 10 p.m. 11 12.0 THE SIMPSONS Fox, Sunday, 8 p.m. 39 19 11.9 SCRUBS NBC, Thursday, 8:32 p.m. 12 20 11.8 CSI (R) CBS, Sunday, 9:26 p.m. — 11.8 CROSSING JORDAN NBC, Monday, 10 p.m. 37 22 11.7 24 Fox, Tuesday, 9 p.m. 22 23 11.6 ER (R) NBC, Thursday, 9:59 p.m. 6 24 11.5 LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT (R) NBC, Sunday, 9 p.m. 10 25 11.4 WILL & GRACE (R) NBC, Thursday, 9 p.m. 14 26 11.2 ED NBC, Friday, 9 p.m. 32 11.2 THAT ’70S SHOW Fox, Wednesday, 8 p.m. 29 11.2 THE BACHELOR ABC, Wednesday, 9 p.m. 34 29 10.9 NYPD BLUE ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m. — 30 10.8 BECKER CBS, Sunday, 8:56 p.m.

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