Date: 6th December 2000

Millionaire Back On Top

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire returned to the top of the weekly Nielsen list last week, taking not only the No. 1 spot, but No. 2 and No. 3 (tie) as well.

Moreover, the strong ratings were achieved without the benefit of celebrity contestants or any other special format change. It was, however, helped by the fact that E.R., the usual occupant of the top position, aired a rerun last week. The hospital drama finished 15th. Millionaire's success helped make ABC the most-watched network for the week with an average 9.1 rating and a 14 share. CBS finished second with an 8.3/13, followed closely by NBC with an 8.2/13. Fox trailed with a 5.9/9.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Wednesday), ABC, 15.0/23; 2. Millionaire (Tuesday), ABC, 14.3/21; 3. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 13.1/18; 3. (Tie) Millionaire (Thursday), ABC, 13.1/19; 5. Law and Order, NBC, 12.9/21; 6. West Wing, NBC, 12.6/19; 7. NFL Monday Night Football: Green Bay at Carolina, ABC, 12.5/21; 8. Frasier, NBC, 12.1/18; 9. 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.0/18; 10. Friends, NBC, 11.9/19.

Source: Studio Briefing