Date: 11th October 2000

CBS Makes Impressive Season Debut

With the Olympics over, NBC climbed down from the winners' stand last week and was replaced by CBS as its new dramatic series C.S.I., produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, finished in the Nielsen top ten and the season premiere of Everybody Loves Raymond wound up in second place.

Astonishing many analysts, the network, which has generally ranked last in attracting the highly prized 18-49 demographic group, placed first for the week. "Tiffany again," the Washington Post headlined in reporting the ratings results, pointing out that all five of the networks' premiering series, Yes, Dear, the Fugitive, C.S.I., That's Life and The District, finished first in their time slots.

But all of the other networks had something to boast about, as well. NBC's The West Wing headed the Nielsen list -- the first time that a non-Thursday program carried by the network had achieved that distinction in 11 years. With an added episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, ABC saw all four land in the top ten. And Fox's Dark Angel, from James Cameron, airing opposite the presidential debates, wound up as the most-watched new show, placing seventh on the top-ten list and helping to give Fox its best Tuesday ratings ever.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research: 1. The West Wing, NBC, 16.3/25; 2. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 14.6/21; 3. Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (Tuesday), ABC, 14.1/22; 4. Millionaire (Thursday), ABC, 13.7/22; 5. Millionaire (Wednesday), ABC, 13.4/21; 6. Millionaire (Sunday), ABC, 13.1/19; 7. 60 Minutes, CBS, 12.8/20; 8. C.S.I, CBS, 11.8/21; 9. NFL Monday Night Football: Seattle at Kansas City, ABC, 11.4/19; 10. Dark Angel, Fox, 11.2/17.

Source: Studio Briefing