Sports, game shows, and news magazines squeezed out virtually every network drama and comedy show from the Nielsen top 10 last week. Only CBS's Everybody Loves Raymond made the list. NBC--a latecomer to reality programming--was the most-watched network, averaging a 5.8 rating and an 11 share. CBS was close behind with a 5.7/11. ABC, thanks to three editions of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire that made the top ten, placed third with a 5.4/10. Fox wound up fourth with a 4.9/9, its overall average boosted by ratings for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, which attracted the week's biggest audience.
The top 10 shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Major League Baseball All-Star Game, Fox, 11.0/19; 2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Tuesday), ABC, 9.1/16; 3. Primetime Thursday, ABC, 9.0/16; 4. Millionaire (Sunday), ABC, 8.8/15; 5. Millionaire (Thursday), ABC, 8.6/15; 6. Dateline (Monday), NBC, 8.5/14; 7. Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS, 8.3/14; 8. 20/20 (Friday), ABC, 8.2/16; 8. The Weakest Link, NBC, 8.2/14; 10. 60 Minutes, CBS, 8.1/17.