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TV RATINGS

Published Sep. 26, 2005

A super week put ABC ahead of its rivals for bragging rights as the season's most-watched television network.

ABC crushed its competition last week behind Sunday's competitive Super Bowl game and another record-setting performance of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

The Super Bowl telecast was up 7 percent in ratings over the 1999 game, according to Nielsen Media Research.

For the week, ABC averaged 27.6-million viewers, CBS had 11-million, NBC had 10.5-million, Fox had 7.9-million, the WB had 4.1-million, UPN had 4.1-million and Pax TV had 1.1-million.

ABC's World News Tonight led the evening news competition with 12.6-million viewers. NBC's Nightly News had 12.4-million, and the CBS Evening News had 10.2-million.

1. Super Bowl XXXIV, ABC, 43.3

2. Post Game, Pt. 1, ABC, 35.9

3. Post Game, Pt. 2, ABC, 25.6

4. Millionaire-Tuesday, ABC, 22.0

5. Millionaire-Thursday, ABC, 18.7

6. Millionaire-Saturday, ABC, 15.6

7. The Practice, ABC, 15.3

8. Dharma and Greg, ABC, 13.0

9. Law and Order, NBC, 12.6

10. NYPD Blue, ABC, 12.2

11. Raymond, CBS, 11.7

12. Twenty-One, NBC, 11.5

13. Becker, CBS, 10.9

14. Friends, NBC, 10.5

14. King of Queens, CBS, 10.5

14. West Wing, NBC, 10.5

17. Frasier, NBC, 9.6

18. 60 Minutes II, CBS, 9.5

19. Judging Amy, CBS, 9.3

19. Ladies Man, CBS, 9.3

21. Sports Night, ABC, 9.0.

22. Drew Carey Show, ABC, 8.8.

22. Family Law, CBS, 8.8.

24. Stolen from the Heart, CBS, 8.7.

25. Will and Grace, NBC, 8.5.

26. Nash Bridges, CBS, 8.4.

27. 20/20-Friday, ABC, 8.2.

28. Greed, Fox, 7.9.

28. Third Watch, NBC, 7.9.

30. Jack, ABC, 7.8.

30. JAG, CBS, 7.8.

30. Spin City, ABC, 7.8.

33. 20/20-Wednesday, ABC, 7.7.

33. Ally McBeal, Fox, 7.7.

33. Providence, NBC, 7.7.

_ Associated Press