Survivor' Top Show Again


Wednesday, August 16th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6


NEW YORK (AP) — ``Survivor'' remained the top prime-time show again last week as college student Colleen Haskell was voted off the island, according to Nielsen Media Research figures released Tuesday.

It's been the same success story since June for CBS' island-castaways competition. And odds are, viewership will only build as the 13-week summer series heads toward the finish line next Wednesday, when the world learns who won the million-dollar prize.

Speaking of million, the Tuesday, Sunday and Thursday editions of ABC's ``Who Wants to be a Millionaire'' ranked second through fourth. This red-hot game show helped ABC to win the week overall with an average 9.94 million viewers (a 6.9 household rating and a 13 share).

Next was CBS, with 8.87 million viewers (6.2 rating, 11 share), followed by NBC with 7.75 million viewers (5.5 rating, 10 share).

Fox had 5.77 million viewers (3.8 rating, 7 share). UPN had 3.42 million viewers (2.2, 4), the WB had 2.66 million viewers (1.7, 3) and Pax TV had 1.33 million viewers (1.0, 2).

CBS' ``Big Brother'' nabbed fifth-place with its Wednesday live edition, but the voyeur-vision series wasn't so big in its other installments, which ranked 30, 40, 42 and 73.

In the evening news derby, NBC's ``Nightly News'' won with 9.29 million viewers (6.9 household rating, 16 share). ABC's ``World News Tonight'' had 8.58 million viewers (6.5 rating, 15 share), while ``The CBS Evening News'' had 7.30 million viewers (5.6 rating, 13 share).

A rating point represents 1,008,000 households, or 1 percent of the nation's estimated 100.8 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.

For the week of Aug. 7-13, the top 10 shows, their networks and household ratings were:

``Survivor,'' CBS, 17.4; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Tuesday), ABC, 14.7; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Sunday), ABC, 14.2; ``Who Wants to Be a Millionaire'' (Thursday), ABC, 13.5; ``Big Brother'' (Wednesday), CBS, 11.3; ''20/20 Downtown,'' ABC, 9.4; ``The Practice,'' ABC, 9.0; ``Everybody Loves Raymond,'' CBS, 8.3; tied: ''60 Minutes,'' CBS, and ``Vanished: Object of Desire,'' ABC, both 8.2.

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