'CSI' and Santa Very Popular with Viewers

01/02/2003 12:00PM

Santa got the biggest ratings last week, so TV watching was down in a big way, according to the Nielsen numbers.

Even so, the usual favorites remained just that, the usual favorites.

Two repeat episodes of CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which aired Thursday, were among the three most-watched prime-time programs of the week. Its spin-off, "CSI: Miami," also made the Top 10.

In Sunday-night movie action, Julie Andrews outdrew everybody, with her 1965 classic "The Sound of Music" on ABC, attracting 11.5 tearful viewers, the Associated Press reports.

Meanwhile, running simultaneously that same night, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" (on CBS) and Bruce Willis in that holiday classic, "Die Hard With a Vengeance" (on FOX), both attracted audiences of 10.3 million.

For the week of Dec. 23-29, the Top 10 shows were as follows:

1. "CSI," CBS, 21.2 million viewers
2. "Monday Night Football," ABC, 17.9 million
3. "CSI," CBS, 17 million
4. "NFL Sunday," FOX, 15.3 million
5. "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS, 14.3 million
6. "Law & Order," NBC, 13.2 million
7. "Friends," NBC, 13.1 million
8. "Without a Trace," CBS, 13 million
9. "NFL Monday Showcase," ABC, 12.9 million
10. "CSI: Miami," CBS, 12.1 million

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