Winners & Losers

'Family Guy' Back Home; 'Star Trek' Lost in Space

By Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 4, 2005

Fox widened its edge over CBS for the season among the 18-to-49-year-olds advertisers pay a premium to reach, compliments of the president of the United States and "American Idol."

Here's a look at the ratings week's top and bottom:


"Family Guy." Fox's relaunch of its formerly canceled cartoon more than doubled the net's season average in that Sunday time slot and was the week's No. 1 show among teens and men 18 to 34. After that, the debut of the animated "American Dad," from the same creator, did so-so -- easily fixed if Fox just cancels it after a few episodes, lets it percolate on Cartoon Network for a few years, then brings it back.

"JAG." CBS military drama goes out with a bang -- its biggest audience in more than two years.

"Amazing Race." An audience of more than 13 million ties for the CBS franchise's second largest ever. Most gains come among viewers 50 and older (no doubt rooting for the team of Gretchen and Meredith); in that demo, last week's episode clocked the franchise's highest rating ever.

"According to Jim." ABC picked up its Jim Belushi sitcom for a fifth season.

"America's Funniest Home Videos." After ABC's "Videos" outperformed its Friday sitcoms last week, the network ordered a 16th season.


Presidential fallout. Because President Bush's hastily called "news" conference forced the broadcast networks to muck around with their lineups on Thursday, NBC's "ER" clocked a series low on the first night of the May sweep -- never good -- and CBS's "CSI" logged a season low, though it still clobbered "ER." Depressed "CSI" numbers and the total absence of CBS's top-10 series "Without a Trace" give Fox a wider edge over CBS for the season in 18-to-49 viewers.

"The Office." NBC's adaptation of the critically praised Britcom hit reached a series low in its season finale, getting thoroughly trounced by the season finale of ABC's "Rodney." Proving that Americans actually prefer the vast wasteland.

"The Simple Life." Despite its seemingly compatible lead-in, Fox's "Simple Life" plunged by 6 million viewers from its nearly 10 million average in its old Wednesday night slot, when it sometimes followed "American Idol."

"Star Trek: Enterprise." Series finale clocked fewer than 3 million viewers on Friday, which, had it aired a year ago, would have been its second lowest audience ever. Until this year UPN's "Enterprise" had dipped below 3 million viewers only once before in its history.

"American Dreams." Bye-bye.

The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: ABC's "Desperate Housewives"; Fox's Tuesday and Wednesday "American Idol"; CBS's "CSI" and "Survivor: Palau"; ABC's "Grey's Anatomy"; Fox's "House"; ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"; and CBS's "Cold Case" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."

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