CBS won the week because even crummy NCAA basketball and Masters golf tourney numbers stand out in a sea of reruns -- and because ABC decided a couple of seasons back that it didn't want to buy "CSI."
Here's a look at the week's birdies and bogeys:
"Cher: The Farewell Tour." Cher drew nearly 17 million viewers to her concert special on NBC on Tuesday night, defeating all comers in the two-hour period among all viewers, but especially the 18-to-49-year-olds NBC targets. It was the most watched concert special since the Jackson 5 reunion in November 2001 averaged a whopping 26 million viewers.
Fox News Channel celebrated its fourth consecutive week as the most watched cable network in prime time. Its average of just over 4 million viewers also beat UPN and WB for the prime-time week. Greta Van Susteren's show had its best-ever average, 6.7 million, on Monday at 10 p.m., when Newt Gingrich was her guest and all the talk was of the bombing of that Baghdad building where Saddam Hussein and his two sons were thought to be. Greta beat a rerun of ABC's "The Practice," which logged 6.5 million viewers.
"Lost at Home." The second broadcast of this ABC sitcom retained 100 percent of its 18-49 lead-in audience and 91 percent of its total-viewer lead-in -- very good signs for a debuting series.
Leslie Moonves. Recently promoted CBS chairman and CEO Les Moonves, a former actor who can actually chew scenery while his mouth is covered by duct tape, guest-starred as himself on a very special episode of "The Practice" on rival ABC, and brought the show its second largest audience since moving to Mondays -- 9.5 million viewers. Okay, maybe gorgeous Andie MacDowell, who also guest-starred in the episode, as a nut job who kidnapped Moonves to pitch a reality TV series, had something to do with it; McDowell also chewed scenery but her mouth wasn't taped, so she had it easy.
"Ed." The season finale, in which Ed finally got together with longtime crush Carol, nabbed a time-slot-winning 11 million viewers and beat its closest competitor by 31 percent among 18-to-49-year-olds. Of course, it was a jump-the-shark episode, but the producers had little to lose because "Ed" was facing possible cancellation.
"CSI." Still No. 1, with nearly 27 million viewers last week.
"Trading Spaces." TLC's "Trading Spaces Goes Hollywood: 7th Heaven" -- one of three "Trading Spaces Goes Hollywood" telecasts Sunday night, was the week's top cable show among 18-to-34-year-olds, 18-to-49-year-olds and cable news networks' target audience of 25-to-54-year-olds. The show logged 5.4 million viewers, which is actually more than watched "7th Heaven" -- a rerun -- last week.
"Lucky." John Corbett's FX series debut attracted only 2.5 million viewers Tuesday night at 10 -- nowhere near the 4.8 million who tuned in at the same time in March 2002 for the debut of FX's "The Shield."
"Napoleon." A&E's two-part miniseries with an all-star cast that included Gerard Depardieu, John Malkovich and Isabella Rossellini scored an anemic 1.9 million viewers on Tuesday, and even that looked good compared with the 1.3 million it registered on Wednesday night. Meanwhile, Lifetime's latest woman/victim-overcoming-adversity flick, "Homeless to Harvard," logged nearly 6 million viewers. Sigh.
The Masters. The golf tournament's exciting final round scored a measly 11.7 million viewers. But then Sunday's sudden-death playoff didn't include Tiger Woods, golf's ratings magnet. Woods's first Masters win in '97 was the most watched tourney ever, with more than 20 million viewers; his third, last March, averaged 13.1 million. Sunday's game scraped together an even punier audience than that preceding Woods's first win.
NCAA Basketball Championship. Monday's game, on CBS, opposite CBS topper Moonves' guest gig on ABC's "The Practice," scored a worst-in-at-least-a-decade 18.6 million viewers. Coincidence? Nonetheless, the show finished fifth for the week, helping CBS to its win.
The week's 10 most watched programs among viewers overall: CBS's "CSI"; Fox's "American Idol" Tuesday and Wednesday; CBS's "Survivor: The Amazon," NCAA Basketball Championship and "Without a Trace"; NBC's "Cher: Farewell Tour," "Friends," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Fear Factor."