NBC handily won the ratings race last week with a lot of help from its "Friends." (You saw that one coming a mile away, didn't you.)
Here's a look at the week's Joeys and Rosses:
"Friends." About 52.5 million people watched the very last episode of "Friends" Thursday night, making it the most watched entertainment telecast in six years. Though it was not the 10-year-old series's most watched episode, being narrowly edged out by the one after the Super Bowl in '96, the swan song nonetheless goes into the record book as the fourth most watched series finale in TV history, behind the sendoffs of "M*A*S*H," "Cheers" and "Seinfeld."
"Survivor: All-Stars." Nearly 25 million viewers caught Sunday's final-but-not-really episode of the CBS reality show's latest edition, after which the "reunion" show copped about 24 million to also make the week's top 10. So, too, did Thursday's penultimate episode. Best of all, host Jeff Probst announced that viewers would be able to phone in votes to award a million bucks to another contestant just for the heck of it, and that lucky player's name will be announced tomorrow on "Survivor: More With the All-Stars."
"The Simpsons." Opposite the final-but-not-actually "Survivor: All-Stars" episode, Fox's Sunday tent pole collapsed, leaving "The Simpsons" with only 6.6 million viewers -- its smallest crowd since at least 1991.
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." ABC, which has no traction on Thursday nights, spent a lot to counter-program the final episode of "Friends" with a mostly live "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." It drew a lousy 4.9 million viewers from 8 to 10 p.m., though the final "reveal" of the redone New York apartment, which aired for 10 minutes after "Primetime Thursday," clocked 7.3 million viewers. Meanwhile, Fox, which also has no traction on Thursday nights, spent a nickel to package a bunch of "Cops" reruns under the name "Cops: Crimes of Passion" and clocked nearly 4 million viewers. Which leaves you wondering: What the heck was ABC thinking?
"The OC." Sure it had an "American Idol" lead-in, but opposite a "Dateline" devoted to the end of "Friends" -- which pulled in the newsmag's best young adult numbers since 2000 -- the melodrama-packed season finale of the show Fox will keep calling a phenomenon until someone makes them stop mustered only a business-as-usual 10.7 million viewers.
"Spy Kids." Fox's telecast logged just 3.8 million viewers Friday night -- the smallest audience for a movie on any major network this season.
"30 Days Until I'm Famous." Madonna's flick-killing streak continued last week when this VH1 original movie on which she's listed as an executive producer attracted a mere 353,000 viewers. In the interest of full disclosure, VH1's prior four-week average in the time slot was 525,000 viewers.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: NBC's "Friends" finale, "Friends" retrospective show and "ER"; CBS's Sunday "Survivor: All-Stars" finale and reunion show; Fox's Tuesday and Wednesday "American Idol"; CBS's Thursday "CSI"; Part 2 of NBC's miniseries "10.5"; and CBS's Thursday "Survivor: All-Stars."