CBS, the only network not going in big for the "summer season" concept and its loads of original programming, last week aired seven of the top 10 shows, including reruns of body-parts dramas "CSI" and "CSI: Miami," and its Bill Clinton interview, which, CBS said, scored "hubba Bubba" numbers.
Here's a look at the week's hubbas and bubbas:
Bill Clinton. Star of the week's second most watched program, with 15.8 million viewers, the former president scored behind only the last game of the NBA Finals with his "60 Minutes" interview.
"The Simple Life." Paris and Nicole returned to the small screen Wednesday and 10 million of us couldn't be happier. Theirs was the week's No. 1 entertainment program among 18-to-49-year-old adults, Fox noted, coming in second in the demographic behind ABC's NBA Finals telecast, which, you know, isn't "entertainment"; it's "sports."
"Weddings Gone Wild: Anything for Love." It sounded like a Mike Fleiss reality series for Fox but was actually the debut of an ABC News series chronicling the important story of "several grooms and brides-to-be as they face various challenges in their wedding planning efforts." And it scored 6.5 million viewers last Monday night, besting three other highly touted premieres: Fox's "North Shore" (5.9 million viewers), Mark Burnett's "Casino" (5.8 million) and NBC's "Next Action Star" (4.9 million).
"Monk." USA's detective drama bagged 5.5 million viewers for its third-season opener, the show's largest debut yet, besting its premiere audience of 4.8 million and the second-season starter's 5.4 million.
"Sex and the City." Safer "Sex" started strong on commercial TV last week, nailing 4 million viewers on its opening night and averaging 3 million over its Tuesday-through-Saturday strip.
"Joe Schmo 2." Like Fox's "Average Joe," the joke doesn't appear to work a second time. In its second-season debut, "JS2" -- a "reality" series spoof in which most of the "contestants" are actors -- cobbled together a mere 600,000 viewers; when the first edition wrapped, 3.4 million people were watching.
"Into Character." The Mensa boys who program AMC, the alleged old-flick network, came up with a can't-miss reality series concept: Everyday people get the chance to tackle roles from their favorite movies. Last week's debut, following a guy who was overweight as a kid trying to turn himself into Rocky Balboa, attracted 280,000 people. The previous four weeks in the same time slot, AMC averaged 700,000 viewers with -- old flicks.
"The Shield" wimped out in its season finale with a season-low 2.1 million viewers -- about half the audience of its first-season finale.
NBC's Thursday. The network that used to own Thursday night did not finish first on Thursday. It did not finish second on Thursday. NBC finished third on Thursday, behind not only CBS's lineup of reruns but also repeat episodes of ABC's slice-and-dice-a-chick reality series "Extreme Makeover" and "Primetime Thursday." That's largely because "Friends" has fallen off the face of the Earth this summer, as has "ER."
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were ABC's NBA Finals Game 5; CBS's "60 Minutes," "CSI," "CSI: Miami" and "Without a Trace"; NBC's "Law & Order"; CBS's "Cold Case," "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Two and a Half Men"; and NBC's "Last Comic Standing."