CBS had eight of the most-watched programs on TV last week and six of them were reruns of scripted series. So much for that viewers-have-rejected-reruns theory.
Here's a look at the week's new and new-to-you:
"The 4400." The most-watched new drama series of the summer? USA's short-run series "The 4400," about 4,400 alien abductees who are returned to Earth. Last week's finale bagged 6.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched program on all of cable. During its run, "The 4400" averaged 5.9 million viewers, edging the season averages of other new dramas that have debuted over the summer, including ABC's "The Days" (5.7 million viewers), WB's "Summerland" (3.8 million), Fox's "The Jury" (3.1 million viewers) and Fox's "North Shore" (4.6 million).
"Simple Life 2." Paris and Nicole went out on top; the finale of their Fox "reality" series second edition was the week's most-watched program among the 18-to-49 set advertisers lust after. Six million of the finale's overall audience of nearly 10 million fell into that demographic group. The first edition of "Simple Life" had bowed out with 11 million viewers in mid-January.
"Growing Up Gotti." A&E enjoyed its biggest series debut ever last week when "Growing Up Gotti" nailed 3.2 million viewers Monday. The cable network quickly ordered an additional seven episodes of the show about Victoria Gotti (daughter of mobster John) and her three obnoxious teenage sons, for a first-season episode tally of 20.
"Blue Collar TV." For the second week in a row, the most-watched program on the too-hip-to-live WB network was a sketch comedy show starring blue-collar comics Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy. "Blue Collar TV" retained 100 percent of its debut 18-to-49-year-old audience and 86 percent of its overall audience -- 4.6 million viewers -- week to week. This must be very hard on the cast of "Summerland."
"Two and a Half Men." For the seventh consecutive week, CBS's Monday sitcom scored more viewers than its "Everybody Loves Raymond" lead-in -- good news for the network, which will lose "Raymond" at the end of the coming TV season.
Miss Teen USA. Poor Donald Trump -- not having a good week. Just days before his Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts announced it would enter Chapter 11 bankruptcy, his Miss Teen USA franchise suffered its smallest TV audience -- 5.3 million viewers -- since at least 1992. Last year the flesh-fest logged more than 7 million viewers, but then last year NBC aired it on a Tuesday night instead of a Friday.
"Bet Your Life" was supposed to be the crowning moment of NBC's reality series "Next Action Hero," in which the competition's winners got to star in their own "flick." Instead, "Bet" bombed when a mere 4.5 million people tuned in even though they could see it free.
"The Player." Only about 2 million people bothered to watch the unveiling of skeevette Dawn's rendezvous with 13 self-described "players" in this sexed-up rip-off of ABC's "Bachelorette." In the first episode, Dawn opted to dump the guy whose name she could not pronounce; still in play are 12 guys whose role models range from God to Ashton Kutcher.
MTV's First Ever Reality Awards. Had MTV opened up this trophy-show competition to non-MTV reality series, then maybe this cheesy infomercial for the network's reality series would have clocked more than 1 million viewers -- half the audience the cable network has averaged in that Tuesday time slot the previous four weeks. But then, if MTV had opened it up to non-MTV reality series, the show would not have been an infomercial for MTV reality series.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: CBS's "CSI," CBS's "Two and a Half Men," CBS's "CSI: Miami," CBS's "Everybody Loves Raymond," CBS's "Without a Trace," CBS's "Amazing Race," NBC's "Law & Order: SVU," CBS's "60 Minutes," CBS's "Cold Case" and Fox's "Simple Life 2" finale.