Basketball and ballroom dancing drew the biggest crowds to television last week. We'll get back to you when we figure that one out.
Here's a look at the week's right feet and left:
"Dancing With the Stars." More than 15.5 million watched the ex-Mrs. Rod Stewart, aka Rachel Hunter, end her latest all-too-brief career as a dancing elephant on the ABC reality series last week -- beating second-place NBC in the Wednesday 9 p.m. time slot by nearly 8 million viewers and by more than 100 percent among the 18- to 49-year-olds those networks covet.
NBA Finals Game 7. With an average of 19 million viewers, the deciding game of this year's Finals was no match for 2004's final game, which copped nearly 22 million. Last year, however, those ratings magnets the L.A. Lakers played the Detroit Pistons; this year the Pistons played the San Antonio Spurs. That said, Thursday's Game 7 was the week's most watched program, is the most watched telecast of this summer to date, and topped three of last year's five Lakers-Pistons NBA Finals telecasts.
"The Real World: Austin." In its 16th season debut, MTV's creaky reality series drew 3.7 million viewers, slightly better than the 3.3 million drawn to the 15th season-opener, "The Real World: Philadelphia." Good news for MTV: Only one episode in, and already one of the participants is starring on TheSmokingGun.com. Seems cops busted "stunning and fiery Peruvian" Johanna Botta while "Real World" was filming, after she pinched some roses from a street vendor. Oh yeah, and she was drunk -- but that goes without saying on "Real World."
Greta Van Susteren. Wonder why the cable news networks spend so much time on stories of white chicks in distress? Easy, silly: It's because you lap it up. Take Greta Van Susteren's Fox News Channel show, which clocked its best numbers of the year with Greta beaming all week from Aruba, where authorities are investigating the disappearance of a teenager who'd traveled there on a high school graduation trip. On Monday, Greta averaged 2.1 million viewers; by Thursday nearly 3 million were tuned in. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Greta did a bigger number than FNC's flagship show, "The O'Reilly Factor."
"Six Feet Under." HBO has thought better of using the fifth and final season of its dark drama to launch a second night of original programming on Mondays after "6' " drew only 2.2 million viewers per week on that night. While that's heaps better than HBO usually does on Mondays, it's a 40 percent smaller audience than "6' " snagged last season. HBO says its research showed that, despite all its promos, most people didn't realize the show had been moved to Monday, so it's being shipped back to Sundays starting July 10, after which it's sure to be a winner.
"The O.C." Two hours of "O.C." reruns on Fox left it in sixth place Thursday night, behind even UPN and WB, with a cable-esque average of just 2.2 million viewers for the night -- Fox's smallest Thursday audience ever.
The week's 10 most watched programs, in order, were: ABC's Game 7 of the NBA Finals, "Dancing With the Stars" and NBA Finals Game 6; CBS's "CSI," "Two and a Half Men," "CSI: Miami," "Without a Trace" and "Everybody Loves Raymond"; NBC's "Law & Order"; and CBS's "60 Minutes."