- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 23, 2005

‘Crime’ pays for CBS

In a sea of summer repeats, CBS sailed to another ratings victory last week — its 12th win in a row.

With the top 10 flooded with reruns, CBS claimed eight of the spots, including the week’s most-watched show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” Associated Press reported yesterday, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

The week’s top non-rerun, Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” waltzed in at No. 11.

CBS’ “Big Brother” took 12th and 14th place, respectively, for its Tuesday and Thursday editions.

The news wasn’t as cheery for NBC. The premiere of “Tommy Lee Goes to College,” the network’s new reality show, missed the dean’s list at 54th place.

For the week, CBS remained the most popular network in prime time, averaging 7.8 million viewers. ABC averaged 5.69 million, while NBC had 5.68 million. Fox had 5.07 million viewers, UPN 2.7 million, the WB 1.83 million and Pax TV 680,000 viewers.

For the week of Aug. 15 through 21, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 13.02 million; “Without a Trace,” CBS, 12.92 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.32 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 10 million; and “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 9.9 million.

Emmy adds more stars

“Lost” star Matthew Fox and filmmaker Quentin Tarantino have been added to the already star-studded roster of Emmy presenters, Zap2it.com reports. Mischa Barton (“The O.C.”), Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”) and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” star William Petersen also will present at the 57th annual awards show.

The program, hosted by comic Ellen DeGeneres, will be telecast live Sept. 18 on CBS.

Mr. Tarantino — of “Kill Bill” and “Pulp Fiction” fame — is also a first-time Emmy contender, for outstanding director of a drama series, for helming an episode of CBS’ “CSI.”

The new presenters join the list of those previously announced, including Kiefer Sutherland (“24”), Halle Berry (“Their Eyes Were Watching God”), Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”), Jon Stewart (“The Daily Show”), and Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen (“Two and a Half Men”). Mr. Sutherland, Miss Berry, Mr. Stewart and Miss Hargitay are also Emmy contenders this year.

Crying foul

Author and former groupie Karrine Steffans — whose naughty nickname can’t be printed here — says Tyra Banks gave her a hard time when she appeared on the supermodel’s talk show, which premieres Sept. 12 on Fox.

Miss Steffans, author of “Confessions of a Video Vixen,” in which she details her trysts with rappers and sports stars, claims Miss Banks “insisted I wrote ‘Confessions’ because I was angry and wanted revenge,” according to reports published in the New York Daily News.

Miss Steffans, who reportedly is dating comic Bill Maher, not only denies the charge, but verbally struck back at Miss Banks’ dating history. “Despite what she thinks, she and I are not that different,” Miss Steffans was quoted as saying.

Compiled by Thomas Walter from Web and wire reports.

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