- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Still on top

CBS is rerunning away with the Nielsen summer ratings.

The network secured nine of the top 10 slots on last week’s Nielsen’s list with its repeat-heavy lineup, Associated Press reports, citing data from Nielsen Media Research.

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” was the top-rated show, and only ABC’s preseason football broadcast (ranked eighth) spoiled a total Tiffany network sweep, according to figures released yesterday.

For the 13th week in a row, CBS remained the most popular network in prime time, averaging 7.71 million viewers. Fox vaulted to second place from fourth the previous week, averaging 5.96 million, while NBC had 5.84 million and ABC had 5.66 million.



UPN had 2.74 million viewers, followed by the WB with 1.88 million and Pax TV with 650,000 viewers.

For the week of Aug. 22 through 28, the top five shows, their networks and viewerships were: “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.23 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 10.89 million; “Two and a Half Men” (Monday, 9:30 p.m.), CBS, 10.86 million; “Cold Case,” CBS, 10.54 million; “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 10.21 million.

Parting words

“You just don’t fit in” — as opposed to Donald Trump’s brusque, “You’re fired” — reportedly will be Martha Stewart’s signature kiss-off to rejected contestants on her upcoming version of “The Apprentice,” reports the New York Post. The domestic diva’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” premieres Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. on NBC.

His bunny valentine

Jay McGraw, son of TV psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw, has proposed to former Playboy playmate Erica Dahm, one of the triplet Dahm sisters.

Jay McGraw, 26, popped the question to Miss Dahm in Dallas, says Chandler Hayes, a spokesman for Dr. Phil. According to Associated Press, the couple will wed in Los Angeles, but the date was not revealed.

Miss Dahm, 27, and her two sisters appeared in the December 1998 Playboy.

The younger Mr. McGraw, who has appeared on his father’s show, designed the 5-carat diamond, emerald and platinum engagement ring for his bride-to-be. He is also a best-selling author of the self-help books “Closing the Gap” and “The Ultimate Weight Solution for Teens.”

Compiled by Thomas Walter from Web and wire reports.

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