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NBC gets a little help from its Friends

NBC won Thursday night's ratings battle, sweeping households and the key

The network prospered behind strong performances from sitcoms Friends
and Will & Grace and drama Law & Order.

Still, Friends' 11.7 rating/20 share and almost 18 million viewers did
not make it the highest-rated or most-watched show of the night.

That honor went to CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which pulled in 18.8 million viewers and
garnered a 12.1/19 during the 9 p.m. hour, a performance that put CBS in second
for the night.

ABC was third for the night with two hours of All American Girl and
PrimeTime Thursday, its highest-rated show of the evening with a 6.2/11.

Fox was fourth on the night with TV's Funniest Moments and The

For the night, Nielsen Media Research fast affiliate ratings, households: NBC 10.3/17, CBS
9.6/16, ABC 4.0/7 and Fox 3.6/6.

Adults 18 through 49: NBC 6.8/20, CBS 5.1/15, ABC 2.1/6 and Fox