Although a few early premieres punctuated the period, last week nevertheless was officially regarded as the last week of the summer season -- and looked it. Most shows continued to draw relatively tiny audiences, and no new series broke into the top ten. NBC's Sunday Night Football, this week featuring the Dallas Cowboys against the Chicago Bears, continued to lead the Nielsen ratings list (13.3 million viewers), followed by CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which usually leads when the football season ends in January. Fox also got a boost on Sunday from an overrun of its NFL game in the 7:00 p.m. hour. But college football on Saturday night drew only 4.9 million viewers for ABC. CBS was the overall household winner for the week with a 5.8 rating and a 10 share. NBC placed second with a 5.0/8. Fox took the third spot with a 4.7/8, while ABC trailed with a 3.8/7.

The top ten shows of the week according to Nielsen Research:
1. Sunday Night Football, NBC, 11.8/19; 2. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS, 9.1/15; 3. Survivor: China, CBS, 9.0/15; 4. Sunday Night NFL Pregame, NBC, 8.7/15; 5. Cold Case, CBS, 8.2/12; 6. 60 Minutes, CBS, 7.6/13; 6. Shark, CBS, 7.6/13; 6. Without a Trace, CBS, 7.6/13; 9. Deal or No Deal (Monday), NBC, 7.5/12; 10. Two and a Half Men, CBS, 6.9/11.