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ET_E_15_E15_LA_1_04-02-03_we_1_CMYK 2003:04:01:14:54:36 TELEVISION & RADIO CALENDAR WEDNESDAY,APRIL2,2003 E15 LOSANGELESTIMES Bring a new or gently-used K-3 children’sbook to the Clipper’s vs.Knicks game on April5. And receive a free Clipper’s Yearbook.* The book drive willcontinue through the firsthalf of the game atthe STAPLESCenter 11th Streetentrance and benefitAnn StreetElementary School in Los Angeles. Give a child a story-book ending with the giftof literacy. *One yearbook per person. 03GE016 Perhaps not surprisingly, several programs with “America” in the title performed admirably during a topsy-turvy week that saw CBS relocate “Survivor” due to the NCAA men’sbasketball tournament, several hits in reruns and an expanded prime- time news presence due to war. Based on viewing estimates issued Tuesday by Nielsen Media Research, Fox’s “American Idol” was left atop the weekly standings, while NBC’s premiere of “America’s Most Talented Kid” — which amounts to a junior version of “American Idol” — premiered to solid ratings Friday, when overall TV viewing levels are generally lower. NBC also registered improved scores from the Nielsen judges for the “Miss USA” pageant. On the downside for NBC, “Ed,” in its move to Fridays, didn’t benefit from “Most Talented Kid’s” prosperity, and “The West Wing” continues to struggle — albeit facing unusually stiff competition last week with an expanded “American Idol” spilling into its time slot. That lead-in audience also helped Fox’s new sitcom “Wanda at Large,” generate sizable viewer sampling. After the NCAA tournament was pushed onto ESPN for a time after war broke out, ratings for the sports event have remained depressed, thus far running more than 20% behind year- ago levels. CBS did sail off with big numbers from its Celine Dion concert special, which handily won its Tuesdaytime slot, overshadowing the one-hour “Life With Bonnie” that aired against it on ABC. In fact, ABC’s most-watched program last week, “The Practice,” ranked 28th overall. The latest edition of “The Bachelor” also got off to a ho-hum start, though past versions have usually built toward the finale. —Brian Lowry ‘Idol’ stays adorable in a week of war, hoops Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (March 24-30) as compiled by Nielsen Media Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 272.04 million potential viewers in the U.S. age 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions. Program Network View- ersProgram Network Viewers 1 American Idol (Tue.)FOX19.80 2 American Idol (Wed.)FOX19.02 3 “Survivor: Amazon Special” CBS16.67 4 Law and OrderNBC16.48 5 Law and Order: SVUNBC15.80 --------------------------------------------6 FriendsNBC15.64 7 Fear FactorNBC15.57 8 Everybody Loves Raymond CBS15.05 9 Law and Order: Criminal Intent FOX14.51 10 Wanda at LargeFOX14.31 --------------------------------------------11 “Celine in Las Vegas”CBS13.82 12 ScrubsNBC13.56 13 60 MinutesCBS13.18 14 60 Minutes IICBS13.02 15 Will & GraceNBC12.88 --------------------------------------------16 The SimpsonsFOX12.56 17 CSI: MiamiCBS12.41 18 King of QueensCBS12.14 19 24FOX12.09 20 Yes, DearCBS11.90 --------------------------------------------21 Law and Order: SVU (Sat.) NBC11.84 22 America’s Most Talented Kid NBC11.72 23 The West WingNBC11.70 24 Good Morning, MiamiNBC11.63 25 “Miss USA 2003”NBC11.43 --------------------------------------------26 Still StandingCBS11.14 27 Malcolm in the MiddleFOX11.10 28 The PracticeABC10.71 29 JAGCBS10.48 30 My Wife and KidsABC10.40 --------------------------------------------- CSICBS10.40 32 8 Simples RulesABC10.26 33 ERNBC10.22 34 “NCAA Post” (Sat.)CBS10.20 “NCAA Basketball” (Sat.)CBS10.20 --------------------------------------------36 Oliver BeeneFOX10.19 37 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC10.17 38 According to JimABC10.12 39 DragnetABC10.03 40 EdNBC9.98 --------------------------------------------41 AliasABC9.89 42 “The Bachelor Revealed”ABC9.87 43 Law and Order: Criminal Intent (Sat.) ABC9.80 44 BoomtownNBC9.72 45 My Big Fat Greek LifeCBS9.71 --------------------------------------------46 American DreamsNBC9.67 The Practice (10 p.m.)ABC9.67 48 Will & Grace (Tue.)NBC9.60 49 “NCAA Post” (Sun.)CBS9.54 50 George LopezABC9.41 --------------------------------------------51 That ’70s ShowFOX9.40 52 Dateline: NBC (7 p.m.)NBC9.39 53 “NCAA Basketball” (Thu., 9:40 p.m.) CBS9.34 54 The PittsFOX9.11 55 Wonderful World of Disney ABC8.97 --------------------------------------------56 Dateline: NBC (Tue.)NBC8.96 57 Dateline: NBC (Wed.)NBC8.85 58 “NCAA Basketball” (Thu., 7 p.m.) CBS8.77 59 “ABC News: War With Iraq” ABC8.72 60 “Shanghai Noon”CBS8.64 --------------------------------------------61 BeckerCBS8.59 62 48 Hours InvestigatesCBS8.48 63 Boston PublicFOX8.42 64 Good Morning, Miami (Tue.) NBC7.95 65 8 Simple Rules (Fri.)ABC7.91 --------------------------------------------66 20/20 (Fri.)ABC7.90 67 “World Figure Skating Championships” (Sat.) ABC7.70 68 America’s Most WantedFOX7.66 69 “NCAA Basketball” (Fri., 9:50) CBS7.57 70 King of the HillFOX7.46 --------------------------------------------71 “NCAA Basketball” (Fri., 7 p.m.) CBS7.42 72 Life With BonnieABC7.23 73 Law and Order (Sat.)NBC7.18 74 Friends (Tue.)NBC6.97 75 48 Hours Investigates (Sat.) CBS6.96 --------------------------------------------76 Cops (8:30 p.m.)FOX6.77 77 Whose Line Is It Anyway? (8:30 p.m.) ABC6.57 78 CopsFOX6.47 79 “ABC News Special”ABC6.39 80 Regular JoeABC6.38 --------------------------------------------81 Married by AmericaFOX6.29 82 All American GirlABC6.16 83 Whose Line Is It Anyway?ABC6.15 84 “World Figure Skating Championships” (Thu.) ABC6.14 85 Scrubs (Tue.)NBC5.96 --------------------------------------------86 FuturamaFOX5.89 87 CharmedWB5.61 88 John DoeFOX5.49 89 WWE Smackdown!UPN5.04 90 The AgencyCBS4.79 --------------------------------------------91 FastlaneFOX4.61 92 Reba (9 p.m.)WB4.34 93 Black SashWB4.05 94 Married by America (Thu.) FOX3.99 95 Jamie KennedyWB3.90 --------------------------------------------96 SmallvilleWB3.83 97 One on One (Mon.)UPN3.76 98 7th HeavenWB3.68 99 The ParkersUPN3.64 100 Grounded for LifeWB3.60 --------------------------------------------101 GirlfriendsUPN3.47 102 AngelWB3.45 103 Buffy the Vampire SlayerUPN3.44 104 Reba (8:30 p.m.)WB3.38 105 Half and HalfUPN3.26 --------------------------------------------106 EnterpriseUPN3.16 107 Dawson’s CreekWB3.05 108 Gilmore GirlsWB3.04 109 Sabrina, Teenage WitchWB3.01 110 What I Like About YouWB2.82 --------------------------------------------111 EverwoodWB2.56 112 On the Spot (9:30 p.m.)WB2.55 113 Gilmore Girls: BeginningsWB2.45 114 “The Accidental Spy”UPN2.35 Network averages Here is the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for last week and for the season. Network Last week Season to date NBC11.2011.76 -------------------------------------------- CBS10.4512.67 -------------------------------------------- FOX9.569.91 -------------------------------------------- ABC8:3510.44 -------------------------------------------- WB3.434.18 -------------------------------------------- UPN3.273.59 Prime-time TV rankings SERIES Warning light: With the president, staff and the press aboard, the Air Force One flight crew believes there may be a major malfunction in the landing gear on “The West Wing” (9 p.m. NBC). Singer-songwriter: Pop-folk music icon Joni Mitchell is profiled on “American Masters” (9 p.m. KCET, KVCR). Conflict?: After Wanda is assigned a feature on health code violations, she begins to date the board of health’s vice president on “Wanda at Large” (9:30 p.m. Fox). SPECIALS Tangled web: “Hate.com: Extremists on the Internet” (2:30 p.m. HBO) examines the growing use of the Internet as the primary platform for preachers of hate seeking to reach their small but dangerous constituencies. Grasslands: The environmental, political and economic impact of the degradation of the world’s grasslands is explored in “Journey to Planet Earth” (8 p.m. KCET, KVCR). Today’s Highlights Today Nick Nolte; authors Bob and Melinda Blanchard. 7 a.m. KNBC Live With Regis and Kelly Colin Farrell; musicians Bowling for Soup. 9 a.m. KABC Oprah Winfrey Fitness trainer Bob Greene. 3 p.m. KABC Life & Times Police officer who helps the homeless; author Bruce Feiler (“Abraham —A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths”). 7 and 11 p.m. KCET Late Show With David Letterman Helen Hunt; Jeremy Suarez; Cory Branan. 11:35 p.m. KCBS The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Golfer Annika Sorenstam; the Wallflowers. 11:35 p.m. KNBC Today’s Talk Shows By Mark Sachs Times Staff Writer Let’s face it, if people had to rely only on their cooking skills to woo a mate, there would be an awful lot of lonely souls wandering the planet. But that’s the challenge facing two young men tonight at 6:30 and 9:30 on “Date Plate,” a series debuting on the Food Network. The perky Kelly Deadmon (“Law & Order,” “Ed”) presides over this “Love at First Bite” premise, in which two contestants watch a short video of a prospective date and try to glean clues to help them assemble the deal-clinching meal. There’s a $50 per person shopping limit for ingredients, and each contestant has a real chef on hand to offer tips on shopping and preparation. Tonight’s premiere pits opera lover Joshua, 27, against bartender-actor-weightlifter John, 22, but future episodes will also feature women cooking up a storm in the hopes of landing a date with Mr. Right. Josh and John are vying for Hallie, 25, an associate TV producer who fashions rear ends out of wood in her spare time. (“I don’t want that to come off weird,” she protests. Alas, too late.) If all this sounds contrived, it is, but it’s also a lot of fun. Even the shopping trip proves interesting, particularly when some subtle sparks between Joshua and his chef, Cat, seem on the verge of taking the show in an unscripted direction. Or maybe that was just my imagination boiling over. Then comes the moment of truth, when Hallie gets a side-by- side sampling of the entrees/desserts from each contestant, and has to make her choice. The banter is a bit banal (“I like the tomatoes in it because I like tomatoes”), and the off-screen narration doesn’t help (“Tension is mounting like dirty dishes”), but the big decision comes off smoothly. And in the end (remember Hallie’s hobby?), it’s the victor’s wit that wins out, not his culinary skills. TUNED IN ‘Date Plate’ serves love Joey Ivansco ‘DATE PLATE’: Chef Wendell Price, left, helps Jason Pruitt prepare a meal in the Food Network’s new series. TIPS FOR TODAY 9 a.m.-noon—Kimberlea Daggy: Schumann (Cello Concerto, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) (10:30-11 a.m.), KUSC-FM (91.5). 1-2:30 p.m.—Talk of the City With Kitty Felde: “National Missile Defense” (11:30 p.m.); “Iraq 101: A Religious History” (2-2:30 p.m.), KPCC-FM (89.3). 2:30-3 p.m.—The Treatment: TV creator-writer Graham Yost (“Boomtown”), KCRW-FM (89.9). 4-8 p.m.—Duffy and Co.: Jack Idema, author of “The Hunt for Bin Laden” (4:154:45 p.m.); “Pastor of the Week” (4:45-5 p.m.), KKLA-FM (99.5). 10-10:30 p.m., 2-2:30 a.m.—The Third Man: Harry Lime (Orson Welles) attempts to clear a dead man’s name (originally broadcast Nov. 5, 1951), KNX (1070). 10-11 p.m.—Arts in Review: Writer-director Ed Begley Jr. and cast members from “Cesar and Ruben”; actress Geraldine Hughes discusses her one-woman show, “Belfast Blues,” KPFK-FM (90.7). DRAMA-COMEDY FAMILY 10:30-11 p.m., 2:30-3 a.m.—Tales of the Texas Rangers: Calves disappear from a ranch, KNX (1070). Radio Television listings and highlights are subject to change. Coverage of events in the Persian Gulf may preempt scheduled programs. To our readers

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