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ET_E_43_E43_LARG_1_02-21-03_fr_1_CMYK 2003:02:20:15:31:02 TELEVISION & RADIO The investigators of CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” fought off strong challenges by Homer Simpson, Al Bundy and “Joe Millionaire” to top the television ratings for the week of Feb. 10-16, based on viewing estimates issued Thursday by Nielsen Media Research. The ratings were delayed due to the Presidents Day holiday. An original episode Feb. 13 of “CSI,” TV’s top-rated series, held off Fox specials on Sunday, including the 300th episode of “The Simpsons” and a “Married ...With Children” reunion, which landed in the top 10. However, Fox came out on top in the valued 18-49 demographic (the age group most prized by advertisers) with the penultimate “Joe Millionaire.” “CSI” will most likely be dethroned this week, in the face of the finales of “Joe Millionaire” and “The Bachelorette” and network specials about singer Michael Jackson. Displaying considerable strength is Fox’s “American Idol” and CBS’ “Survivor: Amazon,” which has male and female teams facing off against each other. But other midseason shows, including NBC’s “A.U.S.A.” and ABC’s “Veritas: The Quest” and “Miracles,” are struggling, and the premiere of ABC’s unscripted “Are You Hot?” scored lukewarm ratings. ABC’s “Dragnet,” which had cooled in its second week, bounced back a bit with its third episode. —Greg Braxton ‘CSI’ proves its case again Here are the rankings for national prime-time network television last week (Feb. 10-16) 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 CSICBS27.21 2 Joe MillionaireFOX24.06 3 Survivor: AmazonCBS23.26 4 The Simpsons (8:30 p.m.) FOX22.03 5 The SimpsonsFOX21.31 --------------------------------------------6 FriendsNBC20.85 7 ERNBC20.59 8 American Idol (Tue.)FOX20.01 9 “Married With Children Reunion” FOX19.16 10 Friends (8:30 p.m.)NBC19.09 --------------------------------------------11 American Idol (Wed.)FOX18.74 12 Will & GraceNBC18.71 13 Law & OrderNBC18.38 14 Everybody Loves Raymond CBS18.05 15 Fear FactorNBC17.80 --------------------------------------------16 CSI: MiamiCBS17.51 17 “Bachelorette: Men Tell All” ABC17.16 18 60 MinutesCBS15.50 19 The Simpsons (7:30 p.m.) FOX15.06 20 Law & Order: Criminal Intent NBC14.82 --------------------------------------------21 Law & Order: SVUNBC14.51 22 Yes, DearCBS14.01 23 Judging AmyCBS13.90 24 Still StandingCBS13.81 25 The West WingNBC13.59 --------------------------------------------26 JAGCBS13.54 27 King of QueensCBS13.48 28 “The Music Man”ABC13.09 29 “Open House”CBS13.00 30 FrasierNBC12.78 --------------------------------------------31 My Wife and KidsABC12.55 32 24FOX12.33 33 The GuardianCBS12.31 34 DragnetABC12.22 35 Celebrity Mole HawaiiABC12.08 --------------------------------------------36 Third WatchNBC12.00 37 That ’70s ShowFOX11.97 38 Everybody Loves Raymond (Sun.) CBS11.88 39 “Price Is Right: Million 3”CBS11.54 40 BeckerCBS11.33 --------------------------------------------41 America’s Funniest Home Videos ABC11.25 42 George LopezABC11.22 43 NYPD BlueABC10.95 44 The DistrictCBS10.86 45 60 Minutes IICBS10.76 --------------------------------------------46 Crossing JordanNBC10.70 47 Bernie Mac ShowFOX10.66 8 SimpleRules ...ABC10.66 49 America’s Funniest Home Videos (9 p.m.) ABC10.33 50 “Outrageous Game Show Moments 2” NBC10.25 --------------------------------------------51 20/20 (Fri.)ABC10.12 52 Are You Hot?ABC10.01 53 Dateline NBC (Fri.)NBC10.00 54 According to JimABC9.81 55 KingpinNBC9.79 --------------------------------------------56 Boston PublicFOX9.63 57 48 Hours InvestigatesCBS9.61 58 American DreamsNBC9.30 59 7th HeavenWB9.27 60 EdNBC9.26 --------------------------------------------61 The AgencyCBS9.18 62 Law & Order: SVU (Sat.)NBC9.16 63 Cedric the Entertainer: Presents FOX9.10 64 King of the HillFOX8.90 65 HackCBS8.87 --------------------------------------------66 Law & Order (Sat.)NBC8.84 67 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Sat.) NBC8.83 68 Kingpin (Tue.)NBC8.54 69 A.U.S.A.NBC8.48 70 Touched by an AngelCBS8.40 --------------------------------------------71 “Game Show Moments 2” (Sun.) NBC8.32 72 America’s Most WantedFOX8.18 73 Cops (8:30 p.m.)FOX8.16 74 Less Than PerfectABC7.99 75 The PracticeABC7.66 --------------------------------------------76 Life With BonnieABC7.55 77 SmallvilleWB7.43 78 “Countdown to Hotness”ABC7.42 79 Primetime ThursdayABC7.32 80 CopsFOX7.28 --------------------------------------------81 Without a TraceCBS7.26 82 “Stars First Time on ET”CBS7.09 83 Veritas: The QuestABC6.51 84 MiraclesABC6.32 85 “TV’s Most Memorable Weddings” NBC6.25 --------------------------------------------86 “Notting Hill”ABC6.11 87 “Charlie Brown’s Valentine” ABC5.96 88 EverwoodWB5.69 89 CharmedWB5.60 90 John DoeFOX5.36 --------------------------------------------91 Gilmore GirlsWB5.19 92 Joe Millionaire (Tue.)FOX5.13 93 RebaWB5.02 94 WWE Smackdown!UPN4.93 95 EnterpriseUPN4.78 --------------------------------------------96 FastlaneFOX4.67 97 GirlfriendsUPN4.37 98 Dawson’s CreekWB4.24 Buffy the Vampire SlayerUPN4.24 100 One on OneUPN3.95 --------------------------------------------101 Half and HalfUPN3.81 102 High School ReunionWB3.77 103 The ParkersUPN3.71 104 AngelWB3.69 105 Greetings From TucsonWB3.56 --------------------------------------------106 Sabrina, Teenage WitchWB3.35 107 What I Like About YouWB3.17 108 Gilmore Girls: BeginningsWB2.85 109 PulseFOX2.79 110 Jamie KennedyWB2.56 --------------------------------------------111 Twilight ZoneUPN2.31 112 “On Deadly Ground”UPN2.02 113 AbbyUPN2.01 114 Girlfriends (Tue.)UPN1.86 115 Surreal LifeWB1.67 --------------------------------------------116 High School Reunion (Thu.) WB1.32 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 CBS13.6112.83 -------------------------------------------- NBC12.3011.87 -------------------------------------------- FOX11.889.63 -------------------------------------------- ABC9.8610.75 -------------------------------------------- WB4.524.33 -------------------------------------------- UPN3.513.71 Los Angeles Times National Television Rankings By Mark Sachs Times Staff Writer In the past, they were intimidated, frustrated and maybe even frightened by the sheer ugliness that surrounded them. But homeowners today can rest a little easier knowing that a trio of style-driven superheroes has arrived on the scene prepared to take on the vilest home-decorating challenge, one room at a time. And on a budget to boot. HGTV’s “Design on a Dime,” hosted by interior designer Sam Kivett and colleagues Summer Baltzer and Charles Burbridge, rocketed out of the gate with record ratings (by HGTV standards) in its debut after the channel’s Rose Parade coverage last month, and it has continued to do well in its regular time slot Mondays at 7 p.m. Tonight the program gets a two-hour showcase of four repeat episodes beginning at 6 p.m., with the programming block repeating at 9. Kivett, who bears a passing resemblance to “American Idol’s” Ryan Seacrest if the latter was ever introduced to a comb, opens the show by interviewing the subjects about their design dilemmas. Tonight, the problems include an achingly bland living room, a mismatched bedroom, a multipurpose area that screams out for cohesiveness, and a couple looking to incorporate their dreamy European honeymoon into their bedroom design. Then the team gets to work, and on a budget of just $1,000 per case. Kivett calls in Baltzer, a crack decorator with cover-girl looks, and Burbridge, a teddy- bear of a man who’s a master of design solutions. The three huddle, come up with a game plan, and presto, everyone lives happily ever after. In the glut of make-over shows now on the air, “Design on aDime” stands out for the amiable efficiency of its team and its eye on pleasing the homeowners, not surprising them. TUNED IN Jay Lawrence Goldman LENDING A HAND: Summer Baltzer, left, Charles Burbridge and Sam Kivett on “Design on a Dime.” ‘Dime’ follows a winning design TIPS FOR TODAY 10-11 a.m.—Morning Symphony: Duke Ellington (“Anatomy of a Murder,” original soundtrack), KCSN-FM (88.5). 1-2:30 p.m.—Talk of the City With Kitty Felde: “Closing of the Midnight Special Bookstore in Santa Monica” (11:15 p.m.); “Can Art Affect War?” (1:15-2 p.m.), KPCC-FM (89.3). 9 a.m.-noon—Morning Becomes Eclectic: Film director Alan Parker (“The Life of David Gale” (11 a.m.-noon), KCRW-FM (89.9). 4-8 p.m.—Duffy and Co.: Conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly (4:15-4:45 p.m.), KKLA-FM (99.5). DRAMA-COMEDY- FAMILY 9-9:30 p.m., 2-2:30 a.m.—Gunsmoke: “Land Deal,” KNX (1070). 9:30-10 p.m., 2:30-3 a.m.—The Shadow: The Shadow investigates insurance fraud and murder, KNX (1070). CLASSICAL 2-3 p.m.—Cost-Conscious Classix: Delius (Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, pianist Benno Moiseiwitsch,Philhar- monia Orchestra), KCSN-FM (88.5). 3-7 p.m.—Mark Sheldon: Mozart (Violin Concerto No. 1, violinist Arthur Grumiaux, London Symphony Orchestra) (4:30-4:55 p.m.), KUSC-FM (91.5). POP-COUNTRY- FOLK-JAZZ 6-9 a.m.—Sinbad & Friends, KHHT- FM (92.3). 10 a.m.-1 p.m.—Global Village ,KPFK- FM (90.7). 1-4 p.m.—Gary Owens, KLAC (570). 4-7 p.m.—Madly Cocktail, KKJZ-FM (88.1). 7-9 p.m.—Geoffrey’s Jazz Lounge, KCSN-FM (88.5). 7-10 p.m.—The Music Never Stops, mostly Grateful Dead, KPFK-FM (90.7). 7-11 p.m.—Jazz on the Latin Side, with Jose Rizo, KKJZ-FM (88.1). 7:30-10 p.m.—Metropolis, KCRW-FM (89.9). 9 p.m.-midnight—Kahuna’s Greenroom, surf music, KCSN-FM (88.5). 10 p.m.-midnight—Chocolate City, KCRW-FM (89.9). 10 p.m.-1 a.m.—Divine Forces, hip- hop, KPFK-FM (90.7). Midnight-3 a.m.—Pop Secret, KCRW- FM (89.9). Midnight-3 a.m.—John’s Attic, R&B, doo-wop, jazz, KCSN-FM (88.5). NEWS-COMMENTARY 7-8 a.m.—Radio Nation, KPFK-FM (90.7). 8-9 a.m.—The Morning Show, KPFK- FM (90.7). 8:55-9 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-noon, 7-7:05 p.m.—Paul Harvey, KABC (790). Noon-1 p.m.—Noon Business Hour, KFWB (980). 1-2 p.m.—To the Point, KCRW-FM (89.9). 1-2 p.m.—Business Hour, KNX (1070). 2-2:30 p.m.—Marketplace, KCRW- FM (89.9); 2:30-3 p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m., KPCC-FM (89.3). 2-3 p.m.—Hi Tech Hour, KNX (1070). 2:30-3 p.m.— Left, Right and Center, KCRW-FM (89.9). 2:30-3, 6-6:30 p.m.—Free Speech Radio News, KPFK-FM (90.7). 3-4 p.m.—Studio 360, arts and culture, KCRW-FM (89.9). 3-4 p.m.—Alternative Radio, KPFK- FM (90.7). 3-6:30 p.m.—All Things Considered, KPCC-FM (89.3); also, 4-7 p.m., KCRW- FM (89.9). 4-5 p.m.—Peacewatch, KPFK-FM (90.7). 5-6 p.m.—Beneath the Surface, KPFK-FM (90.7). 6-6:30 p.m.—Evening Update, KCSN- FM (88.5). 6:30-7 p.m.—California Report, KCSN-FM (88.5). 6:30-7 p.m.—Evening News, KPFK- FM (90.7). 7-7:30 p.m.—Which Way, L.A.? KCRW-FM (89.9). 7-8 p.m.—Fresh Air, culture, KPCC-FM (89.3). 8-9 p.m.—Larry King: repeat of 6 p.m. CNN-TV broadcast, KFWB (980). 8-9 p.m.—The Tavis Smiley Show, KPCC-FM (89.3). 9-10 p.m.—World Today, BBC newsmagazine, KPCC-FM (89.3). 10-11 p.m.—As It Happens, CBC newsmagazine, KPCC-FM (89.3). 11 p.m.-2 a.m.—BBC World Service, KPCC-FM (89.3). SPORTS Sports Reports— 15 and 45 minutes past the hour, KFWB (980), KNX (1070). 4-7 p.m.—Pro Hockey: Kings at Buffalo Sabres, KSPN (710). 7:30-10 p.m.—Pro Basketball: Portland Trail Blazers at Lakers, KLAC (570). Radio By Steven Gray Washington Post LONDON — On a basketball court between two Harlem brownstones, Mt. Rushmore is redone. Alongside the likeness of George Washington sit the faces of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. Standing in front of the monument is one of Britain’s hottest comedic sensations, Ali G, in a fire-engine-red Sean John shell-suit. America is plagued with “racialism, even to da Native people. You know, what is dey called?” asks Ali G in his exaggerated mixture of working-class British, West Indian and Cockney accents. He then tries to belt out a Native American rebel call. “Yeah, dem ones.” Ali G is coming to America, bringing his brash, funny and sometimes offensive humor with him. “Da Ali G Show” premieres at 12:30 a.m.tonight on HBO. Since arriving on the British scene four years ago, Ali G has become a youth cultural icon, loathed by politicos, dismissed by cultural snobs as obnoxious and by black intellectuals as racist and a cultural thief. Yet his television show and movie have helped revive irony-heavy British comedy. Ali G grew popular peppering stiff Establishment figures with tawdry questions. (He once asked Gen. Alexander M. Haig Jr., the former U.S. secretary of state, “Is it true that Reagan and Thatcher was doin’ it?” And in the U.S. show, he asks Dick Thornburgh, the former attorney general and Pennsylvania governor, “What exactly is da law of cuttin’ da cheese?” Ali G is the alter ego of creator Sacha Baron Cohen, who rarely grants interviews either as himself or his character. He did, however, make a brief appearance in Madonna’s “Music” video. “I had a contract put out on me life,” Ali G is saying by way of explaining his aversion to interviews. The man after him, he says, is Hasham B, who wants Ali Gpunished for having an affair with his wife. It’s all in the head of Cohen, of course, who is just back from months of taping the HBO show in New York, Washington and Los Angeles. Born into an affluent Jewish- Welsh North London family, the 30-something Cohen was educated at the posh Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and at Cambridge, where he joined the Cambridge Footlights, a dramatic club. On a campus of individualistic, often boisterous personalities, Cohen was the class clown, louder than most. “He was a cultural polyglot, and that’s the nature of Cambridge, your interests become quite eclectic,” says Dan Mazer, who met Cohen in grade school and is producer and co-writer of the U.S. and British versions of “Da Ali G Show.” Cohen, he says, developed a deep affection for hip-hop culture, listening to music and studying black hip-hoppers and the white kids who emulate them. Cohen poured it all into the Ali G character, which debuted on Britain’s “11 O’Clock Show” in 1999. Soon Ali G had his own award-winning show and, last year, his own movie, “In da House.” “Da Ali G Show,” part of HBO’s new Friday late-night lineup, is a mix of three characters: Ali G; Borat, a TV reporter from Kazakhstan; and Bruno, a flamboyant gay Austrian fash- ionista and ex-supermodel reporter. All three crisscross the United States exploring its culture, interviewing diverse subjects such as lesser-known designer Lloyd Klein, Ralph Nader and Newt Gingrich. HBO’s six-episode show has changed little from the British version. To do so would dilute Ali G’s authenticity, producers say. He’s straight out of Cambridge British comedian Ali G (real name: Sacha Baron Cohen) is bringing his brash and sometimes offensive act to HBO. Associated Press COMING TO CABLE: Ali G and his irony-heavy comedy. One of the few high-ranking women in local radio, Nancy Leichter, said she’s leaving KKBT-FM (100.3) after nine years, during which she brought on comedian Steve Harvey to host the area’s top-rated English-language morning show. “My husband and I bought a house on the Central Coast, and we’re going to make a lifestyle change,” Leichter, vice president and general manager of “The Beat,” said Thursday. “I may stay in radio; I may do something entirely different. We’re going to take it easy and enjoy ourselves. “I adore the Beat, and Radio One [the station’s parent company] has been an amazing company to work for,” she said. “I’ve done everything I wanted to in my career. We wanted to see what else was out there.” She said Radio One head Alfred C. Liggins III asked her to stay on until the company finds a replacement, which she said could be three months, or “it could be tomorrow.” “I believe in this station, and I just love it,” she said. “On the other hand, I’m looking forward to my new life.” —Steve Carney ‘The Beat’ vice president to step down latimes.com/bookstore or 1-800-246-4042 02BK006 Unique gifts. The Early Show Michael Clarke Duncan. 7 a.m. KCBS Today Will Ferrell; Laura Linney. 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Emeril Lagasse; the foster-care system. 7 a.m. KABC The View Julianne Moore. 10 a.m. KABC Oprah Winfrey Achild molester speaks candidly about his crimes. 3 p.m. KABC Life & Times Tonight Military meteorology; war correspondents. 7 p.m. KCET Late Show Peter Krause; Steven Wright. 11:35 p.m. KCBS The Tonight Show Pamela Anderson; Sommore. 11:35 p.m. KNBC The Late Late Shown Bernie Mac; Kelly Hu. 12:35 a.m. KCBS Late Night Will Ferrell; Philip Seymour Hoffman. 12:35 a.m. KNBC Today’s Talk Shows SERIES Friends like these: Sen. Sterling (Josh Brolin) agrees to help his former college roommate (Steven Flynn) win a Treasury appointment, but it runs into trouble on “Mister Sterling” (8 p.m. NBC). Dentist vs. dentist: Reba is stuck in the middle when her boss (Dan Castellaneta) and her ex-husband get into a legal battle on “Reba” (9 p.m. WB). SPECIALS Yes, deer: Focusing on one of the most beautiful animals on the continent, “Whitetails in America” (8 p.m. Discovery) follows the deer through four seasons. MOVIES Crime and punishment: Woody Allen directs and stars in the 1969 comedy “Take the Money and Run” (6:45 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. TMC). Big cat: In the 1938 screwball comedy “Bringing Up Baby” (9 a.m. AMC), starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant, “baby” is an adult leopard. Writer’s block: William Holden and Gloria Swanson star in Billy Wilder’s 1950 classic drama “Sunset Boulevard” (10:55 a.m. AMC). Choirboys: Norway’s Berlevag Male Choir is profiled in 2001’s “Cool and Crazy” (11 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sundance). Elementary: George C. Scott plays a mental patient who thinks that he’s Sherlock Holmes and that his psychiatrist (Joanne Woodward) is Dr. Watson in 1971’s “They Might Be Giants” (8 p.m. KDOC). Gunboat diplomacy: Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough star in 1966’s “The Sand Pebbles” (8 p.m. AMC). SPORTS PGA Golf: Second round of the Nissan Open (noon, USA), from Pacific Palisades. Highlights (1:05 a.m. ABC). Hockey: The Kings play the Buffalo Sabres (4 p.m. FSN) while the New York Rangers play the Mighty Ducks (7:30 p.m. FSN2). Basketball: The Portland Trail Blazers visit the Lakers (7:30 p.m. FSN). Today’s Highlights CALENDAR FRIDAY,FEBRUARY21,2003 E43 LOSANGELESTIMES “Que Locos”-Comedy Central GABRIEL IGLESIAS As Seen on Nickelodeon COMEDY NIGHT CLUB & RESTAURANT Surf This: www.icehousecomedy.com 24N.Mentor Pasadena 626-577-1894 FEB 27-MAR 2 RICHARDJENI MAY 23-24 “THE LOVEMASTER” THISWEEK AS SEEN ONHIS MANYHBOSPECIALS RUDYMORENO EVERY TUESDAY LATINO COMEDY SHOWCASE STARRING CRAIG SHOEMAKER CARLOS MENCIA APR 10-13 You’ll enjoy our timely delivery. For home delivery, call 1-800-426-3232. 02HD158

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