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TV Note: 'Friends' Loses

Saturday, February 03, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

NBC continues to win the ratings war, coming out the top-rated network in prime time Thursday night, but CBS won the battle.

Ratings showed CBS's "Survivor: The Australian Outback" (18.5 rating, 27 share) besting NBC's combination of a 40-minute "Friends" and 20-minute "Saturday Night Live" sketch show (16.1 rating, 23 share).

In Pittsburgh "Survivor" did better than its average national ratings while "Friends" did worse. For the hour, "Survivor" scored a 23.5 rating and 33 share on KDKA, while "Friends"/"SNL" had a 12.3 rating and 17 share on WPXI.

Nationally at 9 p.m., NBC's "Will & Grace" (14.4/20) beat the first half of CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (13.5/19), although not by much ("CSI" squeaked out a win in its second half-hour).

In Pittsburgh, the first half of "CSI" (19.1/26) trounced "Will & Grace" (11.4/16) and continued to win in its second half-hour.

IMPLOSION DELAY: Early editions of Thursday's TV page had already gone to press when the announcement was made to delay the implosion of Three Rivers Stadium.

So far, local stations plan to keep the same coverage they originally announced, just pushing everything back a week. KDKA, WPXI and WTAE will all begin their broadcasts at 6 a.m. Feb. 11.

The only change: KDKA's hour-long tribute to Three Rivers, scheduled to air tonight at 7, will air Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.

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