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'Survivor' Outranks 'Friends'

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CBS’s “Survivor: The Australian Outback” is proving itself to be Thursday night’s bully, despite a slight week-to-week dip in the Nielsen ratings. NBC’s “Friends” trails behind the reality show, though outtakes from past episodes of the sitcom scored high — higher, in fact, than the special 40-minute “Friends” episode last week. (The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 102.2 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,022,000 households.) The Top 10 for the week of Feb. 12-18:

1. “ER,” NBC, 18.1, 18.5 million homes
2. “Survivor II,” CBS, 16.6, 17.0 million homes
3. “Friends Outtakes,” NBC, 14.4, 14.7 million homes
4. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.1, 14.4 million homes
5. “Friends,” NBC, 14.0, 14.3 million homes
6. “Law & Order,” NBC, 13.8, 14.1 million homes
7. “The Practice,” ABC, 12.9, 13.1 million homes
8. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Sunday, ABC, 12.6, 12.9 million homes
9. “Will & Grace,” NBC, 12.5, 12.8 million homes
10. “The West Wing,” NBC, 12.2, 12.5 million homes