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'Weakest Link' Weakens

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After a soaring start two weeks ago, NBC’s “Weakest Link” took a dramatic ratings dive this past Monday — down 16% percent (to 11.1 million viewers) in households and 28% in the coveted adults 18-49 demographic group from the previous week. More worrisome to the network should be the fact that the show’s numbers were down 32% from its best airing (the Wednesday of its debut week, when 17.5 million viewers tuned in). Industry observers are saying that it is still too early to tell whether or not the dip will be permanent — or exactly what is turning viewers off. Contacted by reporters on Tuesday, NBC offered no comment on the disappointing news, but the rating will lead many to wonder if possibly America has already had enough of ice-queen Anne Robinson, who hosts the British quiz show import. In happier Nielsen news, the Top 10 shows for April 23-29:

1. “ER,” NBC, 17.5, 17.8 million homes
2. “Survivor: The Australian Outback,” CBS, 16.6, 17.0 million homes
3. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 14.4, 14.7 million homes
4. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Sunday, ABC, 12.0, 12.3 million homes
5. “The West Wing,” NBC, 11.9, 12.2 million homes
6. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Tuesday, ABC, 11.7, 12.0 million homes
7. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 11.4, 11.6 million homes
8. “Law and Order,” NBC, 11.3, 11.6 million homes
9. “The Practice,” ABC, 11.2, 11.5 million homes
10. “Friends,” NBC, 10.9, 11.2 million homes