August 21, 2002 01:00 PM

As the dog days of summer draw to a close, reruns of popular series like “CSI” and “Everybody Loves Raymond” continue to rule the ratings. But reality TV also has plenty of fans, particularly Fox’s pop-singer competition “American Idol,” which continued to build as the series narrowed its contestant pool down to the final four. The series boasted its best ratings ever last week, drawing 12.7 million viewers and claiming the top two spots among the coveted adults ages 18-49 group, according to Nielsen. Other reality shows aren’t faring badly, either: NBC’s “Dog Eat Dog” continues to win viewers on Monday nights, while CBS’ voyeuristic “Big Brother 3” scored its highest ratings to date last week. (The rating is the percentage of the nation’s estimated 105.5 million TV homes. Each ratings point represents 1,055,000 households.) The following is the top 10 for the week of Aug. 12-18:

1. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 8.7 million homes
2. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 8.8 million homes
3. “Dateline NBC” (Tuesday), NBC, 8.6 million homes
4. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC, 8.7 million homes
5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 8.5 million homes
6. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (Sunday), CBS, 8.2 million homes
7. “48 Hours” (Monday), CBS, 8.0 million homes
8. “Becker,” CBS, 8.0 million homes
9. “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 7.8 million homes
10. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC, 7.8 million homes

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