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By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated October 23, 2002 01:00 PM
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On TV, at least, crimes pays. All three of the “Law & Order” shows on NBC made the Top 20 for last week, as did both “CSI” series on CBS, according to Nielsen Media Research.

All told, the Associated Press reports that there were seven crime-based hours of programming in the Top 20, factoring in “Judging Amy” and CBS’ new “Without a Trace.”

As for the biggest hit, that distinction goes to “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which pulled in nearly 31 million viewers last week, 5 million more than “Friends” or “ER.”

The World Series on Fox, however, drew low ratings for the first game of the sports spectacle, pulling in just 19.4 million viewers. The network says viewership of the first two games between the San Francisco Giants and the Anaheim Angels is down 13 percent from last year.

As for the Top 10 primetime shows for the week of Oct. 14-20, they are:

1. “CSI,” CBS, 30.8 million viewers
2. “Friends,” NBC, 25.8 million
3. “ER,” NBC, 25.7 million
4.”Survivor: Thailand,” CBS, 22.7 million
5. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 20.7 million
6. “Will & Grace,” NBC, 19.5 million
7. World Series Game 2, Fox, 19.4 million
8. “Law & Order,” NBC, 19.3 million
9. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 19 million
10. “Scrubs,” NBC, 17.8 million