February 05, 2003 04:11 PM

CBS’s “CSI” may have been the No. 1 show, but “American Idol” and “Joe Millionaire” helped propel FOX to the top of the Nielsen ratings heap last week, the first time that the maverick network has claimed that distinction during the traditional TV season on its entertainment programming alone, notes Reuters.

Still maintaining its grip on American TV viewers in its second week of its second season, “Idol” was seen by 26 million and 24 million viewers in its two airings, according to Nielsen Media Research.

“Millionaire,” meanwhile, ensnared more than 20 million viewers last week.

According to preliminary ratings, this past Monday’s episode — which came hot on the heels (sorry) of widely reported revelations about semifinalist Sarah Kozer’s brief career in foot-fetish films — was watched by nearly 21 million people, the most ever for the series.

The show even beat “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

In other ratings news, there was a Sunday showdown of two highly promoted new dramas, with ABC gaining a slight edge with its premiere of “Dragnet,” which drew 13.3 million viewers, while NBC’s “Kingpin” had 12.5 million.

For the week of Jan 27-Feb. 2, the Top 10 shows were as follows:

1. “CSI,” CBS, 27.5 million viewers
2. “American Idol,” Wednesday, FOX, 26 million
3. “Friends,” NBC, 25.8 million
4. “American Idol,” Tuesday, FOX, 24.1 million
5. “ER,” NBC, 21.9 million
6. “Joe Millionaire” FOX, 203.4 million
7. “Scrubs,” NBC, 17.3 million
8. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 17.2 million
9. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 16.9 million
10. “Without a Trace,” CBS, 16.6 million

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