By Stephen M. Silverman
January 15, 2003 04:32 PM

Evan Marriott beat out an absent Eminem.

Monday night belonged to FOX’s “Joe Millionaire,” as far as the Nielsen ratings were concerned, while ABC’s American Music Awards drew its lowest ratings ever.

“Joe” grabbed an impressive 17.5 million fans, leaving the 30th AMAs, hosted by the Osbournes and featuring many MIA winners (including Eminem), with an average audience of 12.9 million. That represents a 19 percent drop from last year’s viewership.

As for last week’s Top 10 in the prime-time ratings, CBS had the week’s No. 1 program, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and three other shows on the list; NBC had four, led by “Friends” (at No. 3); FOX had one, Saturday’s NFL playoffs (No. 2); and ABC also had one, the series premiere of “The Bachelorette” (No. 10).

The Top 10 shows for the week of Jan. 6-12 were as follows:

1. “CSI,” CBS, 25.5 million viewers
2. “FOX NFC Playoff,” FOX, 24.9 million
3. “Friends,” NBC, 23.7 million
4. “ER,” NBC, 21.5 million
5. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 19.7 million
6. “Law & Order,” NBC, 19.6 million
7. “Joe Millionaire,” FOX, 18.6 million
8. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 17.6 million
9. “CSI: Miami,” CBS, 17.5 million
10. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 17.4 million

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