'Millionaire' Cut Back

It may have filled three of the Top 10 slots in last week’s Nielsen ratings list, but next season “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” will be cut back from four episodes a week to two, ABC announced Tuesday. That will reduce host Regis Philbin’s workload by half. Although the ratings are still strong for the quiz show, its audience has gotten significantly older, a fact that does not particularly appeal to advertisers. A regular edition of “Millionaire” will air on Mondays, while a Thursday edition will offer stunt editions stocked with celebrities, couples and college students. Meanwhile, the rankings of the Top 10 shows for the week of May 7-13: 1. “ER,” NBC, 16.0, 16.4 million homes 2. “The Practice,” ABC, 13.9, 14.2 million homes 3. “Law and Order,” NBC, 13.2, 13.5 million homes 4. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 12.3, 12.5 million homes 5. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 12.1, 12.4 million homes 6. “The West Wing,” NBC, 12.0, 12.2 million homes 7. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Tuesday, ABC, 11.9, 12.2 million homes 8. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Sunday, ABC, 11.8, 12.1 million homes 9. “Friends,” NBC, 11.4, 11.7 million homes 10. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” Thursday, ABC, 11.1, 11.4 million homes

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