By Stephen M. Silverman
November 26, 2002 01:00 PM

NBC resumed its position as No. 1 in primetime as the network reveled in its most substantial victory of the season last week, according to the Nielsen numbers.

After winning the November sweeps, NBC continued its streak thanks to many of its usual suspects, including “Friends,” “ER” and “Will & Grace.” The network also found some good holiday cheer in Wednesday’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” which led its timeslot in total viewers (12.2 million), and Saturday’s telecast of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which drew its largest overall audience in three years (7.8 million).

Meanwhile second-place CBS scored with its top-rated “CSI” and “Survivor: Thailand,” while its Sunday Hallmark movie, “The Locket,” nabbed 11 million viewers.

Third-place ABC found out who’s been naughty and nice — drawing a whopping 21.3 million viewers for its wild “Primetime” interview with Whitney Houston, and pulling in 11.5 million for Sunday’s airing of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

The Top 10 primetime network shows for the week of Dec. 2-8 were as follows:

1. “CSI,” CBS, 29.7 million viewers
2. “Friends,” NBC, 25.4 million
3. “ER,” NBC, 23.9 million
4. “Survivor: Thailand,” CBS, 21.4 million
5. “Primetime Special Edition,” ABC, (Dec. 4 with Whitney Houston), 21.3 million
6. “Scrubs,” NBC, 19.5 million
7. “Will & Grace,” NBC, 19.3 million
8. “NFL Monday Night Football,” ABC, 18.3 million
9. “Law & Order SVU,” NBC, 16.2 million
10. “Law & Order,” NBC, 15.8 million