December 28, 2001 12:11 PM

Down with reruns, up with new shows. Thanks to original episodes of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Survivor: Africa,” CBS extended its Nielsen ratings winning streak in total viewers for the seventh consecutive time during the slow pre-Christmas week ending Dec. 23, when reruns usually reign. Boosted by a double dose of football Monday and Saturday and strong showings from such tried-and-true shows as “America’s Funniest Videos,” “Classic TV Bloopers” and “NYPD Blue,” ABC also posted its first weekly win in the key demographic group of adults 18-49 this season. CBS averaged 11.9 million viewers for the week, followed by ABC (10.6 million), NBC (8.7 million) and Fox (6.6 million). Among the smaller networks, UPN prevailed in viewers (3.9 million vs. 3.5 million for the WB Network). Also worth noting: Mariah Carey’s CBS special, “A Home for the Holidays,” finished a dismal 75th in the ratings, another blow in an already bad year for the singer. The Top 10 for the week of Dec. 17-23 is as follows:

1. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS, 15.0, 15.8 million homes
2. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 14.2, 15.0 million homes
3. “NFL Monday Night Football: St. Louis at New Orleans,” ABC, 12.9, 13.6 million homes
4. “Yes, Dear,” CBS, 11.6, 12.3 million homes
5. “Survivor: Africa,” CBS, 11.3, 12.0 million homes
6. (tie) “The King of Queens,” CBS, 10.8, 11.4 million homes
6. (tie) “Law & Order,” NBC, 10.8, 11.3 million homes
8. “NFL Monday Showcase,” ABC, 10.2, 10.7 million homes
9. “Judging Amy,” CBS, 9.9, 10.4 million homes
10. “Friends,” NBC, 9.8, 10.3 million homes

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