August 28, 2002 11:50 AM

Fox’s pop-wannabe hit “American Idol: The Search for a Superstar” was the real superstar in the TV ratings this past week, as the networks continued to dish up summer reruns and reality programming. Last Tuesday’s edition was the week’s most-watched show, drawing 15.3 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Not surprisingly, the “Idol” episode also copped the crown in the key adults aged 18-49 demographic group, which is favored by advertisers. CBS, meanwhile, owes a debt of gratitude to “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” which helped the network grab the highest average number of viewers for the week (8.4 million), topping second-place NBC (8 million), ABC (7.2 million) and Fox (7 million). Among households which tallies the number of homes that had a program turned on the Top 10 shows for the week of Aug. 19-25 were as follows:

1. “Everybody Loves Raymond,” CBS, 10.1 million homes
2. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (Monday), CBS, 10 million homes
3. “Law & Order,” NBC, 9.4 million homes
4. “American Idol” (Tuesday), Fox, 9.3 million homes
5. “Becker,” CBS, 9.2 million homes
6. “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” NBC, 8.8 million homes
7. “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 8.5 million homes
8. “NFL Exhibition Football: San Francisco at Denver,” ABC, 8 million homes
9. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” NBC, 7.8 million homes
10. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.6 million homes

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