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Witherspoon walks away Golden Globe win

Witherspoon walks away Golden Globe win
Reese Witherspoon won for Walk the Line in the category actress in a motion picture, comedy or drama, at Monday night's Golden Globes. Other motion picture acting wins went to George Clooney in the category supporting actor, motion picture, for Syriana, and Rachel Weisz in the category supporting actress, motion picture, for The Constant Gardener. The scribes for Brokeback Mountain, Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, won in the category screenplay, motion picture. The Globe for foreign language film went to Paradise Now, a Palestinian entry. S. Epatha Merkerson won for HBO's Lackawanna Blues in the category actress, miniseries or telefilm; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers won for CBS' Elvis in the category actor, miniseries or telefilm.

Witherspoon walks away Golden Globe win

Witherspoon walks away Golden Globe win
Reese Witherspoon won for Walk the Line in the category actress in a motion picture, comedy or drama, at Monday night's Golden Globes. Other motion picture acting wins went to George Clooney in the category supporting actor, motion picture, for Syriana, and Rachel Weisz in the category supporting actress, motion picture, for The Constant Gardener. S. Epatha Merkerson won for HBO's Lackawanna Blues in the category actress, miniseries or telefilm; and Jonathan Rhys Meyers won for CBS' Elvis in the category actor, miniseries or telefilm. Empire Falls won in the category miniseries or telefilm. Steve Carell of NBC's The Office won in the category comedic TV actor and Mary-Louise Parker of Showtime's Weeds won in the category comedic TV actress.

'Survivor' and 'Race' pace CBS to victory

The finales of Survivor: Palau and The Amazing Race, coupled with its regular heavy hitters, led CBS to win a dominant win in primetime for the week ending May 15. CBS' strong showing in the waning days of the 2004-05 season, which wraps next week, was paced by Sunday's three-hour Survivor finale and reunion show and Amazing Race. The 8-10:09 p.m. Survivor finale, which crowned New York firefighter Tom Westman as the $1 million winner, brought in more than 20.8 million viewers and a 7.8 rating/18 share Sunday; Tuesday's two-hour The Amazing Race notched 16 million viewers and a 6.8/17. The penultimate episode of CBS' Monday sitcom stalwart Everybody Loves Raymond (19.8 million, 6.1/15) also gave CBS an infusion of nearly 20 million viewers Monday, while Thursday's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (26.5 million, 9.1/23) had its usual heft Thursday. CBS also got a lift Friday from its 8-10 p.m. airing of the documentary Elvis, By the Presleys (11.8 million, 3.1/11), which drew a larger audience than Wednesday's two-hour conclusion of the eye network's four-hour Elvis biopic (10.5 million, 2.9/8).

Nets swap leads each hour Wed.

Wednesday was a see-saw night of fierce competition among the Big Four networks. ABC dominated the opening hour of primetime with Lost, Fox took over at 9 p.m. with American Idol while CBS popped at 10 p.m. with CSI: NY. Fox took the night overall thanks to the double-digit demo injection from Idol, which pulled in 25.6 million viewers and 11.1 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 9:30 p.m., fledgling comedy Stacked (11.3 million, 5.3/13) kept Fox on top in the demo despite ceding significant ground from its lead-in. ABC was No. 1 at 8 p.m. by a mile with Lost (16.6 million, 6.2/18) as the thriller careens toward its two-hour finale on May 25. CBS saw a modest turnout from 8-10 p.m. with the second half of its Elvis biopic, which finished out with an average of 10.5 million viewers and 2.9/8 in adults 18-49. Still, Elvis placed second in the 9 p.m. hour the Fox combo, while ABC's Alias (10.1 million, 4.1/10) was second in 18-49.

Nets swap leads each hour Wed.

Wednesday was a see-saw night of fierce competition among the Big Four networks. ABC dominated the opening hour of primetime with Lost, Fox took over at 9 p.m. with American Idol while CBS popped at 10 p.m. with CSI: NY. Fox took the night overall thanks to the double-digit demo injection from Idol, which pulled in 25.6 million viewers and 11.1 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. At 9:30 p.m., fledgling comedy Stacked (11.3 million, 5.3/13) kept Fox on top in the demo despite ceding significant ground from its lead-in. ABC was No. 1 at 8 p.m. by a mile with Lost (16.6 million, 6.2/18) as the thriller careens toward its two-hour finale on May 25. CBS saw a modest turnout from 8-10 p.m. with the second half of its Elvis biopic, which finished out with an average of 10.5 million viewers and 2.9/8 in adults 18-49. Still, Elvis placed second in the 9 p.m. hour the Fox combo, while ABC's Alias (10.1 million, 4.1/10) was second in 18-49.

King can't take Sun. crown from 'Housewives'

The king of rock 'n' roll was no match on Sunday for the queens of Wisteria Lane. The first half of CBS' heavily promoted, four-hour Elvis Presley biopic faced an uphill climb in its opening hour against ABC's red-hot Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Fox got encouraging news from the second week of its animation comedy block with solid showings from The Simpsons and Family Guy. Elvis finished out with a respectable 13.9 million viewers and 3.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic from 9-11 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.

CBS, Fox split ratings wins in sweep week

CBS, Fox split ratings wins in sweep week
Even with the Tuesday edition of American Idol posting its second-lowest numbers this cycle, Fox logged another weekly win among adults 18-49 and took the lead for the season in the key demographic. During the week of May 2, the first full week of the May sweep, CBS extended its winning streak in total viewers to 10 weeks and claimed the most-watched program of the week with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (26.7 million viewers, 9.0 rating/23 share among adults 18-49), according to Nielsen Media Research. CSI's companion crime drama, Without a Trace (17.9 million, 5.2/14), logged its first May sweep victory over NBC's ER (15.7 million, 7.1/19), NBC's top-rated show for the week in 18-49. Meanwhile, the first part of CBS' heavily promoted Elvis miniseries drew a respectable 13.9 million viewers and a 3.9/9 in 18-49 from 9-11 p.m. Sunday but was no match for ABC's Desperate Housewives (26.1 million, 11.4/27), which drew its second-largest audience ever and topped the weekly rankings among adults 18-49.

King can't take Sun. crown from 'Housewives'

King can't take Sun. crown from 'Housewives'
The king of rock 'n' roll was no match on Sunday for the queens of Wisteria Lane. The first half of CBS' heavily promoted, four-hour Elvis Presley biopic faced an uphill climb in its opening hour against ABC's red-hot Desperate Housewives. Meanwhile, Fox got encouraging news from the second week of its animation comedy block with solid showings from The Simpsons and Family Guy. Elvis finished out with a respectable 13.9 million viewers and 3.9 rating/9 share in the adults 18-49 demographic from 9-11 p.m., according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research.

Presley Upset About Bed Scene

Priscilla Presley vetoed one scene in upcoming Elvis miniseries, after insisting it was inaccurate. The socialite was called in as a consultant on the CBS project and immediately had issues with one scene that left her bristling. Actor Jonathan Rhys-meyers, who plays The King in the new series, says, "There was one scene Priscilla wasn't happy with because it was inaccurate. It was me sitting on the bed with Priscilla explaining why I didn't find her attractive after the child was born - and so we corrected that."

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