NEW YORK – The ratings for ABC's made-for-TV movie about the trapped Pennsylvania miners tossed dirt on CBS' biopic about Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin in last Sunday night's battle of the 2002 November sweeps.
Both movies were the highest rated films for each network this season.
According to early Nielsen estimates, The Pennsylvania Miners' Story -- the quickly produced re-creation of last summer's dramatic rescue of the nine miners from Somerset County, Pa. -- pulled about13.9 million viewers.
The CBS film, Martin & Lewis was seen by about 13.2 million viewers. It starred Will & Grace's Sean Hayes as slapstick sage Lewis, and Jeremy Northam as Martin.
Both ABC and CBS crushed NBC, which blew out its usual Sunday night line-up, for a Julia Robert's themed night that included a repeat of the 1996 sweeps episode of Friends which guest-starred Roberts, followed by her 1999 film, Runaway Bride. The Robert's combo only drew about 10.3 million viewers.