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Elizabeth Smart Narrowly Wins the TV Movie Duel

Elizabeth Smart Narrowly Wins the TV Movie Duel

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- The numbers are out, and it looks like viewers chose Elizabeth Smart over Jessica Lynch by a narrow margin.

15-point-seven viewers watched the made-for-TV movie last night on CBS about Elizabeth Smart as the victim of a bizarre kidnapping. That compares to 14-point-nine percent who watched the made-for-TV movie about hero prisoner of war Jessica Lynch.

The final Nielsen ratings will be released Tuesday but Smart's ratings are expected to hold.

But NBC isn't calling it a defeat. "Saving Jessica Lynch" was the network's best rated TV movie among viewers aged 18 to 49 since "Growing Up Brady" in May of 2000.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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