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Sopranos fans chose not to take sides against the family Sunday night as HBO's mob drama kicked off its fifth season with 12.1 million viewers. It was the third most-watched Sopranos episode ever, behind last season's debut (13.4 million) and finale (12.5 million). The show whacked all of its network competition among adults 18-49, although it finished behind Law & Order: Criminal Intent among total viewers. In other ratings news, reality was all the rage last week as American Idol, Survivor: All-Stars and The Apprentice all landed in Nielsen's top five.

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Sopranos fans chose not to take sides against the family Sunday night as HBO's mob drama kicked off its fifth season with 12.1 million viewers. It was the third most-watched Sopranos episode ever, behind last season's debut (13.4 million) and finale (12.5 million). The show whacked all of its network competition among adults 18-49, although it finished behind Law & Order: Criminal Intent among total viewers. In other ratings news, reality was all the rage last week as American Idol, Survivor: All-Stars and The Apprentice all landed in Nielsen's top five.