Jan 19, 2002 4:43 AM

The Price was Right, but the crowd estimate wasn't.

The famous CBS television show "The Price Is Right" came to The Rio to book the Jan. 31 telecast, marking the program's 30th anniversary special. The only problem was that 8,000-to-10,000 people showed up for the chance to receive just 900 free tickets.

According to a Las Vegas Review-Journal report, Rio spokeswoman Madeleine Weekley said the program's staff vastly underestimated the number of people who would show up for free tickets.

Henri Bollinger, spokesman for the CBS show, said the Rio was well-advised of the large number of fans expected to be at the hotel for the program. No one was arrested, but one woman was hospitalized with a minor head injury.

The hotel began handing out the tickets at 5:30 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. People arriving later were angered to hear the tickets were gone.

"We handled it as best we could," Weekley said.