NEW YORK -- With network schedules well into the doldrums of summer re-runs, rating points leveled off last week, leaving CBS in its usual first place position and moving NBC into second place, but with thinner margins than prevail when counterprograming is in full swing.
CBS topped the week with a Nielsen score of 14.2.
NBC edged out of the cellar with 13.9, leaving ABC in third place with 13.6.
On the news side, margins were equally narrow. CBS won the week with a Nielsen rating of 10.8, NBC was second with 10.0 and ABC was third with 9.7.
CBS's 'Dallas,' born the phenomenon of video history, continued to be anything but phenomenal in its re-run cycle, posting only 13.9 on the Nielsen scale and commanding an audience share of only 28 per cent. J.R. and company were beaten out by Sunday Night's Broadway 'Tony Awards' extravaganza, aired live by CBS, which clocked in with a Nielsen rating of 14.4 and a share of 25.
ABC's '20-20' news magazines hit the Top 10 for the second week in a row, placing ninth, right behind CBS's perennial winner '60 Minutes.'
The top 10 network programs for the week ending June 7, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. M-A-S-H (CBS).
2. House Calls (CBS).
3. Lou Grant (CBS).
4. Big Event (NBC).
5. Diff'rent Strokes (NBC).
6. Three's Company (ABC).
7. Facts of Life (NBC).
8. 60 Minutes (CBS).
9. 20-20 (ABC).
10. Laverne and Shirley (ABC).