NEW YORK -- CBS was unchallenged king of the summer reruns last week, landing eight of its shows in the Nielsen Top 10 and regaining its briefly lost lead in the 'Evening News' department.
Predictably, the 'Miss Universe Pageant' -- one of the only two features in the Top 10 not on rerun -- was No. 1 with a 25.4 rating and an audience share of 44.
Dominance at the top of the Nielsen ladder gave CBS a commanding ratings lead for the week of 15.9 over second-place ABC which posted 13.0. NBC, which had nothing in the Top 10, was a distant third with 11.5.
The CBS 'Evening News,' which fell behind ABC's 'World News Tonight' for the first time ever in the last rating period, was back in front last week with 10.7 over ABC's 10.3 and NBC's 9.3.
The top 10 network programs for the week ending July 26, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. The Miss Universe Pageant (CBS).
2. The Jeffersons (CBS).
3. 60 Minutes (CBS).
4. Dukes of Hazzard (CBS).
5. Dallas (CBS).
6. Trapper John, M.D. (CBS).
7. Alice (CBS).
8. 20-20 (ABC).
9. M-A-S-H (CBS).
10. Hart to Hart (ABC).