NEW YORK -- CBS swept the Nielsen Top 10 last week and took the top of the heap on the 'Evening News' by one full rating point, but some of the victory had to be attributed to NBC's loss of audience to baseball.
NBC, which placed a distant third in news ratings with its 'Nightly News,' was forced to pre-empt the program nationwide on Tuesday in order to broadcast both afternoon and evening games in the World Series pennant race.
Baseball coverage also cost the Peacock network its news audience on the West Coast on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The same fate befell ABC the week before, sinking 'World News Tonight' into third place in deference to baseball.
The scorecard for last week's news saw CBS with a rating of 13.1 and an audience share of 25.0, ABC with 12.1 and 23.0 and NBC with 10.9 and 22.0.
On the prime time side of the numbers game, CBS placed eight programs -- including its still No. 1 'Dallas' -- in the Top 10. ABC placed two and NBC was shut out.
The score: CBS, 20.4 and 32; ABC, 18.9 and 30.0 and NBC 16.9 and 26.0.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Oct. 18, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dallas (CBS).
2. ABC Movie Special: Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (ABC).
3. 60 Minutes (CBS).
4. The Jeffersons (CBS).
5. Dukes of Hazzard (CBS).
6. Alice (CBS).
7. M-A-S-H (CBS).
8. One Day at a Time (CBS).
9. Three's Company (ABC).
10. Callie and Son (CBS).