NEW YORK -- Rising fortunes that took NBC out of the Nielsen cellar for two consecutive weeks foundered last week, but the Peacock won at least a moral victory.
Overnight ratings on the network's dramatic powerhouse, 'Sister, Sister,' outpointed everything the competition had to throw at it Monday night. It scored a rating of 22.7 and an audience share of 33 in New York, 18.5 and 31 in Chicago and 16.9 and 29 in Los Angeles.
Victory, for NBC, lay in the fact that 'Sister, Sister' was the latest target of the Rev. Donald Wildmon and his boycotting Coalition for Better Television. Wildmon, charging the film was 'anti-Christian,' urged his followers to watch it and heap their wrath both on the network and sponsors of the show.
Watch it, they obviously did, but wrath was miniscule, at least at NBC's New York headquarters.
A network spokesman said the switchboard received 68 calls during or immediately after the movie. Sixty-six cheered it. Only two complained.
After falling to third place in the Nielsen prime time horse race, CBS rebounded last week, taking first with a rating of 13.5 and 25. ABC was close behind at 13.1 and 24 and NBC was third at 12.4 and 23.
CBS continued to hold the lead in evening news ratings, but only by a whisker. The 'Evening News' scored 11.0 and 24. ABC's 'World News Tonight' was second at 10.9 and 23 and NBC's 'Nightly News' was third at 10.0 and 21.
The Top 10 programs for the week ending June 6, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Too Close for Comfort (ABC).
2. Hill Street Blues (NBC).
3. Hart to Hart (ABC).
4. Three's Company (ABC).
5. 60 Minutes (CBS).
6. M-A-S-H (CBS).
7. Quincy (NBC).
8. Gimme a Break (NBC).
9. Diff'rent Strokes (NBC).
10. House Calls (CBS).