NEW YORK -- ABC placed only one program in the Nielsen Top 10 last week, but with sports fans converging on it en masse it was enough to win. NBC also placed only one program in the winner's circle and it wasn't nearly enough to win.
ABC rode coverage of the 1982 All-Star baseball game into first place in network prime time, racking up a rating of 25 and an audience share of 44.
At an overall rating of 13.9 and 27, the win for ABC was a squeaker over second-place CBS, which commanded eight of the Top 10 slots, to score 13.3 and 26. NBC, which placed only 'Hill Street Blues' at the top of the heap, also ran for 10.4 and 20.
In news rankings, CBS maintained first place with 11.1 and 25 for 'The 'Evening News.' ABC's 'World News Tonight' was second at 10.0 and 23, and the NBC 'Nightly News' was third at 9.2 and 20.
The Top 10 programs for the week ending July 18, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. All-Star Baseball Game (ABC).
2. The Jeffersons (CBS).
3. 60 Minutes (CBS).
4. Trapper John (CBS).
5. House Calls (CBS).
6. M-A-S-H (CBS).
7. Alice (CBS).
8. Lou Grant (CBS).
9. Magnum P.I. (CBS).
10. Hill Street Blues (NBC).