NEW YORK -- As any sports fan might have expected in the midst of the NFL football strike, baseball dominated the Nielsen Top 10 last week, but even American and National League playoffs were not enough to carry ABC to first place.
American League game No. 5, pitting California against Milwaukee, was No. 1 in the winners' circle.
National League game No. 4, with St. Louis against Atlanta, was No. 6, and American league game No. 1 - California vs. Milwaukee -- was No. 8, but they were the only ABC prime time programs in the upper tier.
In overall ratings CBS was first with a score of 18.6 and an audience share of 30. ABC pulled a rating of 18.1 and a share of 29 for second place and NBC was third at 15.2 and 25.
News ratings followed the same parameters with the CBS 'Evening News' first at 13.1 and 26; ABC's 'World News Tonight' second at 11.3 and 24, and NBC's 'Nightly News' was a distant third at 10.1 and 20.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Oct. 11, according to the A. C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. American League Playoff Game No. 5 -- California-Milwaukee (ABC).
2. Simon and Simon (CBS)
3. Dallas (CBS)
4. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
5. CBS Tuesday Night movie: 'Bare Essence, Part II' (CBS)
6. National League Playoff Game No. 4 -- St. Louis-Atlanta (ABC)
7. One Day at a Time (CBS)
8. American League Playoff Game No. 1 -- California-Milwaukee (ABC)
9. The Jeffersons (CBS)
10. Falcon Crest (CBS).