NEW YORK -- With baseball no longer in the vanguard of the ratings battle, NBC retreated last week into its accustomed third place position, retaining a second-place edge only in ratings to date and the claim of being the only network with an increased score over last year.
CBS carried the week with an overall rating of 18.3 and an audience share of 30, placing its latest season sitcom offering, 'Newhart,' in the Top 10 along with the cartoon cat special, 'Here Comes Garfield.'
ABC was second at 16.5 and 27 and NBC, boosted in weeks past to a rare first place by the World Series, brought up the rear at 13.9 and 23. The Peacock network's only entry into last week's winners' circle was the second part of 'Little Gloria, Happy at Last.'
CBS led season to date ratings at 18 and 29. NBC was second at 16.7 and 27 and ABC was third at 16.3 and 26.
On the news front, the CBS 'Evening News' continued to dominate, with a rating of 13.2 and a share of 24. ABC's 'World News Tonight' was second with 12.5 and 23 and the NBC 'Nightly News' was third with 11.4 and 21.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Oct. 31, according to the A. C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dallas (CBS).
2. 60 Minutes (CBS).
3. M-A-S-H (CBS).
4. Knots Landing (CBS).
5. Dynasty (ABC).
6. Newhart (CBS).
7. NBC Monday Night at the Movies -- 'Little Gloria, Happy at Last' (NBC).
8. Three's Company (ABC)
9. Here Comes Garfield (CBS).
10. The Fall Guy (ABC).