NEW YORK -- NBC actually put two programs in the Nielsen Top 10 last week, and ABC won the prime time ratings race. It didn't win by much, but any win over CBS these days is a headline.
ABC topped the slate with a rating of 17.9 and an audience share of 27. CBS was close behind at 17.4 and 27 and NBC looked like a contender for once, scoring 16.4 and 25 for third place.
There were no headlines to be claimed in news ratings.
Dan Rather remained the tyrant of the tube, scoring 16.1 and 26 with the CBS 'Evening News.' ABC's 'World News Tonight' was a distant second at 12.9 and 21 and the NBC 'Nightly News' was close behind with 12.6 and 21.
The Nielsen families finally discovered NBC's critically vaunted 'Hill Street Blues' which wound up in second place. The Peacock network also nailed down fifth place with its Sunday night movie, 'The 'A' Team.'
'Dallas,' always in the Top 10, was pre-empted by a double-header of 'Knot's Landing' featuring the one thing no soap opera fan can resist -- a wedding.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Jan. 23, according to the A.C. Nielsen Con., were:
1. 60 Minutes (CBS).
2. Hill Street Blues (NBC).
3. American Music Awards (ABC).
4. Three's Company (ABC).
5. The 'A' Team (NBC).
6. Knot's Landing (CBS).
7. That's Incredible (ABC).
8. Falcon Crest (CBS).
9. Simon & Simon (CBS).
10. Dynasty (ABC).