NEW YORK -- The final 2-hour episode of 'M-A-S-H' on CBS Monday night was the most-watched entertainment in TV history, according to Nielsen figures released Wednesday. The show earned a 60.3 rating and 77 share.
Even with its final episode still pending, 'M-A-S-H' was solidly in the Nielsen Top 10 last week to assure another weekly prime time win for CBS.
CBS even stole the march on ABC's series '9 to 5' by running the '9 to 5' feature film on which it was based into first place in the weekly ratings race.
CBS was first with an overall prime time rating of 20.1 and an audience share on 31. ABC was a distant second at 17.3 and 27, and NBC brought up the rear, despite a favorable showing for its mini-series 'Rage of Angels,' at 15.3 and 24.
Even though it remained in its perennial third-place position, NBC at least was able to boast that its long-suffering 'Hill Street Blues' apparently has found its audience and that its new entry, 'The A Team,' was looking like a hit.
'Hill Street Blues' was 18th on the list with a rating of 20.1 and 'The A Team' was one step ahead of it, in 17th place at 20.2.
The CBS 'Evening News' continued to dominate its time slot last week, placing first with a solid 15.1 and 26. ABC's 'World News Tonight' was second at 12.4 and 21, and the NBC 'Nightly News' was third at 11.9 and 20.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Feb. 27, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. CBS Movie: 9 to 5 (CBS).
2. Dallas (CBS).
3. 60 Minutes (CBS).
4. Magnum, P.I. (CBS).
5. M-A-S-H (CBS).
6. Three's Company (ABC).
7. Rage of Angels, Part II (NBC).
8. ABC Series: 9 to 5 (ABC).
9. The Love Boat (ABC).
10. Grammy Awards (CBS).