NEW YORK -- ABC rode to the top of the prime time TV network ratings last week with a boost from an original drama made into a movie as part of the network's project with the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference.
ABC had a 13.8 rating with a 25 percent share of the audience while CBS was 13.0 with 23 percent and NBC 12.4 and 22 percent, according to the Nielsen ratings.
An ABC spokesman said the tie-for-eighth-place finish for 'Ghost Dancing,' shown in the network's Monday night movie slot, was the highest rating ever for a televised drama, and credited it for bolstering the network's overall performance.
The drama by Phil Penningroth about an elderly woman (Dorothy McGuire) pushed to become a radical environmental activist lest she lose her land, won the 1982 ABC Theater Award for best original script at the Playwrights Conference in Connecticut. The ABC-O'Neill project was first started in 1977 and the spokesman said all of its products have place well in the ratings.
CBS with Dan Rather and the 'Evening News' gained slightly in his lead over the other networks in the early-evening news ratings, leading by a margin of 11.6 (25 percent) to 9.9 (21 percent) for NBC's 'Nightly News' and 9.1 (19 percent) for ABC's 'Wold News Tonight.' The previous week CBS had a 10.7-9.5 edge over NBC.
The top 10 programs for the week ending June 5, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co.:
1. Hart to Hart (ABC).
2. M-A-S-H (CBS).
3. One Day At A Time (CBS).
4. Three's Company (ABC).
5. 60 Minutes (CBS).
6. 'A' Team (NBC).
9 to 5 (ABC).
8. NBC Sunday Night Movie ('Murder One, Dancer').
ABC Monday Night Movie ('Ghost Dancing').
10. Hill Street Blues (NBC).