NEW YORK -- CBS was the No. 1 network in prime time last week and ABC inched into second place after scoring an all-time low rating for that time slot the week before.
The weekly Nielsen survey for the week ending July 26 gave CBS a 12.5 rating with a 25 percent share of the viewing audience, followed by ABC with an 11.9 rating and NBC with and 11.5.
ABC and NBC each had a 23 percent share of the audience.
The previous week, ABC pre-empted most of its regular prime-time programming to rerun its four-part mini-series 'Masada' along with two sports events and ended up with a record-low 9.8 rating and 19 share.
Last week two ABC program's, the 'ABC Movie Special,' which was the James Bond thriller 'Dr. No,' and 'Hart to Hart,' tied for the No. 1 program slot with each getting a 16.8 rating.
In the news department, CBS 'Evening News' again lead the other networks in the early-evening slot with a 10.6 rating and a 24 share. 'NBC Nightly News' and ABC's 'World News Tonight' tied with a 9.2 rating, but ABC had a 21 share while NBC had a 20 share.
The top 10 programs for the week ending July 26, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co.:
Tied 1. ABC Movie Special 'Dr. No.' and Hart to Hart (ABC).
3. Trapper John, M.D. (CBS).
Tied 4. 60 Minutes (CBS) and The Jeffersons (CBS).
6. Cagney and Lacey (CBS).
7. Newhart (CBS).
8. Hill Street Blues (NBC).
9. A Team (NBC).
10. Simon and Simon (CBS).