NEW YORK -- CBS came out on top in the prime time ratings last week, the official start of the new television season, with its new series 'After MASH' ranking No. 1 and four other shows making the Top 10 list.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time scoreboard for the week ending Oct. 2, gave CBS an 18.1 rating with a 29 percent share of the viewing audience, ABC a 17.2 rating with a 28 share and NBC a 14.6 rating with a 23 share.
For the same week last year, CBS had a 17.9 rating; ABC a 17.3 and NBC a 14.4.
Besides the premiere of 'After MASH,' which had a 31 rating, the only other new series on the Top 10 list for the week was ABC's 'Hotel,' which was the No. 2 show the week before when it premiered.
All but two of the returning shows on the Top 10 list, 'The A Team' and 'Fall Guy,' were season premieres -- including the beloved soaps 'Dynasty,' 'Dallas' and 'Falcon Crest.'
The premiere of CBS' 'Emerald Point, N.A.S.,' a Navy serial by the same team that created ABC's popular 'Dynasty,' ranked 17th with a 19.2 rating and ABC's new comedy 'Oh Madeline,' starring Madeline Kahn, was 21st with an 18.2 rating.
Other new series performed as follows:
NBC's 'We Got it Made,' in its third week, was 28th with a 17 rating and the premiere of NBC's 'Yellow Rose,' 32nd with a 16.1.
Over at ABC, the network's 'Hardcastle and McCormick,' which was No. 1 its premiere week and No. 2 its second week, was 37th with a 15 rating; 'Just Our Luck' was 45th with a 13.9 rating, 'Lottery,' which ran against the 'Dallas' premiere, was 50th with a 12.1, and 'It's Not Easy' was 63rd with a 9.8.
Neither of the season's two new medical drama series made the top 40 list. ABC's 'Trauma Center' was 43rd with a 14.1 share and CBS' 'Cutter to Houston' was 58th, with a 10.5 rating.
NBC's new series did the following: 'Mr. Smith,' 52nd with an 11.7; 'Boone,' 59th with a 10.4; 'Rousters,' 60th with a 10; 'Manimal,' also against 'Dallas,' was 61st with a 10 rating, and 'For Love and Honor,' against 'Falcon Crest,' 64th with an 8.5.
Brandon Tartikoff, president of NBC Entertainment, was not discouraged by the ratings, citing several shows of seasons past - 'Hill Street Blues,' 'Cheers' -- that got off to slow starts and now are becoming 'network cornerstones.'
'Some of these new shows are in time slots where audiences are not in the habit of looking at us. It takes us a while to chip away at that.'
Early evening news figures gave 'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' a 12.0 rating and a 24 percent share, 'NBC Nightly News' a 10.1 rating and a 20.1 share and ABC' 'World News Tonight' a 9.7 and a 20 share.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Oct. 2, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co.:
1. AfterMASH (CBS)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. Hotel (ABC)
5. Falcon Crest (CBS)
6. Simon and Simon (CBS)
7. A Team (NBC)
8-9 tie. Love Boat (ABC)
8-9 tie. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)