NEW YORK -- 'Something About Amelia,' the made-for-TV movie about incest, carried ABC to the top of the prime time network ratings last week, followed consecutively by season frontrunner CBS and NBC.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending Jan. 15, gave ABC an 18.1 rating with a 28 percent share of the viewing audience; CBS a 16.9 rating with a 26 shareand NBC a 15.4 rating with a 24 share.
In the 16-week-old television season, CBS now has won 12 weeks and ABC 4.
'Something About Amelia,' the tastefully told story of what happens to a middle class family when the elder daughter reveals she has had an incestuous relationship with her father, was the No. 1 program of the week.
It won a 31.6 rating and 46 share, surpassed this TV season only by the ABC nuclear war movie, 'The Day After,' which won a 46.0 rating and 62 share on Nov. 20.
CBS' Tuesday night movie about drunk driving, 'License to Kill,' placed 16th with a 19.3 share, and Bob Hope's Christmas in Beirut special was 20th with an 18.1 rating.
Third-ranked NBC continued to perform well in the ratings on Tuesday night with its popular ''A' Team' and the new series 'Riptide' both winning in their time slots. 'Riptide' ranked No. 14 last week.
Early evening news ratings gave 'CBS Early Evening News' a 15.3 rating, while ABC 'World News Tonight' had a 12.1 and 'NBC Nightly News' an 11.5.
The Top 10 shows for the week ending Jan. 15, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co.:
1. ABC Monday Night Movie (Something About Amelia)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. 'A' Team (NBC)
5. TV Bloopers (NBC)
6. Dallas (CBS)
7. Simon and Simon (CBS)
8. Hotel (ABC)
9. Falcon Crest (CBS)
10. Magnum, P.I.