NEW YORK -- ABC defeated CBS in the battle of the prime time ratings last week, with 'Dynasty' edging out 'Dallas' as the top show of the week.
The week before, in the battle of the prime time soap operas, 'Dallas' was in first place and 'Dynasty' was second.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending March 18 gave ABC a 16.8 rating and a 27 share of the viewing audience, with CBS earning a 16.5 rating and a 26 share. NBC posted a 14.8 rating and a 24 share.
In the 25-week-old television season, CBS has won the prime time ratings 16 times, ABC 7, NBC 1 and there has been one CBS-ABC tie.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' continued on top among the evening news shows with a 13.1 rating with a 23 share. 'NBC Nightly News' had a 11.4 rating with a 20 share and ABC's 'World News Tonight' a 10.8 rating with an 19 share.
The Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending March 18, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dynasty (ABC)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. The A-Team (NBC)
6. People's Choice Awards (CBS)
7. Hotel (ABC)
8. TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes (NBC)
9. Falcon Crest (CBS)
10. ABC Monday Movie -- 'Why Me?'