NEW YORK -- ABC and CBS tied in the prime time network ratings last week, the final week of the 1983-84 television season.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending April 15 gave ABC a 17.5 rating with a 29 percent share of the viewing audience, CBS a 17.5 rating with a 28 share and NBC a 12.8 rating with a 29 share.
Both of the top-ranked networks showed a number of highly rated specials last week, including the Academy Awards presentation on ABC, which was the No. 1 program for the week, and the last two parts of CBS's 3-part miniseries 'George Washington,' which ranked Nos. 9 and 10.
In the 29-week television season, CBS has won the prime time ratings 19 times, ABC 7, NBC 1 and there were two CBS-ABC ties.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' won the evening news category for the 102nd straight week with a 12.2 rating and a 24 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 10.5 rating with a 20 share and 'NBC Nightly News' had a 10.0 rating with a 19 share.
The Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending April 15, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Academy Awards (ABC)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. Simon and Simon (CBS)
4. The A-Team (NBC)
5. Barbara Walters Special (ABC)
6. Dynasty (ABC)
7. ABC Sunday Night Movie (The Ten Commandments)
8. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
9. George Washington Part 2 (CBS)