NEW YORK -- Having trounced ABC and NBC in the prime time ratings during the 29-week TV season that ended April 15, CBS collapsed in a heap at the finish line last week, coming in third.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending April 22 gave ABC a 14.6 rating with a 25 percent share of the viewing audience, NBC a 14.1 rating with a 24 share and CBS a 13.9 rating with a 23 share.
With all the holiday specials that were aired last week, NBC's 'The A-Team' was the No. 1 show.
Two CBS specials, 'Pope John Paul II,' film star Albert Finney's American TV debut, and a salute to Hollywood legend Lillian Gish scored in the bottom quarter of the 64 rated prime time shows -- 58th and 60th respectively.
In the past 30 weeks, CBS has won the prime time ratings 19 times, ABC 8, NBC 1 and there were two CBS-ABC ties.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' won the evening news category for the 103rd straight week. Scores in that category were CBS, an 11.8 rating and a 22 share, 'NBC Nightly News,' 10.0 and 19, and ABC's 'World News Tonight,' 9.7 and 18.
The Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending April 22, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. The A-Team (NBC)
2. NBC Movie of the Week (Jesus of Nazareth Part 3)
3. Simon and Simon (CBS)
4. Three's Company (ABC)
5. Shaping Up (ABC)
6. CBS Special Movie Presentation (Murder in Coweta County)
7. Facts of Life (NBC)
8. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
9.10. (tie) 60 Minutes (CBS)