NEW YORK -- ABC was No. 1 in the prime time ratings last week in a dog race that had the three networks finishing only 10ths of a point apart.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending July 15 gave ABC an 11.8 rating and a 23 percent share of the viewing audience, CBS an 11.3 rating with a 22 share and NBC an 11.1 rating with a 22 share.
In the evening news category, 'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' retained its lead with a 9.9 rating and a 22 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' had an 8.5 rating with a 19 share and 'NBC Nightly News' had an 8.4 rating with 19 share.
The Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending July 15, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Miss Universe Pageant (CBS)
2. Major League All Star Game (ABC)
3. ABC Wednesday Night Movie (Money on the Side)
4. The A-Team (NBC)
5. NBC Sunday Night Movie (Forbidden Paradise)
6. Trapper John, M.D. (CBS)
7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
8. Alice (CBS)
9. Hill Street Blues (NBC)