NEW YORK -- ABC won the prime time ratings for the second consecutive week last week, as the three networks continued to roll out their new offerings for the 1984-85 TV season.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending Sept. 23 gave ABC a 15.3 rating and a 27 percent share of the audience, NBC a 14.8 rating with a 26 share and CBS a 14.2 rating with a 25 share.
The premiere of the critically acclaimed new situation comedy on NBC 'The Bill Cosby Show' was the No. 1 show of the week, and several other new programs bumped the season's premiere of some of last year's favorites, at least temporarily, off the Top 10 list.
ABC's new show 'Glitter,' which ranked 12th when it premiered the previous week, came in a poor 30th last week, and the network's 'Hawaiian Heat,' which was 7th when it premiered was 14th.
NBC's new 'Punky Brewster,' 38th when it premiered against the runover NFL football game and '60 Minutes' on CBS, slipped to 48th last week.
Other new programs that got off to less than hot starts were CBS's 'Cover-up' (33rd), NBC's 'Partners in Crime' (36th), ABC's 'Who's the Boss' (39th), ABC's 'Finders of Lost Loves' (40th), NBC's 'Hot Pursuit' (50th) and ABC's 'People Do the Craziest Things' (55th).
The new CBS sitcom 'E-R,' starring Elliot Gould plunged from first place the previous week to 51st last week when it was competing with the season's premiere of NBC's hottest show 'The A-Team.'
The Emmy awards program placed 13th.
In the evening news category, 'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was No. 1 for the 126th consecutive week with a 10.8 rating and a 23 share.
ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 9.9 rating with a 22 share and 'NBC Nightly News' had an 8.2 rating with an 18 share.
Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending Sept. 23, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Highway to Heaven (NBC)
4. Hunter (NBC)
5. The A-Team (NBC)
6. NBC Sunday Night Movie (The Enforcer)
7. ABC Sunday Night Movie (Paper Dolls)
8. AfterMASH (CBS)
9. Three's Company (ABC)