NEW YORK -- CBS for the second consective time last week won the prime time ratings, with NBC slipping out of the No. 2 slot and back into third place in the second week of the 1984-85 TV season.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending Oct. 7 gave CBS an 18.5 rating and a 30 percent share of the audience, ABC a 16.0 rating with a 26 share and NBC a 15.9 rating with a 26 share.
CBS News's analysis special following the first presidential debate Sunday night beat the other two networks, placing 28th among the 62 prime time shows rated last week with a 16.4 rating and a 28 percent share of the viewing audience.
ABC News's analysis special placed 45th with a 13.5 rating and a 23 share and NBC News's was 49th with a 12.6 rating and a 22 share.
Most of ABC's regular programming was pre-empted last week by the American and National League Baseball Playoffs and the only program the network had on the list of the Top 10 shows was the dramatic conclusion of te final Chicago Cubs-San Diego Padres game that ran over into prime time on Sunday.
NBC's new situation comedy 'The Bill Cosby Show' ketp CBS'spopular 'Magnum, P.I.' off the Top 10 list for the second consecutive week.
In the evening news category, 'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was No. 1 with an 11.9 rating. ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 10 rating and 'NBC Nightly News' had an 9.7. Shares were not available.
Top 10 prime time shows for the week ending Oct. 7, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dallas (CBS)
2. CBS Wednesday Night Movie (He's Not Your Son)
3. CBS Monday Movie Special (Passions)
4. Simon and Simon (CBS)
5. The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
6. The A-Team (NBC)
7. Baseball Playoff Runover (ABC)
8. Knots Landing (CBS)
9. Family Ties (NBC)