NEW YORK -- CBS edged out NBC in the Nielsen ratings last week, but NBC held onto its overall No. 1 ratings spot so far this TV season -- quite a change from this time last year when the network had chalked up five straight weeks in last place.
TheA.C. Nielsen prime-time ratings for the week ending Oct. 28 gave CBS a 16.4 rating and a 26 percent share of the audience, NBC a 16 rating with a 26 share and ABC a 15.3 rating with a 25 share.
On the season to date, NBC leads with a 17.2 rating and a 28 share. CBS comes in second with a 16.8 rating and a 27 share, and ABC brings up the rear with a 15.2 rating and a 25 share.
NBC points out it is the only network to show an increase in ratings over the previous year -- in part because it was so solidly in last place last year. NBC has picked up 12 ratings points, while CBS has lost six and ABC is down 14.
More good news for NBC is the continued success of 'The Bill Cosby Show,' which remains in the top 10. The debut of 'V' was more respectable than overwhelming -- the show ranked in a four-way tie for 34th place.
Despite all those good tidings for NBC, CBS was on top of the TV heap for the second week in a row, with five of the top 10 shows.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was the No. 1 evening news show for the 132nd consecutive week, with a 12.8 rating and 23 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 10.9 rating and a 20 share, while 'NBC Nightly News' had a 10.3 rating and a 19 share.
The top 10 prime-time shows for the week ending Oct. 28, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dynasty (ABC)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. The A-Team (NBC)
4. Simon and Simon (CBS)
5. 60 Minutes (CBS)
6. Riptide (NBC)
7. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
8. Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
9. Knots Landing (CBS)