NEW YORK -- The second half of 'Fatal Vision' proved death to its competition, leading the Nielsen ratings list last week and giving NBC the lead for the week among the three networks.
CBS placed third for the week, the first time since 1980 that has happened during the regular season.
With the November sweeps almost over, CBS leads in both the Arbitron and Nielsen ratings, with NBC in second place and ABC third.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending Nov. 25 gave NBC a 16.5 rating and a 27 percent share of the audience, ABC a 15.9 rating with a 26 share and CBS a 15.3 rating with a 25 share.
On the season to date, CBS still leads with a 16.8 rating and a 27 share, while NBC has a 16.6 rating and a 27 share and ABC a 15.2 rating and a 24 share.
In the November 'sweeps,' one of several during the year in which Nielsen and Arbitron survey viewing in individual local markets throughout the country, Arbitron gives CBS a 16.7 rating and a 27 share, NBC a 15.7 rating and a 25 share, and ABC a 15.3 rating and a 24 share. Arbitron measurements began on Oct. 31 and end Nov. 27.
In the Nielsen sweeps, CBS holds a 17.0 rating and a 27 share, while NBC has a 15.7 rating and a 25 share and ABC a 15.0 rating and a 24 share. The Nielsen sweeps run from Nov. 1 through Nov. 28.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was the No. 1 evening news show for the 136th consecutive week, with a 12.4 rating and 23 share. 'NBC Nightly News' had an 11.4 rating and a 20 share, while ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 10.6 rating and a 20 share.
The top 10 prime time shows for the week ending Nov. 25, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. NBC Monday Night Movie, Fatal Vision, Part 2
2. ABC Sunday Night Movie, The Ewok Adventure
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Dallas (CBS)
6. Hotel (ABC)
7. The A Team (NBC)
8. (tie) TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes (NBC)
Murder, She Wrote (CBS)