NEW YORK -- CBS won first place last week in the prime time Nielsen ratings, in part thanks to its party for Lucille Ball and despite the fact that ABC's 'Dynasty' was the week's most-watched show.
The A.C. Nielsen prime time ratings for the week ending Dec. 9 gave CBS a 18.3 rating and a 28 percent share of the audience, ABC a 15.2 rating with a 24 share and NBC a 14.6 rating with a 23 share.
One of the top 10 slots was filled by the 34 minute runover of the CBS Sunday NFL football game. If that were eliminated from the ratings it would move 11th place 'Magnum, P.I.' (CBS) onto the top 10 list.
CBS held six of the top 10 spots, with three going to NBC and only 'Dynasty.' NBC was pulled down by the disappointing ratings on two specials -- the first episode of the elegant and expensive two-part 'The Sun Also Rises' finished 48th out of 72 shows on the ratings list, and 'Children in the Crossfire' ranked 40th.
The Dr. Seuss perennial, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (CBS), was the highest ranked Christmas show for the week, finishing 12th and outpointing 'The Cabbage Patch Christmas' (ABC), which finished a respectable 25th.
On the season to date, CBS leads with a 17.1 rating and a 27 share, while NBC has a 16.4 rating and a 26 share and ABC a 15.1 rating and a 24 share.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was the No. 1 evening news show yet again, with a 15.0 rating and 25 share. 'NBC Nightly News' had a 12.1 rating -- its highest since last January -- and a 21 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' had an 11.6 rating and a 20 share.
The top 10 prime time shows for the week ending Dec. 9, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Dynasty (ABC)
2. 60 Minutes (CBS)
3. Dallas (CBS)
4. NFL Football runover, Dallas vs. Washington (CBS)
5. The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
6. Simon & Simon (CBS)
7. Murder, She wrote (CBS)
8. (tie) All-Star Party for Lucille Ball (CBS)
Family Times (NBC)