NEW YORK -- CBS followed the yellow brick road to another win in the prime time network Nielsen ratings last week, thanks in part to 'The Wizard of Oz,' but Bill Cosby's NBC show again was the most popular on television.
The A.C. Nielsen Co. prime time ratings for the week ending March 3 gave CBS a 18.3 rating and a 28 percent share of the audience.
NBC had a 16.6 rating and a 26 share, while ABC had a 14.7 rating with a 23 share.
Not only did Dorothy and the other denizens of Oz give CBS a boost, but so did the Grammy awards, which finished fourth. The second and third episodes of NBC's miniseries, 'Evergreen,' also were winners, with the finale finishing sixth and the second episode in 11th place.
The two-hour special episode of ABC's new series, 'Moonlighting,' provided the only good news for that network last week, finishing a very respectable 20th place.
On the season to date, CBS leads with a 17.2 rating and a 27 share, while NBC has a 16.4 rating and a 26 share and ABC a 15.7 rating and a 25 share.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' was still the No. 1 evening news show, with a 13.2 rating and 23 share. 'NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw' came in second with a 12.2 rating and a 21 share, and ABC's 'World News Tonight' had a 10.9 rating and a 19 share.
The top prime time shows for the week ending March 3, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1 The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Dynasty (ABC)
3. Family Ties (NBC)
4. Grammy Awards (CBS)
5. Simon & Simon (CBS)
6. 'Evergreen,' part 3 (NBC)
7. Dallas (CBS)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)