NEW YORK -- NBC won the prime time Nielsen ratings race last week in a movie-studded week that saw Sylvester Stallone outdraw Elizabeth Taylor with home screen audiences.
The prime time averages for the week ending May 12, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., showed NBC winning with a 14.6 rating and a 25 share, while CBS had a 13.8 rating and a 24 share and ABC a 13.0 rating and a 22 share.
NBC's 'The Cosby Show' again led the list, followed by 'Dallas' and 'Dynasty.'
It was a big week for movies, with three of them competing on Sunday night. Stallone's 'First Blood' was the week's top-ranking film, finishing fifth. The CBS movie 'Malice in Wonderland,' with Taylor as gossip columnist Louella Parsons, competed in the same time slot and finished 10th in the week's ratings. The ABC offering, 'A Death in California,' part 1, finished 23rd.
The second installment of ABC's 'Lace' finished in 19th place, only a slight improvement over last week's 23rd place. CBS drew disappointing results with 'Going for the Gold: The Bill Johnson Story' -- tied for 60th on a list of 69 shows. The network scored poorly the previous week with another sports biography, 'Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story.'
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' remained the No. 1 news show for the week, with an 11.0 rating and a 23 share. 'NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw' came in second with a 9.6 rating and a 21 share, and ABC's 'World News Tonight' had an 8.9 rating and a 19 share.
The top prime time shows for the week ending May 12, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. Dynasty (ABC)
4. Family Ties (NBC)
5. NBC Sunday movie, 'First Blood'
6. Remington Steele (NBC)
7. Knots Landing (CBS)
8. Falcon Crest (CBS)
9. Hotel (ABC)
10. 'Malice in Wonderland'