NEW YORK -- NBC was the top-rated network for the eighth consecutive week and ABC slipped deeper into third place, its live telecast of the climactic three hours of Saturday's Live Aid rock concert extravaganza ranking only No. 31 on the roster of last week's most-watched shows.
Prime time averages for the week ending July 14, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., showed NBC winning with a 13.4 rating and a 25 share. CBS was second with an 11.5 rating and a 22 share. ABC was third with a 9.5 rating and 18 share.
Tied for No. 1 among the week's most-watched shows, according to the Nielsen ratings, were a rerun of 'The Bill Cosby Show' and the Sunday Night Movie, 'Stingray,' both from NBC. Four other NBC shows, all repeats, placed in the Top 10 -- 'Family Ties,' 'Cheers,' 'Night Court' and 'Born Beautiful.'
CBS had three Top-10 shows, all summer reruns -- 'Murder, She Wrote, 'Newhart' and 'Cagney & Lacey.'
ABC's '20-20,' at No. 6, was that network's only entry on the week's Top 20 list, and only two other ABC shows made it into the Top 30. The three-hour Live Aid broadcast Saturday night ranked 31st.
'CBS Evening News with Dan Rather' again was the No. 1 news show for the week, with an 11.5 rating and a 22 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' was No. 2 with a 9.1 rating and 20 share. 'NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw' was third with an 8.9 rating and a 20 share.
The top prime time shows for the week ending July 14, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. (tie) The Bill Cosby Show (NBC)
NBC Sunday Night Movie 'Stingray' (NBC)
3. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
4. Family Ties (NBC)
5. Cheers (NBC)
6. 20-20 (ABC)
7. Newhart (CBS)
8. (tie) Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
Night Court (NBC)
10.Born Beautiful (NBC).