NEW YORK -- NBC outscored its rival networks in television ratings for the week ending Jan. 17, its 12th consecutive week in first place on the Nielsens, the audience measuring service reported Tuesday.
The Peacock network was helped when its airing Sunday of the American Football Conference championship game between the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns, the week's top-rated program, ran 47 minutes into the 7 p.m. prime time schedule.
But NBC would have done all right without the boost it got from football, taking eight of the prime time top 10 slots, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co. figures.
That included 'The Cosby Show,' rankedNo. 2; 'Cheers,' 3; 'A Different World,' 4; 'Night Court,' 5; 'The Golden Girls,' 6; 'L.A. Law,' 9, and 'Family Ties,' 10.
ABC's 'Growing Pains' and 'Who's the Boss?' came in at Nos. 7 and 8 while CBS made no showing among the prime time top 10.
For the week ending Jan. 17 -- the 17th week of the season -- NBC took first place with an 18.0 rating and 29 share compared with CBS's 13.7 rating and 22 share and ABC's 12.5 rating and 20 share.
Dolly Parton's ABC show, 'Dolly,' newly moved to Saturday night at 8 p.m., placed 63rd among the week's offerings, slightly outpaced by Robert Conrad's 'High Mountain Rangers,' which ranked No. 60. Both lost to NBC's competing half-hour shows, 'Facts of Life' and '227,' which ranked as Nos. 39 and 27.
In news, 'CBS Evening News' with Dan Rather was on top for the 16th straight week with a 12.5 rating and 21 share. ABC's 'World News Tonight' with Peter Jennings followed with a 12.0 rating and 20 share, and 'NBC Nightly News' with Tom Brokaw ran third with an 11.9 rating and 20 share.
Each ratings point represents about 887,000 households and a share is the percentage of TV sets tuned to a particular show.
The top prime time shows for the week ending Jan. 17, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. AFC Championship Football (NBC)
2. The Cosby Show (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. A Different World (NBC)
5. Night Court (NBC)
6. The Golden Girls (NBC)
7. Growing Pains (ABC)
8. Who's the Boss? (ABC)
9. L.A. Law (NBC)