NEW YORK -- NBC won the weekly Nielsen ratings race for the 54th consecutive week, with the most exciting event a leftover original episode of 'Miami Vice.'
NBC, the winningest network in television, had seven of the top 10 shows. ABC had three -- including 'Coach,' tied for ninth place. It's been canceled. The top-rated CBS show was 'Murder, She Wrote,' in 16th.
The top of the Nielsen list was all reruns, right down to '20/20,' the highest-ranking original, which tied with CBS's 'Murphy Brown' for 23rd.
The original 'Miami Vice' placed 29th.
It was a week in which ABC's 'Roseanne' had to share first place with 'Cheers' -- actually they were tied in the ratings but 'Cheers' had a larger share of the audience. It's the first time 'Cheers' has been on top since Aug. 8, 1988.
In the Sunday movie race, none of the network offerings wowed the viewers. NBC's theatrical 'Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome' tied for 30th. CBS had part one of the repeat miniseries 'Monte Carlo' in 40th place and ABC's theatrical 'Silkwood' was in 49th.
The big movie hit of the week was the NBC Monday movie, a prison epic titled 'Doing Life.'
The ratings for Ted Koppel's report from China for ABC, 'Tragedy at Tiananmen,' indicated Americans' continued interest in the Chinese situation. The show finished in a tie for 43rd, which is impressive for a prime time news special.
For the week ending July 2, NBC won with a 15.2 rating and a 26 share. ABC had a 12.2 rating and a 20 share, edging out CBS which had a 12.1 rating and a 20 share.
The tight evening news race got even tighter, with a tie for top spot. 'CBS Evening News' with Dan Rather and ABC's 'World News Tonight' with Peter Jennings each had an 8.7 rating and a 20 share. 'NBC Nightly News' with Tom Brokaw was third with an 8.2 rating and an 19 share.
Each ratings point represents about 904,000 households and a share is the percentage of TV sets tuned to a particular show.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Sunday, July 2, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. (tie) Cheers (NBC)
3. Dear John (NBC)
4. (tie) Different World (NBC)
L.A. Law (NBC)
6. Night Court (NBC)
7. The Cosby Show (NBC)
8. Empty Nest (NBC)