The summer calm before the storm of new fall television programs again put NBC on top as the ratings victor for the 64th straight week, but CBS also found a little bit of 'Paradise' in the weekly Nielsen rankings, it was reported Tuesday.
Six NBC programs, all reruns, placed in the top 10, with 'Cheers' in the No. 1 spot, followed by 'The Cosby Show.' ABC's two powerhouse sitcoms 'Roseanne' and 'The Wonder Years,' were in third and eighth place, respectively.
One CBS show, the two-hour special season premiere of 'Paradise,' took ninth place with a 15.1 rating and a 25 share, possibly due to the guest appearances of a couple familiar faces from the golden age of TV westerns: Gene Barry reprising his old role as Bat Masterson and Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp.
'Paradise' was the clear winner in the Sunday night competition, with the ABC movie 'Thunder Boat Row' taking 15th place and NBC's movie 'Mothers, Daughters and Lovers' tying for 55th place with the NBC News special 'R.A.C.E.,' which was broadcast Sept. 5.
Rounding out the top 10 were NBC's 'The Golden Girls,' 'Dear John,' 'Empty Nest' and 'A Different World' in fourth through seventh place and CBS's '60 Minutes' in 10th place.
NBC also was encouraged by the showing of 'Parent Trap III (Part 1)' on Sunday's 'The Magical World of Disney,' which earned a 9.2 rating and a 17 share -- its best showing since April 16, when a telecast of 'Parent Trap III (Part 2)' scored a 9.8 rating.
'Parent Trap,' starring Hayley Mills and Barry Bostwick, will be among the multi-part programs offered on 'Disney' this fall.
Also on NBC, Monday night's broadcast of 'The Hogan Family' ended up in 14th place, its best ranking since May 29.
The best Fox Broadcasting Co. could do was 17th place with a rerun of 'Married...With Children.' Original broadcasts of 'The Tracey Ullman Show' and 'It's Garry Shandling's Show' placed 73rd and 82nd, respectively, out of 86 shows total.
For the week ending Sept. 10, NBC had a 11.3 rating and a 20 share. ABC was second with a 9.9 rating and an 18 share, and CBS was third with a 9.1 rating and a 16 share.
ABC squeaked by CBS for first place in the news race, with ABC's 'World News Tonight' with Peter Jennings earning a 8.7 rating and a 19 share. 'CBS Evening News' with Dan Rather scored an 8.6 rating and an 18 share, while 'NBC Nightly News' with Tom Brokaw was third with an 8.2 rating and an 18 share.
Each ratings point represents about 921,000 households and a share is the percentage of TV sets tuned to a particular show.
The top 10 programs for the week ending Sunday, Sept. 10, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Cheers (NBC)
2. The Cosby Show (NBC)
3. Roseanne (ABC)
4. The Golden Girls (NBC)
5. Dear John (NBC)
6. Empty Nest (NBC)
7. A Different World (NBC)
8. The Wonder Years (ABC)
9. Paradise (CBS)