NEW YORK -- The CBS News program '48 Hours' made the top 10 for the first time last week -- one of two CBS News shows in that elite group -- as NBC won the ratings race but CBS edged out ABC for No. 2, it was reported Tuesday.
Missing from the top 10 was ABC's 'America's Funniest Home Videos,' which was in a four-way tie for 15th place. The show was competing against regular programming and did win its time period.
Fox's 'The Simpsons' also dropped out of the top 10, after becoming the first Fox show ever to earn that distinction the previous week. 'The Simpsons' has been said to benefit from an audience switchover from 'Home Videos,' but last week it outranked the earlier show, finishing in 13th place.
The winning '48 Hours,' which ranked 10th, joined '60 Minutes,' tied for seventh on the Nielsen list. It was a special outing for the show -- at 10-11 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday -- and it told the moving story of a missing child in 'The Search for Matthew.'
The big difference for '48 Hours' was not having to compete against 'The Cosby Show' and 'A Different World' on NBC. The regular '48 Hours' program on Thursday night finished in a tie for 58th.
The best '48 Hours' has done in the past is rank 12th with its program on Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988 -- but it still was second in its time period against 'Cosby.'
In the fall, the show will move to a new time period, away from Big Bill, but the competition won't exactly be chopped liver. '48 Hours' is scheduled to move to Saturday nights at 10, where it will compete with 'Twin Peaks' on ABC and 'Carol & Company' and Robert Urich's new 'American Dreamer' on NBC.
It was a pretty good week for ABC News shows, too, with '20/20' in 14th place and 'PrimeTime Live' tied for 28th.
The Sunday movie contest went to CBS, which tied for 15th with 'Trouble in Paradise.' NBC's showing of 'Gremlins' tied for 33rd, while ABC's 'Prizzi's Honor' tied for 63rd.
On a night-by-night basis, NBC took Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, CBS was champ on Monday and Sunday and ABC held Tuesday and Friday.
NBC won the week ending June 10 with a 10.8 rating and a 20 share. CBS edged out ABC for second with a 9.8 rating and a 19 share, while ABC had a 9.7 rating and an 18 share.
The official 30-week prime time season ended Sunday, April 15, but working on a 52-week season, as of the week ending June 10 NBC had a year-to-date rating of 14.0 and a 23 share. ABC was second with a 12.5 rating and a 21 share and CBS third, with an 11.8 rating and a 20 share.
In the evening news race, ABC's 'World News Tonight' with Peter Jennings remained a dominant No. 1 with a 9.5 rating and a 21 share. 'CBS Evening News' with Dan Rather held second with a 7.7 rating and a 17 share, while 'NBC Nightly News' with Tom Brokaw with third with a 7.4 rating and a 17 share.
Each ratings point represents about 921,000 households and a share is the percentage of TV sets tuned to a particular show.NEWLN:------
The top 10 programs for the week ending Sunday, June 10, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Roseanne (ABC)
2. Cheers (NBC)
3. (tie) The Cosby Show (NBC)
Designing Women (CBS)
5. Unsolved Mysteries (NBC)
6. A Different World (NBC)
7. (tie) 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Coach (ABC)
10. 48 Hours: The Search for Matthew (CBS)