NEW YORK -- CBS took first place last week in the competition for television ratings and audience shares, bolstered by strong weekend ratings for programs which included coverage of the Olympic Winter Games at Albertville, France.
Coverage of the winter game was second on the list of the week's top 10 programs, outrated only by CBS's popular '60 Minutes' show which preceded it on Sunday evening.
CBS got a 15.2 rating for the week ending Feb. 15 and a 24 share. NBC was second with 13.9 and a 22 share. ABC trailed with 12.1 and a 19 share.
It was CBS's sixth consecutive weekly win, the first such achievement for the network in seven years. CBS has won 15 of the 21 weeks in the season to date.
CBS's Sunday Olympic rating of 23.5-33 was higher than any night of primetime in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada, and higher than any but two nights of the 1988 Winter Olypics at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
ABC's 'World News Tonight' led the news program honors with a 11.1- 20. 'CBS Evening News' was second with 9.9-18, and 'NBC Nightly News' was third with 9.8-18.
Each ratings point represents about 921,000 households. A share is the percentage of TV sets in use that are tuned to a particular show or network.NEWLN: ----
The top 10 programs for the week ending Sunday, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Sunday Olympics coverage (CBS)
3. Roseanne (ABC)
4. Sunday movie 'Kindergarten Cop' (NBC)
5. Cheers (NBC)
6. Bill Crosby Special (NBC)
7. Murphy Brown (CBS)
8. Coach (ABC)
9. Home Improvement (ABC)
10. Unsolved Mysteries (NBC)