NEW YORK -- 'Murphy Brown,' the unmarried television mother called an unfit role model by Vice President Dan Quayle, was the top rated television show last week with 38 million American viewers, .
The delivery of the journalist's son pulled a 23.0-35 share in the final days of May Sweeps Week -- making it the most watched show during the week that ended May 24, the A.C. Nielsen Co. said.
That was the comedy's second highest rating in its history, CBS said. Last week, the show took third place on the list with Murphy's baby shower, watched by an estimated 36 million viewers.
NBC again won overall ratings for the week, ending with a 11.0 rating and 20 share. CBS won a 10.4-19 and ABC landed 9.5-18.
Pushing NBC over the edge was its touted movie special, 'Cruel Doubt,' part 2, a drama about a college student suspecte of murdering his stepfather which starred Blythe Danner, Ed Asner, and Matt McGrath. Part 1 also was among the prior week's top 10.
Among the top 10, CBS had four wins, with ABC and NBC each having three.
ABC's 'World News Tonight' led the news program honors with a 8.8- 20. 'CBS Evening News' was second with 8.3-19 and 'NBC Nightly News' was third with 7.5-17.
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, according to the A.C. Nielsen Co., were:
1. Murphy Brown (CBS)
2. Evening Shade Special (CBS)
3. Northern Exposure (CBS)
4. Roseanne repeat (ABC)
5. L.A. Law (NBC)
6. Home Improvement repeat (ABC)
7. 60 Minutes (CBS)
8. NBC Monday Night Movie 'Bird on a Wire' (NBC)
9. Coach (ABC)
10. Sunday movie, 'Cruel Doubt' Special (NBC)