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CBS and the World Series score high in weekly Nielsen race

In terms of ratings, CBS swept the World Series just like the Cincinnati Reds did. But when it came to rewards, the network ended up in the dustbin with the Oakland A's. The four-game World Series captured four spots in television's top 10 list, including first place. But the failure of Oakland to prolong the series to five, six or seven games cost CBS millions in lost advertising revenues.

The latest figures released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. showed CBS captured first, second, fifth and sixth place in television's top 10 with its broadcasts of the series.

The short showdown between Cincinnati and Oakland also made CBS the No. 1 network for the second time in the 5-week-old fall season. CBS led with a 15.9 average rating. NBC was second with 13.9 and ABC was last with 12.6.

NBC continued to fare well by pitting female-oriented programing against baseball coverage. Danielle Steel's Fine Things missed tying with Tuesday's opening game of the World Series by a little more than two ratings points.

Fox Broadcasting Co.'s The Simpsons fell 12 percent in its ratings battle against The Cosby Show. The animated Fox family scored a 16.2 rating while NBC's Cosby clan brought in an 18.5.

In the network news wars, ABC and Peter Jennings won again with a 9.9., followed by NBC and Tom Brokaw and CBS and Dan Rather tied at 8.7.

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1. World Series Game 2 CBS 21.8

2. World Series Game 4 CBS 21.4

3. Cheers NBC 21.1

4. Movie: Kaleidoscope NBC 20.3

5. World Series Game 1 CBS 20.2

6. World Series Game 3 CBS 19.4

7. A Different World NBC 19.3

8. The Cosby Show NBC 18.5

9. America's Funniest People ABC 18.3

10. Movie: Fine Things NBC 18.0

11. 60 Minutes CBS 17.7

12. Roseanne ABC 17.4

13. Funniest Home Videos ABC 17.1

14. L.A. Law NBC 16.9

15. Movie: Bride Wore Black ABC 16.7

16. Grand NBC 16.3

17. Who's The Boss? ABC 16.3

18. The Simpsons FOX 16.2

19. Monday Night Football ABC 16.1

20. Designing Women CBS 16.1

21. Doogie Howser, M.D. ABC 15.7

22. Murphy Brown CBS 15.7

23. Head Of The Class ABC 15.5

24. The Golden Girls NBC 15.3

25. Empty Nest NBC 15.1

26. World Series Post Game 1 CBS 15.0

27. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 14.9

28. Coach ABC 14.9

29. Growing Pains ABC 14.8

30. Full House ABC 14.6

31. World Series Post Game 4 CBS 14.4

32. Married With Children FOX 14.4

33. Family Matters ABC 14.4

34. Major Dad CBS 14.3

35. The Wonder Years ABC 14.1

36. World Series Post Game 3 CBS 13.8

37. World Series Post Game 1 CBS 13.8

38. 20/20 ABC 13.0

39. Full House Special ABC 13.0

40. Fresh Prince NBC 12.8

41. World Series Pre-Game 2 CBS 12.7

42. Knots Landing CBS 12.7

43. Movie: Opposites Attract NBC 12.7

44. World Series Pre-Game 4 CBS 12.6

45. Perfect Strangers ABC 12.5

46. Ferris Bueller NBC 12.4

47. In Living Color FOX 12.3

48. Murder, She Wrote CBS 12.1

49. Movie: The Love She Sought NBC 12.0

50. Carol & Company NBC 11.9

51. Married People ABC 11.9

52. World Series Pre-Game 3 CBS 11.3

53. Uncle Buck CBS 11.6

54. MacGyver ABC 10.2

55. Father Dowling Mysteries ABC 10.1

56. World Series Post-Game 1 CBS 10.0

57. Trials of Rosie O'Neill CBS 9.9

58. Night Court NBC 9.8

59. Super Bloopers NBC 9.8

60. thirtysomething ABC 9.8

61. Get A Life FOX 9.8

62. Movie: Babysitting ABC 9.6

63. Movie: The Big Easy CBS 9.5

64. Midnight Caller NBC 9.4

65. Working It Out NBC 9.2

66. Gabriel's Fire ABC 9.2

67. Good Grief FOX 9.2

68. First Person NBC 9.1

69. Flash CBS 9.1

70. World of Discovery ABC 8.9

71. Primetime Live ABC 8.8

72. Doctor, Doctor CBS 8.8

73. American Dreamer CBS 8.7

74. Twin Peaks ABC 8.4

75. Quantum Leap NBC 8.2

76. Wings NBC 8.0

77. Babes FOX 8.0

78. Parenthood NBC 7.8

79. Top Cops CBS 7.3

80. Cop Rock ABC 7.2

81. Parker Lewis FOX 6.6

82. America's Most Wanted FOX 6.1

83. Comic Strip Live FOX 5.9

84. True Colors FOX 5.8

85. Beverly Hills, 90210 FOX 5.2

86. Cops FOX 4.7

87. Totally Hidden Video FOX 4.7

88. DEA FOX 4.0

89. Haywire FOX 3.9

90. American Chronicles FOX 2.5

PBS' Frost series to debut in January

The first in a series of six new interviews from David Frost will debut on PBS on Jan. 2.

The monthly specials, called . . . Talking With David Frost, will be a co-production of the local PBS affiliate and Frost's David Paradine Television Inc.

The first hour will feature President and Mrs. Bush. Future interviews will include Robin Williams and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and there's "the possibility" of an interview with Pope John Paul II.

Future dates for . . . Talking With David Frost specials: Feb. 6, March 27, April 24, May 29 and June 26.

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