Perry Mason narrowly edged out FBI Agent Dale Cooper Sunday night when the highly anticipated return of "Twin Peaks" aired in a special two-hour presentation on ABC, according to Nielsen overnight ratings from 23 of the nation's largest markets.
NBC's "Perry Mason: The Case of the Defiant Daughter" edged out the second season return of "Twin Peaks" with a rating of 13.9 and a 22 share (of television sets in use) to the latter's 13.2/20. "The Face of Fear," which starred Lee Horsley and Pam Dawber on CBS, had a 12.8 rating and a 20 share. Each ratings point equals about 921,000 television homes.
Fox, represented by "Married With Children," "Good Grief" and "Against the Law" -- came in fourth from 9 to 11 Sunday night with a 10.2/15.