Comedy lineup nets CBS top ratings

June 26, 1991

LOS ANGELES -- CBS won the latest ratings battle with a boost from its Monday night comedy lineup and a rerun of a made-for-television movie about the real-life Aloha Airlines disaster.

CBS earned a 9.5 average rating for last week, followed by ABC's 9.2 and NBC's 8.4, according to figures released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co. Each ratings point represents 931,000 homes.

CBS' "Evening Shade," a homespun comedy series about small-town life, was the No. 2 show. The network's smart-talking TV journalists of "Murphy Brown" placed third.

"Miracle Landing," a CBS docudrama about the Hawaii-bound jetliner whose roof ripped off in flight, was No.7.

The top-rated series was NBC's veteran barroom comedy "Cheers." ABC's newsmagazine "Primetime Live," starring Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson, was the No. 4 program.

In the network news race, ABC and Peter Jennings maintained their first-place winning streak with an 8.7 average. CBS and Dan Rather were second with 7.7 and Tom Brokaw and NBC had a 7.2.

Here are the prime-time TV ratings June 17-23. Top listings include the week's ranking, with full season-to-date ranking in parentheses, rating for the week and total homes.

1. "Cheers," NBC, 14.5 rating, 13.5 million homes.

2. "Evening Shade Special," CBS rating, 13.8, 12.8 million homes.

3. "Murphy Brown," CBS, 13.5 rating, 12.6 million homes.

4. "Primetime Live," ABC, 13.4 rating, 12.5 million homes.

5. "Wings," NBC, 13.3 rating, 12.4 million homes.

5. "Roseanne," ABC, 13.3 rating, 12.4 million homes.

7. "Miracle Landing" "CBS Tuesday Movie," 13.2 rating, 12.3 million homes.

8. "60 Minutes," CBS, 13.0 rating, 12.1 million homes.

9. "Rescue: 911," CBS, 12.6 rating, 11.7 million homes.

9. "Coach," ABC, 12.6 rating, 11.7 million homes.

11. "Empty Nest," NBC, 12.4 rating, 11.5 million homes.

11. "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC, 12.4 rating, 11.5 million homes.

13. "20-20," ABC, 12.3 rating, 11.4 million homes.

14. "48 Hours," CBS, 12.2 rating, 11.3 million homes.

14. "Murder, She Wrote," CBS, 12.2 rating, 11.3 million homes.

14. "Northern Exposure," CBS, 12.2 rating, 11.3 million homes.

17. "Family Matters," ABC, 12.0 rating, 11.2 million homes.

18. "Golden Girls," NBC, 11.8 rating, 11.0 million homes.

19. "America's Funniest People," ABC, 11.5 rating, 10.7 million homes.

19. "Trials of Rosie O'Neill," CBS, 11.5 rating, 10.7 million homes.

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