Last week's abortive Soviet coup did wonders for the capitalist news Nielsens.
Peter Jennings and "ABC World News Tonight" led the imperialist parade, as usual, with a 9.6 rating/ 21 percent audience share -- up 12 percent from the previous week. Dan Rather's "CBS Evening News" (8.7/19) was up 9 percent and Tom Brokaw's "NBC Nightly News" (8.2/18), a whopping 17 percent.
Collectively, the 26.5/58 total represents the highest rating and share for the three network evening newscasts since the week of April 8. Each rating point equals 931,000 TV homes.