‘Cheers’ 200th Show Tops Nielsen Ratings With AM-Nielsens-List
NEW YORK (AP) _ The 200th episode of ″Cheers,″ an hourlong special on NBC’s tavern comedy, topped the ratings and lifted the network to victory for the week, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported Tuesday.
The ″Cheers″ retrospective, moderated by talk show host John McLaughlin, was seen in nearly 27.5 million homes and hit the highest ratings of any prime time show this season, with a 29.5 rating and a 44 share.
Overall, NBC led with a 13.7 average rating and a 22 share. ABC edged CBS for second place by an eighth of a rating point, or about 745,000 TV homes, with a 12.8 rating and a 21 share; CBS had a 12.0 rating and a 20 share.
A rating point equals 931,000 television households. A share is the percentage of television sets in use that are tuned to a show in its time period.
NBC said ″Cheers″ has been the No. 1 show for six of the season’s eight weeks. Thursday’s rating also was the highest for any comedy series since ″The Cosby Show″ hit a 29.8 rating and 45 share on Jan. 12, 1989, the network said.
The all-time ratings champ is still CBS’ last episode of ″M-A-S-H″ in 1983. Seen in nearly 50.5 million homes, it averaged a 77 percent share of the audience in its time period, compared with ″Cheers″ 44 percent share Thursday.
ABC’s ″Twin Peaks,″ the eccentric nighttime soap opera about the murky goings-on in a Pacific Northwest logging town, also got a boost in the ratings by at last revealing the killer of troubled homecoming queen Laura Palmer.
″Twin Peaks″ got a 10.4 rating and a 20 share by revealing that Leland Palmer, Laura’s father, apparently killed her while possessed by the shadowy, demonic killer known only as ″Bob.″ Go figure.
The week before, ″Twin Peaks″ had a 7.9 rating and a 16 share.
In the evening news ratings, ABC won for the 44th consecutive week with an 11.6 rating. CBS had a 10.1 rating and NBC a 9.7 rating.
Rounding out prime time’s top 10 programs were CBS’ ″60 Minutes,″ with a 21.5 rating; ″A Different World″ on NBC, with a 20.0 rating; and ″Designing Women″ on CBS tied CBS’ ″Murphy Brown″ for fourth place with an 18.9 rating.
″Empty Nest″ on NBC was sixth with an 18.6 rating; ABC’s ″America’s Funniest Home Videos″ and ″Roseanne″ tied for seventh with an 18.5 rating; No. 9 was CBS’ ″Murder, She Wrote″ with an 18.4 rating, and NBC’s ″Unsolved Mysteries″ was 10th with a 16.2 rating.