The Nielsen ratings at Halloween time usually bring out the network broomsticks. These are the key Nielsens following, as they do, sufficient exposure of the new season's programming.* After studying the results, the networks make their go-no-go decisions. This season the decisions are just a little more difficult to make, since many specialspolitical, entertainment, the Olympicspre-empted regular shows.
Altogether, the new Nielsens indicate that the strongest shows are from last year's schedules. Julia is the only newcomer that cracked the top ten. The list:
1) Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (NBC)
2) Mayberry R.F.D. (CBS)
3) GomerPyleU.SM.C. (CBS) and Julia (NBC)
5) Family Affair (CBS)