Television: Year of the Photo Finish

For the first time in the history of TV's Nielsen ratings, the three major networks last week ended up in as close a thing to a photofinish as statistics are likely to produce: a dead heat between CBS and NBC, each scoring an identical 19.4%* and, only a whisker behind long-lagging ABC with 19.3%.

Sitting there basking was ABC Network President Tom Moore, who says expansively: "None of it was really a surprise, only a confirmation." ABC's shows are apparently more dynamically mediocre than CBS's, for it is obviously out of CBS that...

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