Television: Sweeps Stakes

CBS upstages ABC

For the past few seasons, television insiders have tended to talk mostly about two networks—front-running ABC and third-place NBC. Last week all that changed. After the 1979-80 season's first Nielsen sweeps, second-place CBS quietly rose to the top of the ratings. It was the first time since January 1976 that ABC had not won the network numbers game.

Though ABC is still likely to be the ratings leader for the season as a whole, its November loss to CBS is the strongest indication yet that its era of sovereignty is over....

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