Nation: Striving to Shake Up Jell-O

Religious groups fight sponsors of "immoral" TV shows

More than 83 million television viewers tuned in to Dallas three weeks ago to find out who shot J.R. Ewing. In an hour's time, they saw Ewing's accused attacker, Wife Sue Ellen, stagger around drunk and mourn her former lover. They watched a flashback in which Sue Ellen's comely sister Kristin fired a gun at J.R.

The evening's climax: Kristin's announcement that she was pregnant with her brother-in-law's child.

Dallas drew the largest U.S. television audience in history; members of an estimated 40 million households were...