Television: The Hot Network

The long-dominant CBS eye blinked hard last week. For the seventh straight week, ABC led in television's prime-time ratings. The network raced away with the "second season," claiming a 34.3 share of the audience compared with CBS's 30.5 and NBC's 29.1.— Although it is unlikely that ABC will pass CBS in the overall season's ratings, the perennially third network will almost certainly oust NBC from its accustomed No. 2 spot.

"I never thought I'd hear the words 'an ABC night' " marvels TV Consultant Mike Dann, who was chief programming strategist, first for...

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