The final episode of "Dallas" hearkened back to the series' glory days - it dominated the competition last Friday night and ended up near the top of the ratings heap.
According to A.C. Nielsen figures, the finale averaged a 22 rating and a 38 share and actually increased its audience as the night went along - up to a 40 share in the final half hour. It was the highest-rated episode of "Dallas" since Jan. 23, 1987. (But still nowhere near 53.3 rating and 76 share it pulled in November, 1980 when viewers found out who shot J.R.)A ratings point equals about 933,000 homes, and a share is the percentage of viewers actually watching TV who are tuned into a particular program.
"Dallas" destroyed the competition - the ABC lineup of "Family Matters," "Perfect Strangers" and "20/20" averaged just a 10.7/19, well below normal, and NBC's movie "Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter" could manage only a 9.8/17. (And, pointing up what a disaster Friday is for NBC, that's better than the network usually does on that night.)
But the "Dallas" numbers still weren't good enough to top the weekly ratings. The No. 1 spot was held by Monday's conclusion of "Switched at Birth" on NBC, which pulled a 23.1/33.
For the week, NBC finished first, winning Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights and averaging a 13.5 rating and a 23 share. CBS was second, winning Sunday and Friday, and averaging a 12.0/20. ABC couldn't manage a single nightly win and finished way back with a 10.8/18.
For the current May sweeps period, NBC widened its lead. The Peacock is up to a 13.1/23, CBS is second with a 11.7/20 and ABC third with an 11.2/19.
ABC does, however, continue to dominate the evening news wars. And for the eighth week in a row and 14 in the past 15, NBC has moved ahead of CBS into second place.
THE TOP 10: 1. "NBC Monday Movie: Switched at Birth, Part 2"; 2. "Dallas," CBS; 3. "Cheers," NBC; 4. "Roseanne," ABC; 5. "L.A. Law," NBC; 6. "60 Minutes," CBS; 7. "A Different World," NBC. 8. "Unsolved Mysteries," NBC; 9. "Murder, She Wrote," CBS; 10. "America's Funniest Home Videos," ABC.
BACK IN THE FAMILY: It's finally official. CBS has announced it will air six "classic" episodes of "All In the Family" on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. beginning June 2. (That's Ch. 5 locally.)
Creator/producer Norman Lear has chosen shows from the series' first season back in 1971. "Family" will follow Lear's new sitcom "Sunday Dinner."
A five-time Emmy winner as best comedy series and television's No. 1 show for five seasons, "Family" has been out of syndication for several years. It starred Carrol O'Connor, Jean Stapleton, Rob Reiner and Sally Struthers.
The episodes coming our way are:
"Meet the Bunkers" - the series' pilot.
"Archie's Aching Back" - Archie sues a Jewish driver after a minor traffic accident.
"Judging Books By Covers" - Archie wrongly assumes a friend of Mike and Gloria's is gay.
"Archie Gives Blood" - Mike tries to convince Archie to donate blood.
"Gloria Has A Belly Full" - Archie berates Mike for not having a place to live after Gloria announces that she's pregnant, and then becomes a tender, loving father when Gloria miscarries.
"Lionel Moves Into The Neighborhood" - Archie tries everything to keep the black Jeffersons from moving in next door.
"All In the Family" was not only ground-breaking because of its treatment controversial topics, but extremely funny. It's worth another look.