Bad guys stalked by stalwart FBI agents helped lift NBC to first place in the ratings.
NBC's "Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann" was the most-watched show on TV last week. The two-hour drama was taken from the real-life kidnapping of Peggy Bradnick, who was held captive by a mountain man for eight days while the FBI launched one the biggest manhunts in the agency's history.The network's other fact-based movie, "In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas," was No. 8 in the weekly rankings, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported.
"Manhunt" chronicled the FBI's search for Gordon Kahl, a white supremacist who hid out in the rural Midwestern homes of his followers.
In the preceding two weeks, NBC's two-part miniseries "Switched at Birth" captured consecutive first-place wins.
NBC was the No. 1 network last week with an overall rating of 11.9. CBS had an 11.1 and ABC a 10.5. Each ratings point represents 931,000 households.
ABC's "Roseanne" was the No. 2 show, followed by a repeat of NBC's "Cheers."
ABC and Peter Jennings won the network news ratings again, with a 9.6. NBC and Tom Brokaw had an 8.2. CBS and Dan Rather were last with a 7.8.
Here are the top 10 shows, their network and rating: 1. "NBC Monday Night Movie - Cry in the Wild: The Taking of Peggy Ann," 17.2; 2. "Roseanne," ABC, 16.9; 3. "Cheers," NBC, 16.6; 4. "Unsolved Mysteries," NBC, 16.2; 5. "L.A. Law," NBC, 16.1; 6. "Murphy Brown," CBS, 15.5; 7. "Designing Women," CBS, 15.4; 8. "NBC Sunday Night Movie, In the Line of Duty: Manhunt in the Dakotas," 14.7; 9. "A Different World," NBC, 14.4; 10. "Knots Landing," CBS, 14.2.