The 64th Annual Academy Awards gave ABC its highest ratings of the season and made the network No. 1 for the week.

The Oscar telecast was the most-watched TV program last week, according to ratings released Tuesday by the A.C. Nielsen Co."The Barbara Walters Special," which aired on ABC before the Oscars on the East Coast and after on the West Coast, was fourth.

ABC earned a 14 average rating for the week. CBS was second with 12.7 and NBC was third with 10.8.

Each ratings point represents 921,000 homes.

ABC has won only twice this season and remains last among the Big Three. The 30-week season ends Sunday.

In the latest top 10, however, ABC grabbed seven slots.

The premiere of NBC's highly touted prime-time magazine "Dateline NBC," finished 31st.

In the network news wars, ABC was first again, this time with a 10.4 average. CBS was second with 9.5 and NBC was third with 8.6.

Here are the top 10 programs, their network and rating: 1. "The 64th Annual Academy Awards," ABC, 29.8; 2. "Roseanne," ABC, 23.6; 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 20.3; 4. "Barbara Walters," ABC, 19.3; 5. "20-20," ABC, 19.2; 6. "Home Improvement," ABC, 18.6; 7. "Room For Two," ABC, 18; 8. "Full House," ABC, 17.5; 9. "Unsolved Mysteries," NBC, 17.4; 10. "NCAA National Semifinal," CBS, 16.8.