200th 'Cheers' No. 1 in ratings

The 200th episode of "Cheers," a mock scholarly retrospective of Boston barroom comedy, got the highest ratings of any prime-time show this season.

The hourlong NBC special, moderated by talk show host John McLaughlin, was seen in nearly 27.5 million homes last week, receiving a 29.5 rating and a 44 share, the A.C. Nielsen Co. reported yesterday.


A rating point equals 931,000 households with television. A share is the percentage of TV sets in use that are tuned to a show in its time period.

Overall, NBC led with a 13.7 average rating and a 22 share. ABC edged CBS for second place by an eighth of a rating point, or about 745,000 TV homes, with a 12.8 rating and a 21 share; CBS had a 12.0 rating and a 20 share.


NBC said "Cheers" has been the No. 1 show for six of the season's eight weeks. The all-time ratings champ is CBS' last episode of "M-A-S-H" in 1983. Seen in nearly 50.5 million homes, it averaged a 77 percent share of the audience in its time period, compared to 44 percent for "Cheers" on Thursday.

Here are the prime-time TV ratings for Nov. 5-11. Listings include the week's ranking, rating for the week and total homes.

1. "CHEERS SPECIAL," NBC, 29.5, 27.5 million homes.

2. "60 MINUTES," CBS, 21.1, 19.6 million homes.

3. "A DIFFERENT WORLD," NBC, 20.0, 18.6 million homes.

4. "DESIGNING WOMEN," CBS, 18.9, 17.6 million homes.

5. "MURPHY BROWN," CBS, 18.9, 17.6 million homes.

6. "EMPTY NEST," NBC, 18.6, 17.3 million homes.


7. "AMERICA'S FUNNIEST HOME VIDEOS," ABC, 18.5, 17.2 million homes.

7. "ROSEANNE," ABC, 18.5, 17.2 million homes.

9. "MURDER, SHE WROTE," CBS, 18.4, 17.1 million homes.

10. "UNSOLVED MYSTERIES," NBC, 18.2, 16.9 million homes.