‘Dove’ Puts CBS Brand on Ratings

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Sunday night’s opening episode of “Lonesome Dove,” the four-night CBS miniseries about a cattle drive, rounded up the highest number of prime-time viewers in last week’s ratings, according to A.C. Nielsen figures. Based on Larry McMurtry’s novel, Part 1 of the Western starring Robert Duvall reached about 25.7 million homes and easily roped its competition, NBC’s “Full Exposure: The Sex Tapes Scandal” (tied for 25th place) and ABC’s telecast of “Ruthless People” (41st). The full list of ratings is on Page 9.

* “UNSUB” was unspectacular in its debut. NBC’s new Friday series about an elite team of government agents ranked 45th and was third in its 10 p.m. time slot behind ABC’s “20/20" (24th) and CBS’ “Falcon Crest” (40th).


Show Points Share 1."Lonesome Dove,"Part 1 28.5 42 CBS 2."The Cosby Show” 28.4 44 NBC 3."A Different World” 26.9 41 NBC 4."Murder,She Wrote” 25.9 37 CBS 5."Cheers” 24.7 37 NBC *"UNSUB” 11.6 20 NBC