NBC edged ABC by three-tenths of a point to win the weekly ratings title and keep the edge on its season-winning margin.
As usual, the Peacock Web’s powerhouse Thursday accounted for five of the Top 10 shows, but ABC’s “Home Improvement,” a special episode involving a cancer threat to one of the Taylor sons, was TV’s top-rated show.
NBC won the week of April 1-7 with a 10.3 rating and an 18 percent share of the TV audience. ABC earned a 10.0 rating, 17 share, and CBS, with its NCAA basketball championship game at No. 5, had a 9.7 rating, 17 share.
The Fox Broadcasting Co., which remains exempt from full network regulation by programming only 15 of the 22 prime-time hours, had a 6.5 rating, 11 share.
ABC’s “World News Tonight” kept its No. 1 rank with a 9.0 rating, 19 share. “NBC Nightly News” averaged an 8.7 rating, 17 share.
“CBS Evening News” was third with a 7.9 rating, 15 share.