With only two weeks to go in the Old Year and new fall series already dropping into the schedules, NBC continued its summertime rerun ramble last week, winning with a 13.5 Nielsen average and a 24 percent audience share . . .
CBS had a 12.5/22 and ABC a 12.2/21 for the week ending Sept. 9 . . .
Among the new and short-run series, NBC's "oceanQuest" was 36th, CBS' "Hometown" 37th and NBC's "Motown Revue" 42nd . . .
CBS' "I Had Three Wives" and "West 57th" tied for 46th, while NBC's "Our Time" was 52nd . . .
The Bill Moyers documentary for CBS News, "Whose America Is It?," was 53rd . . .
The Alabama-Georgia football game on ABC was 39th, Parts I and II of ABC's rerun of "Inside the Third Reich" was tied for 43rd and finished 56th, respectively . . .
Occupying the Final Five last week were, in order, NBC's "Silver Spoons," in 57th, followed by "Punky Brewster," the Lendl-Connors U.S. Open tennis match on CBS, CBS' "No Place Like Home" and a CBS Bugs Bunny special, which finished a hare-raising 61st and last . . . Also in the News
The Washington Redskins' mismatch Monday night with the Dallas Cowboys still managed to attract a 45.3 Nielsen rating (representing about 675,000 of the 1.5 million TV homes in this market) and a 69 percent share of the sets-in-use Monday night on Channel 7 . . .
Surprisingly, the audience share didn't particularly dip once it became apparent the Redskins had left their game somewhere in Fairfax County . . .
The nine big-city Nielsen overnight average (the Los Angeles Nielsen computer abstaining) for the first Monday Night Football game of the season on ABC was 22.3/38 . . .
Channel 7 was also cheered by the inaugural numbers for its 8-to-9 p.m. "Redskins Magazine" Monday, which did a strong 23.7/35 . . .
And, as long as we're talking Sports, good sport Bernie Smilovitz, the Channel 5 sportscaster, walks down the aisle Saturday with Donna Rockwell, who happens to be the producer of Susan King's "Cover Story" segments on Channel 4 . . .
Ushers will include Nine's Glenn Brenner and Seven's Frank Herzog . . .
Barbara Brogliatti, for years the right-hand person to Norman Lear at Lear's Embassy Communications, and one of the best of them all in the public relations business, has joined Lorimar Inc. as senior vice president, worldwide public relations and corporate marketing . . .
Lorimar, which is best known for producing "Dallas," "Falcon Crest" and "Knots Landing" for TV, is part of an expanding conglomerate that includes two ad agencies and is also into syndication of programs, home videos, film production and a sports network . . .
And from our Another Commentator Not Heard From file: Now that Bill Moyers has returned to "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" on a fairly regular basis after a prolonged holdout . . . perhaps it's time to ask whatever happened to George Will and his commentaries on "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings"? . . .
His most recent appearance, last week, was in a segment called "Points of View," during which he "debated" NOW President Eleanor Smeal for a couple of minutes . . .
Before that, he had only appeared to "debate" the Rev. Jesse Jackson . . .
Anchor Peter Jennings insisted yesterday that "there was a misconception. At no time was it going to be automatic that George would appear three times a week as a commentator . . .
"I like the 'Points of View' concept, and when there's a big issue on which George wishes to comment or there's someone interesting to debate, he'll be on the air" . . .
Will, who was out of town, could not be reached yesterday but sources tell us he's not happy with his current status on the ABC News program . . .
Meanwhile, "NBC Nightly News" commentator John Chancellor continues his three-a-week . . .
Channel Five confirmed yesterday it will launch its expanded one-hour Saturday night news show, to be called "The Weekend Edition of the 10 O'Clock News," on the 28th of this month . . .
Morris Jones, who currently anchors the half-hour Saturday news, will be joined by a still-unnamed coanchor. Steve Buckhantz will be the sportscaster . . .
New features on the program will include a parties and personalities segment by Post columnist Charles (Chuck) Conconi; a taped "Anchor's Notebook," by weeknight anchors Maury Povich and James Adams, taking alternate Saturdays; reporters Patrick McGrath and Eric Rabb on a what's-up-next-week report; and a stable of five commentators -- still to be chosen -- will take turns in a weekly op-ed feature . . .
Producer for the new hour will be Rosemary Reed, formerly of WTOL, the CBS affiliate in Toledo, who starts Sept. 23 . . .
Steven Spielberg, whose "Amazing Stories" anthology could turn Sunday nights around for NBC this fall, finally "met the press" yesterday in a satellite news conference connecting 16 cities around the country with his office at Universal Studios in California . . .
Spielberg said he has written the concepts or the stories for 16 of the first 22 shows, but none of the scripts, and will direct two half-hours this season, including the Sept. 29 premiere, called "Ghost Train" . . .
He confirmed that the series is budgeted for between $800,000 and $1 million per half-hour episode (at least twice the usual cost of 30 minutes of network programming) . . .
He said that two of the upcoming programs will be too scary for children but that he has the right to ask NBC to put them on later in the evening . . .
They're not "terrifying," he said, like a PG-13-rated movie, but "very intense." He added that "we have no blood in this series at all and the violence level is very low" . . .
He called the series "a director's show, not a producer's show," and he's lined up people like Brian De Palma and Clint Eastwood to direct various episodes . . .
The director of "Jaws" and "E.T." has distanced himself from the press ever since the series went into production and he admitted yesterday that NBC promotion "cannot use my name as much as they'd like to" . . .
He said, however, that after the first couple of programs, critics will be able to see cassettes of upcoming shows. But he wanted the first two to go out unreviewed so "everybody can see them at the same time" . . .
NBC also announced yesterday that Jack Klugman will be returning to the network in a midseason replacement sitcom in which he plays a divorced man who seeks reconciliation with an estranged son . . .