On the mend: "60 Minutes" veteran Harry Reasoner was scheduled to be released from Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital yesterday following lung surgery a week ago ...

A CBSNews spokesman said yesterday doctors have told Reasoner he could be back out on the tennis courts in three weeks, and now the network expects him back in the office in August ...

July is a vacation month for most of the "60 Minutes" staff. Reasoner, who will be recuperating at his Westport, Conn., home, taped segments to accompany reruns before he entered the hospital, so viewers will see him throughout the summer, according to CBS' Roy Brunett ...

Here's a Hot Weather Item for you: "CBS Evening News Without Dan Rather" finished third in the network news race for the third week in a row ...

And those meanies at NBC research have got it right this week -- it really is the first time in TV news history that CBS has finished third three weeks in a row ...

(Last week NBC research said two weeks in a row in the cellar for CBS was a first -- only to learn it had happened as recently as 1981. They didn't even blush!) ...

For the week ending June 12, "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" averaged a 10.0 Nielsen rating and a 21 percent audience share. "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" was second at 9.6/20, while CBS languished in third with a 9.5/20 ...

CBS News put its best face on the matter again yesterday, explaining patiently to worried callers that those primetime NBA championship games on the network raised the devil with the West Coast ratings. And that Dan, of course, was off the air for the third week in a row, too ...

The real explanation: The one-tenth of a rating point difference between CBS and ABC represents the switch of just two Nielsen households among the 1,500 metered homes around the country on each of the five nights last week ...

(Our thanks to the nonpartisan Airwaves Research Laboratories & Carry-Out for that last interesting item) ...

Another Equally Interesting Hot Weather Item, slightly frazzled because it's been sitting around for a week: The appearance of Fawn Hall before the Iran-contra committee on Tuesday, June 9, boosted Channel 26's ratings that afternoon to a 4.1 Nielsen rating and a 17 percent share of the local audience ...

Only Channel 7's lineup of ABC soap operas had a larger audience in the Washington market that afternoon ...

On the other hand, despite a publicity boost from NBC Entertainment, Donna Rice's appearance on a rerun of "Miami Vice" last Friday proved to be a flop ...

The rerun had a 12.6 national Nielsen rating and a 24 percent audience share and finished 29th in the weekly rankings. A week ago, the series finished 22nd with a 14.1/28 ...

Meanwhile

ABC Sports has backed off from a decision to eliminate the local news window at half time during its Monday Night Football telecasts this fall ...

So ABC affiliates like Channel 7 here will hang on to two minutes of news and an additional minute for selling local ads (the NFL overruns on Monday nights affect late night local news audiences adversely) ...

The local news breaks and a half-time window for ABC News, anchored by Peter Jennings, began last season. But ABC Sports has already dropped plans for the network news show. Which means some kind of half-time sports programming is in the works for this fall, although the old Howard Cosell Sunday NFL highlights probably won't be revived ...

ABC Entertainment will launch a home-shopping show on Monday, June 29 in the 11:30 a.m. time slot called "Bargain Hunters"...

It's a game show offering big prizes, during which viewers can buy items over an 800 number ...

Right now, Channel 7 here hasn't made a final decision on the matter. But it looks like "Bargain Hunters" won't make it, leaving 11:30 a.m. to the Sally Jessy Raphael talk show ...

CBS News has abandoned an experiment, instituted at the time of the March layoffs, that pooled about two dozen producers and moved them around from program to program as the workload shifted ...

They've all been reassigned to regular shows, just like in the old days ...

A picket line was set up in front of Walt Disney Studios out in L.A. yesterday as the 300 actors who provide the voices for TV cartoons entered the second day of a strike against five major animation studios ...

The first-ever strike called by the voice performers silenced production of such famous cartoon characters as the Smurfs, Fred Flintstone and Scooby-Doo. Even the Wuzzles ...

A spokesman for Taft Entertainment Co., which owns Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc., said the studio had prepared for a strike and does not expect the work stoppage to interfere with the upcoming cartoon season ...

Members of the Screen Actors Guild said picketing would spread during the week to the four other major animation studios -- Hanna-Barbera, Marvel Productions, Filmation Associates and DIC Enterprises. The majors produce 40 cartoon programs ...

The union is seeking additional pay for actors who perform more than one voice per show. The previous contract, which had been extended past last June 30, called for payment of $361 for performing as many as three voices ...

The actors are seeking a raise to $379 per show plus $84.75 for each additional voice. Negotiations stalled when the studios asked actors to agree to perform up to three different voices during an eight-hour shift ...

The actors want to provide voices for one principal character and two minor characters in a four-hour work session. The studios also asked for the right to recall actors without pay to do retakes and are seeking to roll back residual payments ...

1 23.4 Family Ties 42 NBC 2 22.3 The Cosby Show 41 NBC 3 19.7 Cheers 35 NBC 4 19.0 Growing Pains 32 ABC 5 18.9 NBA Finals (Thurs.) 33 CBS 18.9 NBA Finals (Tues.) 31 CBS 7 18.7 Murder, She Wrote 36 CBS 8 18.2 Who's the Boss? 32 ABC 9 17.9 Deceptions II 29 NBC 10 16.9 The Golden Girls 35 NBC 11 16.5 Molly Dodd 28 NBC 12 16.2 60 Minutes 34 CBS 13 15.9 Hunter 33 NBC 14 15.7 Deceptions I 27 NBC 15 15.0 Moonlighting 24 ABC 16 14.5 Matlock 28 NBC 17 14.4 Amen 30 NBC 14.4 The Equalizer 26 CBS 14.4 L.A. Law 24 NBC 20 13.6 MacGyver 23 ABC

It's rerun time and NBC reruns were tops, with the number one network averaging a 13.4 Nielsen rating and a 25 percent share of the audience last week, while winning five nights out of seven ...

CBS was second at 11.6/21, winning Sunday, and ABC was third at 10.0/18, just a tad below "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" at 10.0/21, but winning Wednesday night ...

Of 67 programs ranked for the week ending June 14, 11 were new, or at least updated. Leading the fresh entries were those two Lakers-Celtics games on CBS last week, which finished in a tie for fifth ...

Also new to the market were NBC's "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," in 11th, an updated "60 Minutes" in 12th, ABC's "20/20" in 34th, and NBC's "Me & Mrs. C" in 37th ...

ABC's Monday night baseball was 54th and CBS' "The Saint" tied for 55th. Also new, if unseen, were episodes of ABC's "Sidekicks" and CBS' "Hard Copy," which tied for 57th ...

And CBS' fresh-as-a-daisy "West 57th" finished 64th in its new Saturday night time slot, which put it squarely in this week's Final And Given The History Of Such Things Probably Fatal Five. The FAGTHOSTPFF was led by ABC's "Our World," in 63rd, followed, in order, by "West 57th"; ABC's "Dads" and "Gung Ho"; and CBS' "The Wizard," in 67th and last place ...