Fox Broadcasting's Channel 5 yesterday announced that Ruth Allen-Ollison has been named to the new position of assistant news director, reporting to vice president and news director Joe Saitta ...

Allen-Ollison reports the first week in October from KETK, the NBC affiliate in Tyler, Tex., where she served as news director and 6 p.m. anchor. Earlier she had worked as news director at KDAF, the Fox-owned station in Dallas ...

Five has been expanding its news operation in recent weeks, prompting Saitta's decision to get help at the top. He's worked with Allen-Ollison in the past and is high on her qualifications ...

Washington has got to be one of the great pro football towns in the country ...

The Chicago Bears' win over the New York Giants Monday night on ABC attracted a 27.6 local Nielsen rating and a 46 percent audience share on Channel 7 (each rating point representing about 15,800 TV homes) ...

But up in New York, where it probably wasn't as much fun to watch, the game did a 25.3/41 on WABC. In Chicago, Arbitron registered a huge 47.3/68 on WLS ...

Nationally, in the first official use of Nielsen's new people meter ratings service, Monday Night Football on ABC averaged a 23.0/36 from 9 to 11 p.m. and a 21.8/38 for the entire game, which ended at 12:20 yesterday morning (each rating point represents 886,000 TV homes) ...

From 9 to 11 Monday night, CBS averaged a 13.4/21 while NBC programming did a 13.1/21 ...

Because of various computer problems yesterday at the networks, all the figures aren't available this morning, but a preview of CBS' "Frank's Place" Monday night did a 14.9/25. Frank will have a place (there's just the teensiest kind of a joke there, TV Column fans) when the Saturday night schedule settles down this fall ...

At the last minute, CBS Entertainment has pulled an animated version of the controversial "The Garbage Pail Kids" from its new fall Saturday morning kiddie schedule that debuts this weekend ...

The series was to have been based on the controversial but popular bubble gum trading cards that have been on the market since 1985. Various organizations such as Action for Children's Television and the National Coalition on Television Violence had protested the adaptation of the concept for the kiddies ...

As C. Airwaves' distinguished colleague, Tom Shales, pointed out earlier this year, typical cards show Bustin' Dustin, his limbs tied in knots, lying face down in a bloody heap, or Basket Casey dribbling his own severed head across a gym floor ...

Yesterday, a spokesman for CBS daytime TV in New York denied the network was bowing to pressure groups. Janet Storm said, "The attempt to transfer the cards to TV didn't work and the series finally didn't meet CBS standards" ...

The one-hour series, produced in Taiwan, was to have aired immediately following the ever popular "Pee-wee's Playhouse" in the original schedule. Instead, the network has expanded "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" to 90 minutes and added "Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures" to the schedule to replace the Kids ...

The new lineup, debuting Saturday: "Hello Kitty's Furry Tale Theater" (an Airwaves favorite) at 8 a.m.; Jim Henson, 8:30; "Pee-wee's Playhouse" at 10; "Mighty Mouse" at 10:30; the new "Popeye and Son" at 11; "Teen Wolf," 11:30; "CBS Storybreak" at noon; and "Kidd Video," 12:30 p.m. ...

Beyond the Pail

"Marblehead Manor," the first of five new sitcoms being introduced at 7:30 p.m. on NBC's owned stations this week, attracted a staunch 11.8 Nielsen rating and a 21 percent audience share here on Channel 4 Monday night ...

Four has been a weak competitor at 7:30 in the past against "Wheel of Fortune" on Nine, "Entertainment Tonight" on Seven and "M*A*S*H" on Five during the week. NBC's "checkerboard" of new programs in that timeslot probably can't hurt. In the July ratings sweep, WRC's "Newlywed Game" at 7:30 attracted only half the audiences of those other three programs at 7:30 ...

The reason we're even mentioning the Checkerboard Debut is because Captain Airwaves is working his slow but honest way to an apology to the Washington Redskins management in which WRC figures very large ...

Because it was Channel 4 management, not 'Skins management, as C. Airwaves reported, which called Fairfax police Monday when pickets from the National Association of Broadcast Employees & Technicians (NABET) showed up at Redskins Park ...

Charles Mathis, strike coordinator for NABET Local 31, had told Airwaves the 'Skins called the police because the pickets were supporting the NFL players, who might soon strike the league ...

Not so, said Channel 4 yesterday. WRC called police because there were rumors the pickets were going to attempt to somehow disrupt transmission back to the studios of WRC player interviews at the park. Nothing happened, finally, and the lawmen didn't interfere with the NABET pickets ...

Also in the News

Big doings at the posh Potomac restaurant out in Georgetown tomorrow night when the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (they pass out the Emmys) throws a party for members and anybody who might be interested in the broadcast industry ...

The party is from 7 to 9 p.m., the drinks are free, and local and network TV types will be there to mingle. As will Lance Morgan, who was press secretary to the special committee that conducted the Iran-contra hearings this summer. Y'all come! ...

NBC is apparently serious about tackling CBS' giant "60 Minutes," which has been ruining Sunday nights for the competition for most of the 20 years the CBS show is celebrating this very week ...

NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff told reporters yesterday that he's considering (would you believe?) "90 Minutes," which would go up against "60 Minutes" and feature the top network talents in the news, entertainment and sports divisions every week. The head of NBC Sales is behind the push, but of course the trick is getting those NBC big names to contribute to the magazine project ...

With NBC carrying the Summer Olympics and the coming election year, the earliest possible date for a debut would be January 1989 ...

By the by, in this week's ratings, that season premiere of NBC's "Our House" finished 13th, driving "60 Minutes," two-thirds of which was rerun material, down to a 20th place finish. That's the first time a regular NBC series has defeated "60 Minutes" in that timeslot since November 1978! (well, "Our House" did get a big audience from the West Coast NFL football games as well as a 16-minute overrun) ...

1 27.9 Family Ties 43 NBC

2 27.3 Cosby Show I 46 NBC

3 24.7 Cosby Show II 43 NBC

4 24.1 Cheers 41 NBC

5 24.0 Night Court 40 NBC

6 19.4 The Golden Girls 36 NBC

7 19.1 Growing Pains 31 ABC

8 19.0 Private Eye 32 NBC

9 17.9 Who's the Boss? 31 ABC

10 17.6 L.A. Law 32 NBC

17.6 Moonlighting 28 ABC

12 17.2 NFL Overrun (Sun.) 35 NBC

13 17.0 Our House 30 NBC

14 16.7 Designing Women 27 CBS

15 16.6 Amen 31 NBC

16 16.3 Valerie 28 NBC

17 16.1 Newhart 26 CBS

18 15.6 Hunter 30 NBC

19 14.9 Matlock 25 NBC

20 14.7 60 Minutes 27 CBS

At the considerable risk of sounding like Dom DeLuise crooning farewell to his zucchini, let's say goodbye to the old Nielsen ratings system this morning, making its last appearance ever (unlike Dom's pasta) with this list. The people meters went to work full time Monday morning ...

NBC won by a large margin, with a 15.2 rating and a 27 share, compared to a 10.1/18 for CBS and a 9.6/17 for ABC ...

In network news, "NBC Nightly News" was first with a 9.8/21, "ABC World News Tonight" was second at 8.9/19, just ahead of "CBS Evening News," which has been in the news lately, with an 8.8/19 (that six-minute dimout of the first Friday "Evening News" feed may have amounted to something after all) ...

The big boys don't include Fox Broadcasting in their ratings lists, but Fox's nine primetime efforts, with only 123 affiliates, averaged a 3.5/6 for the week ending Sept. 13. "Werewolf" (66th) and "21 Jump Street" (68th) finished ahead of several ABC and CBS programs in a Fox compilation of 79 programs from all four networks. Seven Fox shows wound up at the bottom of the extended list ...