Betty Endicott, vice president and general manager of Channel 5, went home yesterday after a nine-day stay in Suburban Hospital following lung surgery ...

The prognosis is excellent, but doctors want her to rest for a couple of weeks before they determine when she can return to work ...

Not surprisingly, cable's Financial News Network doubled its ratings Monday around the country as the stock market plunged ...

Monday's NFL game on ABC between the Washington Redskins' replacements and Dallas' Rhinestone Cowboys earned a national Nielsen rating of 17.7/30, up considerably from last week's Monday night game between the L.A. Raiders and Denver, which did only a 12.9/23 (each rating point represents 886,000 TV homes) ...

But in Washington, loyal 'Skins fans still managed to tote up a 39.0 rating and a 62 percent audience share on Channel 7 (each local point is worth about 15,800 homes) ...

By comparison, the last time Real Redskins met Real Cowboys on Monday Night Football, in September 1985, the game drew a 45.0 rating and a 69 share on WJLA ...

Poor ABC. The network had an outside chance to sneak past CBS into second place this year because of an unusually strong Monday night football schedule and the World Series, but the NFL strike has already done deep damage ...

Such potential blockbusters as the 'Skins-Cowboys, 49ers-Giants and Raiders-Broncos games have delivered way below average numbers because of Replacement Football, and ABC lost the Denver-Cleveland game entirely because of cancellation in late September ...

Now, the Series is turning out to be something less than advertised ...

In the first two games on ABC between St. Louis and Minnesota, the Sunday game drew a 21.9/34, and Saturday's opener could do no better than a 19.2/35. The first two games on NBC last year drew 24.2 and 25.5 ratings on the same nights ...

To rub salt in the wounds, those meanies at NBC research revealed yesterday that Saturday's opener on ABC was the lowest-rated primetime Series game ever on network television ...

And the presence in the Series of teams representing the 15th- (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and 18th-biggest TV markets this year doesn't help for the long haul ...

Moving Right Along Here's something to chew on besides your Wheaties this morning, TV Column fans ...

As we reported yesterday, settlement of the strike against NBC by 2,800 members of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians (NABET) is stalled because majorities of two tiny units -- comprising 26 couriers in Chicago and 26 air-conditioning technicians in Burbank -- voted against acceptance of the contract last week ...

After a 17-week lockout, 1,507 members, including camera operators, news writers and other technical employes, voted to accept the NBC offer, while 738 voted against acceptance. But because of union bylaws, the two units' turndown forces additional negotiations before anybody can go back to work ...

Breakfast nook straps tight? The courier unit is composed of 26 full-time Chicago firefighters and police officers who only moonlight at NBC as NABET temporary hires ...

Pat Sajak has told "Entertainment Tonight" he plans to leave the daytime, NBC version of "Wheel of Fortune" when his contract expires next year ... while sticking with the all-conquering syndicated version thereof ...

What he didn't tell ET: The game show host is talking to CBS Entertainment about a late-night show opportunity ...

The folks from "Jeopardy!" will be in town at a local hotel over the Halloween weekend to pick adult and teen-age contestants for future shows (Sorry. We've given the sacred Airwaves Oath -- "may the TV Column go to black for six minutes if we reveal the name of the hotel") ...

The teen-age contestants to be looked at next weekend already have been chosen by the game show crew out in California, but teens aged 13 to 17 interested in a future appearance should send a post card with name, address and telephone number to Jeopardy Teens, Van Nuys, Calif. 91469 ...

Adults who want to qualify for the tryouts next weekend should send a post card with name and daytime phone to Jeopardy Contestant Search, P.O. Box 311, Washington, D.C. 20044. Cards must be postmarked no later than Monday, Oct. 26, so you'd better hurry ...

Channel 7, which airs the show (weekdays at 7 p.m.) locally, will draw 150 adult post cards at random and notify contestants by telephone. If they pass the weekend tryouts -- to be attended by host Alex Trebek in person -- they'll be called sometime during the year to appear on the show ...

Adults can expect a 50-question test, which must be completed in 13 minutes. The last time WJLA/"Jeopardy!" had a tryout here, 30,000 post cards showed up in the mail ...

May the Peoplemeters Be Praised! was the cry (again) at CBS News yesterday as "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" won the weekly race for the fourth week in a row with a staunch 11.6 rating and a 23 share. "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" was second at 10.2/20, while "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" trailed at 9.7/20 ...

ABC's ratings were its best since the first week of April; NBC hadn't finished flat out third since the week of Aug. 29, 1986. CBS has now won four of the five weeks in which peoplemeters have been in service ...

At NBC News, which has also seen its "Today" show drop out of first place since the peoplemeters arrived, they're consoling themselves with the prospect that, come January, Nielsen plans to replace half, or about 1,000, of the TV home sample with another sample ...

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to review its children's television policies to decide whether limits should be reimposed on commercials and whether programs based on toy manufacturers' products should be banned (for details see Page F12) ...

Amidst the excitement over Black Monday that night, little was made of the debut of Channel 5's zippy new news set ...

The Fox station has scrapped the gloomy dark browns of the old set for a blend of blue and rose and provided a new "weather center" for weatherperson Sue Palka. The new set -- which cost a little short of $100,000 -- also permits tighter camera shots on the anchors, who now sit closer together for that family feeling ...

1 30.0 The Cosby Show 49 NBC 2 26.7 A Different World 43 NBC 3 25.3 Cheers 40 NBC 4 24.6 Growing Pains 38 ABC 5 23.2 Night Court 38 NBC 6 22.6 Who's the Boss? 36 ABC 7 22.0 Eight Is Enough 34 NBC 8 21.9 World Series II 34 ABC 9 21.1 NL Playoff VII 35 NBC 10 21.0 Moonlighting 32 ABC 11 20.3 The Golden Girls 36 NBC 12 20.2 L.A. Law 35 NBC 13 19.9 ALF 31 NBC 14 19.2 World Series I 35 ABC 19.2 Newhart 29 CBS 16 19.0 NL Playoffs VI 32 NBC 19.0 Family Ties 28 NBC 18 18.8 My Two Duds 27 NBC 19 18.7 60 Minutes 32 CBS 20 18.4 Valerie's Family 29 NBC NBC, with help from a couple of National League playoff games and a surprise showing from an "Eight Is Enough" reunion movie, clobbered the competition last week with an 18.4 rating and a 30 percent share of the nightly audience ...

NBC is now within one week of tying a CBS record from the 1963-64 season -- winning 39 weeks in a row ...

ABC, with help from those still-undernourished audiences for the first two games of the World Series, was second at 14.9/25, while CBS, with too many series at the bottom of the rankings and fading nighttime soaps, was third at 13.4/22 ...

Among those waiting patiently in the rain this morning outside the Primetime Pantheon (where construction of additional niches in the Tubal Hall of Fame wing has just been completed) were representatives from NBC's "Right to Die" movie, which finished 25th for the week, and CBS' Country Music Association awards, in 26th ...

Looking lonesome in the parking lot across Norman Lear Boulevard from the Pantheon were the casts from four once-powerful nighttime soaps -- CBS' "Dallas" (23rd), CBS' "Knots Landing" (tied for 31st), ABC's "Dynasty" (tied for 33rd) and CBS' "Falcon Crest" (35th) ...

One bright spot -- for Airwaves, anyway: CBS' "Beauty and the Beast" was up to 33rd last week ...

Last week's Final and You Can't Blame It on the San Andreas Fault Five Plus One included CBS' "My Sister Sam," in 65th, followed, in order, by ABC's canceled "Max Headroom"; ABC's Constitution special, "Funny You Don't Look 200"; CBS' "Everything's Relative" and "Leg Work," tied for 68th; and CBS' "West 57th," which really went West with a 5.2/10 to finish 70th and last for the week ending Oct. 18 ...