CBS Entertainment yesterday announced that five of the series introduced this fall have received commitments for the full season ...

The shows, with last week's Nielsen finishes in parentheses, were "Frank's Place" (37th); "Jake and the Fatman" (41st); "Wise Guy" (tied for 52nd); "Tour of Duty" (preempted); and "Beauty and the Beast" (preempted) ...

Les Guthman, a key political writer on "NBC Nightly News," has resigned to become a top producer for "USA Today," the syndicated half-hour show to be based on the national newspaper and which debuts next September ...

Guthman joins Phil Griffin, formerly of NBC's "Today," Pamela Burke, from Lifetime Cable, and Carrie Cook, formerly in the advertising business, as producers chosen for the program by executive producer Steve Friedman, formerly of "Today" ...

The weeknight primetime access show will be produced out of USA Today headquarters in Rosslyn. Guthman joins planning for the series at GTG East in New York. GTG East president Friedman expects to move the production team to USA Today here in February. The program is produced by GTG Entertainment, a partnership of Grant Tinker and the Gannett Co. ...

In eight years at NBC News, Guthman was manager of the election unit from 1981 to 1984 and worked with the investigative unit that probed Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past and the finances of deposed Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos ...

"USA Today the Television Show" will have nightly segments on news, business, sports and life style, showcasing the Gannett-owned newspaper's main sections and offering an advance peek at the next morning's edition ...

Overheard at The Cookie Lady: ABC News is buzzing with the rumor that Karen Burnes, one of its top investigative correspondents, is being sought by CBS News for its upcoming "48 Hours" series ...

ABC News, by the way, announced yesterday that Judd Rose, a network correspondent who has been in the L.A. bureau since 1982, has joined "Nightline" in Washington as a correspondent ...

Moving Rapidly Along

"CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" won the network race for the fifth week in a row last week with a 12.0 Nielsen rating and a 23 percent audience share ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" was second at 11.0/21, while "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" was third at 10.6/20 ...

The 28-day November ratings sweeps begin today, as the Arbitron service begins its count, which runs through Nov. 24. Nielsen starts tomorrow and ends Nov. 25 ...

November is one of three crucial sweeps periods (there's a fourth, in July, but viewing levels are so low not many notice), when networks load up on two-part movies, theatrical movies and specials ("stunting," in the patois) to help local affiliates with ratings they'll need to impress advertisers. These key sweeps, during which the ratings services provide in-depth audience information to the stations, are also held in February and May ...

Sunday, a big viewing night, is always important during the sweeps. But this year, ABC already has an expensive investment in "Dolly" at 9 p.m. Sundays and, with the show preempted twice by the World Series, has elected not to play the stunting game with its rivals that night ...

Among the more important offerings, this Sunday CBS will kick off with the two-part "Echoes in the Darkness," a Joseph Wambaugh murder mystery starring Peter Coyote and Treat Williams ...

Then on Sunday, Nov. 8, NBC will enter the game with the two-part "The Billionaire Boys Club," a true life murder conspiracy story with Judd Nelson, while CBS counters with "Kids Like These," a movie starring Tyne Daly and Richard Crenna as parents of a son with Down's syndrome ...

The next Sunday, NBC will pit "Perry Mason: The Case of the Scandalous Scoundrel" against CBS' "The Mayflower Madam," starring Candice Bergen as You Know Who (if your memory fails, it's that nice Sydney Biddle Barrows of the Philadelphia Biddles) ...

On Nov. 23, NBC throws in the theatrical hit "The Empire Strikes Back" against part I of Kenny Rogers in "The Gambler III" on CBS ...

ABC's big ticket item during the sweeps will be a three-part "Napoleon and Josephine," which begins Tuesday, Nov. 10, and stars Armand Assante and Jacqueline Bisset. On his final night, Nap goes up against a one-hour "The Cosby Show" on NBC ...

NBC has also scheduled the two-part "Poor Little Rich Girl," with Farrah Fawcett as heiress Barbara Hutton, starting Monday, Nov. 16 ...

Elsewhere, on a day fraught with Ratingzzzz, may we give you a peek at a few of the October numbers for the Washington market? ...

You're too kind. Anyway, keep in mind that, as usual, the Nielsen ratings book favors WUSA; Arbitron viewer levels are often below those of Nielsen, although WUSA still usually prevails; WRC had some NBC baseball playoffs to contend with; shows leading in and out of news programs influence the ratings thereof; and each local Nielsen point represents 15,851 homes, ARB 15,751, but who's counting? ...

Okay. With Nielsen first and ARB second (in parentheses):

At 4 p.m., M-F: "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Nine leads with an 8 rating and a 26 percent audience share (7/23), followed by "Magnum, P.I." on Seven at 7/20 (6/20) and two game shows on Four at 4/13 (3/10) ...

In the news race from 5 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays: Nine is first with an 11/26 (8/22), followed by Seven with 7/18 (7/19) and WRC at 7/17 (4/12) ...

In the same hour, Five's sitcoms averaged a 7/17 (8/21), while Twenty's lineup did a 3/7 (2/7) ...

From 6 to 7 p.m., M-F: Nine leads in Nielsen with a 12/25 (but drops to a 9/21 in ARB), followed by Four at 9/19 (6/14) and Seven, from 6 to 6:30, at 8/17 (8/19) ...

In the same hour, Five averaged an 8/17 (10/22) while Twenty did a 3/6 (3/6) ...

At 7:30 M-F: "Wheel of Fortune" on Nine towers at 16/27 (12/23), followed by "Entertainment Tonight" on Seven at 11/19 (9/18), "M*A*S*H" on Five at 10/18 (9/18), and Four's "checkerboard" of five different sitcoms, 9/16 (7/13) ...

In late news, Mondays through Sundays: Nine leads with a 12/28 (10/23), followed by Four at 11/24 (8/21) and Seven at 8/20 (9/22) ...

Five's 10 o'clock news averaged a strong 9/15 (8/15) ...

In the network race, "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" on Nine did a very large 14/25 in Nielsen -- one of that show's better performances in any local market -- but slips to a 9/18 in ARB. "ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" at 6:30 is second in Nielsen with a 10/20 and beats CBS with a 10/21 in ARB. "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" is a poor third in both books, 8/15 (7/14) ...

More local tidbits when space permits ...

1 32.5 World Series VII 49 ABC

2 24.7 World Series IV 39 ABC

3 24.2 The Golden Girls 43 NBC

24.2 The Cosby Show 36 NBC

5 23.8 World Series III 39 ABC

6 23.4 Different World 35 NBC

23.4 World Series V 38 ABC

8 22.8 Cheers 34 NBC

9 22.3 60 Minutes 35 CBS

10 21.0 Strange Voices 33 NBC

11 20.8 Night Court 32 NBC

12 20.2 Amen 36 NBC

13 19.3 Pre-game Series VII 30 ABC

14 18.7 Matlock 28 NBC

15 18.3 Hunter 36 NBC

16 18.2 Dallas 31 CBS

17 17.7 ALF 27 NBC

17.7 Murder, She Wrote 25 CBS

17.7 NFL 'Skins-Dallas 30 ABC

20 17.5 227 32 NBC

The World Series catapulted ABC into its first weekly win since the Fourth of July (Liberty) Weekend in 1986 as the network averaged a strong 19.4/31 ...

In the bargain, ABC wrecked NBC's chance to tie CBS' all-time record of winning 39 weeks in a row, set in the 1963-64 season, and knocked CBS down to third in the season-to-date standings ...

For the fifth week of the new season, NBC had a 15.9/26, while CBS did a 13.0/21 ...

CBS managed to place six shows in the Final And Usually Fatal Five Plus One for the week ending Oct. 25, starting with its "Rock Dwelling Predators" special in 61st, which was followed, in order, by ABC's "All-Star Gala at Ford's Theatre"; "Leg Work"; "West 57th"; "My Sister Sam"; and "Everything's Relative," which turned Einstein's Theory sideways to finish dead last in 66th place ...