Part II of "Shaka Zulu" on Channel 5 Tuesday night registered a 14.1 Nielsen rating and a 22 percent audience share -- after a 13.3/19 the first night ...

The big surprise for Five was the 15.4/27 registered by its 10 o'clock news on Election Night ... a rating that beat all three network shows in that time slot and all the local news shows at 11 p.m. by a considerable margin ...

Tuesday at a Secret non-CBS News Hideaway in New York, four men had tryouts for the job as co-anchor with Kathleen Sullivan on the new two-hour still-untitled morning news program that debuts Nov. 30 ...

Reportedly, the tryouts were watched only by CBS News president Howard Stringer, a producer and a director ...

Tryer-outers included Pat O'Brien, a sometime NBA announcer who works out of CBS-owned KCBS in Los Angeles as an anchor; veteran CBS correspondent Charles Osgood; and Harry Smith, a CBS correspondent from the Dallas bureau ...

But we hear the key tryer-outer was Peter Mansbridge, one of the big names at the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. out of Toronto ...

A CBC source yesterday described him as "the Dan Rather" of Canadian TV, "young looking, maybe in his early forties, with sandy hair, very solid, very buttoned-down" ...

He hosts "The Sunday Report" on the CBC network, described by our source as "sort of like your David Brinkley show." He's also known as CBC's "parachute guy," who takes over breaking stories on the network ...

Reportedly CBC has come back with a generous package for Mansbridge to keep him on its team. If CBS News doesn't get him, Mansbridge is due to be in Washington during the upcoming U.S.-Soviet summit meeting. He's also regarded as a certainty to someday replace Knowlton Nash, CBC's top national anchor ...

If we had to make a guess, we would put Mr. Mansbridge at the top of the CBS list, if he wants the job, particularly with his strong news background and (sorry, Charlie) his fresh face for American audiences ...

But then we were sure on Monday that Stringer was going to announce his choice for co-anchor this week, and that one seems to have fallen by the wayside ...

The test was apparently to determine the chemistry between Sullivan and the tryer-outers. Sullivan doesn't officially report to work at CBS News until Nov. 15 ... which means between selection of her co-anchor, final determination of the program's format and whatever on-air promotion for the New Team, CBS plans are going to be on a hurry-up basis that earlier the network had vowed to avoid ...

NBC's "Today" show is traveling to Europe and a visit with U.S. military personnel during the first three mornings of Thanksgiving Week ...

Monday, Nov. 23, Jane and Bryant and Willard will be off the coast of France on the carrier Coral Sea; Tuesday, they'll visit a still undetermined Army base in West Germany; and Wednesday, a still undetermined Air Force base, "somewhere in Europe" ...

Also in the NewsCBS News' "West 57th" has obtained a rare interview with Bess Myerson, former commissioner of cultural affairs in New York, who is facing charges of conspiracy and mail fraud ...

The former Miss America will be interviewed by Steve Kroft on Saturday night's telecast ...

The reigning queen of talk show land, Oprah Winfrey, will be in town Monday to tape a program featuring the seven families of the astronauts who died in the Challenger shuttle explosion, Jan. 28, 1986. The program will air on the second anniversary of the tragedy early next year ...

The taping will be held at an undisclosed site in the Washington area. Channel 9, which carries Oprah at 4 p.m. weekdays, is in charge of ticket distribution for the event ...

Now please pay close attention: For those interested in getting a ticket for Monday's taping, Nine will broadcast the telephone number for ticket information only once this morning on the air between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., although the phone number will be available until 5 p.m. to those quick-eyed enough to catch it ...

The reason for this odd way of doing things makes a lot of sense. When Oprah Winfrey went to Midland, Tex., recently to interview little Jessica McClure, the tot rescued from a backyard well, the six telephone exchanges in the Midland-Odessa area received more than 900,000 phone calls between 9 and 11 a.m. on the Wednesday preceding the broadcast, from callers seeking the limited number of tickets -- a half million more than the exchanges receive in an average day. And another one million calls jammed circuits but never got through ...

WUSA doesn't expect anything like the same response here but still doesn't want to take any chances ...

Just this Tuesday, in suburban Pittsburgh, a switching center was paralyzed by calls from "Wheel of Fortune" fans eager to join Vanna White and Pat Sajak. According to Bell of Pennyslvania, between 75,000 and 100,000 attempts were made in less than 90 minutes to reach Pittsburgh's WPXI-TV, which offered auditions to the first 100 callers ...

Incidentally, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has also announced plans to broadcast live from Williamson, W.Va., on Monday, Nov. 16 ...

A recent U.S. News & World Report cover story dealt with an AIDS victim who returned to Williamson for comfort but instead was met with hostility and violence from friends, relatives and neighbors and ultimately was forced to leave ...

The unidentified AIDS victim will be featured on the broadcast as well as citizens of Williamson ...

Moving Right Along

The rumor mills are grinding overtime out in California but we understand the only serious candidate other than CBS Entertainment programming vice president Kim LeMasters to succeed Entertainment president B. Donald (Bud) Grant is Bob Harris, who has been a top executive at MCA and Universal TV ...

Grant resigned Friday under pressure from CBS chief executive officer Laurence Tisch. LeMasters was promptly named to take over Grant's job on a trial basis, and he still remains a favorite to succeed his former boss ...

Here's a blast from the not-so-recent past: Tom Curtis is back in town to tape a commercial tonight for Kaliber, a non-alcoholic beer imported by Guinness ...

Curtis will tape the 60-second ad at the River Club in Georgetown. It will be aired on a regional basis some time soon ...

Now a film producer in Hollywood, Curtis had a long run on Washington TV and radio in the late 1970s and even picked up a couple of awards for his work. A yuppie before there were yuppies, he coined phrases like "cruisin' and boozin'," "meetin' and greetin' " during a colorful career here. Kaliber apparently figures his following is pretty much grown to full yuppiehood and will appreciate his endorsement ...

Curtis has produced "Dreamscape" with Dennis Quaid and Christopher Plummer and was executive producer of the Morgan Fairchild film "The Seduction" ...

Sen. Richard G. Lugar (R-Ind.) will host a screening tonight in the Dirksen Senate Office Building of "Kids Like These," this Sunday night's CBS movie ...

The story tells of a family whose son suffers from Down's syndrome. It stars Tyne Daly and Richard Crenna, as well as five different children with Down's syndrome who will play their son at various ages ...

Sen. Lugar has sponsored legislation to heighten the public understanding of the disease. His wife has founded the Charlene S. Lugar Birth Defects Grant Fund to support research and care of children in Indiana with birth defects ...