CBS News has named Marianna Spicer-Brooks as executive producer of "Face the Nation" ...

She replaces Karen Sughrue, who will join her husband in Berlin this fall ...

Spicer-Brooks takes over after the July 22 broadcast ...

She joins CBS from the ABC News bureau here, where she has been a weekend producer, with a primary assignment on "This Week With David Brinkley" ...

This will be Spicer-Brooks's second tour with CBS News. From October 1983 until February 1987, she was an associate producer and writer for both CBS Reports and "60 Minutes," often working with the team of Paul and Holly Fine, with whom she had also worked at WJLA here as a producer/writer from 1980-83 ...

She won an Emmy for her work on the Bill Moyers CBS documentary "The Burger Years" while at CBS ...

Spicer-Brooks joined ABC News in 1987 as producer of "The Health Show," when it was hosted by Kathleen Sullivan. She moved to weekend news in March 1989 ...

They're breathing a little easier at NBC News: Maximum anchor Tom Brokaw got his five-minute interview with Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev yesterday, chatting him up in the Kremlin after a session of the Communist Party Congress had ended -- a day after CBS News's Dan Rather had cornered the Soviet leader in Red Square ...

The interview aired on last night's "Nightly News." Tom has already lined up an interview Friday with British prime minister Margaret Thatcher during the NATO summit in London, which will air that night on "Nightly News" ...

Channel 26 said yesterday it had warned viewers all last week but that didn't make it any easier for Captain Airwaves early yesterday morning when he tuned in "Today's Japan" and discovered the U.S. Air Force Band playing "The Star-Spangled Banner," instead ...

It's a little late to be still rubbing it in, Airwaves thought to himself, unaware that his favorite late night program had been canceled on account of low ratingzzz and a general cutback in late night programming on the public stations ...

"Even after we announced it was going to be off the air a week ago we didn't get any complaints from viewers," a spokesman for WETA said yesterday, although she confessed they'd had a few calls after the cancellation sank in this week ...

WETA pointed out that though the nightly replay of "The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour" at midnight has averaged a 1.3/5 on a typical night lately, all last week "Today's Japan," which followed at 1 a.m., was lucky to register a 0.3 rating and a 1 percent audience share (or about 5,000 TV homes in a market of 1.7 million TV homes) on several nights and during its last 15 minutes on some nights often delivered only "hash-marks," denoting an audience below measurable levels in the daily Nielsen computer printouts ...

Airwaves always thought the daily English-language newscast from NHK in Tokyo, which included financial and weather reports, was a useful roundup of important news from the Pacific Rim. But what does he know? ...

TV RATINGZZZZ

Following are the top 20 network prime-time shows last week, ranked according to the percentage of the nation's 92.1 milllion TV households that watched, as measured by the A.C. Nielsen Co. A share represents the percentage of actual sets-in-use tuned to a particular program when it aired.

RATINGS......................................SHARE...NETWORK

1......16.8......Cheers.........................32......NBC

2......13.8......A Different World..............28......NBC

3......13.7......Roseanne.......................26......ABC

.......13.7......Designing Women................25......CBS

5......13.5......FM (Thurs.)....................26......NBC

6......13.3......Empty Nest.....................29......NBC

7......13.2......60 Minutes.....................30......CBS

.......13.2......The Golden Girls...............29......NBC

.......13.2......The Cosby Show.................28......NBC

10.....13.1......Unsolved Mysteries.............27......NBC

11.....12.6......The Simpsons...................24......FOX

12.....12.2......Quantum Leap (Thurs.)..........24......NBC

13.....12.0......Murphy Brown...................22......CBS

14.....11.9......Perry Mason: Avenging Ace......22......NBC

.......11.9......Coach..........................22......ABC

.......11.9......Married ... With Children....22......FOX

17.....11.8......America's Funniest Home Videos.24......ABC

18.....11.7......Full House.....................27......ABC

19.....11.6......Quantum Leap (Tues.)...........22......NBC

20.....11.5......The Wonder Years...............22......ABC

.......11.5......In The Heat of the Night.......21......NBC

NBC was an easy winner last week, averaging a 10.4 rating and a 21 share, compared with an 8.7/18 for ABC and an 8.6/17 for CBS ...

In a week fraught with reruns and low summertime ratings, CBS's "48 Hours" on Wednesday tied for 28th, NBC's "Singer & Sons" was 45th and ABC News's "PrimeTime Live" was 46th, among the original offerings ...

Also from the original ranks, "The Dave Thomas Comedy Show" on CBS was 51st, "Wolf" on CBS tied for 59th with ABC's "All Star Sports Awards" and ABC's pilot, "Charlie," was 65th ...

The Final And Ultimately Fatal Five was led by CBS's "Beauty and the Beast," in 82nd, followed, in order, by four FOX offerings: "21 Jump Street," "Alien Nation," "The Outsiders" and "The Tracey Ullman Show," paws up in 86th and last place for the week ending July 1 ...

Now This

Turner Broadcasting System made it official yesterday: Channel 7 weekend sportscaster Kevin Kiley has signed on as pregame analyst for the NFL telecasts on the TNT cable network this fall ...

Kiley has been a college football analyst for ESPN the past four years ...

Sources indicate he will receive about $300,000 for each of the two years of his contract with Turner ...

Kiley's future at WJLA is now problematic -- even though he recently was named sportscaster of the year in the local Emmy awards. His contract with the station ends in September ...

Kiley, who has been with WJLA on and off for the past 12 years, said yesterday he would "probably not" remain with the station. News director Bob Reichblum would say only that "his agent is supposed to come in after the agreement with Turner has been signed to determine if he would be available to us" ...

In a related development, WRC Sports has replaced Rick Walker on the football beat with former Maryland field goal kicker Jess Atkinson ...

Walker has also reportedly been talking to TNT about a football assignment ...

WRC's George Michael said yesterday the parting was entirely amicable and was prompted, in part, by Walker's heavy workload. He does a show for Home Team Sports and is busy with his restaurants in Herndon and Fairfax ...

Michael said after eight years of working "on a handshake" for WRC, Walker has been balking at NBC's insistence that the former Redskins tight end sign a contract in compliance with parent General Electric rules and "Doc just didn't want to tie himself down" ...

"And, as he's done in the past, he'd have to spend six weeks at Carlyle {Pa., site of the Skins' training camp} starting at the end of July, and he felt it would be just too much this time around" ...

Michael said that although Atkinson has almost no on-air broadcast experience, "he's been sending me tapes for years" and has shown considerable promise. He received an on-air tryout just last week at WRC, according to Michael, and "did just fine" ...

Atkinson will start July 16 at WRC ...

Hey, is this a great TV Column or what this morning, TV Column fans? Imagine: a stocking stuffer on the hottest day of the year!!! On the Fourth of July, yet ...

Yes, here's a description of those five late night one-hour dramas that you won't be seeing on CBS affiliate Channel 9 here starting in January. So what do you want? Cherry bombs? ...

For instance. "Judgement Night" is about a "judge who by day goes by the book, but by night plays the crook's role and metes out an entirely different kind of justice" ...

"Paris Steele" (filmed in Paris -- hence the title) is about "a former American military officer stranded in Europe (who) becomes an operative for U.S. government and private interests in a world of international intrigue" ...

"Sweating Bullets" is about a "two-fisted former DEA agent, now a low-rent gumshoe banished to Key Largo ... a '90s Bogart in a sultry setting where the sharks aren't all in the water and passions are high" (calm down, Airwaves!) ...

"Slick" (Airwaves thinks someone's been watching "Tequila Sunrise" out at CBS) is about "a jet pilot and former jungle mercenary whose charter airline provides cover for his activities as a new-age private security specialist" ...

Rounding out the invisible weekly late night offerings (because WUSA is bringing in Arsenio Hall and the new Nia Peebles show in January), "Scene of the Crime" will be a weekly mystery anthology featuring an ensemble cast in "compelling tales of murder, mayhem and intrigue" from Stephen J. ("Wiseguy") Cannell's studios ...

And finally, the three-hour rerun of Clint Eastwood's "Firefox" gave ABC top honors Monday night, averaging an 11.4/22 from 8 to 11 ...

NBC, which averaged only a 7.6/14 for the night, offered two original shows, "Be Careful What You Ask For" (NBC got it, with a 6.5/14) and "The Jackie Bison Show," which did a 5.6/11 ...

CBS's "His & Hers" at 10:30 averaged an 8.3/16 as the network did a 10.5/20 for the evening ...