The World Series, the crown jewel in CBS's $1.06 billion, four-year investment in major league baseball, produced a little more good news for the network Wednesday night ...

Game Two between Cincinnati and Oakland averaged a 21.8 national Nielsen rating and a 37 percent audience share between 8:30 p.m. and 12:10 a.m. ...

That was up from the 20.2/32 for Game One on Tuesday ...

CBS estimated that some 55 million viewed all or part of the game, up from the 53.5 million in Game One ...

Both nights have produced a 25 percent increase over the audiences for the first two Series games last year on ABC, when San Francisco and Oakland faced off ...

CBS researchers, blinking in the sudden sunshine after four weeks of a new season that had already found them back in third place, gleefully pointed out that Wednesday's 20.3/33 primetime rating from 8 to 11 was the first time this season any network had achieved a 20 rating!!! And several researchers were observed carrying signs pointing out that Game Two produced the highest-rated Wednesday night for CBS since Feb. 21, when the network carried the Grammy Awards ...

NBC finished second for the night with a 13.4/22, as "Unsolved Mysteries" did a 14.9/24, while the Barbara Eden-John Forsythe movie, "Opposites Attract," attracted only a 12.7/21 ...

ABC was third with an 11.8/19 in primetime. Big ticket for ABC was "Doogie Howser, M.D.," which did a 15.7/24 at 9 p.m. "Cop Rock" at 10, the Steve Bochco series that was supposed to lend a certain panache to the network's Wednesday lineup, did a 7.2/12, down from the 8.1/15 in three previous outings ...

Needless to say, each national ratings point represents 931,000 TV households ...

In Washington, Game Two averaged a 16.4 29 on Channel 9, while "Cop Rock" on Channel 7 did a 7.9/14 and "Opposites Attract" on Channel 4 didn't, averaging an 8.6/14 ...

Needless to say, each local ratings point represents 17,491 TV households ...

Yesterday's storm knocked Channel 9 off the air between 4:05 and 4:15 p.m. when winds reached 67 mph out at Broadcast House in Northwest Washington ...

And Channel 4 lost both transmitters shortly after 6 p.m. for maybe a minute. A lightning strike was blamed for that outage ...

Meanwhile, Four, Five, Seven and Nine were on top of the big storm all afternoon ...

CBS News said yesterday that four of 10 staffers on its long-form documentary unit are on hold. They had been working on Project Education. If another project for Joel Heller's unit doesn't show up and other places in the News division can't be found, the four could be let go ...

NBC News has been talking to Channel 4 anchor Doreen Gentzler about doing some occasional assignments for network news shows -- if she can find the time. New York is very impressed with Ms. Gentzler. Her recruitment is part of a campaign by NBC News to find promising correspondents from among the staffs of not only its owned stations but also its 210-plus affiliates around the country who can make occasional contributions. L.A. and Seattle have also produced some promising talent ...

In Other News ABC's "Good Morning America" won the morning network race for the 41st week in a row, averaging a 4.7 rating and a 23 share for the week ending Oct. 12 ...

NBC's "Today" show galumphed along in second with a 3.3/16, while "CBS This Morning" did a 2.6/13 ...

Meanwhile, GMA announced that co-host Charles Gibson is going to Saudi Arabia for live Thanksgiving week broadcasts from U.S. military bases there, starting Nov. 19 ...

Charlie will be following in Bryant Gumbel's footsteps. The "Today" co-host was there for a week beginning Aug. 17 ...

Gibson will be accompanied by a 16-member crew that will also include reporter Steve Fox. They'll broadcast from two Army camps, an Air Force base and a Marine encampment, as well as an as-yet unidentified Navy ship. No specific locations can be announced yet because of security regulations. The show will also broadcast reunions -- via satellite -- of members of the forces in Saudi Arabia with their families in the United States ...

Oops: Captain Airwaves reported on Wednesday that NBC's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" was the only new series on any network to finish in the top 30 last week. That inaccurate report drew a reprimand from ABC research, which wants everybody to know that "America's Funniest People," listed in 12th place in the weekly rankings, should also have been mentioned ...

Just when we were pretty sure the world as we know it was falling completely apart, we were reassured by the announcement of a thought-provoking 60-second public service announcement prepared by Madonna to encourage voting by viewers of MTV ...

Starting Monday she'll sing:

"Dr. King, Malcolm X/Freedom of speech/ Is as good as sex" while wearing red bikini underwear and an American flag around her shoulders. According to a report in the L.A. Times, she warns at the end of her PSA that "If you don't vote, you're going to get a spankie" ...

After you return from the polls that evening (nobody wants a spankie, after all), perhaps you will want to watch Peter Jennings and David Brinkley as they anchor "The '90 Vote," a one-hour special that will air on ABC starting at 10 Election Night.

P.J. and David will be aided by political director Hal Bruno and political and media analyst Jeff Greenfield in Washington and correspondent Lynn Sherr in New York ...

Correspondent James Wooten will report on the Senate races, and Cokie Roberts will handle the House of Representatives results ...

After the local news, P.J., David and other ABC News correspondents will join Ted Koppel on an extended "Nightline" broadcast at 11:30 that night ...

Cable News Washington-based C-SPAN and Black Entertainment Television figure in four of the six nominations announced yesterday by the National Academy of Cable Programming for its prestigious annual "Golden ACE" award -- the industry's "highest programming honor for a network, company, project or program" ...

Black Entertainment Television (BET) was chosen as a finalist for "providing African-American audiences with programming focusing on black issues and concerns" during its first 10 years of operation ...

Also nominated:

Cable in the Classroom, the principal project of the industry's Cable Alliance for Education, which provides teachers with free noncommercial programming, support materials and extended copyright clearances that allow them to replay "Classroom" programs on videotape ...

The Cable Industry's Earth Day and Environmental programs: including The Discovery Channel's three-part series, "Earth"; VH-1's all-environmental weekend; HBO's "Earth Day Birthday"; C-SPAN's live coverage of the Earth Day rally in Washington; A&E's premiere of "Challenge of the Seas"; and CNN's stories on a wide range of international environmental issues ...

Also nominated were CNN's coverage of the Persian Gulf crisis; C-SPAN's pioneering federal court coverage (a death penalty case heard by the U.S. Court of Military Appeals); and The Weather Channel's coverage of Hurricane Hugo ...

The winner of the "Golden ACE" award will be announced in December and presented at "The 12th Annual ACE Awards," a live primetime telecast on Sunday, Jan. 13, 1991 ...

CNN won last year's award ...

And Finally Services were held Wednesday at the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda for Elizabeth Bartch, who died last Friday at the age of 38 after a long battle with cancer ...

She is survived by her husband, Chris, and a 5-year-old daughter, Jennifer. Mrs. Bartch had been an engineer at Channel 20 and Channel 26 before she was stricken. Her husband is a freelance producer-director ...