Gannett-owned Channel 9 has added two more people from the disbanded staff of the Gannett TV News Service, including reporter Frank Bond ...

Bond, who previously reported for Channel 11 in Baltimore, begins work Monday. Also making the move to Nine will be Ben Kretchmar, who joins the engineering unit as a maintenance technician ...

News director Dave Pearce, who earlier this year added a couple of GNS grads to his staff, said yesterday he's talking to several more about possibilities at the station ...

In early October, Gannett Broadcasting notified 13 of the 15 members of the TV News Service bureau they would be reassigned before the end of the year. The Rosslyn-based bureau furnished stories from the nation's capital to Gannett's 10 TV stations around the U.S.A. ...

Annette Grundy, who has been a segment producer on WTTG's "Fox Morning News," has joined the syndicated "Jesse Jackson" show in the same assignment ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" won the network race last week with an 11.4/22, compared with a 10.0/19 for "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" and a 9.5/18 for "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" ...

Thanks to the return to standard time, the campaigns and the full moon, the three-network audience of 30.9 million TV homes was up 1.8 million from a week ago and was the biggest combined audience since the week ending March 9 ...

And while we're talking network news, let's alert you to an experiment Friday on "NBC Nightly News" when -- barring a major news story breaking -- the broadcast will be devoted to a look at "the state of America" ...

Executive producer Steve Friedman said yesterday that with the elections out of the way, the president headed overseas, Congress out of town and the recession worrying citizens, Friday promises to be a pretty slow news day, presenting a "good chance for reflection" and for finding out the concerns and hopes of Americans and how they feel about their country ...

"Real people," said Friedman, will have a chance via satellite to express their concerns to several of the nation's top elected officials (providing they survived yesterday's judgments) and business leaders ...

Quickest November sweep turnaround so far: WRC dispatched reporter Peter Ford to Saudi Arabia on Saturday; he got on the air Monday for all three evening newscasts (including a live appearance at 5) and is expected back on Nebraska Avenue NW today ...

With some help from the USO and the military, he managed to interview members of the local 459th Airborne reserve unit and other troops from the area, and was able to pass on cookies, messages and photos from several area families. He's returning with a lot of "Hi Mom!" messages that will begin airing next week. Producer Dan Cohen and cameraman Mike Whatley made the trip with him ...

Also at Four: GM Allen Horlick announced the appointment of Jim Powell to the newly created position of managing director, station operations. In that job he will oversee local programming, community affairs, sales, building maintenance and engineering functions. I.e., he'll be Horlick's number two at a station that doesn't have a station manager, per NBC policy ...

Powell is currently director of Broadcast Operations and Engineering at NBC-owned WMAQ in Chicago ...

Lest we forget: The Skins-Lions game on Channel 9 Sunday averaged a 25.7 rating and a 54 percent audience share between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Each local ratings point -- just hold the smart remarks, thank you very much -- represents 17,491 TV households ...

"Money Watch" returns to Channel 32 tonight at 9 for its third season. The WHMM-produced program on money management and investment features Don Torrance and Pat Lawson Muse as hosts. Theodore Daniels is executive producer ...

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 22.4......Cheers......................35.....NBC

2 21.4......60 Minutes..................34.....CBS

3 20.2......The Cosby Show..............31.....NBC

4 19.9......Three Men and a Baby........31.....NBC

5 19.1......Designing Women.............30.....CBS

..19.1......Roseanne....................29.....ABC

7 18.8......Murder, She Wrote...........27.....CBS

..18.8 America's Funniest Home Videos...27.....ABC

9 18.7......Murphy Brown................28.....CBS

10 18.0...America's Funniest People.....26.....ABC

11 16.9...Unsolved Mysteries...........29........NB

12 16.6...In the Heat of the Night.....25.......NBC

13 16.3...L.A. Law.....................29.......NBC

....16.3......Empty Nest................28......NBC

....16.3.......Major Dud................25......CBS

16 .16.1....NFL Rams-Steelers...........29......ABC

17 16.0....The Golden Girls.............28......NBC

18 15.9............Coach................25......ABC

19 15.8..........The Simpsons...........25......FOX

...15.8............Matlock..............24......NBC

NBC cushioned its narrow lead over CBS in the season-to-date ratings with a 13.5 rating and a 23 share performance in Week 7. CBS was next at 12.6/21, followed by ABC at 11.9/20 and FOX at 6.0/10 ...

NBC won Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday nights; ABC took Monday and Friday; CBS won Sunday ...

CBS's "Evening Shade" (24th) joined ABC's "America's Funniest People (10th) as the only two new series to make the Top 30 last week. NBC's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" just missed in 31st and NBC's "Law & Order" was 35th ...

"Dallas" returned to CBS and a 41st-place finish ...

Six FOX entries occupied the bottom of the weekly ranking of 92 shows, including "DEA" (89th) and "Against the Law" (91st) ...

FOX yesterday put "DEA" on hiatus and moved "Against" into the former's 9 p.m. Friday timeslot. The stand-up comedy show "Comic Strip Live" will move into "Against's" 10 p.m. Sunday timeslot. A renamed "Comic Strip: Late Night" will continue in the late Saturday night timeslot on the network (Channel 5 at 11 p.m.) ...

The eight lowest-rated big-network programs last week included, in order, ABC's "Twin Peaks" and CBS's "The Hogan Family," tied for 72nd; ABC's "China Beach" and the NBC special "Story Behind the Story," which tied for 75th; CBS's "Family Man," tied for 78th; ABC's "Cop Rock" and the ABC News/Peter Jennings special on abortion, tied for 81st; and NBC's "Lifestories," which finished in a tie for 85th for the week ending Sunday ...

Now This

Dana Delany, the Emmy-winning actress who plays Colleen McMurphy on ABC's "China Beach," will be in town this weekend to attend the Second Annual DMZ to Delta Dance, which will get underway at 8 p.m. Sunday at the J.W. Marriott Hotel here ...

Proceeds of the dance benefit the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project. Sponsored by the Women Veterans' Foundation, the dance is open to the public (tickets at $20 each will be available at the door). The dance will feature a display of the winning Memorial Design, an auction of Vietnam era memorabilia at 7 p.m. and '60s and '70s music. For further information call 703-931-3988. That's 703-931-3988 ...

CBS announced yesterday that Delta Burke of "Designing Women" and her husband, Gerald McRaney, "Major Dad," will star as "a couple inadvertently embroiled in a murder mystery set against a New Orleans backdrop, in 'Love and Curses' (working title), a romantic comedy now in development for future broadcast on CBS" ...

ABC won Monday night in the Ratingzzz, in part because the guest star-packed "MacGyver" enjoyed its best outing since April 1988, with a 14.0/23. The Giants-Colts game averaged a 15.9/27 between 9 and 11:43 p.m. ...

Second-place CBS averaged a 15.1/24 for the night as "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women" both delivered an 18.9/28 ...

The NBC movie "On Thin Ice" averaged a 13.4/21 ...

"Face to Face With Connie Chung" returns to CBS on Thanksgiving night and again on Monday, Dec. 10. The first telecast will include interviews with Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Kevin Costner ...

The Dec. 10 broadcast will include reports on the subjects of rape, AIDS and victims' rights and the safety of breast implants ...

Turkey Time on "Today": Willard Scott will broadcast the weather from Saudi Arbia all next week on the NBC morning show and Nov. 20-22, Bryant Gumbel and Katherine Couric will report from the area, while Nov. 21-22 Deborah, Joe and Willard talk to families of troops from Fort Stewart, Ga., and Norfolk who are stationed in the Middle East ...