CBS Entertainment will beef up its already strong Monday night lineup starting Nov. 19 by moving "Evening Shade," starring Burt Reynolds, into the 8 p.m. timeslot currently occupied by "Uncle Buck" ...

"Uncle" will move to "Shades's" 8 p.m. Friday slot on Nov. 16 ...

The network tried out "Evening Shade" in the Monday timeslot on Oct. 29, where it earned a 15.1 national Nielsen rating and a 23 percent audience share, compared with the 10.4/20 it had averaged in five Friday night appearances ...

"Uncle Buck" has averaged a 12.1/20 in eight Monday appearances ...

Each national ratings point represents 931,000 TV homes ...

CBS has done well on Mondays all year, thanks to "Murphy Brown" and "Designing Women," in particular, although until the end of the year Monday Night Football on ABC, depending on the strength of the NFL matchup on a particular evening, will be the usual winner ...

"Uncle Buck" was used successfully by the network to take some of the edge off "Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which NBC touted as a winner at 8 p.m., but "Evening Shade," which has been getting good reviews right from the start, could give "Prince" a tougher battle ...

So far this year, "Fresh Prince" ranks 34th among 100 programs aired on all four networks, "Uncle Buck" is tied for 46th and its Monday night ABC competition, "MacGyver," is 49th ...

On Fridays, "Evening Shade" -- up against NBC's "Quantum Leap" (73rd) and ABC's "Full House" (27th) -- is tied for 57th ...

CBS is sort of a distant second on Friday night, which is usually won by ABC, so "Buck" can't hurt ...

Jeff Sagansky, president of CBS Entertainment, said yesterday that "we feel, based on our trial run, that 'Evening Shade' will build on the terrific start 'Uncle Buck' made, and that 'Uncle Buck' will be equally effective in turning that Friday-night time period into another tight race" ...

Former WJLA reporter Scott Klug, now a full-fledged Republican in Madison, Wis., was elected to Congress from the 2nd District Tuesday, ousting Rep. Bob Kastenmeier, who had represented the district for 32 years (see story on Page C1) ...

David Paulson, who has been at WJLA for the past six years, including the last three as Maryland bureau chief, has left the station ...

He was notified two months ago that his contract was not going to be renewed in December. But news director Gary Wordlaw had recently talked to him about the environmental reporter job currently open at the station ...

Paulson, 35, said yesterday that he had decided the environmental post was "not for me" and notified Wordlaw of his decision on Tuesday. "Gary did a very classy thing," Paulson said. "He couldn't have been nicer, even though we're right in the middle of the November {ratings} book" ...

According to sources, WJLA will pay off the remainder of Paulson's contract, including severance and vacation pay ...

"There are no hard feelings," he said yesterday. "I went there happy, I worked there happy for the most part and I'm leaving happy. I know the station is having some rough times right now, but I just hope all my friends get a chance to succeed -- the editors and photographers and other reporters who make up a fine team" ...

Paulson, who won two local Emmys for his investigative reporting at Seven, has no immediate plans ...

Channel 5 has sent reporter Tom Hendricks and cameraman Doug Wilkes to Saudi Arabia to interview D.C.-area troops over the next week or so ...

Election ResultsThe Nielsen computer blew a gasket yesterday trying to figure out which network programs survived all those local election night cut-ins and so Tuesday results were delayed until sometime today ...

Captain Airwaves, who also blew a gasket Tuesday night when local cut-ins on all the stations prevented him from getting the national results from the network election specials, managed to pull himself together long enough yesterday to obtain some partial ratings results ...

He promptly declared Channel 4 to be the winner ...

Keeping in mind that there is no separation of local and network coverage in these figures, Channel 4 averaged a 10.3/18 during the NBC election special from 10 to 11; Channel 9 averaged a 9.3/15 during the last hour of the two-hour CBS election night special, featuring Dan Rather's suspenders (Dan, Gordon and Maureen averaged an 8.9/14 for the full two hours); and Channel 7 did a 6.2/11 during the Peter Jennings-anchored ABC special in that same 10-11 period, coming off an 8.8/13 for local election coverage from 9:30 to 10 ...

From 11 to 11:30 on Tuesday night, Four was the big winner with an 11.0/25, compared with a 6.1/14 for Nine and a 5.9/14 for Seven ...

Channel 5's full election coverage from 10 to 11 averaged a 9.8/17, falling off to a 4.3/10 from 11 to 11:30 ...

Each local ratings point represents 17,491 TV homes ...

The folks at NBC-owned Four were grumbling yesterday after learning that the folks at CBS-affiliate Nine had notified Nielsen early on that it was retitling its 11 to midnight election coverage as a special ...

That means that Nine's late-news figures for the night would be excluded from the November ratings sweeps averages under Nielsen rules. The 11 o'clock news is a big winner for Four, offsetting Nine's lead in early evening news as a rule ...

WUSA's news director Dave Pearce yesterday was frank about why he made the decision ...

"I felt that NBC had a very strong Tuesday night lineup, as they usually do, with 'Matlock' and 'The Heat of the Night,' and lead-ins play a very important role in special situations like Election Night" ...

Speaking of lead-ins, WJLA came in at 9:30 off a 15.5/23 from ABC's "Roseanne." WRC benefited from a 14.4/21 from "In the Heat of the Night" locally ...

As for criticism that Channel 9 lagged in reporting on the three major local races, Pearce said that the station had gambled on use of the network news consortium's Voter Research and Surveys national exit poll data ...

But the VRS computer program designed to weight exit poll data didn't work (affecting reports in three major newspapers, The Washington Post, the New York Times and USA Today, as well) ...

"If the computer hadn't broken down a half hour before we went on, Nine would have been on the air at 8 p.m. with projections of the local winners and we would have beaten everybody else in town going away," Pearce lamented yesterday ...

Home Box Office dominated the 12th Annual ACE Awards nominations for excellence in cable television, with HBO movies, specials and other programs making up 100 of 361 nominees announced yesterday ...

The cable networks Showtime and TNT each had 31 nominations; the Arts & Entertainment Network had 30. HBO's "Tales From the Crypt" won the most nominations of any single project with 12. "Dream On," another HBO program, was second with 10 ...

About 26 awards will be presented in a live, primetime telecast Jan. 13 on numerous cable channels, the National Academy of Cable Programming said ...

With National Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 11-17) right around the corner, you'll be interested to know that San Antonio officially joined Nielsen's list of major metered markets on Nov. 1, raising the overnight total to 25 cities, representing 48 percent of the TV homes in the United States -- or 44.7 million homes ...

Speaking of overnights, ABC yesterday said that Nielsen's survey of 24 cities (ABC isn't going to plug in San Antonio until this weekend), shows that its Election Night special at 10, featuring Peter Jennings, averaged a 12.2/19 for the hour ...

That compared with a 24-city average of 8.0/12 for CBS's two-hour coverage with Dan Rather starting at 9 and a 10.4/18 for the one-hour NBC Election Night special at 10 with Tom Brokaw ...

As previously mentioned, the overnights don't differentiate between local election coverage cut-ins and the network coverage in those time periods ...

Otherwise Tuesday night, ABC was the easy winner in the 24 big cities in primetime, averaging a 16.3/24, compared with a 13.2/20 for NBC and a 9.3/14 for CBS ...

Each overnight ratings point represents 440,292 TV homes ...

When San Antone is figured in -- over at CBS and NBC -- each ratings point is worth 447,000 homes, National Geography Awareness Week fans ...

Oh, and we almost forgot. Because CBS and NBC didn't have commercials during their election specials, only the ABC special will get a national rating today when those Nielsen computers finally kick in ...