ABC Entertainment yesterday announced that it is canceling "Cop Rock" after its 11th episode airs on Dec. 26 ...

The innovative Steven Bochco musical series, which tried to meld a kind of pop operetta to the TV noir style of his "Hill Street Blues," has been a bust in the 10 p.m. Wednesday timeslot ...

In its first six appearances, "Cop Rock" averaged a 7.4 national Nielsen rating and a 13 percent audience share. Through last week, the program ranked 79th among 100 series aired so far on the four networks ...

Neither loyal TV Column fans nor Mr. Bochco will be surprised to learn that a ratings point still represents 931,000 TV households ...

The show recently halted production after the 11th episode of an original 13-episode order. If any further hints were needed that the show was getting desperate, last week Bochco sneaked James B. Sikking, the former "Hill Street" star and currently Doogie Howser's dad in that successful ABC/Bochco series, into an opening "roll-call" scene ...

ABC had also announced that Jimmy Smits and Michele Greene from Bochco's successful NBC series "L.A. Law" would appear in crossover roles on the Nov. 21 episode of "Cop Rock" ...

ABC said new programming in that timeslot would be announced shortly for a January start ...

ABC Entertainment president Bob Iger said yesterday in a statement that "in 'Cop Rock,' Steven Bochco delivered a daring and brilliantly produced series, one all of us at ABC are proud to be associated with" ...

The network assured viewers yesterday that the main story lines would be resolved by the post-Christmas sayonara ...

It didn't beat "The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda" and "Midnight Patrol" on Channel 20, but "Jesse Jackson" made what WRC management feels was a successful debut Sunday morning in the 8 to 9 a.m. timeslot ...

The one-hour public affairs show averaged a 3.3/5, compared with a 3.8/20 for the cartoons on WDCA, but otherwise finished well ahead of programming on Nine and Five, which both averaged a 1.5/7, and two religion programs on Seven, which averaged a 0.3/1 ...

Each local ratings point represents 17,491 households ...

WRC GM Allan Horlick, whose station provides production facilities for the syndicated "Jesse Jackson" hour, called it a "very good show and the ratings bear that out; it more than doubled the numbers of the next-highest guys in the market" ...

No figures were available for "Jesse Jackson's" debut at 11:30 Sunday night on Channel 2 in Baltimore. Both WRC and WMAR had postponed local airings of the program until after the Nov. 6 election in which the Rev. Jackson was elected one of two "shadow senators" from the District ...

Turkeys With the Troops

CBS News won't have a decision until probably today on whether to send Dan Rather and "CBS Evening News" to join President Bush and the troops in Saudi Arabia over Thanksgiving ...

But ABC and NBC are dispatching their top chaps to Europe and then the Persian Gulf next week ...

Both Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw will be broadcasting from Paris next Monday and Tuesday ...

Jennings will move on to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday and broadcast from Cairo on Friday for ABC News ...

NBC's Brokaw will spend two days in Paris and then Wednesday through Friday in Saudi Arabia ...

On the morning network front, "Today" has decided against sending Bryant Gumbel to the Gulf next week, deciding instead to focus on the Stateside families with relatives overseas ...

Correspondent Katie Couric and weatherperson Willard Scott are broadcasting from Saudi Arabia this week but only Couric will remain in the Persian Gulf area over the holidays ...

Scott will return to the United States Monday as all hands pitch in to broadcast from various military bases on the East Coast during the week (Willard and Deborah Norville will be hosting the network's broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade on Nov. 22) ...

ABC's "Good Morning America" will dispatch co-anchor Charlie Gibson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, its medical reporter, for a full week in the Persian Gulf area, broadcasting from five different sites during the holiday week ...

"CBS This Morning" is taking a pass this time around ...

Meanwhile, the Center for Media and Public Affairs here has come up with some harsh judgments about the fairness of the Persian Gulf coverage by the networks, at least during the month of August, as the crisis grew ...

The story dominated network news that month, with five out of every six news reports concerned with the crisis, the most intensive coverage of any story during the past decade, according to the Center survey ...

In examining 872 stories on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts Aug. 2-30, the Center said that:

CBS News's sources were most critical of the U.S. government and least critical of Iraq, as all sources offering "Evening News" opinions gave just 37 percent positive evaluations of U.S. action and 15 percent positive concerning Iraq ...

By comparison, NBC's "Nightly News" was 56 percent positive regarding the United States, 6 percent for Iraq, while ABC's "World News Tonight" was 44 percent vs. 5 percent ...

58 percent of sources quoted criticized U.S. government policy in the gulf. A slight majority (53 percent) of domestic sources supported U.S. policy, but 87 percent of foreign sources complained of U.S. handling of the crisis ...

However, 91 percent of the sources criticized Iraq and 87 percent condemned its leader, Saddam Hussein ...

90 percent of the sources criticized U.S. business and 73 percent argued that oil price hikes were not justified by events in the gulf ...

America's involvement in the Vietnam War was mentioned 25 times, nearly once per day on average ...

In September, the networks aired 488 more stories, or 47 percent of all airtime. For the two months, there were 1,360 stories on the gulf, comprising 66 percent of the total airtime, or more than 37 hours ...

Cable News Network said yesterday it plans extended live coverage of the U.S. Senate ethics committee hearings on "The Keating Five" starting Thursday ...

CBS announced yesterday it will air "Frank Sinatra: 75th Birthday Celebration" on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at 9 p.m. ...

The two-hour special will include footage from the kickoff of Frank's "yearlong Diamond Jubilee World Tour" at the Meadowlands on Dec. 11 and 12 as well as footage from a music tribute to Sinatra at the Dec. 3 Society of Singers performance in L.A. ...

The latter will include performances by Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Harry Connick Jr., Ella Fitzgerald, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford and Manhattan Transfer ...

In Other News

It was like Old Times for a few minutes there Sunday night when, between 9 and 9:30, ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX combined for an 86 percent share of all TV sets-in-use, at least in Nielsen's 25 major markets ...

Network programmers these days will do handsprings (if they think nobody's watching) when they find a combined 65 percent share waiting for them in the Nielsen computers. Back there in the late 1970s, before somebody discovered zappers, independent stations, cable networks and VCRs, a 90 share was ho-hum ...

CBS was the big winner Sunday night between 7 and 11 p.m., averaging a 17.6/26, compared with a 14.7/22 for ABC, a 12.1/18 for NBC and an 8.5/13 for FOX...

Each overnight point represents about 470,000 TV homes, in case you've got a time capsule available this morning ...

The networks' choices of movies, aimed at those important November sweeps audiences, all did well in the overnights, led by Part I of NBC's miniseries "The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake," which did a 17.5/26 from 9 to 10:50 p.m. ...

ABC's movie, "Call Me Anna" averaged a 16.2/24, CBS's TV premiere of "Fatal Attraction" averaged a 15.4/23 between 9 and 11, anyway. Also at 9 p.m., FOX's big hit, "Married ... With Children," averaged a 14.2/23, that network's top performer for the night . .

In Washington, "Married" averaged a 16.7/23 on WTTG, "Fatal Attraction" a 16.0/25 on WUSA, "The Big One" a 13.5/20 on WRC and "Call Me Anna," an 11.9/18 on WJLA ...

In the Friday night national ratings, the "Comic Strip Live" special on FOX averaged a 4.3/7, while NBC's "Midnight Caller" got a 7.8/14 busy signal ...

Saturday night, according to the Nielsen overnights, the solution of who killed Laura Palmer on ABC's "Twin Peaks" gave that 10 p.m. series a 10.9/20 rating, compared with its national average of 8.3/16 in seven previous appearances ...

But the two-hour return of a Vinnie-less "Wiseguy" to CBS Saturday night yielded only a 6.7/12 in the big cities ...