First things first, TV Column fans: The Redskins-Miami Dolphins game on Channel 4 Sunday afternoon averaged a 30.4 Nielsen rating and a 59 percent audience share between 1 and 4 p.m. ...

Would you be terribly surprised to learn that each ratings point represents 17,491 TV households in the area? ...

Here's a list of the television winners announced at the 23rd annual Image Awards ceremonies held last weekend in Los Angeles by the Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter of the NAACP ...

A spokesman for NBC said yesterday the network plans to air an Image Award special late Saturday night on a January weekend still to be chosen ...

Among programs, Fox Broadcasting's "In Living Color" won in the comedy category; for drama, NBC's "In the Heat of the Night"; and in the variety category, ABC's "Sammy Davis Jr.'s 60th Anniversary Special" ...

Individual award winners included Blair Underwood of NBC's "L.A. Law," named best actor in a drama series, and Alfre Woodard, best actress in drama, for "A Mother's Courage." Two members of the cast of NBC's "A Different World," Kadeem Hardison and Jasmine Guy, won the best actor and actress in a comedy awards ...

Image Awards were also given for achievements in film and music by African Americans. Beverly Hills/Hollywood chapter members and presidents of the NAACP's 2,199 other U.S. chapters are eligible to vote for the annual awards ...

ABC News yesterday announced that it was "indefinitely postponing" a "Nightline" special "national town meeting" slated for late Friday night that was to have been devoted to the question of "Should the U.S. go to war?" against Iraq ...

Executive producer Dorrance Smith said yesterday that he, anchor Ted Koppel and ABC News president Roone Arledge had decided on Friday to postpone the special in view of President Bush's decision that day to invite discussions with the Iraqis on the Persian Gulf crisis and other substantive issues ...

The announcement of the postponement was withheld until yesterday to confirm Iraq's positive response to the diplomatic moves ...

Smith said the "open-ended" late-night special, which could have run into the early hours of next Saturday, will probably be rescheduled as the U.N. deadline nears in January and Congress returns to Washington ...

The live forum was to have been held at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall on the campus of George Mason University and was to have included administration members, diplomats, congressmen, international law experts and many more ...

Smith said the university has been "most cooperative" following the cancellation of Friday's "town meeting." Before the decision, program bookers had been negotiating with Henry Kissinger for an appearance, he said, and had already obtained tentative acceptances from former officials such as George Ball, Paul Warnke, Richard Perle, Stansfield Turner and George McGovern ...

"Lee Hamilton {of Indiana, the second-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee} hadn't got back to us yet," Smith said yesterday ...

Meanwhile, the Just Say No to War Coalition, which claims backing from some 25 groups in Northern Virginia, said yesterday it plans a discussion at George Mason on Friday night instead of its planned vigil before the start of the canceled "Nightline" town meeting ...

"We think 'Nightline' is shirking its responsibility," said Jack McHale, an organizer of the Just Say No to War group ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" misspelled Aaron Copland's last name in its tribute to the late composer on the first feed of yesterday's broadcast. Made the fix by the 7 p.m. feed, however ...

In Other News

Channel 26 had perhaps its biggest early-in-a-fund-raising-drive night ever on Sunday as the station began a rerun of the nine-part series "The Civil War" ...

For all of Sunday, WETA pulled in $97,973, chalking up some $75,800 of that total in the "Civil War" telecasts. During program breaks historian Shelby Foote was on hand to answer questions from viewers ...

Thanks to the Sunday success, the 11-day pledge drive was already $162,722 toward its goal of $500,000 after four days, with 2,724 membership pledges already on the books ...

The pledge drive, which began Thursday, ends this Sunday ...

Think Globally, Act Locally, Captain Airwaves always says. This morning he can point with pride, once again, right at that same Channel 26 -- where they've recycled 19,191 pounds of paper since their environmental drive began in March ...

That represents a total of 163 trees saved so far out at WETA!!! ...

C-SPAN announced late yesterday that Sen. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) will be interviewed today at 12:30 p.m. during a recess of the Senate ethics committee's look into the "Keating Five" savings and loan scandal ...

Channels 7 and 9 both preempted some primetime network offerings this past weekend ...

On Saturday night, WJLA substituted the 1951 version of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," starring Alastair Sim, for both "The Young Riders" and "China Beach" from 8 to 10 p.m. ...

The movie did a 5.8/11, compared with the 8.7/16 that "Young Riders" and the 7.6/13 that "China Beach" averaged in those timeslots during the month of November ...

"Twin Peaks," which followed the movie at 10, and featured the death of Leland Palmer and Bob's transformation into an owl, averaged an 8.2/15 on WJLA ...

Sunday night, Gannett-owned WUSA preempted "Murder, She Wrote" at 8 p.m. to air a Gannett special hosted by Gordon Peterson called "Dangerous Lessons: Crime on Campus." The special, coming off a 25.3/39 registered by "60 Minutes," averaged an 11.9/18 ...

Channel 9 said yesterday it had received 70 phone calls praising the campus crime special and only three complaints about the preemption of "Murder, She Wrote" (which averaged an 18.7/27 during November on Nine) ...

Late Saturday night, an ABC network special promoting AIDS awareness, "Red, Hot & Blue," aired on Channel 7 from 11:30 until 1, averaging a 1.0/3 ...

And on Sunday night, the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Decoration Day" on WRC averaged a 15.8/24, compared with an 11.6/18 for the CBS movie on WUSA and an 11.2/17 for an ABC rerun of "Commando" on WJLA ...

You still there? According to the Nielsen overnights in 25 major cities on Sunday night, NBC's "Decoration Day," which starred James Garner, averaged an 18.6/28, compared with a 14.8/21 for "Fatal Image" on CBS and a 12.9/19 for the "Commando" rerun on ABC ...

Saturday night, "Twin Peaks" fans, the death of Leland Palmer averaged an 8.5/15 in the 25 major cities ...

Some changes at the Washington bureau of Cable News Network, where David Vesey, formerly a reporter for UPI, becomes a Washington producer for "Moneyline" ...

Duncan Campbell, who has been an associate producer for "Crossfire," becomes a producer on "Larry King Live" ...

And Susan Jacobson, formerly an associate producer at Financial News Network, has hired on as a field producer for the CNN business unit ...

The syndicated "Jesse Jackson" hour, which airs at 8 a.m. Sundays on Channel 4, this past weekend registered its best showing yet since debuting on Four on Nov. 11 ...

Sunday's broadcast did a 3.5/14, up considerably from the 2.4/11 the public affairs program averaged in three outings during the November sweeps. The ratings enabled "Jesse Jackson" to win the timeslot, finishing for the first time ahead of Channel 20's cartoon lineup in that hour ...

The program debuted in late September around the country, but because Jackson was a (successful) candidate for the job of D.C. shadow senator, both WRC and WMAR in Baltimore kept the program off the air until after the election to avoid any equal-time problems ...

Adam Powell, executive producer of "Jesse Jackson," said yesterday that Sunday's program -- called "Dressed to Kill" -- also produced its best-ever ratings in New York, Detroit and other major cities ...

"Dressed to Kill" examined the tragedy of youngsters who are mugged and sometimes even murdered for their athletic jackets or sneakers in some big cities ...

Powell saw other signs of improvement for the syndicated show, which has been slow out of the starting gate since its debut, including an announcement by the UHF channel in Philadelphia to move the program from a drop-dead 2 a.m. timeslot to 8 p.m. on Sunday nights ...

"We're up all across the country," Powell said yesterday as the overnight figures came in ...