"CBS This Morning" says it will broadcast a two-hour town meeting with 15 new members of the House live from the Ways and Means Committee room in the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 5, starting at 7 a.m. ...

Paula Zahn and Harry Smith will moderate as the newcomers answer questions "from a live audience on a variety of topics including the economy, health care, defense, the environment and education" ...

The New Members include Republicans Debra Pryce and Martin Hoke of Ohio, Jay Kim (Calif.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.) and Steve Buyer (Ind.) ...

Democratic participants are Lynn Woolsey (Calif.), Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky and Paul McHale (Pa.), Bobby Rush (Ill.), Sam Coopersmith (Ariz.), Maria Cantwell (Wash.), Elizabeth Furse (Ore.), Eva Clayton (N.C.), Pat Danner (Mo.) and Corinne Brown (Fla.) ...

At this early date, CBS News has not determined (1) how the live audience will be picked or (2) whether to do the always popular viewer call-ins ...

Mary Dorman has been promoted to assignment desk manager for the NBC News Washington bureau. She has been chief assignment desk editor for the past 2 1/2 years ...

Also at the bureau, producer Carroll Ann Mears will join correspondents Lisa Myers and Odetta Rogers and producer Bobbie Hornig on Capitol Hill; and producer Wendy Wilkinson will join correspondents Andrea Mitchell and Jim Miklaszewski and producer Russ Moore at the White House ...

Mears replaces Leslie Sewell and Wilkinson replaces John Rutherford, both of whom are rotated back to the bureau ...

And while we are out on Nebraska Avenue NW this morning, we sure can't overlook the party held yesterday at the NBC bureau for Madhu Damania, who is retiring after 17 years with the network. He's been producing both the "Sunrise" and "Today" news. During a 28-year broadcasting career Damania also produced Channel 5's 10 o'clock news for 10 years ...

NBC Entertainment yesterday said there won't be any schedule changes announced until after the first of the year, but that didn't stop Daily Variety from reporting that the network is "mulling" the switch of "Blossom" and "Seinfeld" from their current respective Monday and Wednesday slots to rescue the "crumbling" Thursday night lineup...

The "Seinfeld" move, to 9:30 following "Cheers," would be a preamble to still another move next fall, when "Seinfeld" takes over the 9 timeslot following the already announced departure after 11 years of "Cheers" this spring ...

"Blossom," now doing fairly well in the tough 8:30 slot against CBS's "Hearts Afire," would move into the 8 p.m. slot against "The Simpsons" ...

The changes would all occur after the Feb. 4 start of the February ratings sweeps ...

"ABC World News Tonight With Peter Jennings" won the network news race last week with a 10.7 rating and a 20 share, followed by "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather," trudging along at 9.9/18, and "NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw" at 9.3/18 ...

Stocking Stuffers

We have received a Starfleet Communique from (there must be some mistake) Bender, Goldman Helper in Los Angeles announcing more details of the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" spinoff ...

"Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" debuts with a two-hour movie on Jan. 4 on Channel 20 starting at 8 p.m. ...

Bender, Goldman Helper (could somebody confirm this with Starfleet, please?) reassures us that the new show will also be set in the 24th century and that it will follow the adventures of a team of Starfleet officers (there are no enlisted men in the 24th century, apparently) who take command of a remote alien space station positioned in the Bajoran wormhole ...

In the premiere, audiences will be "re-introduced to the Cardassians and the Bajora. A century ago {the historians at Bender, Goldman Helper tell us}, the Cardassians conquered the planet Bajor. After years of battle with the Bajoran terrorists, the Cardassians unilaterally withdrew from Bajoran space, but not before ravaging the planet. The Bajora have asked for membership in the Federation and it is the Starfleet team's mission to spearhead the lengthy entry procedure" ...

After a two-week rest to recover from the premiere, WDCA will air "Deep Space Nine" every week at 8 on Monday, starting Jan. 18, with repeats starting on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m... .

The other hot new WDCA offering, a remake of "The Untouchables," premieres with a two-hour movie on Jan. 11 and then will follow "Deep Space Nine" at 9 starting the 18th ...

According to the Starfleet Communique, Avery Brooks (yes, the man called Hawk) will play Commander Benjamin Sisko, who will be in charge of Deep Space Nine ...

And two quick lumps of coal: for Channel 7's late news Monday night, which seemed to have overlooked the fact that President-elect Clinton was unhappy with the criticisms of his appointments by some women's groups ...

And for Channel 9, where someone should remind Ken Mease that there are 17 weeks to the NFL season (what happened to the Christmas Spirit, Airwaves?) ...

We're still getting calls about that Nina Totenberg-Carl Rowan-Gordon Peterson musicale on last Saturday's "Inside Washington." Ms. T, whose father is a distinguished violinist, sounded very much as though she had a trained voice when the trio worked its way through the last verse of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" but yesterday she said she'd only had "a couple of lessons -- it's just that I'm a musician's kid" ...

The show, with maybe a little help from a Saturday afternoon NFL game on CBS, averaged a 13.0/25 on Channel 9, compared with an 8.2/16 for "The McLaughlin Group" that followed on Four at 7:30. Each local ratings point represents 18,510 TV homes ...

Ted Koppel interviews former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev tonight on ABC News's "Nightline" via satellite (Channel 7, 11:30) ...

Monday night, the NFL game between Dallas and Atlanta on ABC averaged a 17.0 national Nielsen rating and a 29 share to help the network win the night ...

Locally, the Monday Night Football game did a 10.0/36 on Channel 7 ...

CBS News and Post-Newsweek will collaborate on a two-hour documentary about the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to be broadcast in November 1993 ...

The program will be researched and produced by the same team that produced the two-hour special on Watergate this past February ...

Dan Rather and other CBS correspondents will be involved ...

TV RATINGZZZZ

Following are the top 20 network prime-time shows last week, ranked according to the percentage of the nation's 92.1 million 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.

.... Rating ............................. Share ... Network

1 ... 22.5 ... Roseanne ................... 35 ....... ABC

2 ... 19.7 ... 60 Minutes ................. 35 ....... CBS

3 ... 18.8 ... Home Improvement ........... 28 ....... ABC

4 ... 18.6 ... Jackie Thomas Show ......... 29 ....... ABC

5 ... 18.0 ... Murphy Brown ............... 27 ....... CBS

6 ... 17.2 ... Coach ...................... 26 ....... ABC

7 ... 16.3 ... Cheers ..................... 26 ....... NBC

8 ... 16.1 ... Love & War ................. 24 ....... CBS

9 ... 16.0 ... Northern Exposure .......... 26 ....... CBS

10 ... 15.6 ... Full House ................. 26 ....... ABC

...... 15.6 ... Wings ...................... 25 ....... NBC

12 ... 15.4 ... NFL Raiders vs. Dolphins ... 26 ....... ABC

...... 15.4 ... Unsolved Mysteries ......... 24 ....... NBC

14 ... 15.3 ... Rescue 911 ................. 25 ....... CBS

15 ... 14.4 ... Hangin' With Mr. Cooper .... 23 ....... ABC

16 ... 14.3 ... The Simpsons ............... 24 ....... FOX

...... 14.3 ... Ed Sullivan Special ........ 23 ....... CBS

18 ... 14.0 ... 20/20 ...................... 26 ....... ABC

...... 14.0 ... Murder, She Wrote .......... 23 ....... CBS

20 ... 13.9 ... 48 Hours ................... 24 ....... CBS

Season leader CBS finished first last week with a 12.8 rating and a 22 share, followed by the bulldogs at ABC who fashioned an 11.6/19, NBC at 9.9/17 and Fox at 8.0/13 ...

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

Among the "new" shows, "Hearts Afire" tied for 21st, CBS's "In the Heat of the Night" was 24th and Fox's "Martin" was 33rd. CBS's "Picket Fences" made a rare appearance in the Top 50, finishing 44th ...

In other highlights, the CBS Tuesday movie "Through the Eyes of a Killer" was 25th, "Frosty the Snowman," who is not new, tied for 31st for CBS and the Kenny Rogers special on CBS was 34th ...

The NBC Monday movie, "Love Can Be Murder," was 37th and the NBC Sunday movie, "Condition: Critical" was 39th. A repeat of "Sarah Plain and Tall" on CBS was 43rd ...

A Disney Christmas on Ice special for CBS tied for 58th with NBC's "Christmas in Washington" and the NBC Bob Hope special tied for 64th ...

A lot of new series finished in the Final And Usually Fatal Five Plus Ten last week, including eight belonging to under-affiliated Fox ...

But two of those "quality dramas" that viewers write to the networks about did poorly with original episodes. ABC's "Homefront" finished 83rd, NBC's "I'll Fly Away," 84th among a total of 95 programs aired during the week ending Dec. 20 ...