College football helps ABC win in television ratings

Football season has begun, and it has already had an impact on the competition among television networks.

ABC narrowly won the prime-time ratings race last week on the strength of its coverage of college football games involving Florida State and Alabama, and West Virginia and Virginia Tech. The network took the week's crown from NBC, which usually wins in the summer on the strength of "America's Got Talent."

The Nielsen company said Wednesday that "Talent" was the most-watched show of the week, but the Florida St.-Alabama opener was close behind, and earned ABC its largest Saturday-night audience in 19 months.

For the week, ABC averaged 4.61...