"NORTH AND SOUTH, BOOK II," Sunday, 9-11 p.m. (7)(3)(10)(42) (Illustrated on cover)--ABC would like to forget the 1985-86 prime-time season. Its months of gray skies have included an occasional ray of sunshine, however, the brightest being "North and South."
It won't be confused with great TV literature, but the 12-hour version of John Jakes' hot-selling, pre-Civil War novel gave desperate ABC one of its rare ratings scorchers.
It was the season's top Nielsen-rated miniseries. Viewers inexplicably went in a big way for its cotton and corn, giving ABC cause for optimism as it starts out May, an all-important ratings sweeps month that determines the advertising rates charged by most local stations.
Another 12 hours of Jakes begin Sunday, marking the first time that TV versions of a best-selling novel and its best-selling sequel are airing in the same season.