“The Simpsons’ ” Halloween special last Thursday scared up the Fox Broadcasting Co. hit’s best rating since March, while CBS’ “Knots Landing” premiered with a not-so-steamy 12.3 rating, 21 share, slightly off from last season’s finale.

“The Simpsons” captured a 14.7/23 and 30 share of adults 18-49, helping lead-out “Martin” (12.3/19) beat up on “A Different World” (9.4/15) in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour.

NBC will move “World” to that slot on a regular basis to avoid the wrath of Bart and company, shifting “Out All Night” into the lead-off position.

“Knots,” meanwhile, was off a modest 5% from last season’s cliff-hanging closer, which aired in April.

With serials, season-opening tune-in usually is close to how the show fared in its last episode from the previous season. “Knots” premiered last year during the week prior to the start of the 1991-92 season but was delayed this year to follow baseball.

“L.A. Law” (13.9/24) won the 10 p.m. hour, with “PrimeTime Live” (12.0/20) a close third. NBC won the night, which was the first of the November sweeps.

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