Top TV Ratings (very cool video)

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  1. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

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    A cool video on TV ratings from 1951 to 2019. Saw this on a Ken Levine blog post. His description is below (he says it better than I ever could):



    This is very cool. Top TV ratings from 1951-2019. It's like a horse race. Watch to see if your favorite show comes up in the backstretch. Also, make note of network dominance. CBS kicked ass for years, NBC had its day, ABC under Fred Silverman, rose briefly to the top, and Fox hit the big time with AMERICAN IDOL. AMC even sneaks in there.

    Also, you'll notice how there are times when comedy rules and others when it's almost nowhere to be found. Early on Westerns ruled. Then disappeared. And some shows you wouldn't think cracked the Top 10 like BECKER proved to be more popular than folks assumed. The reboot of ROSEANNE goes straight to the top and then disappears in a blink. All interesting stuff.

    And it's kind of mesmerizing. Light up a joint and enjoy.
     
  2. sushikitten

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    Wow. That was super cool. And definitely mesmerizing.
     
  3. stellie93

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    Awesome. And doesn't take as long as you would think. Great for someone like me who's been alive the whole time. ;)
     
  4. mrizzo80

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    Cheers ebbed and flowed way more than I expected.

    I had no idea Seinfeld’s ratings crashed at the end.

    The Cosby Show was a juggernaut.
     
  5. Family

    Family Well-Known Member

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    I believe that's what the video looks like when you go out on top.
     
  6. mrizzo80

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    Is the drop off from summer repeats after the finale? That would make sense. I don’t remember if Seinfeld aired reruns in summer 1998 or not. I assume NBC would have wanted to.
     
  7. Rob Helmerichs

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    Amusing that they had to come up with colors for HBO and AMC for one show each... :D

    I was a little surprised that Fox didn't break the Top 10 until 2000. X-Files didn't make it until 2018! Simpsons never did...
     
  8. Family

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    It's funny that this is really sort of The End.

    Will there ever be a meaningful #1 rated weekly show again?
     
  9. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

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    Wow, that was fascinating. It's interesting to see how some networks can take a #1 show and capitalize on it, bringing a lot of other shows with it into the top ten, and then American Idol had virtually zero ability to bring other FOX shows into the top ten, despite being a dominant #1 for a decade.
     
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  10. Jeff_in_Bklyn

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    Maybe I missed it, No but Game of Thrones? Thought it was bigger especially the middle seasons.
     
  11. Allanon

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    Getting to number 5 is great for a show that is on a premium channel. HBO has less viewers than the network channels in the USA.
     
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  12. gweempose

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    I had no idea Sanford and Son was so popular. It was the number two most watched show for a majority of 1972-1975.
     
  13. MScottC

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    Lots of peach colored shows there... and one show seemed to spend more time on that list than most others... CBS and 60! Very cool!
     
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  14. markymark_ctown

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    Good stuff. I didn’t realize Price is Right was a prime time show in the late 50s.
     
  15. Family

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    Just for fun I created a top 10 list of TV shows that have dominated based on these ratings, and to a lesser extent, influence on TV.

    1) All in the Family
    2) I Love Lucy
    3) American Idol
    4) Cosby
    5) 60 Minutes
    6) Bonanza
    7) Gunsmoke
    8) ER
    9) Seinfeld
    10) Dallas
     
  16. skypros

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    Very cool video
    something I would of never guessed...... laverne and shirley debuted only 1 year after happy days yet it became #1 1st and overtook All in the family.
    I never cared for laverne and shirley very much.
    My favorite show Rockford files only went as high as #13 and that was not so good.
    I had no idea that American Idol stayed #1 for so long
    Breaking Bad did not make the list.... Yet the walking dead got as high as #3
    GREAT VIDEO !!!!
     
  17. Allanon

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    1987 is the only year that didn't have any rankings change. I wonder if they didn't have data for that year?
     
  18. stellie93

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    Of course I Love Lucy had very little competition.....
     
  19. Steveknj

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    That music was horrible. Bad vacation video music. But the chart was cool. There were some shows I remember that made the top 5 that were obvious coattail shows, that didn't last very long because the networks realized it. I noticed that with a few of the shows that road the Must See TV 1980s comedy block.
     
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  20. markymark_ctown

    markymark_ctown Well-Known Member

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    Yes, pretty much any show that followed Cosby, Cheers, Family Ties, Seinfeld, Friends, and Fraser on Thursdays on NBC in the much of the 80s and 90s

    The Single Guy...What was that? :)
     

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