We Look Back At The Top TV Shows of 1967

Categories: Top TV Show Ratings By Season,TV Ratings Reference

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May 24th, 2008

1967: The inagural Super Bowl is telecast on both CBS and NBC. The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.

In an event that predates the birth of most Jericho fans, as well as their 21st century escapades: the long-running western Gunsmoke is renewed for the fall 1967 season, after widespread viewer protest. After CBS planned to cancel the aging Saturday-night series, outcry as far up as the United States Congress led the network to move Gunsmoke to the early evening on Mondays. To make room,Gilligan's Island, which had been renewed for next season, is canceled.

Notable TV premieres of the year: The Flying Nun (ABC), The Carol Burnett Show (CBS), Mannix (CBS), Ironside (NBC). Notable TV finales of the year: What's My Line?, and Gilligan's Island.

Top 20 Prime Time Broadcast Programs, October 1966-April 1967:



1 Bonanza NBC   29.1 45
2 The Red Skelton Hour CBS   28.2 43
3 The Andy Griffith Show CBS   27.4 42
4 The Lucy Show CBS   26.2 40
5 The Jackie Gleason Show CBS   25.3 43
6 Green Acres CBS   24.6 38
7 Daktari CBS   23.4 38
8 Bewitched ABC   23.4 37
9 The Beverly Hillbillies CBS   23.4 36
10 Gomer Pyle USMC CBS   22.8 37
11 The Virginian NBC   22.8 36
12 The Lawrence Welk Show ABC   22.8 36
13 The Ed Sullivan Show CBS   22.8 35
14 The Dean Martin Show CBS   22.6 41
15 Family Affair CBS   22.6 36
16 Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour CBS   22.2 33
17 Friday Night Movies CBS   21.8 40
18 Hogan's Heroes CBS   21.8 37
19 Walt Disney's World of Color NBC   21.5 35
20 Saturday Night At The Movies NBC   21.4 37

The 1966-67 top 20 list is filled with personality driven variety shows with 6 of the top 20 (The Red Skelton Hour, The Jackie Gleeson Show, The Lawrence Welk Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, The Dean Martin Show, Smother Brothers Comedy Hour)

3 regular movies in the top 20 (Friday Night Movies, Walt Disney's World of Color, Saturday Night at the Movies).

2 Westerns (Bonanza, The Virginian)

6 Sitcoms (The Lucy Show, Green Acres, Bewitched, The Beverly Hillbillies, Family Affair, Hogan's Heroes)

CBS ruled the top 20 list with 14 shows, NBC had 4, and ABC just 2.

For a bit of perspective, the top rated show this season, Tuesday's American Idol, Season To Date HH rating is 16.1 and its share is 24. Don't forget that a HH ratings point today means a lot more households than it did in the past.

Bonanza title card courtesy of Wikipedia.

Nielsen TV Ratings Data: ©2005 Nielsen Media Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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