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:
|RANK||PROGRAM||NETWORK||HH RATING||HH SHARE|
|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|
|9||The Beverly Hillbillies||CBS||23.4||36|
|10||Gomer Pyle USMC||CBS||22.8||37|
|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|
|16||Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour||CBS||22.2||33|
|17||Friday Night Movies||CBS||21.8||40|
|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.