Harry Morgan died Wednesday at age 96. He’s most memorable to me as Colonel Potter on M*A*S*H, a show I grew up watching in my teens and early 20’s.
The M*A*S*H finale has the distinction of having the highest measured household rating of any TV episode in US history (60.2), meaning that on average, 60.2% of US TV households at the time watched the entire show.
Here are the top 10 highest rated (by households) US TV episodes:
Top 100 US TV Telecasts by Rating through February 1, 2009
|Rank||Program||Net||Rating||Share||Households (000)||Telecast Date|
|1||M*A*S*H Special||CBS||60.2||77||50,150||Feb. 28, 1983|
|2||Dallas||CBS||53.3||76||41,470||Nov. 21, 1980|
|3||Roots Pt. VIII||ABC||51.1||71||36,380||Jan. 30, 1977|
|4||Super Bowl XVI Game||CBS||49.1||73||40,020||Jan. 24, 1982|
|5||Super Bowl XVII Game||NBC||48.6||69||40,480||Jan 30, 1983|
|6||XVII Winter Olympics – Wed-2||CBS||48.5||64||45,690||Feb. 23, 1994|
|7||Super Bowl XX Game||NBC||48.3||70||41,490||Jan. 26, 1986|
|8||Gone With The Wind-Pt.1 (Big Event-Pt 1)||NBC||47.7||65||33,960||Nov. 7, 1976|
|9||Gone With The Wind-Pt.2 (NBC Mon.Mov.)||NBC||47.4||64||33,750||Nov. 8, 1976|
|10||Super Bowl XII Game||CBS||47.2||67||34,410||Jan. 15, 1978|