ALL-TIME TELEVISION RANKINGS


ALL-TIME TOP 75 SHOWS ON TV
RANKED BY PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION VIEWING

Including All Sports Broadcasts

RANKDATESHOW/EPISODERATINGSHARETV HOMESESTIMATED% OF U.S. POP AT TIME
   (per Nielsen Media Research)TV VIEWERS(per U.S. Census Bureau)
0102/28/83M*A*S*H (150 min. finale movie)60.27750,150,000105,970,00046.95%
0202/09/64Ed Sullivan - Beatles' 1st45.36023,240,00073,000,00040.56%
0302/16/64Ed Sullivan - Beatles' 2nd43.86022,445,00070,701,00039.29%
0401/24/82Super Bowl XVI49.17340,020,00085,243,00038.13%
0511/21/80Dallas ("Who Shot J.R.?")53.37641,470,00083,064,00037.78%
0605/20/93Cheers (100 min. finale special)45.56442,360,50093,050,00037.45%
0701/25/87Super Bowl XXI45.86640,030,00087,185,00037.24%
0801/28/96Super Bowl XXX46.06844,114,40094,100,00036.72%
0901/30/83Super Bowl XVII48.66940,480,00080,960,00035.87%
1001/26/86Super Bowl XX48.37041,490,00082,980,00035.78%
1101/20/85Super Bowl XIX46.46339,390,00078,780,00034.27%
1201/29/94Super Bowl XXVIII45.56642,860,00085,720,00034.13%
1301/22/84Super Bowl XVIII46.47138,800,00077,604,00034.07%
1401/31/93Super Bowl XXVII45.16641,988,10083,976,20033.80%
1501/25/98Super Bowl XXXII44.56743,630,00087,260,00033.37%
1602/23/64Ed Sullivan - Beatles' 3rd38.95619,960,00059,280,00033.27%
1701/22/89Super Bowl XXIII43.56839,320,00078,640,00033.04%
1801/26/97Super Bowl XXXI43.36542,000,00084,000,00032.44%
1901/30/77Roots (mini-series - 2 hrs finale)51.17136,380,00069,122,00032.29%
2001/27/91Super Bowl XXV41.96339,010,00078,020,00032.15%
2101/20/80Super Bowl XIV46.36735,330,00070,660,00032.14%
2201/21/79Super Bowl XIII47.17435,090,00070,180,00032.12%
2301/30/00Super Bowl XXXIV43.36343,618,00087,236,00031.89%
2401/15/78Super Bowl XII47.26734,410,00068,820,00031.50%
2502/01/04Super Bowl XXXVIII41.36344,604,00089,608,00031.49%
2601/31/88Super Bowl XXII41.96237,120,00074,240,00031.46%
2702/23/941994 Olympics Women's Skating48.56445,690,00078,775,00031.36%
2801/25/81Super Bowl XV44.46334,540,00069,080,00031.20%
2901/29/95Super Bowl XXIX41.36239,400,00078,800,00031.07%
3011/20/83The Day After (145 min. TV movie)46.06238,550,00069,984,00031.00%
3101/26/03Super Bowl XXXVII40.76143,433,00086,866,00030.86%
3201/10/82NFC Championship42.96234,940,00068,696,00030.73%
3302/03/02Super Bowl XXXVI40.46142,664,00085,328,00030.59%
3411/07/76Gone With the Wind (TV premiere)47.76533,960,00064,524,00030.45%
3501/31/99Super Bowl XXXIII40.26139,992,00079,984,00030.32%
3611/08/76Gone with the Wind (Part 2)47.46433,750,00064,125,00030.27%
3701/26/92Super Bowl XXVI40.36137,120,00074,240,00030.25%
3801/28/01Super Bowl XXXV40.46141,270,00082,540,00029.92%
3901/28/90Super Bowl XXIV39.06335,920,00071,840,00029.90%
4001/09/77Super Bowl XI44.47331,610,00063,220,00029.53%
4102/25/941994 Olympics Women's Skating44.16441,540,00073,473,00029.25%
4201/28/77Roots (Part 6)45.96632,680,00062,092,00029.00%
4301/27/77Roots (Part 5)45.77132,540,00061,826,00028.85%
4403/29/83The Thorn Birds (Part 3)43.26235,990,00064,782,00028.70%
4503/30/83The Thorn Birds (Part 4)43.16235,900,00064,620,00028.63%
4601/25/77Roots (Part 3)44.86831,900,00060,610,00028.31%
4703/28/83The Thorn Birds (Part 2)42.55935,400,00063,720,00028.23%
4801/24/77Roots (Part 2)44.16231,400,00059,660,00027.87%
4901/18/76Super Bowl X42.37829,440,00058,880,00027.79%
5001/22/87Cosby (episode)41.35636,100,00064,980,00027.76%
5101/12/75Super Bowl IX42.47229,040,00058,080,00027.68%
5201/26/77Roots (Part 4)43.86631,190,00059,261,00027.68%
5301/16/72Super Bowl VI44.27427,450,00055,340,00027.30%
5402/13/83The Winds of War (Part 7)41.05634,150,00061,470,00027.23%
5508/29/67The Fugitive (Final episode)45.97225,700,00051,400,00027.05%
5601/14/73Super Bowl VII42.77227,670,00055,340,00026.98%
5702/07/83The Winds of War (Part 2)40.25433,490,00060,282,00026.70%
5801/13/74Super Bowl VIII41.67327,540,00055,080,00026.53%
5909/12/65Ed Sullivan - Beatles' 4th31.05016,650,00047,452,00026.37%
6005/14/98Seinfeld (Series Finale)40.15840,510,00068,867,00026.34%
6111/11/73Airport (TV premiere)42.36328,000,00053,200,00025.93%
6210/01/72Love Story (TV premiere)42.36227,410,00052,079,00025.69%
6301/14/71Bob Hope Christmas Special45.06127,050,00051,395,00025.65%
6401/23/77Roots (Part 1)40.56128,840,00054,796,00025.60%
6511/09/80Dallas40.05931,120,00056,016,00025.47%
6610/21/801980 World Series (6th Game)40.06031,120,00056,016,00025.47%
6702/10/93Oprah - Michael Jackson39.35636,590,00062,203,00025.03%
6801/25/98Super Bowl Post-Game Show33.45032,680,00065,360,00025.00%
6910/22/751975 World Series (7th Game)39.66027,560,00052,364,00024.96%
7001/08/64Beverly Hillbillies (episode)44.06522,570,00045,140,00024.69%
7101/17/71Super Bowl V39.97523,980,00047,960,00023.93%
7201/15/67Super Bowl I41.17922,570,00045,140,00023.76%
7301/11/70Super Bowl IV39.46923,050,00046,100,00023.28%
7411/07/80Dallas38.26129,720,00050,524,00022.98%
7503/23/981998 Academy Awards34.95534,160,00058,072,00022.21%


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