Television's Top 100: The Most-Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010

Television's Top 100: The Most-Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010

by Wesley Hyatt

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786448913
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/21/2011
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Wesley Hyatt, a senior writer with MMI Public Relations, has also served as a television historian and consultant for several media sources. He is the author of several McFarland titles and lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS vi

PREFACE 1



100. Fatal Vision 5

99. Roots: The Next Generations 7

98. The 13th Annual Emmy Awards 8

97. Eight Is Enough 10

96. Fish 12

95. The Andy Williams Christmas Show 14

94. The Flip Wilson Show 16

93. Peter Pan 18

92. Brian’s Song 19

91. Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders 21

90. Return to Mayberry 23

89. 60 Minutes 25

88. Ben Casey 26

87. Friends and Nabors 28

86. A Case of Rape 29

85. The Longest Yard 31

84. The Night Stalker 33

83. The Ten Commandments 34

82. How the West Was Won 36

81. The Cotton Bowl 37

80. Summer Olympics 38

79. The Andy Griffith Show 39

78. Bonnie and Clyde 41

77. The Dean Martin Show 43

76. The Sound of Music 44

75. Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii 46

74. AFC Division Championship Game 48

73. Born Free 49

72. Sanford and Son 51

71. Here’s Lucy 52

70. Christmas with the Bing Crosbys 54

69. The Waltons 55

68. The Red Skelton Hour 57

67. The Rose Bowl 59

66. Candid Camera 61

65. Mork & Mindy 62

64. Happy Days 64

63. You Again? 66

62. The Lucy Show 68

61. A Charlie Brown Christmas 69

60. Holocaust 71

59. The Dick Van Dyke Show 73

58. Rhoda 75

57. Planet of the Apes 76

56. Laverne & Shirley 78

55. Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C 80

54. The Andy Griffith Special 82

53. Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In 83

52. The Wizard of Oz 85

51. The Burning Bed 87

50. Mayberry R.F.D 89

49. The Ropers 90

48. Wagon Train 92

47. Little Ladies of the Night 94

46. Shogun 95

45. Rocky 97

44. Ben-Hur 99

43. Ali-Spinks Fight 101

42. Jeremiah Johnson 103

41. Helter Skelter 104

40. Marcus Welby, M.D 106

39. John Wayne: Swing Out Sweet Land 108

38. The Bridge on the River Kwai 109

37. Three’s Company 111

36. Patton 113

35. The Birds 115

34. True Grit 116

33. Carol & Company 118

32. Danny Thomas Special: Wonderful World of Burlesque 120

31. The Poseidon Adventure 121

30. Jaws 123

29. Family Ties 125

28. Michael Jackson Talks to ... Oprah 126

27. The Godfather 128

26. World Series Game 6 130

25. All in the Family 132

24. Gunsmoke 133

23. The Winds of War 135

22. The Cosby Show 137

21. Seinfeld 138

20. Bonanza 140

19. Miss America Pageant 142

18. Cinderella 144

17. Love Story 145

16. Airport 147

15. NFC Championship Game 148

14. The Thorn Birds 149

13. The Academy Awards 151

12. The Beverly Hillbillies 152

11. The Ed Sullivan Show 154

10. Cheers 156

9. The Fugitive 157

8. The Day After 159

7. The Bob Hope Christmas Special 161

6. Gone with the Wind 162

5. XVII Winter Olympics 164

4. Super Bowl XVI 166

3. Roots 167

2. Dallas 169

1. M*A*S*H 171



APPENDIX A: CHRONOLOGY 173

APPENDIX B: TOP-RATED SHOWS PRIOR TO 1960 175

APPENDIX C: TOP 100 FACTS AND FIGURES 176

BIBLIOGRAPHY 177

INDEX 183

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