1966-67 Ratings History

Written Flying the Bat Signal at ABC's Cooling Ratings by Bridger Cunningham (former TVRG Writer) 

Behold a rare treasure trove of illusive sitcom data.  As promised, TV Ratings Guide continues its ongoing efforts to deliver comprehensive ratings data as it becomes available.  Previously, data before 1984 was non-existent in a comprehensive table or list.  September 2, 2017 bulldozed that Nielsen wall, breaking into the 1983-84 data.  The overall Ratings History will follow shortly, but not before reporting another leading development in TVRG's ongoing ratings anthology series.  After thoroughly researching the internet for ratings, a Star Trek fan check site unveiled valuable data which resurrected a new chain of ratings to report, as they located valued Nielsen Rankings from the 30th-70th Nielsen rankings from an August 1967 article from American Television history.  When peering further, not only did this article possess the data from 1966-67, but also had 1964-66 data intact.  Nielsen ratings are not revealed, but ranks and shares are reported.  This finding, along with a listing of renewed and cancelled shows for the season, crafted enough data for TVRG to compose a Sitcom Scorecard and Ratings History for the year.  

Please note this data is incomplete, as ranks 1-31 have ratings points, ranks 30-70 have shares, and 71-101 have no data except seasons and status.  Given TVRG possesses the majority of the data, a Ratings History Card can be conceptually crafted.  
CBS emerged the victor for this season for a 12th consecutive run, NBC in 2nd and ABC losing ground in 3rd.  CBS dominated 60% of the top 20 shows, NBC 30% and ABC with 10%.  Ranking above 60th place gave television programming a higher chance for survival, with only 7 shows surviving the remaining 41 ranks.  Figure out if any of these television titles ring familiar, as this season broadcast more than 50 years ago. 

To look back on 1965-66, follow the associated link. 


Trending Hot -- CBS sitcoms proved to be the surviving staple folks recall more than half a century later.  Conversely, westerns were popular in the 50's and 60's and are only remembered via title.  Variety shows continued to proliferate all three flagships.  Law Enforcement shows such as Dragnet, Mission: Impossible, I Spy and Get Smart became popular staples in the lineup.  

Trending Tepid -- ABC sensations such as Peyton Place and Batman's duplicate showings cooled down this season after reigning prior years.  Science Fiction fantasy pieces fared with mixed results, including Star Trek which landed at 52nd place.  Movie evenings also experienced similar fortunes.  

Trending Cold -- Save for Get Smart, NBC sitcoms pitted the lineup with poor results.  Older shows from the 40's and 50's of all genres met their ending, particularly longstanding gameshows. 
  
Sources: 

Finally Back Home Season 1 Episode 7: The Kid


SETTING: House, after work

BRIAN
So, the kid’s really coming home today?

ANDREW
Yep.

BRIAN
Does he have a name?

ANDREW
Wyatt.

BRIAN
Why what?

ANDREW
That’s his name. Wyatt.

BRIAN
Oh! OK. Hold old did you say he was again? 28?

ANDREW
Nope, 7. I’m really not sure how you got 28 because we’ve been over this.

BRIAN
I’ll remember this time.

FRAN
Brian, you’re not gonna be the first one to see the kid. I have an agreement with Josh and Andrew.

BRIAN
Fine by me, you can see him first.

FRAN
Good.

ANDREW
You both realize someone needs to meet with him at the adoption center, right?

FRAN
Of course! I’ll be there after work.

JOSH
That’s too late.

FRAN
Then how about this: I’ll be there when you tell me to be there. Deal?

JOSH
That’s what we’ve been getting at, yeah.

FRAN
What time do you want me there?

ANDREW
Let’s see...they want us there at 10pm so I guess in a couple hours.

JOSH
Why would they want us there at 10pm? That seems pretty late.

ANDREW
Let me check...oops, yeah, 10am.

JOSH
Are you kidding me?

ANDREW
I’m sure they’ll understand! Just a classic time mixup.

JOSH
They already aren’t too into us.

FRAN
YOU RUINED MY GRANDCHILD!!

ANDREW
Relax!

FRAN
I WON’T RELAX!

ANDREW
Let’s just go now.

ANDREW, JOSH, BRIAN, and FRAN get into a car and go to the adoption center.

JOSH
Locked.

ANDREW
There's a kid on the bench outside. Let's see if it's him!

FRAN
Don't you dare. I'm gonna be the first to see him.

FRAN leaves the car and approaches the kid.

FRAN
What's your name?

KID
STRANGER DANGER!

FRAN
Oh no! Are you--crap, I'll be right back.

FRAN goes back to the car.

FRAN
What's his name again?

BRIAN
Graham.

ANDREW
Wyatt! Don't listen to him.

JOSH
Actually his middle name is Graham, but that was a lucky guess.

FRAN approaches the kid again.

FRAN
Wyatt Graham?

WYATT
What?

FRAN
I'm Fran, Josh and Andrew's mom.

WYATT
Oh, the guys who ditched me?

FRAN
They didn't ditch you, they were given the wrong time.

WYATT
That sadly sounds believable. Where are they?

FRAN
In the car. [Yelling] GET OUT HERE JOSH AND ANDREW.

BRIAN [Yelling]
CAN I COME?

FRAN [Yelling]
SURE!

JOSH, ANDREW, AND BRIAN approach FRAN and WYATT. WYATT hugs JOSH and BRIAN.

JOSH
I'm not much of a hugger but glad to see you don't hate me yet.

BRIAN
Same.

ANDREW
No hug for me?

WYATT
I was just gonna hug my dads but sure.

ANDREW
You think I'm the grandpa?

WYATT
I mean...kind of.

ANDREW
I'm your other dad.

JOSH
Nice Andrew, already asserting yourself as other dad.

WYATT
So, are we gonna get going? It's kind of cold and dark out.

FRAN
Yeah. Let's go.

Thursday Cable Ratings 2/20/20: Elizabeth Warren CNN Town Hall Tops Joe Biden’s, The Bold Type and The Sinner Rise, Grownish Ties Low

Below are the top 25 programs on cable on Thrusday, 2/20/20. Items of note include Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden's Town Halls on CNN, The Bold Type on Freeform and The Sinner on USA.
(Note: Click the names of the shows written in purple or blue to be taken to their pages in the TV Ratings Guide Cable Database.)
Show
Network
18-49 Viewers
Viewers (mil.)
The First 48A&E0.461.29
The First 48A&E0.441.25
NBA: Nets v. 76ersTNT0.431.19
60 Days InA&E0.411.04
NBA: Rockets v. WarriorsTNT0.371.03
HannityFox News0.354.11
Tucker Carlson TonightFox News0.343.85
Floribama ShoreMTV0.340.64
Dr. Pimple PopperTLC0.341.67
My Feet Are Killing MeTLC0.331.52
The Ingraham AngleFox News0.283.58
The FiveFox News0.283.53
Prject RunwayBravo0.271.36
Impractical JokersTru0.270.54
Swamp PeopleHistory0.261.32
College Basketball: OH St. v. IAESPN0.230.86
The StoryFox News0.232.77
CNN Town Hall: Elizabeth WarrenCNN0.221.25
Restaurant ImpossibleFood0.211.05
Special Report with Bret BaierFox News0.212.77
Christina on the CoastHGTV0.210.97
NBA Pre-GameTNT0.210.68
Fox News At NightFox News0.212.00
Christina on the CoastHGTV0.210.95
The Rachel Maddow ShowMSNBC0.212.78




Highlights Below the Chart:


The SinnerUSA0.180.58
CNN Town Hall: Joe BidenCNN0.161.13
Grown-ishFreeform0.120.29
Erin Burnett OutFrontCNN0.110.86
Morning JoeMSNBC0.091.16
Deadline: White HouseMSNBC0.081.42
The Bold TypeFreeform0.050.13
Everything's Gonna Be OkayFreeform0.040.12

Thursday TV Ratings 2/20/20: Will & Grace Stays Low as Other NBC Comedies Rise, Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy Rise

Final numbers to come.
Time
Show
18-49 Rating/Share
Viewers (mil)
Channel
8 PMYoung Sheldon1.0/69.03CBS

Station 191.0/56.27ABC

Superstore0.7/42.68NBC

Last Man Standing0.7/43.62Fox

Katy Keene0.1/10.54The CW
8:30 PMThe Unicorn0.7/46.00CBS

Brooklyn Nine-Nine0.6/31.92NBC

Outmatched0.5/32.06Fox
9 PMGrey's Anatomy1.1/55.99ABC

Mom0.7/46.29CBS

Deputy0.5/33.30Fox

Will & Grace0.4/32.03NBC

Dogs of the Year (R)0.1/10.54The CW
9:30 PMCarol's Second Act0.6/34.74CBS

Indebted0.4/21.56NBC
10 PMLaw & Order: SVU0.7/43.43NBC

A Million Little Things0.6/33.66ABC

Tommy0.4/34.69CBS

1965-66 Ratings History

Written Asking Where the Ratings Monsters Went by Bridger Cunningham (former TVRG Writer) 

Behold a rare treasure trove of illusive sitcom data.  As promised, TV Ratings Guide continues its ongoing efforts to deliver comprehensive ratings data as it becomes available.  Previously, data before 1984 was non-existent in a comprehensive table or list. The September 2, 2017 bulldozed that Nielsen wall, breaking into the 1983-84 data.  The overall Ratings History will follow shortly, but not before reporting another leading development in TVRG's ongoing ratings anthology series.  After thoroughly researching the internet for ratings, a Star Trek fan check site unveiled valuable data which resurrected a new chain of ratings to report, as they located valued Nielsen Rankings from the 30th-70th Nielsen rankings from an August 1967 article from American Television history.  When peering further, not only did this article possess the data from 1966-67, but also had 1964-66 data intact.  Nielsen ratings are not revealed, but ranks and shares are reported.  This finding, along with a listing of renewed and cancelled shows for the season, crafted enough data for TVRG to compose a Sitcom Scorecard and Ratings History for the year.  

To see the surrounding 1964-65 and 1966-67 years, click on the links.



Trending Hot -- CBS sitcoms proved to be the surviving staple folks recall more than half a century later.  Conversely, westerns were popular in the 50's and 60's and are only remembered via title.  Variety shows continued to proliferate all three flagships.    

Trending Tepid -- ABC sensation such as Peyton Place cooled down after igniting the Nielsens the previous year with Mia Farrow.  Movie evenings also experienced similar fortunes.  

Trending Cold - Monster shows and middling sitcoms left the air after 2-3 seasons.  NBC sitcoms did not fare well, and gameshows began to descend downward in the ratings.