Historical Ratings Database

1965-66 Ratings History -- CBS Dominates the District With Sitcom Silliness

1966-67 Ratings History -- Early 50's Programming Bids Adieu, and ABC Sensations Cool to Blue

1970-71 Top 30 -- The Rural Purge Shoots Bullets and Hires Loggers Through the TV Landscape

1971-72 Ratings -- The Fallout of The Rural Purge

1972-73 Top 30 -- Unwarranted Religious Controversy Kills The 5th Place Ratings Winner

1973-74 Ratings History -- ABC Descends Upward Due To Popular Movie Nights; An End to the Lucille Ball Era

1974-75 Ratings History -- Gunsmoke Ends a 20-Year Run, An Unmatched Record for 35 years

1975-76 Top 30 TV Ratings -- 1,2,3... 1st Times Run Rampant as ABC Reaches 2nd and NBC Sinks to 3rd

1976-77 Top 30 Ratings -- New Record As ABC Jiggles Into 1st, CBS Returns to 2nd After Ruling 21 Undisturbed Years

1977-78 Ratings History -- ABC Does Its Second Jiggle Into 1st Place Thanks to a Controversial Soap

1978-79 Top 30 Ratings -- ABC Enjoys a Hattrick in 1st Place

1979-80 Top 30 Ratings -- CBS Reclaims 1st After 3-Season Absence

1980-81 Top 30 Ratings -- CBS Rules the Top, ABC Comes In Second, NBC in Another Lost Year

1981-82 Top 30 Ratings -- Primetime is Awash in a Bubble Bath as Nighttime Soaps Become the Rage

1982-83 Top 30 Ratings -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part

1983-84 Top 30 Ratings -- Despite Softer Ratings, Nothing Cancelled at the Top

1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps

1984-85 -- NBC Breaks its 8-Year Curse and Shoves Into 2nd Place as ABC and CBS Continue to Bank on Soap Prominence

1985-86 -- NBC Bubbles to New Heights Due to Sitcoms, ABC and CBS' Soap Bubbles Burst

1986-87 -- Overall Ratings Down With NBC Claiming a Large Victory

1987-88 -- Downward Trends. NBC Still 1st, ABC Rebounds to 2nd After 4-Year Drought, CBS Sees All-Time Low in 3rd Place. And FOX is a Joke

1988-89 -- The WGA Writer's Strike Changes The TV Landscape, NBC still rules

1990-91 Ratings History -- ABC Reclaims 1st Place After 11 Years, Sitcoms Still Dominate

1991-92 Ratings History -- Political Controversy Catapults CBS Back to 1st After 7-Year Absence, NBC Fortunes Plummet to 3rd

1993-94 Ratings History -- ABC Sitcoms Go For Gold, NBC Still Down

1994-95 -- ABC Again in 1st, NBC's Creative Renaissance Lands Then in 2nd, UPN and WB Debut in the Cellar

1997-98 Ratings History -- NBC In Front Again as Seinfeld Laughs and ER Drama Captivate

1998-99 -- A Narrow(er) Race for the Top 3 Ranks; Sitcoms Troubled, Duplicate News and Reality TV On the Rise

1999-2000 -- The Game(Show) Changes as 3rd Place ABC Overtakes NBC for 1st Place, CBS Returns to 3rd after 3 Seasons

2000-01 -- Survivor Catapults CBS Back Into 1st Place, ABC Trades the Gold for 3rd

2001-02 Ratings History -- Reality TV Rages On, NBC Reclaims 1st Place

2003-04 Ratings History -- New Records as FOX Outright Claims 3rd, ABC Becomes the Oldest Network to Fall to 4th Place

2004-05 Ratings History -- ABC Builds a Desperate Home in 2nd Place; NBC's Home Floods to 4th

2005-06 Ratings History -- UPN and WB Take a Bow After 12 Struggling Seasons

2007-08 Ratings History -- The WGA Strike Inflicts Permanent Damage on the Ratings Landscape; FOX is 1st

2014-15 Ratings History -- ABC Experiences a Creative Turnaround, Returns to 3rd Place

2015-16 Ratings History -- ABC's Brief Renaissance Implodes

2016-17 Ratings History -- NBC Makes a Glorious Rebound Thanks to This is Us; ABC Bleeds Without Sports

Sitcom Scorecard Database

Welcome to the Sitcom Scorecard atabase. By clicking on the titles below, you will be redirected to each individual page. Enjoy!

1965-66 Sitcom Scorecard -- Several Old Favorites Leave ABC and CBS

1966-67 Sitcom Scorecard -- Lucy and CBS Slapstick Rule The Ratings Charts

1973-74 Sitcom Scorecard -- The Brady Bunch and Partridge Family Foreclose in a Network Sitcom Purge

1974-75 Sitcom Scorecard -- A Lean Season With High Casualties and Poor Happy Days Ratings

1977-78 Sitcom Scorecard -- ABC Dethrones CBS As The Sitcom Champ, NBC Cancels All Sitcoms

1983-84 Sitcom Scorecard -- No More Happy Days for One Day at a Time as Three's Company Becomes a Crowd

1984-85 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC Says No to Soaps as ABC and CBS Binge on Dynasty and Dallas Cocaine

1985-86 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC Soars as Its Competition Plunges

1986-87 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC Still Rules; CBS Sports Biggest Gains

1987-88 Sitcom Scorecard -- Unilateral Drops as ABC Rebounds, CBS Plunges and FOX Is a Joke

1988-89 Sitcom Scorecard -- WGA Strike Reduces Sitcom Quantity, NBC Leads, ABC and FOX 

1989-90 Sitcom Scorecard: Look Back on 55 Sitcoms

1990-91 Sitcom Scorecard -- TGIF Grows, Helping ABC Take On Aging NBC Comedies

1991-92 Sitcom Scorecard -- Mid-80's Sitcoms Meet Their Ends, Thursdays and Saturdays Weaken

1992-93 Sitcoms -- Ratings on The Technology Cusp

1993-94 Sitcom Scorecard -- ABC Claims 1st Place in Overall Ranks and Sitcoms, NBC Again in 3rd Place

1994-95 Sitcom Scorecard -- ABC Claims 1st Place a 3rd Year, The Biggest Laugh UPN and CW Deliver Is Their Ratings

1995-96 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC Returns to 1st Place After 5-Year Absence

1996-97 Sitcom Scorecard -- Not Much Changed As NBC 1st, Ratings Down Across The Board

1997-98 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC Rules Again, CBS Sitcoms Fall Below FOX's Few Entries

1998-99 Sitcom Scorecard -- Post-Seinfeld Sitcoms Fade; FOX, WB and UPN Now the Three 
Nielsen Laughing Stocks

1999-2000 Sitcom Scorecard -- The Scripted Purge Creates Harsh Realities for Sitcoms

2000-01 Sitcom Scorecard -- New Milestone as FOX is 3rd in Sitcoms for the First Time, New Low as ABC Comedies Sink to 4th

2001-02 Sitcom Scorecard -- NBC and CBS Rule The Pack, ABC Disintegrates

2002-03 Sitcom Scorecard -- Reality TV Continues to Cull The Sitcoms Into Remote Nielsen Ranges

2003-04 Sitcom Scorecard -- New Lows For ABC; Another Year in 1st for NBC as They Only Spare 2 Sitcom

2004-05 Sitcom Scorecard -- A Year of TV Changes Leaves CBS in Front, A Downward Trend For Sitcoms

2005-06 Sitcom Scorecard -- The Hills Run Red for Comedy As Reality TV and Network Closures Clean House

2006-07 Sitcom Scorecard -- Sitcoms Become An Endangered Species

2007-08 Sitcom Scorecard -- The Office Merges With Success as the WGA Strike Shutters Sitcom Opportunities

2010-11 Sitcom Scorecard -- CBS Champions Edgier Humor With Mike and Molly's Welcome Arrival

2011-12 Sitcom Scorecard -- 2 Broke Girls Offer a Modern Bang for Two and a Half Men

2012-13 Sitcom Scorecard -- Nerds Rule and Reality TV Drools

2013-14 Sitcom Scorecard -- Brooklyn 99 Kicks Off The Sitcom-Heavy Glass Schedule

2014-15 Sitcom Scorecard -- The Goldbergs and Mom Skate to Faster Ratings as Networks Treat Sitcoms as an In-Trend

2015-16 Sitcom Scorecard -- Are These The Last Sitcoms On Earth? Get Real O'Nielsen's!

2016-17 Sitcom Scorecard -- Sitcoms Are Still Viable After The Scripted Purge of the 2000's