Highest Rated Television Programs

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Statistic Verification
Source: Nielsen
Date Verified: 12.22.2013
Show or Episode
Homes (Million)
% of Homes
Share Date
1
M*A*S*H series finale: “Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen”
75.15
60.2%
77%
28 Feb 1983
2
Dallas episode: “Who Done It?” aka “Who shot J.R.?”
41.47
53.3%
76%
21 Nov 1980
3
Roots Part VIII (finale)
36.38
51.1%
71%
30 Jan 1977
4
Super Bowl XVI (San Francisco 49ers vs. Cincinnati Bengals)
40.02
49.1%
73%
24 Jan 1982
5
Super Bowl XVII (Washington Redskins vs. Miami Dolphins)
40.48
48.6%
69%
30 Jan 1983
6
XVII Winter Olympics: Women’s figure skating (SP) ft. Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
45.69
48.5%
64%
23 Feb 1994
7
Super Bowl XX (Chicago Bears vs. New England Patriots)
41.49
48.3%
70%
26 Jan 1986
8
The Oprah Winfrey Show (Guest: Michael Jackson)
36.5
47.9%
67%
10 Feb 1993
9
Gone with the Wind telecast (part 1)
33.96
47.7%
65%
7 Nov 1976
10
Gone with the Wind telecast (part 2)
33.75
47.4%
64%
8 Nov 1976
11
Super Bowl XII (Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos)
34.41
47.2%
67%
15 Jan 1978
12
Super Bowl XIII (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys)
35.09
47.1%
74%
21 Jan 1979
13
Bob Hope Christmas Special
27.26
46.6%
64%
15 Jan 1970
14
Super Bowl XLIV (New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts)
53.6
46.4%
68%
7 Feb 2010
15
Super Bowl XVIII (Los Angeles Raiders vs. Washington Redskins)
38.88
46.4%
71%
22 Jan 1984
16
Super Bowl XIX (San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins)
39.39
46.4%
63%
20 Jan 1985
17
Super Bowl XIV (Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Rams)
35.33
46.3%
67%
20 Jan 1980
18
Super Bowl XXX (Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers)
44.15
46.0%
68%
28 Jan 1996
19
Film: The Day After
38.55
46.0%
62%
20 Nov 1983
20
Roots Part VI
32.68
45.9%
66%
28 Jan 1977
21
The Fugitive series finale: “The Judgement: Part 2”
25.70
45.9%
72%
29 Aug 1967
22
Super Bowl XXI (New York Giants vs. Denver Broncos)
40.03
45.8%
66%
25 Jan 1987
23
Roots Part V
32.54
45.7%
71%
27 Jan 1977
24
Super Bowl XXVIII (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills)
42.86
45.5%
66%
30 Jan 1994
25
Cheers series finale: “One for the Road”
42.36
45.5%
64%
20 May 1993
26
The Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles’ first appearance
73.24
45.3%
60%
9 Feb 1964
27
Super Bowl XXVII (Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills)
41.99
45.1%
66%
31 Jan 1993
28
Bob Hope Christmas Show
27.05
45.0%
61%
14 Jan 1971
29
Roots Part III
31.90
44.8%
68%
25 Jan 1977
30
Super Bowl XXXII (Denver Broncos vs. Green Bay Packers)
43.63
44.5%
67%
25 Jan 1998
31
Super Bowl XI (Oakland Raiders vs. Minnesota Vikings)
31.61
44.4%
73%
9 Jan 1977
32
Super Bowl XV (Oakland Raiders vs. Philadelphia Eagles)
34.54
44.4%
63%
25 Jan 1981
33
Super Bowl VI (Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins)
27.45
44.2%
74%
16 Jan 1972
34
XVII Winter Olympics: Ladies’ figure skating (LP)
ft Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding
41.54
44.1%
62%
25 Feb 1994
35
Roots Part II
31.40
44.1%
62%
24 Jan 1977
38
The Beverly Hillbillies: “The Giant Jackrabbit”
22.57
44.0%
65%
8 Jan 1964
39
Roots Part IV
31.19
43.8%
66%
26 Jan 1977
40
The Ed Sullivan Show: The Beatles’ second appearance
22.445
43.8%
60%
16 Feb 1964
41
Super Bowl XXIII (Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers)
39.32
43.5%
68%
22 Jan 1989
42
42nd Academy Awards
25.39
43.4%
78%
7 Apr 1970
43
Super Bowl XXXIV (St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans)
43.62
43.3%
63%
30 Jan 2000
44
Super Bowl XXXI (New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers)
42.00
43.3%
65%
26 Jan 1997
45
The Thorn Birds Part III
35.99
43.2%
62%
29 Mar 1983
46
Super Bowl XLII (New York Giants vs. New England Patriots)
48.66
43.1%
65%
3 Feb 2008
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Source: Statistic Brain Research Institute (Online / Direct Response Mail)
Content Author: Statistic Brain

Date research was conducted: September 2, 2016

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