Top Televison Show Ratings Introduction

An introduction to the top rated television shows from 1950 to 1981 based on the Nielsen ratings.

10 TOP-RATED TV SERIES, 1950-1981

The following lists are the 10 top-rated evening television series for every year from 1950 through 1981. The Nielsen rating, television's most important ranking system, is compiled by the market research firm of A.C. Nielsen Co. Their method of audience measurement is based on the percentage of homes that are tuned to a particular program on an average night. For example, a rating of 67.3 would mean that an average of 67.3% of all homes equipped with a television set were tuned to that show.

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