Here are the first ten programs from the third Nielsen Television Index (NTI) for the 1966-1967 television season, covering the fifth and sixth weeks of the season, from Monday, October 10th, 1966 through Sunday, October 23rd, 1966. They were published in the November 14th, 1966 edition of Broadcasting. Note that the Nielsen ratings are the average of both week’s programming except in the case of special programming.
There were two specials in the top ten during these two weeks. The highest rated program was “Friends & Nabors,” an hour-long variety show starring Jim Nabors, Shirley Jones, Andy Griffith and others. It was broadcast by CBS from 9-10PM on Wednesday, October 12th and averaged a whopping 33.0 Nielsen rating. The other special in the top ten was a Bob Hope comedy special (Nielsen considered it an episode of The Bob Hope Show) titled “Murder at N.B.C.” It was shown on Wednesday, October 19th from 9-10PM on NBC.
The rest of the top ten was filled with regular weekly programs, including Bonanza, The Lucy Show and Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color. Installments of The CBS Friday Movie were Bye Bye Birdy on October 14th and One-Eyed Jacks on October 21st while on Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color viewers watched “The 101 Problems of Hercules” on Sunday, October 16th and “Gallagher Goes West (Part One)” on Sunday, October 23rd.
|1.||Friends and Nabors (Special)||CBS||33.0|
|3.||The Bob Hope Show (Special)||NBC||27.7|
|4.||The Andy Griffith Show||CBS||27.2|
|The Red Skelton Show||CBS||27.2|
|6.||The Lucy Show||CBS||25.4|
|7.||The Beverly Hillbillies||CBS||24.7|
|8.||The Jackie Gleason Show||CBS||24.0|
|9.||Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color||NBC||22.5|
|10.||The CBS Friday Movie||CBS||22.4|
“The Nielsens.” Broadcasting. 14 Nov. 1966: 72.