Here are the first ten programs from the thirteenth week of the 1972-1973 television season, which ran from Monday, December 4th, 1972 through Sunday, December 10th, 1972. There were a total of 68 programs broadcast during the week and The Los Angeles Times published the complete Nielsen report on December 22nd, 1972. All in the Family was pushed to second by a Bob Hope Special broadcast on Sunday, December 10th on NBC. Bob’s guests included Redd Foxx, Elke Sommer and Phyllis Diller. In third place was another special, “A Christmas with the Bing Crosbys,” which also aired on December 10th and on NBC. “Frosty the Snowman” was fourth, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” fifth, “The Perry Como Winter Show” sixth and “The Little Drummer Boy” was tenth. All in all, only four regular weekly series made the Top Ten.
CBS was first with a 20.9 Nielsen rating (up from a 19.9 rating), NBC second with a 20.6 (up from an 18.4) and ABC third with a 16.9 (down from a 17.5). Here’s the Top Ten, complete with Nielsen ratings: