Here are the first ten programs from the twenty-second week of the 1972-1973 television season, which ran from Monday, February 5th, 1973 through Sunday, February 11th. I don’t have the complete Nielsen list for the week but Bill was kind enough to provide the Top Ten. All in the Family was not surprisingly the most-watched program; the remainder of the Top Ten was filled with a handful of regular series, a movie night, a series premiere and two specials. Two programs aired by NBC on Thursday, February 8th — another “Bob Hope Special” and another special called “NBC Follies” — were third and fourth, respectively. One of Bob’s guests in this special was George Foreman, while “NBC Follies” featured Andy Griffith, Mickey Rooney, Sammy Davis Jr., and others.
In sixth place was the premiere of NBC’s Escape, a half-hour pseudo-documentary series narrated by Jack Webb, in which stories of bravery and adventure were presented. It was the first of four episodes broadcast between February and April of 1973. In tenth place was NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, which this week presented The Andromeda Strain. Based solely on the Top Ten, which included seven NBC programs and just three on CBS, it stands to reason that NBC was first for the week. But I don’t have the weekly averages at hand.
Here are the Top Ten:
|1.||All in the Family||CBS||35.0|
|2.||The NBC Mystery Movie (Columbo)||NBC||32.3|
|3.||“Bob Hope Special”||NBC||31.2|
|4.||Sanford and Son||NBC||30.6|
|7.||Bridget Loves Bernie||CBS||26.0|
|9.||The Flip Wilson Show||NBC||25.9|
|10.||NBC Saturday Night at the Movies||NBC||25.9|