Here are the top ten programs for the two-week period covering Sunday, November 13th through Saturday, November 26th, 1955. The first table lists the top ten by households and the second by rating. Note that scripted, weekly series hold three of the top spots on both lists, with I Love Lucy and December Bride appearing on both with Dragnet appearing on the households list and Private Secretary on the rating list. Private Secretary and The Jack Benny Show alternated the 7:30-8PM time slot on CBS; during this two-week period Private Secretary aired on Sunday, November 13th and The Jack Benny Show on Sunday, November 20th. That makes this list a perfect example of the problem inherent averaging two week's worth of ratings information. It is possible, for example, that one of the two episodes of I Love Lucy actually rated higher than $64,000 Question during this two-week period. But because ratings for series that aired episodes during both weeks are averaged together, if the other episode was low-rated it would drag down the average.
|2.||I Love Lucy||CBS||14,292,000|
|3.||Jack Benny Show||CBS||12,883,000|
|5.||General Electric Theatre||CBS||11,810,000|
|6.||You Bet Your Life||NBC||11,306,000|
|8.||Ed Sullivan Show||CBS||11,038,000|
|9.||I've Got a Secret||CBS||10,971,000|
|2.||I Love Lucy||CBS||44.4|
|3.||Jack Benny Show||CBS||40.9|
|5.||General Electric Theatre||CBS||37.1|
|6.||Ed Sullivan Show||CBS||34.7|
|I've Got a Secret||CBS||34.7|
|8.||You Be Your Life||NBC||34.6|
Note: Prior to July 1960, Nielsen ratings were not based on the total number of television households in the United States. From 1950 to 1953, ratings were a percentage of households in cities/markets in which the program was broadcast. From 1953 to 1960, ratings were a percentage of households capable of viewing a program.