Nielsen Bottom 10, November 2nd-8th, 1987

Week 7 of the 1987-1988 season started on Monday, November 2nd, 1987 and ended on Sunday, November 8th, 1987. The highest-rated program was The Cosby Show on NBC with a 31.4/48 Nielsen rating/share and 45.4 million viewers according to AGB Television Research.

Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during Week 7 of the 1987-1988 season:

## Program Network Rating Viewers
62 Rags to Riches NBC 9.0/16 16,500,000
63 Hotel ABC 8.6/17 9,100,000
64 Houston Knights CBS 8.2/13 10,100,000
  Spenser: For Hire ABC 8.2/12 12,900,000
66 Sledge Hammer! ABC 7.7/12 10,700,000
67 West 57th CBS 7.6/15 14,000,000
  The Pursuit of Happiness ABC 7.6/13 13,100,000
69 My Sister Sam CBS 6.9/13 14,400,000
70 Everything’s Relative CBS 5.6/10 12,800,000
71 Leg Work CBS 5.3/9 11,800,000

Copyright A.C. Nielsen Co. and AGB Television Research

Note: USA Today did not begin including FOX programming in its weekly rating charts until December 1988.

NBC wasn’t able to stay out of the Bottom 10 this week. Rags to Riches (Friday, November 6th) was the tenth lowest-rated program of the week. But the network didn’t have too much to worry about; it had just two shows in the Bottom 20 and six in the Bottom 30.

Yet again, Saturday was the weakest night for both ABC and CBS. All of the shows CBS aired on Saturday, November 7th were in the Bottom 10: My Sister Sam, Everything’s Relative, Leg Work, and West 57th. However this week ABC managed to place Sable and Ohara outside the Top 10 (they ranked 56th and 61st for the week).

On Tuesday, November 3rd, Houston Knights on CBS could not compete with ABC’s Who’s the Boss? and Growing Pains from 8-9PM or NBC’s Matlock.

Likewise, ABC’s Sledge Hammer! on Thursday, November 5th was a weak third behind The Cosby Show on NBC and the first half of Tour of Duty on CBS. The Tuesday movie on ABC (A View to a Kill) perked up slightly at 8:30PM.

ABC also had trouble on Friday, November 6th with its new sitcom The Pursuit of Happiness, which tied for 67th for the week. The series premiere the previous week performed only marginally better.

Also of note: The Law & Harry McGraw (CBS, Tuesday, November 3rd) ranked 58th for the week; The Oldest Rookie (CBS, Wednesday, November 4th) tied for 54th; A Year in the Life (NBC, Wednesda, November 4th) tied for 43rd; Tour of Duty (CBS, Thursday, November 5th) ranked 52nd; I Married Dora (ABC, Friday, November 6th) tied for 46th; and Buck James (ABC, Sunday, November 8th) ranked 60th.

Source:
“Using this chart.” USA Today. 11 Nov. 1987: 03.d


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