Nielsen Bottom 10, October 30th-November 5th, 1972

Week 8 of the 1972-1973 season started on Monday, October 30th, 1972 and ended on Sunday, November 5th, 1972. The highest-rated program was All in the Family on CBS with a 36.7/57 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:

## Program Network Rating
57 Banyon NBC 13.9.25
58 Bill Cosby CBS 11.8/18
59 McGovern Political–Friday CBS 11.2/22
60 Streets of San Francisco ABC 11.0/18
61 Sixth Sense ABC 10.6/19
62 McGovern Political–Sunday NBC 10.6/18
63 Alias Smith & Jones ABC   9.9/16
64 McGovern Political–Wednesday NBC   7.5/14
65 Vote for Peace–Monday CBS   6.7/12
66 Amer. Independent Party Political Tuesday NBC     4.0/7

For the record, program titles are written exactly the way they were published in 1972.

Paid political programs dominated the Bottom 10 this week, including three different programs supporting George McGovern for President.

Sources:

“All Networks Close on Weekly Averages” Los Angeles Times. 15 Nov. 1972: G29.
“The race.” Broadcasting. 20 Nov. 1972: 68.


2 Comments

  • charles says:

    No idea who Vote for Peace was for [certainly not Nixon], but I can tell you that the American Independent Party was the highest ranking third-party in 1972. Its candidate was John G. Schmitz and he got 1.1 million votes that year. Famed pediatrician and political activist Benjamin Spock ran as the People’s Party candidate and came in 5th. This was the first election that a Libertarian nominee was on the ballot, but didn’t get many votes.

    • charles says:

      One added note: the Libertarian Party got its one [and still only] electorial vote when Roger Macbride of Virginia cast a faithless ballot in protest of Nixon’s Vietnam policies.

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