The final week of 1972 was a Nielsen “black week” and no national television ratings were issued. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a “black week,” learn all about them by reading my Nielsen Black Weeks article. Simply put, until 1973 there were four weeks during the year when Nielsen didn’t release national TV ratings: in late April, late June, late August and late December.
Television critics liked these weeks because the networks used them to offload “prestigious” programs that would otherwise draw low ratings. But “black weeks” were also often filled with repeats.
Do you remember watching documentaries or news specials on television during the last week of 1972?