Here are the first ten programs from the fifth Nielsen Television Index (NTI) report for the 1966-1967 television season, covering the ninth and tenth weeks of the season, from Monday, November 7th, 1966 through Sunday, November 20th, 1966. They were published in the December 12th, 1966 edition of Broadcasting. Note that the Nielsen ratings are the average of both week’s programming except in the case of special programming or pre-emptions.
There were only two specials in the top ten during these two weeks, the CBS broadcast of “Clown Alley” on Wednesday, November 9th, and an installment of The Bob Hope Show (otherwise known as “The Bob Hope Comedy Special”) broadcast by CBS on Wednesday, November 16th. “Clown Alley” ranked third with a 26.7 Nielsen rating, behind only Bonanza and The Lucy Show, while “The Bob Hope Comedy Special” ranked 8th with a 24.5 rating.
The Red Skelton Show was pre-empted on Tuesday, November 8th by election results. The two installments of The NBC Saturday Movie were The Man Who Knew Too Much (on November 12th) and Come September (on November 19th).
|2||The Lucy Show||CBS||27.3|
|3.||Clown Alley (Special)||CBS||26.7|
|4.||The Red Skelton Show*||CBS||26.4|
|5.||The Jackie Gleason Show||CBS||25.7|
|6.||The Andy Griffith Show||CBS||25.4|
|8.||The Bob Hope Show (Special)||CBS||24.5|
|9.||The Beverly Hillbillies||CBS||24.2|
|10.||The NBC Saturday Movie||NBC||23.3|
*Broadcast one week only
“It’s Still a Close Ratings Race.” Broadcasting. 12 Dec. 1966: 64.