This is a little embarrassing but it turns out I only have the spottiest of information regarding Nielsen ratings for the third week of the 1972-1973 season, which ran from Monday, September 25th, 1972 through Sunday, October 1st, 1972. I can tell you that the top program was Love Story, broadcast as part of The ABC Sunday Night Movie, which drew a 42.3/62 Nielsen rating. It was at the time the highest-rated movie ever broadcast on television, topping NBC’s 1968 airing of The Birds, which had a 38.9 rating. Fourth was another movie, Cactus Flower, which was broadcast on Saturday, September 30th on NBC.
I am looking in to filling out the rest of the Top Ten for this week and earlier weeks This week and the previous two weeks have been filled out; starting next week I will have all the programs in the Top Ten complete with ratings. Once again I only have the Nielsen ratings for the first two programs but going forward I should have ratings for the entire Top Ten.
Thursday, December 24th, 2009 Update: Bill was kind enough to contribute the bulk of the Nielsen ratings for this week.
|1.||ABC Sunday Night Movie||ABC||42.3|
|2.||All in the Family||CBS||33.2|
|3.||Marcus Welby, M.D.||ABC||28.3|
|4.||NBC Saturday Movie||NBC||28.1|
|5.||Bridget Loves Bernie||CBS||25.5|
|7.||Sanford and Son||NBC||24.7|
|9.||The ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week||ABC||23.8|