Here are the first ten programs from the thirtieth week of the 1972-1973 television season, which ran from Monday, April 2nd, 1973 through Sunday, April 8th, 1973. I’m not sure if this was the final week of the traditional television season but it is the last week I’ll be covering. NBC, which had topped the chart the previous week with the 45th Annual Academy Awards, once again had the highest-rated show this week with “Elvis — Aloha from Hawaii.” All in the Family was second for CBS.
The Elvis special ran from 8:30-10PM on Wednesday, April 4th. It was preceded by a repeat of “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree,” which ranked eighth, and followed by another special, “Ann Margret–When You’re Smiling,” which ran from 10-11PM and ranked third. NBC’s broadcast of The Wizard of Oz on Sunday, April 8th ranked fifth. Overall, NBC took four of the top five programs and six of the top ten. Despite these strong performances, NBC was only just able to squeak past CBS for the week, averaging an 18.6 Nielsen rating compared to the 18.4 rating for CBS. ABC was third with a 15.8 rating.
Here’s the Top Ten, complete with Nielsen ratings:
|1.||“Elvis — Aloha from Hawaii”||NBC||33.8|
|2.||All in the Family||CBS||30.5|
|3.||“Ann Margret–When You’re Smiling”||NBC||27.9|
|4.||Sanford & Son||NBC||26.9|
|5.||“Wizard of Oz”||NBC||26.4|
|6.||NBC Sunday Mystery Movie (McCloud)||NBC||26.0|
|7.||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||CBS||24.5|
|8.||“Winnie the Pooh and The Honey Tree”||NBC||24.2|