Nielsen Top 10, October 9th – 22nd, 1955

Here are the top ten programs for the two-week period running Sunday, October 9th through Saturday, October 22nd, 1955. The first table lists the top ten by households and the second by rating.

The reason there are two episodes of I Love Lucy on the charts is, I believe, due to the fact that the two episodes broadcast during this period (“Lucy and John Wayne” on October 10th and “Lucy and the Dummy” on October 17th) had different sponsors. The higher-rated episode was sponsored by General Foods and the lower-rated one by Proctor & Gamble.

NBC’s Sunday Spectacular, broadcast on October 9th, was “Show Biz” with Grouch Marx, Rosemary Clooney, Denis Day, Eartha Kitt, Buster Keaton and more. Mary Martin and Noel Coward starred in “Together with Music,” the Saturday, October 22nd installment of Ford Star Jubilee.

Number of TV Homes Reached
## Program Network Homes
1. $64,000 Question CBS 17,114,000
2. I Love Lucy CBS 16,175,000
3. Ed Sullivan Show CBS 14,296,000
4. I Love Lucy CBS 14,272,000
5. George Gobel Show NBC 13,444,00
6. Sunday Spectacular NBC 13,191,000
7. Disneyland ABC 13,097,000
8. Ford Star Jubilee CBS 12,443,000
9. Colgate Variety Hour NBC 11,892,000
10. December Bride CBS 11,645,000

Percent of TV Homes Reached
## Program Network Rating (%)
1. $64,000 Question CBS 53.2
2. I Love Lucy CBS 49.8
3. Ed Sullivan Show CBS 44.9
4. I Love Lucy CBS 43.9
5. Sunday Spectacular NBC 41.3
6. George Gobel Show NBC 41.1
7. Disneyland ABC 40.7
8. Ford Star Jubilee CBS 40.4
9. Godfrey’s Talent Scouts CBS 37.7
10. Red Skelton CBS 36.8

Copyright 1955 by A. C. Nielsen Co.

Note: Prior to July 1960, Nielsen ratings were not based on the total number of television households in the United States. From 1950 to 1953, ratings were a percentage of households in cities/markets in which the program was broadcast. From 1953 to 1960, ratings were a percentage of households capable of viewing a program.

“Latest Ratings: Nielsen.” Broadcasting*Telecasting. 21 Nov. 1955: Page 40.

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