Nielsen Bottom 10, November 16th-22nd, 1987

Week 9 of the 1987-1988 season started on Monday, November 16th, 1987 and ended on Sunday, November 22nd, 1987. The highest-rated program was The Cosby Show on NBC with a 31.0/47 Nielsen rating/share and 48.3 million viewers according to AGB Television Research.

Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during Week 9 of the 1987-1988 season:

## Program Network Rating Viewers
61 Hotel ABC 9.5/18 10,600,000
62 Disney Sunday Movie ABC 9.3/14 16,500,000
63 Thirteen at Dinner (movie) CBS 8.9/15 12,900,000
64 Ohara ABC 8.7/15 13,100,000
65 The Pursuit of Happiness ABC 8.4/14 12,500,000
66 West 57th CBS 7.8/15 11,600,000
67 Sledge Hammer! ABC 6.9/11 9,500,000
68 The Charmings ABC 6.8/10 10,700,000
69 The King of Love (movie) ABC 6.7/11 8,300,000
70 Sable ABC 6.0/10 9,800,000

Copyright A.C. Nielsen Co. and AGB Television Research

Note: USA Today did not begin including FOX programming in its weekly rating charts until December 1988.

Adding The CBS Saturday Night Movie to its weekly schedule may not have helped CBS improve its overall ratings but it did help the network when it came to the Bottom 10. CBS only had two shows in the Bottom 10 this week: its Saturday movie night and West 57th, which also aired on Saturday, November 21st. ABC took the other eight spots in the Bottom 10.

There were actually three different movies in the Bottom 10: The Thanksgiving Promise on ABC’s The Disney Sunday Movie (Sunday, November 22nd) ranked 62nd; Thirteen at Dinner on The CBS Saturday Night Movie (Saturday, November 21st) ranked 63rd; and The King of Love on The ABC Thursday Night Movie (Thursday, November 19th) ranked 69th.

ABC’s weakest programs were spread throughout the second half of the week: its entire lineup on Thursday, November 19th; The Pursuit of Happiness on Friday, November 20th; its entire lineup on Saturday, November 21st; and most of its lineup on Sunday, November 22nd (only Dolly ranked outside the Bottom 10).

Also of note: Frank’s Place (CBS, Monday, November 16th) tied for 49th for the week; Houston Knights (CBS, Tuesday, November 17th) tied for 53rd; thirtysomething (ABC, Tuesday, November 17th) tied for 45th; The Oldest Rookie (CBS, Wednesday, November 18th) ranked 59th; and Rags to Riches (NBC, Friday, November 20th) tied for 57th.

“Using this chart.” USA Today. 25 Nov. 1987: 03.d

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