Week 23 of the 1987-1988 season started on Monday, February 22nd, 1988 and ended on Sunday, February 28th, 1988. The highest-rated program was the Winter Olympics (Saturday) on ABC with a 26.4/43 Nielsen rating/share and 38.1 million viewers according to AGB Television Research.
Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs on TV during Week 23 of the 1987-1988 season:
|46||Cagney & Lacey||CBS||11.3/18||13,000,000|
|48||Charlie Brown (repeat) (special)||CBS||10.4/15||17,000,000|
|50||Garfield (repeat) (special)||CBS||10.0/15||15,400,000|
|High Mountain Rangers||CBS||9.3/15||12,800,000|
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.
ABC continued to reap the benefits of the 1988 Winter Olympics, placing four of its nightly broadcasts of the games in the Top 10. Two more landed in the Top 20 while Friday’s coverage ranked 30th for the week.
As was the case the previous week, because ABC’s regular schedule was pre-empted, there were only a total of 54 programs in the weekly chart.
The Bottom 10 was filled primarily with CBS programming, most of which were regular low-rated shows like High Mountain Rangers, Houston Knights, and West 57th. NBC placed just two shows at the bottom of the Nielsen chart: the recently introduced Sonny Spoon (ranked 47th) and Our House (ranked 49th).
CBS had its worst performances on Tuesday, February 23rd and Saturday, February 27th. A pair of low-rated repeats of animated specials (“Garfield in Paradise” and “She’s a Good Skate, Charlie Brown”) from 8-9PM on Tuesday. Jake and the Fatman followed at 9PM while Cagney & Lacey closed out the night for CBS. Both dramas weren’t actually significantly impacted by Olympic coverage. Had ABC’s regular programming aired, the two likely would have ranked about where they typically did.
West 57th, the little-watched CBS newsmagazine, was negatively impacted by ABC’s Olympic coverage to some degree. Its ratings were always low, however, and it may have ranked dead last without the Olympics.
Also of note: Noble House (Part 2) (NBC, Monday, February 22nd) ranked 22nd for the week; Noble House (Part 3) (NBC, Tuesday, February 23rd) tied for 28th; The Wizard of Oz (CBS, Wednesday, February 24th) tied for 24th; Noble House (Part 4) (NBC, Wednesday, February 24th) ranked 20th; “Friday Night Surprise!” (NBC, Friday, February 26th) ranked 36th; and Bluegrass (Part 1) (CBS, Sunday, February 28th) ranked 15th.
“Using this chart.” USA Today. 2 Mar. 1988: 03.d