Week 13 of the 1972-1973 season started on Monday, December 4th, 1972 and ended on Sunday, December 10th, 1972. The highest-rated program was a Bob Hope special on NBC with a 38.1/55 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:
|60||Anna & King||CBS||12.2/18|
|61||ABC Apollo 17 Launch||ABC||11.9/20|
|63||Dick Van Dyke||CBS||11.9/17|
|66||Alias Smith & Jones||ABC||11.0/17|
|67||“Countdown to 2001”||ABC||10.6/15|
For the record, program titles are written exactly the way they were published in 1972.
ABC’s coverage of the Apollo 17 was scheduled to run from 9:30-11PM ET on Wednesday, December 6th. By comparison, the CBS ranked 23rd with a 19.8/36 rating/share while the NBC ranked 37th with a 17.1/31 rating/share. Both CBS and NBC were scheduled to cover the launch from 9:45-10:15PM ET.
“Countdown to 2001” and “The Vandals” were half-hour ABC specials that aired back-to-back from 8-9PM ET on Monday, December 4th. “Countdown to 2001” featured a look at future space programs like Skylab and the Space Shuttle. “The Vandals” examined the impact of vandalism on American society.
“Holiday Specials at Top of New Nielsens.” Los Angeles Times. 22 Dec. 1972: D24.
I asked last week and I’m asking again today. Does anyone have access to the full Nielsen chart for the week of December 18-24, 1972? I can only find the Top 10 and I need the 10 lowest-rated programs that week. Please contact me if you can help.