Nielsen Bottom 10, March 5th-11th, 1973

Week 26 of the 1972-1973 season started on Monday, March 5th, 1973 and ended on Sunday, March 11th, 1973. The highest-rated program was All in the Family on CBS with a 33.2/53 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:

## Program Network Rating
53 Bill Cosby CBS 13.6
54 NBC Saturday movie (“Topkapi”) NBC 13.3
55 60 Minutes CBS 12.8
56 Rowan & Martin NBC 12.4
57 “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde NBC   9.2
58 “Arnold Palmer American Legend” NBC   8.3
59 CBS Reports CBS   8.3
60 NBC Tuesday Movie (“The President’s Analyst” NBC   7.7
61 First Tuesday NBC   7.6
62 “Long Day’s Journey into Night” ABC   6.5

Note: I only have ratings for the Bottom 10 for this week, not the share.

NBC aired “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” (a musical) on Wednesday, March 7th from 9:30-11PM ET. ABC’s three-hour adaptation of “”Long Day’s Journey Into Night” ran from 8-11PM ET on Thursday, March 8th. And “Arnold Palmer: An American Legend” aired on NBC from 10-11PM ET on Friday, March 9th.


“‘Journey’ Lands at Bottom of Nielsens.” Los Angeles Times. 21 Mar. 1973: G16.


  • charles says:

    “Long Day’s Journey” marked the American TV debut of Sir Lawrence Olivier, who received an Emmy for Best Drama Special Actor. Clearly ABC was going for prestige and not audience when they ran this production.

  • Jon says:

    Rowan & Martin were down to their 2nd-to-last original Laugh-In show on 3/5. In the past I’ve seen a YouTube clip from this episode. It had a cameo by Oral Roberts. I noticed that instead of the Joke Wall, the final segment had cast members & cameo celebrities appearing to say “Good night, Dick!” over & over again. It’ll be interesting to see if the final new Laugh-In on 3/12 also was in the bottom 10.

    • charles says:

      The last Laugh-in featured a guest appearance by Jo Anne Worley and had cameos from Ernest Borgnine and Sammy Davis Jr. You can see all episodes on Amazon Prime.

  • paul kollmar says:

    DOCTOR JEKYL & Mr Hyde AS A MUSICAL NEVER made an impression ON ANY AUDIENCE….. let a lone to be rerunned until syndications only just the last few years. )…./ITS VIDEO CAMERA STYLE COULD HAVE PASSED FOR DARK SHADOWS..(. sadly there was no source for its promotional materials anywhere ever since….Kirk Douglas put great efforts into that project

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