Nielsen Bottom 10, April 2nd-8th, 1973

We’ve come to the end of my look back at the lowest-rated programs each week of the 1972-1973 season. The 30th and final week of the season started on Monday, April 2nd, 1973 and ended on Sunday, April 8th, 1973. The highest-rated program was “Elvis–Aloha From Hawaii” on NBC with a 33.8/57 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:

## Program Network Rating
53 Mission: Impossible CBS 11.3/19
54 First Tuesday NBC 10.8/21
55 NBC Tuesday Movie (“Lord Love a Duck”) NBC 10.7/18
56 Great Movies-Selznick (“Farmer’s Daughter”) ABC 10.3/16
57 Touch of Grace ABC 10.0/17
58 Bobby Darin NBC   9.8/17
59 Julie Andrews ABC   9.8/17
60 The Men ABC   7.9/15
61 Owen Marshall ABC   7.7/14
62 Here We Go Again ABC   6.8/11

ABC aired the 1947 film The Farmer’s Daughter on Wednesday, April 4th from 8-10PM ET, part of its Great Movies of David O. Selznick retrospective.


“Elvis Unseats Archie In National Nielsens.” Los Angeles Times. 21 Apr. 1973: 31.


  • charles says:

    Weird that in 1973, 2 networks would run movies in B&W! “Farmer’s Daughter” is noteworthy in that a decade earlier ABC ran a sitcom version with Inger Stevens in the Loretta Young role.

  • Jon says:

    Here we go again: HERE WE GO AGAIN is AGAIN in last place, trampled by ALL IN THE FAMILY.

    BEWITCHED had held the AITF time slot the year before in its last partial year, but I’d hope if the network had gotten the Ashers to go for BEWITCHED Season 9 that it would’ve given the show a better slot than this one, especially since it probably would’ve been ABC’s most expensive sitcom that season.

    • charles says:

      Bewitched did indeed have a 9th season planned, and because it was not picked up, William Asher forced ABC to take 2 series they didn’t want, “The Paul Lynde Show ” and “Tempeture’s Rising”. Since Asher’s option was for 2 years, it was finally filled by renewing “Tempeture’s Rising” and replacing James Whitmore with Lynde.

      • Bob says:

        ABC wanted a 9th season but Mrs Asher wanted out of her marriage with Mr. Asher and BEWITCHED.

  • paul kollmar says:

    .. A PAINFUL REMINDER WHAT REFLECTS AT THE END OF AN ENTIRE CAREER/// bobby darin passed way soon after his last april episodes floundered ( he;s had a lifelong career of admiration ever since//its funny; pirated episodes of the variety show rarely appeared even on you tube……

  • Patrick McNamara says:

    I can’t recall if the TV broadcast season ended in April. It now ends in May. I do recall the time between seasons was long enough for two entire airings of a show so that they could air a show then rerun the entire show before the start of the next season. So you could catch a show on another network you hadn’t seen in it’s first airing. (VCRs killed that.)

  • Ninh Nguyen says:

    Next year, the September of 2019, the Bottom 10 of Nielsens show ex-Top 10 runaway Gunsmoke.

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