Nielsen Bottom 10, December 17th-23rd, 1973

Week 15 of the 1973-1974 season started on Monday, December 17th, 1973 and ended on Sunday, December 23rd, 1973. The highest-rated program was All in the Family on CBS with a 31.0/52 Nielsen rating/share. Here are the 10 lowest-rated programs:

## Program Network Rating
54 NBC Follies NBC 12.3/22
55 Roll Out CBS 11.9/20
56 ABC Sunday Movie (“A Doll’s House”) ABC 10.9/19
57 Rock & Roll Years ABC 10.9/18
58 ABC Saturday Movie (“Snatched”) ABC 10.2/18
59 Temperatures Rising ABC 10.2/17
60 Toma ABC   9.5/15
61 Partridge Family ABC   8.3/17
62 Calucci’s Dept. CBS   7.2/12
63 ABC News Closeup ABC   6.5/12

A special ABC News Closeup on Food titled “Green Grow the Profits” aired from 10-11PM ET on Friday, December 21st, 1973.

This is will be my final weekly Bottom 10 post from the 1973-1974 season. I only have the full ratings charts for the first 15 weeks of the season. Either The Los Angeles Times stopped publishing them or I couldn’t find them years ago when I had access to historical issues of the newspaper through a library database.


“Top 10 in Nielsen List Dominated by CBS.” Los Angeles Times. 7 Jan. 1974: D18

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4 Replies to “Nielsen Bottom 10, December 17th-23rd, 1973”

  1. don’t laugh— THE PARTRIDGE CLAN STATISTICALLY HAD MORE SONGS PUBLISHED ( thru the scream gems production) than ANY VARIETY SHOW IN THIS HISTORY OF ANY tv series-**- go check** sort of an overcompensation for the COWSILL’s…. who went bankrupt by this time……..(.. I woke up in love this morning???…)

  2. “Patrridge Family” had been moved from it’s longtime Friday-night timeslot to Saturdays (head-to-head against “All In The Family” and “Emergency!”) in the Fall of 1973.

    Competing against those two hits, the Partridges didn’t have a chance!

    I thought (but I’m not sure) that ABC moved “Partridge Family” back to Fridays at the start of 1974. But if they didn’t, it didn’t save the show.

  3. “Rock And Roll Years” began as a one-shot hour-long special in September of 1973 which drew huge ratings.

    Later that fall, ABC turned it into a weekly half-hour series, but it only lasted a few weeks.

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