The 1979-1980 television season kicked off 40 years ago tonight. To celebrate, starting today I’ll be posting the weekly Nielsen Bottom 5 from the 1979-1980 season every Tuesday. Why the Bottom 5 and not the Bottom 10? Because I don’t have access to complete weekly Nielsen charts for the 1979-1980 season. I do have access to Associated Press reports that included the five lowest-rated programs each week. Unfortunately, the ratings and shares for the Bottom 5 were not included, only the rankings.
We kick things off with the first week of the 1979-1980 season. It began on Monday, September 17th, 1979 and ended on Sunday, September 23rd, 1979. The highest-rated program was Eight is Enough on ABC with a 28.3 Nielsen rating.
Here are the five lowest-rated programs:
|57||“Lucky Lady” (Movie)||CBS||N/A|
|58||Bad News Bears||CBS||N/A|
|59||A New Kind of Family||ABC||N/A|
|61||Out of the Blue||ABC||N/A|
Three of the week’s lowest-rated programs were new fall shows: A New Kind of Family (ABC), Working Stiffs (CBS), and Out of the Blue (ABC).
CBS aired the 1975 movie Lucky Lady as a “CBS Special Movie Presentation” on Saturday, September 22nd, 1979 from 9-11:15PM ET.
[No Title]. The Associated Press. 26 Sep. 1979: PM Cycle.