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"The Top Twenty Seventies Telecasts"

What follows is a listing of the twenty top-rated single broadcasts from January 1970
through December 1979 as compiled by the A.C. Nielsen Company.
The average
audience percentage rankings are based on Nielsen reports from
those years. The listings
represent only sponsored programs telecast on
individual networks; no unsponsored or
joint network telecasts are
represented.

RANK     PROGRAM NAME
TELECAST DATE    NETWORK   AVERAGE AUDIENCE %
 1.    Roots, Part 8 (conclusion) 
2. Gone With The Wind, Part 1
3. Gone With The Wind, Part 2
4. Super Bowl XII
5. Super Bowl XIII
6. Bob Hope Christmas Show
7. Roots, Part 6
8. Roots, Part 5
9. Bob Hope Christmas Show
10. Roots, Part 3
11. Super Bowl XI
12. Super Bowl VI
13. Roots, Part 2
14. Roots, Part 4
15. The 43rd Academy Awards
16. Super Bowl VII
17. Super Bowl IX
18. Super Bowl X
19. Airport
20. Love Story
Jan. 30, 1977               ABC                    51.1
Nov. 7, 1976 NBC 47.7
Nov. 8, 1976 NBC 47.4
Jan. 15, 1978 NBC 47.2
Jan. 21, 1979 CBS 46.9
Jan. 15, 1970 NBC 46.6
Jan. 28, 1977 ABC 45.9
Jan. 27, 1977 ABC 45.7
Jan. 14, 1971 NBC 45.0
Jan. 25, 1977 ABC 44.8
Jan. 9, 1977 NBC 44.4
Jan. 16, 1972 CBS 44.2
Jan. 24, 1977 ABC 44.1
Jan. 26, 1977 ABC 43.8
Apr. 7, 1970 ABC 43.4
Jan. 14, 1973 NBC 42.7
Jan. 12, 1975 NBC 42.4
Jan. 18, 1976 CBS 42.3
Nov. 11, 1973 ABC 42.3
Oct. 1, 1972 ABC 42.3

The Most Watched Movie Telecasts of the Decade

This list includes network prime-time feature films, both those made specifically for TV (*)
and those made for theatrical release.

RANK    MOVIE
AIR DATE
 1.    Gone With the Wind, Part 1
2. Gone With the Wind, Part 2
3. Love Story (tie)
3. Airport (tie)
4. The Godfather, Part 2
5. Jaws
6. The Poseidon Adventure
7. True Grit
8. Patton
9. Jeremiah Johnson (tie)
9. Helter Skelter, Part 2 (tie)*
10. Rocky (tie)
10. Ben-Hur (tie)
11. The Godfather, Part 1
12. Little Ladies of the Night*
13. Planet of the Apes (tie)
13. Helter Skelter, Part 1 (tie)*
14. Holocaust, Part 4*
November 7, 1976
November 8, 1976
October 1, 1972
November 11, 1973
November 18, 1974
November 4, 1979
October 27, 1974
November 12, 1972
November 19, 1972
January 18, 1976
April 2, 1976
February 4, 1979
February 14, 1971
November 16, 1974
January 16, 1977
September 14, 1973
April 1, 1976
April 19, 1978

- from People Weekly Entertainment Almanac (Little, Brown & Co., Boston,
1996).

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