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Ratings from the 50's.

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1.Secret Storm CBS8.3

2. As the World Turns CBS 8.2

3.Search for Tomorrow CBS 8.1

4. House Party CBS 8.0

5. Edge of Night CBS 7.9

6. Dotto CBS 7.7

7. Guiding Light CBS 7.5

8. Verdict IsYours CBS 7.5

9. Tic Tac Dough NBC 7.5

10. Big Payoff CBS 7.4

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May 1954

1. Howdy Doody NBC 5.30- 6.00 19.6

2. SFT 17.1

3. TGL 15.6

4. LOL 14.4

5. The Big Payoff 12.5

In comparison the top 5 nightime shows

1. I Love Lucy 61.4

2. Dragnet 49.7

3. Bob Hope 44.5

4. Milton Berle 38.7

5. You Bet Your Life 42.8

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February 1957

ABC had yet to program in daytime.

Comedy time was  sitcom reruns on NBC and aired at 5pm,hence the higher ratings.

1. Comedy Time NBC 12.3

2. Guiding Light CBS 11.4

3. Search for Tomorrow.CBS 10.9

4. Queen for A Day NBC 10.2

5. Secret Storm CBS 10.2

6. Edge of Night CBS 9.9

7. Houseparty CBS 9.9

8. Modern Romances NBC 9.8

9. Tic Tac Dough NBC 9.6

10. Brighter Day CBS 9.4

11. Big Pay Off CBS 9.4

12. Arthur Godfrey CBS 9.1

13. Matinee Theater NBC 9.1

14. Love of Life CBS 8.8

15. Truth or Consequences NBC 8.2

16. As The World Turns CBS 8.0

17. Strike It Rich CBS 8.0

18. Tennessie Ernie Ford NBC 7.9

19. Garry Moore CBS 7.6

20. Bob Crosby CBS 7.6

21. Our Miss Brooks CBS 7.4

22.Price Is Right NBC 7.0

23. Valiant Lady CBS 6.7  

24. Home NBC 3.0

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April 1954

NEW YORK, March 28. -The following are the top 10 day-time video programs as of the first week of February, cornpared with the top 10 in February 51 52, according to Trendex:

1952

 1. Howdy Doody 13.6 

 2. Kate Smith Hour .,. 9.1

 3. Strike It Rich 8.8 

 4. Gabby Hayes 7.4 

 5. Bill Goodwin 6.9 

 6. Ralph Edwards 6.7 

 7. Hawkins Falls 6.6 

 8. Big Payoff 6.5 

 9. Arthur Godfrey 5.5 

10. The Egg and I . 5.0 

 

1953

1. Howdy Doody 15.2

2.  Strike It Rich 10.8

3.  Arthur Godfrey 10.0

4.  Bride and Groom 9.8

5.  Welcome Travelers 9.4

6.   Big Payoff 9.3

7.  Gabby Hayes 8.8.

8.  Love of Life 8.9.

9.  Houseparty 7.9

10. Search for Tomorrow 7.7

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December 1958

1. As The World Turns (CBS) 9.3

2 Price is Right (NBC) 9.0

3. Concentration (NBC) 9.0

4. Search For Tomorrow (CBS) 8.2

5. The Guiding Light (CBS) 8.2

6. The Verdict is Yours (CBS) 7.9

7.Secret Storm (CBS) 7.9

8. House Party (CBS) 7.7

9.The Edge of Night (CBS) 7.6

10.The Brighter Day (CBS) 7.4

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June 1959

1. The Guiding Lighjt 9.6

2. Search for Tomorrow 9.4

3. As The World Turns 8.9

4. The Edge of Night 8.5

5. Secret Storm 8.3

6. House Party 7.5

7. The Brighter Day 7.5

8. I Love Lucy 7.4

9. Concentration 7.4

10. Love of Life 7.4

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Second half of September 1958.

1. ATWT 8.6 CBS

2. Price is Right 8.5 NBC

3. Concentration 8.4 NBC

4. Secret Storm 8.0 CBS

5. Verdict Is Yours 7.9 CBS

6. Edge of Night 7.8 CBS

7. Search for Tomorrow 7.7 CBS

8. Guiding Light 7.6 CBS

9. Tic Tac Dough 7,6 NBC

10. Big Payoff 7.5 CBS

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December 1959

1, As The World Turns 10.2

2. Search For Tomorrow 10.0

3. The Guiding Light 9.9

4. Secret Storm 9.2

5. Price Is Right 9.2

6. House Party 9.0

7. Concentration 9.0

8. Edge of Night 8.8

9. Big Payoff 8.7

10. Verdict Is Yours 8.7

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Jan 25 - 29 54

1. Howdy Doody NBC 15.8

2. Pinky Lee NBC 13.0

3. Arthur Godfrey CBS 10.8

4.Strike It Rich CBS 9.8

5. House Party CBS 8.9

6. Big Pay Off CBS 8.1

7. Guiding Light CBS 7.9

8. Search For Tomorrow CBS 7.5

9.Valiant Lady CBS 7.2

10.On Our Account CBS 7.0

11. Love of Life CBS 6.8

12.Bob Crosby CBS 6.7

13. Garry Moore CBS 6.6

14.Double Or Nothing 6.5

15.Garry Moore CBS 6.3

16. Kate Smith NBC 5.4

17. Atom Aquad NBC 5.1

18.Bride and Groom NBC 5.0

19.Ding Dong School  NBC 5.0

20.Welcome Travellers NBC 4.8

21. Today NBC 3.2

22. Hawkins Falls NBC 3.0

23.Three Steps To Heaven NBC 2.8

24.The Bennetts NBC 2.8

25.Kate Smith NBC 2.0

Edited by Paul Raven

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