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Looking back...Primetime Ratings from the 80's

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7 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

Premiere Week 1986/87 Season

  1. Cosby Show NBC 33.5/50.,

  2. Family Ties NBC 32.1/43. '

  3. Cheers NBC 30.0/46

  4. Dallas CBS 28.5/44 2hr premiere pre-empting Falcon Crest

  5. Golden Girls NBC 25.6/45

  6. Stranded NBC 24.9/38 NBC Monday movie

  7. Moonlighting ABC 24.9/38

  8. Murder, She Wrote CBS 24.6/38

  9. Raiders of the Lost Ark ABC 22.7/37 ABC Sunday Movie

  10. Johnny Carson Special NBC 22.1/38 Th 9.30-11 pre-empting Night Court/Hill St Blues

  11. Football, Chicago -Green Bay ABC 22.3/36

  12. Who's the Boss ABC 21.8/36

  13. Amen NBC 20.3/36

  14. Matlock NBC 20.1/32

  15. Dynasty ABC 20.1/31

  16. 60 Minutes CBS 19.8/34

  17. Head of the Class ABC 19.2/30

  18. Sledge Hammer (Tues.) ABC 18.6/29 pre-empting Growing Pains

  19. Kate & Allie CBS 17.8/28

  20. Hunter NBC 17.5/33

  21. Gimme a Break NBC 17.5/27

  22. Perfect Strangers ABC 17.4/29

  23. Miami Vice NBC 17.4/28 24.

  24. Together We Stand CBS 17.1/26 Mon preview pre-empting My Sister Sam

  25. Doing Life NBC 18.8/27 Tuesday Movie pre-empting Crime Story/1986

  26. Highway to Heaven. NBC 16.7/27

  27. Scarecrow & Mrs. King CBS 18.6/30

  28. The Colbys (Wed.) ABC 16.6/28 pre-empting Hotel

  29. St. Elsewhere NBC 15.7/27 30.

  30. Facts of Life NBC 15.6/30 '

  31. ALF NBC 15.6/24

  32. Amazing Stories NBC 15.6/23

  33. Under the Influence CBS 15.4/24

  34. MacGyver ABC 15.4/24

  35. Valerie NBC 15.4/23 36.

  36. Jack & Mike ABC 15.3/26

  37. Football, NFL game (Sun.) NBC 15.2/29

  38. Knots Landing CBS 14.8/23

  39. Easy Street NBC 14.6/23

  40. Intimate Encounters NBC 14.2/23 Sunday movie

  41. Our House NBC 14.1/24

  42. A Team NBC 13.6/24

  43. Crime Story NBC 13.3/23 Fri @10 preview pre-empting LA Law

  44. 20/20 ABC 13.2/22 45.

  45. Kay O'Brien, Surgeon CBS 13.1/22

  46. Firefighter CBS 12.6/20 Tuesday movie

  47. Courage CBS 12.5/20 3hr Sophia Loren TV movie Wed 8-11pre_empting Together we stand/Better Days/Magnum PI/The Equalizer

  48. Mike Hammer CBS 12.1/21

  49. Hero in the Family ABC 12.0/20 Disney Sunday Movie

  50. Downtown CBS 11.8/21

  51. Sidekicks ABC 11.7/22

  52. Webster ABC 11.3/18

  53. Simon & Simon CBS 10.8/20

  54. Spenser: For Hire ABC 10.6/20

  55. Twilight Zone CBS '10.2/16

  56. The Colbys ABC 10.1/20

  57. Life with Lucy ABC 9.8/15

  58. George Washington II, part 2 CBS 9.6/16 Mon 9-11 pre-empting Newhart/Designing Women/Cagney & Lacey

  59. Sledge Hammer ABC 9.3/15

  60. The Wizard CBS 8.9/16

  61. Ellen Burstyn Show ABC 8.7/15

  62. Starman ABC 8.3/13

  63. Mr. Belvedere ABC 6211

  64. Heart of the City ABC

  65. Our World ABC 6.0/9

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Wk 30 84-85. will post 2nd request later 😀

  1. The Cosby Show NBC 28.0/42

  2. Murder, She Wrote CBS 24.5/39

  3. Family Ties NBC 24.2/37

  4. 60 Minutes CBS 21.5/48

  5. Dallas CBS 21.1/33

  6. Cheers NBC 20.1/31

  7. Lady Blue ABC 19.8/31

  8. Facts of Life NBC 19.8/30

  9. Trapper John, M.D. CBS 19.3/35

  10. A Team NBC 19.2/31

  11. Knots Landing CBS 18.9/30

  12. Bob Hope Special NBC 18.4/29

  13. Highway to Heaven NBC 18.3/30

  14. Ringling Bros. Circus CBS 18.0/28

  15. Night Court NBC 17.5/28

  16. Space, part 4 CBS 17.125

  17. Falcon Crest CBS 16.929

  18. Space, part 2 CBS 16.4/26

  19. Space, part 5 CBS 16.3/26

  20. Riptide NBC 16.2/25

  21. Hotel ABC 16.0/28

  22. Who's The Boss? ABC 15.925

  23. Sara NBC 15.8/25

  24. Miami Vice NBC 15.5/25

  25. Knight Rider NBC 15.5/24

  26. Hail to the Chief ABC 15.0/24

  27. Space, part 3 CBS 14.7/24

  28. Gimme a Break NBC 14.5/25

  29. T.J. Hooker ABC 14.328

  30. 20/20 ABC 14.3/24

  31. Remington Steele NBC 14.1/24

  32. Hardcastle & McCormick ABC 14.0/22

  33. Mr. Belvedere ABC 13.9/24

  34. Double Trouble NBC 13.8/24

  35. Hunter NBC 13.6/20

  36. Webster ABC 13.5/25

  37. Finder of Lost Loves ABC 13.5/25

  38. MacGruder & Loud ABC 13.5/23

  39. Love Boat ABC 13.323

  40. Hill Street Blues NBC 13.222

  41. Scene of the Crime NBC 13.124

  42. Three's a Crowd ABC 13.021

  43. Under One Roof NBC 12.922

  44. Airplane NBC 12.921

  45. Diffrent Strokes NBC 12.5123

  46. Fall Guy ABC 12.5/21

  47. Double Dare CBS 12.5/21

  48. Embassy ABC 12.5/21

  49. Benson ABC 12.4/21

  50. Foulups, Bleeps & Blunders ABC 11.9/19

  51. Detective in the House CBS 11.4/21

  52. Airwolf CBS 11.4/20

  53. Eye to Eye ABC 11.3/18

  54. Off the Rack ABC 11.2/18

  55. The Best of Times' NBC 11.0/20

  56. Half- Nelson NBC 10.7/18

  57. St. Elsewhere NBC 10.6/19

  58. Wildside ABC 10.4/16

  59. Punky Brewster NBC 9.9/18

  60. Cover -Up CBS 9.3/17

  61. Me and Mom ABC 9.2/16

  62. Ripley's Believe It or Not ABC

  63. E/R CBS 8.8/15

  64. Charles in Charge CBS 8.7/16

  65. That was the Week That Was ABC 8.3/13

  66. Silver Spoons NBC 7.2/15

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23 minutes ago, Paul Raven said:

Wk 30 84-85. will post 2nd request later 😀

  1. The Cosby Show NBC 28.0/42

  2. Murder, She Wrote CBS 24.5/39

  3. Family Ties NBC 24.2/37

  4. 60 Minutes CBS 21.5/48

  5. Dallas CBS 21.1/33

  6. Cheers NBC 20.1/31

  7. Lady Blue ABC 19.8/31

  8. Facts of Life NBC 19.8/30

  9. Trapper John, M.D. CBS 19.3/35

  10. A Team NBC 19.2/31

  11. Knots Landing CBS 18.9/30

  12. Bob Hope Special NBC 18.4/29

  13. Highway to Heaven NBC 18.3/30

  14. Ringling Bros. Circus CBS 18.0/28

  15. Night Court NBC 17.5/28

  16. Space, part 4 CBS 17.125

  17. Falcon Crest CBS 16.929

  18. Space, part 2 CBS 16.4/26

  19. Space, part 5 CBS 16.3/26

  20. Riptide NBC 16.2/25

  21. Hotel ABC 16.0/28

  22. Who's The Boss? ABC 15.925

  23. Sara NBC 15.8/25

  24. Miami Vice NBC 15.5/25

  25. Knight Rider NBC 15.5/24

  26. Hail to the Chief ABC 15.0/24

  27. Space, part 3 CBS 14.7/24

  28. Gimme a Break NBC 14.5/25

  29. T.J. Hooker ABC 14.328

  30. 20/20 ABC 14.3/24

  31. Remington Steele NBC 14.1/24

  32. Hardcastle & McCormick ABC 14.0/22

  33. Mr. Belvedere ABC 13.9/24

  34. Double Trouble NBC 13.8/24

  35. Hunter NBC 13.6/20

  36. Webster ABC 13.5/25

  37. Finder of Lost Loves ABC 13.5/25

  38. MacGruder & Loud ABC 13.5/23

  39. Love Boat ABC 13.323

  40. Hill Street Blues NBC 13.222

  41. Scene of the Crime NBC 13.124

  42. Three's a Crowd ABC 13.021

  43. Under One Roof NBC 12.922

  44. Airplane NBC 12.921

  45. Diffrent Strokes NBC 12.5123

  46. Fall Guy ABC 12.5/21

  47. Double Dare CBS 12.5/21

  48. Embassy ABC 12.5/21

  49. Benson ABC 12.4/21

  50. Foulups, Bleeps & Blunders ABC 11.9/19

  51. Detective in the House CBS 11.4/21

  52. Airwolf CBS 11.4/20

  53. Eye to Eye ABC 11.3/18

  54. Off the Rack ABC 11.2/18

  55. The Best of Times' NBC 11.0/20

  56. Half- Nelson NBC 10.7/18

  57. St. Elsewhere NBC 10.6/19

  58. Wildside ABC 10.4/16

  59. Punky Brewster NBC 9.9/18

  60. Cover -Up CBS 9.3/17

  61. Me and Mom ABC 9.2/16

  62. Ripley's Believe It or Not ABC

  63. E/R CBS 8.8/15

  64. Charles in Charge CBS 8.7/16

  65. That was the Week That Was ABC 8.3/13

  66. Silver Spoons NBC 7.2/15

Thanks!  Was there a week 31 for this year? I don't see Dynasty. For some reason I thought week 30 was season finale week for the nighttime soaps.

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So you are looking for season finale ratings?.... Week 30 was the official end of the TV season but the networks held back new eps of their top series for May sweeps. Here is the top 10 from week ending May 19  with all soaps final eps.

1. Dallas CBS 27.5/48

2. Dynasty ABC 25.9/39

3. The Cosby Show NBC 23.8/42

4. Falcon Crest CBS 22.0/37

5. Hotel ABC 20.8/34

6. Knot's Landing CBS 20.2/32

7. Family' Ties NBC 20.1/34

8. Death in California, pt. 2 ABC 19.2/30

9. Miss USA Beauty Pageant CBS 18.8/29

10. A Team NBC 18.8/32

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8 hours ago, Paul Raven said:

So you are looking for season finale ratings?.... Week 30 was the official end of the TV season but the networks held back new eps of their top series for May sweeps. Here is the top 10 from week ending May 19  with all soaps final eps.

1. Dallas CBS 27.5/48

2. Dynasty ABC 25.9/39

3. The Cosby Show NBC 23.8/42

4. Falcon Crest CBS 22.0/37

5. Hotel ABC 20.8/34

6. Knot's Landing CBS 20.2/32

7. Family' Ties NBC 20.1/34

8. Death in California, pt. 2 ABC 19.2/30

9. Miss USA Beauty Pageant CBS 18.8/29

10. A Team NBC 18.8/32

Thank you! Yes, this is what I was looking for. I forgot about preemptions delaying episodes so them not matching up with the episode #.

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That must have been during the "THEY WANNA TAKE THE BABIES!" storyline with KL's Val.  From what I understand, that story was HUGE for KNOTS, with practically everyone waiting for Val to be reunited with her twins.

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1986 Season finales in bold

Week ending May 18

1. The Cosby Show NBC 31.8/54

2.  Family Ties NBC 29.1/47

3.  Dallas CBS 24.9/42

4. Cheers NBC 24.4/37

 5. Stagecoach CBS 22.5/38

6. Murder, She Wrote CBS 21.7/36

7. Night Court NBC 21.6 /33

 8. 60 Minutes CBS 20.8/41

 9. Dynasty ABC 20.5/32

10. Knots Landing CBS 20.0/33

11. Moonlighting ABC 19.3/30

12. Hotel ABC 18.8/33

13. Who's the Boss ABC 18.8/33 34.

14. Falcon Crest CBS 18.8/32

15. Growing Pains ABC 18.8/31

16. NBC's 60th Anniversary NBC 18.2/29

17. Miami Vice NBC 17.7/30

18. Convicted ABC 17.4/27

19. Golden Girls NBC 17.3/33

 20. On Wings of Eagles p/ 1 NBC 17.0/28 

 

 

Week ending May 25

i. The Cosby Show NBC 28.4/51

2. Family Ties NBC 26.4/45

3. Perry Mason: Notorious Nun NBC 23.3/42  

4. Dynasty ABC 21.9/34

5. On Wings of Eagles, pt. 2 NBC 21.2/34

6. Cheers NBC 20.9/34

7. Night Court NBC 19.8/32

8. Hotel ABC 19.7/32

9. Golden Girls NBC 18.8/37 30

10. Falcon Crest CBS 17.9/31

11. Miss USA Pageant CBS 17.8/30

12. Who's the Boss ABC 17.6/31

13. Valerie NBC 17.4/28

14. MacGyver ABC 17.2/30

15. Miami Vice NBC 17.0/33

16. 227 NBC 16.5/33

17. Growing Pains ABC 18.3/27

18. Dynasty II: The Colbys ABC 15.9/26

19. Sam's Son NBC 15.625

20. 20/20 ABC 14.7/26

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I have some 80's ratings starting with 1981 from the Los Angeles Times. Unfortunately sometimes the scans are so poor they are not legible, but I will post what I can. 

 

ETA: There was a 13 week writers strike that delayed the 81-82 season, the NY Times stated the strike ended Jul 12, 1981 at 2am. So many of these shows were still in reruns. 

 

These also include a shorter list for the Los Angeles area

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Oct 5 - 11, 1981 was listed as Week 1 or premiere week for the 81-82 television season. Despite this many new shows and returning shows were still not back at this point. The schedule for the three networks would be a bit of a mess this season

 

I also have a round up of the week from Broadcasting magazine that gives some good detail and HH shares for some shows.

 

Let me know if I am adding too much stuff to each post and I will try to split it up more

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To think what might have been with Dallas after the 86-87 season. Season premiere episode pulled in the same ratings as episode 2 of the 81-82 season. The dream season explanation and 4 major cast members gone cost the ratings to erode. Of course how many more times could Sue Ellen hit the bottle or JR cheat on her. 

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