Top 10 Network Telecasts of All Time
(Ranked By Household Rating)

Rank

Program

Network

Household
Rating %

# of Homes
(000)

Telecast
Date

1

M*A*S*H Special

CBS

60.2

50,150

Feb. 28, 1983

2

Dallas

CBS

53.3

41,470

Nov. 21, 1980

3

Roots Pt. VIII

ABC

51.1

36,380

Jan. 30, 1977

4

Super Bowl XVI Game

CBS

49.1

40,020

Jan. 24, 1982

5

Super Bowl XVII Game

NBC

48.6

40,480

Jan 30, 1983

6

XVII Winter Olympics - Wed-2

CBS

48.5

45,690

Feb. 23, 1994

7

Super Bowl XX Game

NBC

48.3

41,490

Jan. 26, 1986

8

Gone With The Wind-Pt.1 (Big Event-Pt 1)

NBC

47.7

33,960

Nov. 7, 1976

9

Gone With The Wind-Pt.2 (NBC Mon.Mov.)

NBC

47.4

33,750

Nov. 8, 1976

10

Super Bowl XII Game

CBS

47.2

34,410

Jan. 15, 1978

NOTE:
- Average Audience % rankings based on NTI Pocketpiece Reports - January 1961 through July 20, 2003.
- Above data represent sponsored programs, telecast on individual networks, i.e., no unsponsored or joint network  telecasts are reflected in the above listings.
- Programs under 30 minutes scheduled duration are excluded.

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