Can you guess which TV show was more popular in the Eighties?

It literally is a popularity contest.

Eighties pop culture continues to cast a heavy shadow over the modern era. In the list of TV shows below, you will find titles that are still on the air, that remain streaming favorites, that have been rebooted, or that are about to be rebooted. People can't get enough of the 1980s.

But which shows were the most popular in the '80s?

Thankfully, the Nielsen Ratings have been keeping score for decades. We looked at the top-rated shows in each television season. See if you can guess which series had more viewers in that particular season.

Good luck!

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  1. In the 1980–81 season, which show had more viewers: M*A*S*H (Season Nine) or The Waltons (Season Nine)?
  2. In the 1981–82 season, which show had more viewers: Happy Days (Season Nine) or The Jeffersons (Season Eight)?
  3. In the 1982–83 season, which show had more viewers: The Love Boat (Season Six) or Monday Night Football?
  4. In the 1983–84 season, which show had more viewers: Knight Rider (Season Two) or AfterMASH (Season One)?
  5. In the 1984–85 season, which show had more viewers: Cheers (Season Three) or Simon & Simon (Season Four)?
  6. In the 1985–86 season, which show had more viewers: The Golden Girls (Season One) or Miami Vice (Season Two)?
  7. In the 1986–87 season, which legal drama had more viewers right out the gate: L.A. Law (Season One) or Matlock (Season One)?
  8. In the 1987–88 season, which show had more viewers: Murder, She Wrote (Season Four) or A Different World (Season One)?
  9. In the 1988–89 season, which show had more viewers: Unsolved Mysteries (Season One) or The Wonder Years (Season Two)?
  10. In the 1989–90 season, which show had more viewers: 60 Minutes or America's Funniest Home Videos?

Can you guess which TV show was more popular in the Eighties?

Your Result...

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AlF 13 days ago
So basically pick the intuitive opposite for every question to ace this quiz...
SheriHeffner 1 month ago
5 out of 10. I sucked at this one.
KellyShort 1 month ago
You got 4 out of 10
I watched the good shows not the popular ones
JERRY6 1 month ago
3 i would not know popular tv if it hit me on the head
Lillyrose 1 month ago
2 out of 10.
bobbygood Lillyrose 1 month ago
If it makes you feel any better, I only got one right.
metvpush 1 month ago
4/10 for me I thought I would ace that! I forget what A Different World was about.
JewelsChuck metvpush 19 days ago
It was about college age and their personal drama. It was a comedy show.
Lacey 1 month ago
Ouch, 4/10
Some of these really surprised me. SHows that you thought were really popular then Vs shows you don't really hear about now.
BobD 1 month ago
3/10. I LOVED TV in the 80's! Guess I loved all the wrong shows, however!
UTZAAKE 1 month ago
3/10. Good quiz.
3. How could I have forgotten about the NFL players strike that season?
HopeChinWah 1 month ago
I only got 3 out of 10. I guess the 80;s was not my year. Now the 60's would have been better for me. I think I am too old for the 80's.
daDoctah 1 month ago
4/10. But then my favorite '80s show was Pink Lady and Jeff.
Krn daDoctah 1 month ago
🤣🤣
CouchPotato987 1 month ago
I never would’ve thought Miami Vice had less viewers than the Golden Girls. Lol
Runeshaper 1 month ago
That was surprising and terrifying LOL
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