Can you name the top show for each TV season?

These top-rated shows might surprise you.

From September to May, new episodes of our favorite TV shows debut in primetime every week. When it's all said and done, one is crowned the winner in the Nielsen ratings.

Thanks to syndication and reruns, a lot of shows that originally failed to chart high in the ratings are now more popular than ever. On the flip side, some shows that peaked at number one are now largely forgotten.

Let's see if you remember the most popular shows in primetime's past. We'll give you a season. You guess which show ranked at the top. Good luck!
  1. Let's start off 60 years ago. What was the top show for the 1956–57 television season?
  2. How about 50 years ago? What was the top show for the 1966–67 television season?
  3. Let's try 40 years ago. What was the top show for the 1976–77 television season?
  4. What was the top show for the 1986–87 television season?
  5. Which Western was the top show for the 1961–62 television season?
  6. Which sitcom was the top show for the 1971–72 television season?
  7. What was the top show for the 1981–82 television season?
  8. What was the top show for the 1991–92 television season?
  9. Let's fast forward a few years. What was the top show of the 2001–02 television season?
  10. Bonus! Which show claims the longest streak at No. 1 in the ratings?

Can you name the top show for each TV season?

Your Result...

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Nightshade1972 1 month ago
I got half of them right. I'm too young to have ever watched some of them, and as for the rest, the "most popular show" for a given season was rarely the show I actually liked watching.
DerekBird 14 months ago
You got 6 out of 10 correct
You might have been tripped up over a few questions, but that okay. It means you watch all of the popular TV shows, not just the ones at number one! Got 1-6 right but messed up on the final 4.
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