Was this a No. 1 television show in the 1950s, the 1960s or the 1970s?

Try to place these top-rated titles into the correct decade!

In 1950, Nielsen Media Research began compiling its ratings of the top shows on television. For the past 70 seasons, networks have been scrapping for that No. 1 spot. And at the end of each season, one fortunate title has sat atop the throne.

The following dozen titles were all the highest-rated series of a television season sometime between 1950 and 1979. (Only Gunsmoke spanned decades, ranking No. 1 from 1957–58 to 1960–61.)

See if you can place them into the correct decade. Good luck!

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  1. I Love Lucy
  2. The Beverly Hillbillies
  3. Happy Days
  4. All in the Family
  5. Bonanza
  6. Wagon Train
  7. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
  8. Texaco Star Theater
  9. Laverne & Shirley
  10. 60 Minutes
  11. The $64,000 Question
  12. Marcus Welby, M.D.

Was this a No. 1 television show in the 1950s, the 1960s or the 1970s?

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BigE 2 months ago
11 out of 12. I missed Marcus Welby M.D.
Suzanne BigE 1 month ago
Otherwise known as "Make Us Sickby". (Sorry, I didn't care for the show).
10 out of 12. I missed Welby - no surprise I guess, and Laugh-In (one of my favorites) only because my mouse wheel slipped and clicked the wrong dates. Oh Well.
BigE Suzanne 1 month ago
I hated it too. My older sister won out (she controlled the kids TV set, lol), and I did everything an younger brother could to make her unfocused on the show. :-)
robertabbott 2 months ago
8 out of 12...I can live with that.
lutherlee 3 months ago
I am so happy to see these old shows still exist every day. It reminds me so much of, growing up and having fun.
Cowgirl 5 months ago
12 out of 12. Since I don't remember watching Texaco Star Theater and the $64,000 question, I guessed they had to have been on when I was very young. I remember watching I Love Lucy when I was a child because my parents watched it.
ndebrabant 7 months ago
You got 9 out of 12
The decades seem to run together now
Muleskinner 7 months ago
11/12. I missed Marcus Welby, MD.
Walter 9 months ago
i missed 2 shows by 1 year each, oh, well
FrankCollins 9 months ago
I Love Lucy was the first US TV show to be number 1 in the Nielsen ratings at least 3 years in a row. It did it in the 1950s. In the 1960s Bonanza did it. In the 1970s it was All in the Family, which was number 1 for 5 years in a row. In the 1980s it was The Cosby Show. In the 1990s it was Seinfeld. In the 2000s it was American Idol (ugh). Does anyone know if it has been done in the 2010s?
anthony 9 months ago
12/12!💃💃💃💃 It feels good to be #1.How did you do? Well I'll tell ya Charles,Ah I mean Little Joe.I aced this one baby!!!Took a lucky guess on "Wagon Train",but I'll take it.
daDoctah 9 months ago
Only 8 out of 12. I missed Laugh-In because I thought it didn't hit its stride until later (Lily Tomlin didn't start until the December 31, 1969 episode; all her subsequent appearances were in the '70s). And Wagon Train because I thought it had begun its decline by the sixties.
KirwoodDerby daDoctah 9 months ago
I believe the last episode of Laugh-In aired in 1973. So it’s kind of a trick question since it ran longer in the 70s than the 60s.
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