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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nightshade 3 months ago
wow 10 outta 12 ...having all those superstations rerunning all this stuff was a good thing lol
idkwut2use 4 months ago
7/12…wasn’t born ‘til ‘87, okay? xD;
DerekBird 4 months ago
You got 11 out of 12
It feels good to be No. 1. How did you do?

Missed #11.
BigE 19 months ago
11 out of 12. I missed Marcus Welby M.D.
Suzanne BigE 18 months 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 18 months 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 19 months ago
8 out of 12...I can live with that.
lutherlee 20 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 22 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 24 months ago
You got 9 out of 12
The decades seem to run together now
Muleskinner 24 months ago
11/12. I missed Marcus Welby, MD.
Walter 26 months ago
i missed 2 shows by 1 year each, oh, well
FrankCollins 26 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?
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