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Ratings Flashback: Top 10 TV Shows of 1950

Now, these ratings from Nielsen's first measurement year will look really, REALLY high. It should be of note that less than 4 million households had televisions, or about 9% of homes (this grew exponentially in the following seasons). Take a look at the numbers:

Show
Household Rating
Texaco Star Theatre (NBC)
61.6
Fireside Theatre (NBC)
52.6
Philco TV Playhouse (NBC)
45.3
Your Show of Shows (NBC)
42.6
The Colgate Comedy House (NBC)
42.0
Gilette Cavalcade of Spots (NBC)
41.3
The Lone Ranger (ABC)
41.2
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS)
40.6
Hopalong Cassidy (NBC)
39.9
Mama (CBS)
39.9