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1980-81 Top 30 Ratings -- CBS Rules the Top, ABC Comes In Second, NBC in Another Lost Year


Written Salvaging a Loss of Ratings Data by Bridger Cunningham

Ratings Data prior to 1984 is scarce, to TV Ratings Guide will post what is available and may update overall network ranks and sitcom scorecards when available.

This season, CBS enjoyed another year leading in 1st place, as it did for much of TV history prior to 1976.  Dallas became the latest sensation as primetime soaps became the rage.  ABC registered another year in 2nd place as its sitcoms and escapism fares still burned strong.  And NBC continued to struggle since 1975 as hits became scarce.


Sources:

http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/by_5_yr_period/top_programs_1980-1985.html

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