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1954-55 and 1955-56 Top 30 -- CBS Manages to Edge NBC Out for 1st

Written Hunting for the Clever TV Show Titles by Bridger Cunningham

The hard-data wall appears to be 1963, with only top-30 data available prior.  Being this data is over 50 years old, locating complete season data from the elusive Nielsen organization is a daunting task.  So for the time being, enjoy a peak at the seasons.

1954-55

CBS' infiltration into NBC's ratings ground took affect, splitting up blocks of ranks.  ABC found a new niche never known to television audiences, as movies were never replayed on television until this season.

1955-56

...And CBS broke NBC's territory in half, splitting the upper reaches of the ratings chart and stealing 1st Place.  CBS would gleefully hold this title until 1976 with only a few takeover attempts from NBC in the 60's.