Screen Source presents:

20 Most Popular TV Shows

Each Year In The 1970's

Updated March 28, 1997


The following table shows America's TV favorites every year beginning in 1970.
The TV 'year' generally consists of September to June for the show's original air play.

RANK

TITLE

NETWORK

 

 

 

1970-71

 

 

1

Marcus Welby, M.D.

ABC

2

The Flip Wilson Show

NBC

3

Here's Lucy

CBS

4

Ironside

NBC

5

Gunsmoke

CBS

6

The ABC Movie of the Week

ABC

7

Hawaii Five-O

CBS

8

Medical Center

CBS

9

Bonanza

NBC

10

The F.B.I.

ABC

11

The Mod Squad

ABC

12

Adam-12

NBC

13

Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (tie)

NBC

13

The Wonderful World of Disney (tie)

NBC

15

Mayberry F.F.D.

CBS

16

Hee Haw

CBS

17

Mannix

CBS

18

The Man from Shiloh

NBC

19

My Three Sons

CBS

20

The Doris Day Show

CBS

 

1971-72

 

1

All in the Family

CBS

2

The Flip Wilson Show

NBC

3

Marcus Welby, M.D.

ABC

4

Gunsmoke

CBS

5

The ABC Movie of the Week

ABC

6

Sanford and Son

NBC

7

Mannix

CBS

8

Funny Face (tie)

CBS

8

Adam-12 (tie)

NBC

10

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

CBS

11

Here's Lucy

CBS

12

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

13

Medical Center

CBS

14

The NBC Mystery Movie

NBC

15

Ironside

NBC

16

The Partridge Family

ABC

17

The F.B.I.

ABC

18

The New Dick Van Dyke Show

CBS

19

The Wonderful World of Disney

NBC

20

Bonanza

NBC

 

 

 

1972-73

 

 

1

All in the Family

CBS

2

Sanford and Son

NBC

3

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

4

Maude

CBS

5

Briget Loves Bernie (tie)

CBS

5

The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie (tie)

NBC

7

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (tie)

CBS

7

Gunsmoke (tie)

CBS

9

The Wonderful World of Disney

NBC

10

Ironside

NBC

11

Adam-12

NBC

12

The Flip Wilson Show

NBC

13

Marcus Welby, M.D.

ABC

14

Cannon

CBS

15

Here's Lucy

CBS

16

The Bob Newhart Show

CBS

17

ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week

ABC

18

NFL Monday Night Football

ABC

19

The Partridge Family (tie)

ABC

19

The Waltons (tie)

CBS

 

 

 

1973-74

 

 

1

All in the Family

CBS

2

The Waltons

CBS

3

Sanford and Son

NBC

4

M*A*S*H

CBS

5

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

6

Maude

CBS

7

Kojak (tie)

CBS

7

The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (tie)

CBS

9

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (tie)

CBS

9

Cannon (tie)

CBS

11

The Six Million Dollar Man

ABC

12

The Bob Newhart Show (tie)

CBS

12

The Wonderful World of Disney (tie)

NBC

14

The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie

NBC

15

Gunsmoke

CBS

16

Happy Days

ABC

17

Good Times (tie)

CBS

17

Barnaby Jones (tie)

CBS

19

NFL Monday Night Football (tie)

ABC

19

The CBS Friday Night Movie (tie)

CBS

 

 

 

1974-75

 

 

1

All in the Family

CBS

2

Sanford and Son

NBC

3

Chico and the Man

NBC

4

The Jeffersons

CBS

5

M*A*S*H

CBS

6

Rhoda

CBS

7

Good Times

CBS

8

The Waltons

CBS

9

Maude

CBS

10

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

11

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

CBS

12

The Rockford Files

NBC

13

Little House on the Prairie

NBC

14

Kojak

CBS

15

Police Woman

NBC

16

S.W.A.T.

ABC

17

The Bob Newhart Show

CBS

18

The Wonderful World of Disney (tie)

NBC

18

The Rookies (tie)

ABC

20

Mannix

CBS

 

 

 

1975-76

 

 

1

All in the Family

CBS

2

Rich Man, Poor Man

ABC

3

Laverne and Shirley

ABC

4

Maude

CBS

5

The Bionic Woman

ABC

6

Phyllis

CBS

7

Sanford and Son (tie)

NBC

7

Rhoda (tie)

CBS

9

The Six Million Dollar Man

ABC

10

The ABC Monday Night Movie

ABC

11

Happy Days

ABC

12

One Day at a Time

CBS

13

The ABC Sunday Night Movie

ABC

14

The Waltons (tie)

CBS

14

M*A*S*H (tie)

CBS

16

Starsky and Hutch (tie)

ABC

16

Good Heavens (tie)

ABC

18

Welcome Back, Kotter

ABC

19

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

CBS

20

Kojak

CBS

     

1976-77

   

1

Happy Days

ABC

2

Laverne and Shirley

ABC

3

The ABC Monday Night Movie

ABC

4

M*A*S*H

CBS

5

Charlie's Angels

ABC

6

The Big Event

NBC

7

The Six Million Dollar Man

ABC

8

The ABC Sunday Night Movie (tie)

ABC

8

Baretta (tie)

ABC

8

One Day at a Time (tie)

CBS

11

Three's Company

ABC

12

All in the Family

CBS

13

Welcome Back, Kotter

ABC

14

The Bionic Woman

ABC

15

The Waltons (tie)

CBS

15

Little House on the Prairie (tie)

NBC

17

Barney Miller

ABC

18

60 Minutes (tie)

CBS

18

Hawaii Five-0

CBS

20

NBC Monday Night at the Movies

NBC

 

 

 

1977-78

 

 

1

Laverne & Shirley

ABC

2

Happy Days

ABC

3

Three's Company

ABC

4

Charlie's Angles (tie)

ABC

4

All in the Family (tie)

CBS

4

60 Minutes (tie)

CBS

7

Little House on the Prairie

NBC

8

M*A*S*H (tie)

CBS

8

Alice (tie)

CBS

10

One Day at a Time

CBS

11

How the West Was Won

ABC

12

Eight Is Enough

ABC

13

Soap

ABC

14

The Love Boat

ABC

15

NBC Monday Night Movie

NBC

16

NFL Monday Night Football

ABC

17

Barney Miller (tie)

ABC

17

Fantasy Island (tie)

ABC

19

The Amazing Spider-Man (tie)

CBS

19

Project U.F.O. (tie)

NBC

 

 

 

1978-79

 

 

1

Laverne & Shirley

ABC

2

Three's Company

ABC

3

Mork & Mindy

ABC

4

Happy Days (tie)

ABC

4

The Ropers (tie)

ABC

6

What's Happening!! (tie)

ABC

6

Alice (8:30) (tie)

CBS

8

M*A*S*H

CBS

9

One Day at a Time (Monday)

CBS

10

Taxi

ABC

11

60 Minutes (tie)

CBS

11

Charlie's Angels (tie)

ABC

13

Angie

ABC

14

Alice (9:30)

CBS

15

All in the Family

CBS

16

WKRP in Cincinnati (tie)

CBS

16

Soap (tie)

ABC

18

Eight Is Enough

ABC

19

All in the Family

CBS

20

Barney Miller (tie)

ABC

20

CBS Sunday Night Movie (tie)

CBS

 

 

 

1979-80

 

 

1

60 Minutes

CBS

2

Three's Company

ABC

3

That's Incredible

ABC

4

M*A*S*H

CBS

5

Alice

CBS

6

Dallas

CBS

7

Flo

CBS

8

The Jeffersons

CBS

9

The Dukes of Hazzard

CBS

10

One Day at a Time

CBS

11

WKRP in Cincinnati

CBS

12

Goodtime Girls

ABC

13

Archie Bunker's Place

CBS

14

Taxi

ABC

15

Eight Is Enough

ABC

16

Little House on the Prairie

NBC

17

House Calls

CBS

18

Real People

NBC

19

CHiPs

NBC

20

Happy Days

ABC

Source: Nielsen Media Research.


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