Top-rated United States television programs by season

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This article presents the top-rated American primetime television series by season from 1950 to the present according to Nielsen Media Research.

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Multiple Rankings in the Top 30[edit]

2 seasons
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (CBS)
  • The Alan Young Show (CBS)
  • All Star Revue (NBC)
  • The Amazing Race (CBS)
  • America's Funniest People (ABC)
  • Amos 'n' Andy (CBS)
  • The Ann Sothern Show (CBS)
  • The Apprentice (NBC)
  • Armstrong Circle Theatre (NBC)
  • The Bachelorette (ABC)
  • Baretta (ABC)
  • Ben Casey (ABC)
  • The Big Event (NBC)
  • Big Town (CBS)
  • The Bionic Woman (ABC)
  • Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (NBC)
  • Body of Proof (ABC)
  • Bull (CBS)
  • Cagney & Lacey (CBS)
  • Caroline in the City (NBC)
  • Chico and the Man (NBC)
  • Climax! (CBS)
  • Code Black (CBS)
  • Cosby (CBS)
  • Cybill (CBS)
  • Daktari (CBS)
  • Dave's World (CBS)
  • Dear John (NBC)
  • The Defenders (CBS)
  • Diagnosis: Murder (CBS)
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (CBS)
  • The Donna Reed Show (ABC)
  • Doogie Howser, M.D. (ABC)
  • Ellen (ABC)
  • Flipper (NBC)
  • 48 Hours (CBS)
  • The Fugitive (ABC)
  • Gangbusters (NBC)
  • The George Gobel Show (NBC)
  • Get Smart (NBC)
  • Gilligan's Island (CBS)
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour (CBS)
  • Grand (NBC)
  • The Guardian (CBS)
  • Hee Haw (CBS)
  • Heroes (NBC)
  • Hogan's Heroes (CBS)
  • Hopalong Cassidy (NBC)
  • How to Get Away with Murder (ABC)
  • I Dream of Jeannie (NBC)
  • Jesse (NBC)
  • The Jim Nabors Hour (CBS)
  • Julia (NBC)
  • Kung Fu (ABC)
  • Little Big Shots (NBC)
  • The Loretta Young Show (NBC)
  • Lou Grant (CBS)
  • Love & War (CBS)
  • Lux Video Theatre (NBC)
  • Major Dad (CBS)
  • Man Against Crime (NBC)
  • The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (CBS)
  • Martin Kane, Private Eye (NBC)
  • Maverick (ABC)
  • McHale's Navy (ABC)
  • Miami Vice (NBC)
  • Mike & Molly (CBS)
  • Mork & Mindy (ABC)
  • My Favorite Martian (CBS)
  • The Naked Truth (ABC/NBC)
  • Name That Tune (CBS)
  • The Nanny (CBS)
  • Our Miss Brooks (CBS)
  • The Patty Duke Show (ABC)
  • Peter Gunn (NBC)
  • The Phil Silvers Show (CBS)
  • Police Woman (NBC)
  • Private Practice (ABC)
  • The Red Buttons Show (CBS)
  • Rescue 911 (CBS)
  • Riptide (NBC)
  • Robert Montgomery Presents (NBC)
  • Route 66 (CBS)
  • The Roy Rogers Show (NBC)
  • Rules of Engagement (CBS)
  • Shark (CBS)
  • The Single Guy (NBC)
  • The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (CBS)
  • Still Standing (CBS)
  • Strike It Rich (CBS)
  • Sugarfoot (ABC)
  • Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC)
  • Taxi (ABC)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun (NBC)
  • This Is Us (NBC)
  • To Tell the Truth (CBS)
  • Too Close for Comfort (ABC)
  • Treasury Men in Action (NBC)
  • TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes (NBC)
  • 2 Broke Girls (CBS)
  • Undercover Boss (CBS)
  • The Unit (CBS)
  • Vega$ (ABC)
  • Veronica's Closet (NBC)
  • Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS)
  • Webster (ABC)
  • What's Happening!! (ABC)
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC)