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1971-1972 Television Season

The top five shows of 1971-72 were Sanford and Sun, Gunsmoke, Marcus Welby, M.D., and Flip Wilson Show with the most popular being All in the Family. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

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Prime Time TV Schedule for 1971-1972
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC ContinuedNanny & Professsor [local] Monday Night Football
CBS ContinuedGunsmoke Lucy Show Doris Day Show My Three Sons Arnie
NBC Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC ContinuedMod Squad Movie of the Week Marcus Welby, M.D.
CBS ContinuedGlen Campbell Goodtime Hour Hawaii Five-O Cannon [local]
NBC ContinuedIronside Sarge The Funny Side [local]
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Bewitched Courtship of Eddie's Father Smith Family Shirley's World Man and the City
CBS Carol Burnett Show Medical Center Mannix
NBC Adam 12 [NBC Mystery Movie (rotating)]
McCloud / Columbo / McMillan & Wife
Night Gallery
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Alias Smith & Jones Longstreet Owen Marshall
CBS Bearcats CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBC Flip Wilson Show Nichols Dean Martin Show
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Brady Bunch Partridge Family Room 222 Odd Couple Love, American Style
CBS Chicago Teddy Bears O'Hara U.S. Treasury New CBS Friday Night Movie
NBC The D.A. NBC World Premiere Movie [Local]
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Getting Together ABC Movie of the Weekend The Persuaders
CBS All in the Family Funny Face New Dick Van Dyke Show Mary Tyler Moore Mission: Impossible
NBC The Partners The Good Life NBC Saturday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC The FBI ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS CBS Sunday Night Movie Cade's Country [Local]
NBC ContinuedWonderful World of Disney Jimmy Stewart Show Bonanza [Bold Ones (rotating)]
New Doctors / The Lawyers
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Note: Television seasons have generally begun in September of each year. And new shows often do not last the entire season. The shows below began the new season but did not necessarily run all the way through to summer reruns.
Continued - Indicates show began before the time period indicated.

1971-1972 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. All in the Family CBS 21,114,000
2. The Flip Wilson Show NBC 17,512,200
3. Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC 17,263,800
4. Gunsmoke CBS 16,146,000
5. ABC Movie of the Week ABC 15,897,600
6. Sanford and Son NBC 15,649,200
7. Mannix CBS 15,400,800
8. Funny Face CBS 14,841,900
9. Adam 12 NBC 14,841,900
10. The Mary Tyler Moore Show CBS 14,717,700
11. Here's Lucy CBS 14,717,700
12. Hawaii Five-O CBS 14,655,600
13. Medical Center CBS 14,593,500
14. The NBC Mystery Movie NBC 14,407,200
15. Ironside NBC 14,283,000
16. The Partridge Family ABC 14,034,600
17. The F.B.I. ABC 13,910,400
18. The New Dick Van Dyke Show CBS 13,786,200
19. The Wonderful World of Disney NBC 13,662,000
20. Bonanza NBC 13,599,900
21. Mod Squad ABC 13,351,500
22. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC 13,289,400
23. The Carol Burnett Show CBS 13,165,200
24. The Doris Day Show CBS 13,165,200
25. Monday Night Football ABC 12,978,900
26. ABC Sunday Movie ABC 12,916,800
27. The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour CBS 12,544,200
28. Room 222 ABC 12,295,800
29. Cannon CBS 12,295,800
30. CBS Friday Movie CBS 12,109,500
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