The 10 Most Watched TV Shows Of All Time (Scripted Television)

Published by Seth Quillen in: Television,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 14 Feb 2011 Comments: 0

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Last week Super Bowl XLV (45) became the most watched television show of all time with 111 million viewers tunning in to watch the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. This brought up the question, what are The 10 Most Watched TV Shows of all time? And we answered. But that list was not a lot of fun because except for the M*A*S*H* and the Cheers finales the list was full of Super Bowls. So we decided to round up The 10 Most Watched TV Shows Of All Time (Scripted Television). Actually we got the Top 15 for you because I wanted Friends to be on the list too. Most of the shows on this list will be there for a very, very long time, as it’s getting harder and harder to gain a huge audience with the ever increasing number and variety of television channels.

The 15 Most Watched TV Shows Of All Time (Scripted Television)
1. M*A*S*H* (Finale)— 106 million viewers (1983)
2. Cheers (Finale) — 93 million (1993)
3. Dallas (“Who Shot J.R.?”) — 83.1 million (1980)
4. Seinfeld (Finale)— 76.3 million (1998)
5. The Day After (TV movie) — 70 million (1983)
6. Roots (Part 7 – Finale) — 69.1 million (1977)
7. Cosby Show (Say Hello to a Good Buy) — 65 million (1987)
8. The Thorn Birds (Part 3) — 64.8 million (1983)
9. The Thorn Birds (Part 4) — 64.6 million (1983)
10. The Thorn Birds (Part 2) — 63.7 million (1983)
11. Roots (Part 6) — 62.1 million (1977)
12. Roots (Part 5) — 61.8 million (1977)
13. Roots (Part 3) — 60.6 million (1977)
14. Roots (Part 2) — 59.7 million (1977)
15. Friends (The One After the Super Bowl) — 52.9 million (2004)

Source: TV Squad, USA Today, TV.com

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