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1970-1971 Television Season

The top five shows of 1970-71 were Gunsmoke, Ironside, Here's Lucy, and Flip Wilson Show with the most popular being Marcus Welby, M.D.. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

Shows that started before 8:00pm (and therefore not in the grid below) included: The Young Rebels, Lassie, Hogan's Hero's, Wild Kingdom, The Red Skelton Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Family Affair, Brady Bunch, and Let's Make a Deal. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1970-1971
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC ContinuedYoung Lawyers Silent Force Monday Night Football
CBS ContinuedGunsmoke Here's Lucy Mayberry RFD Doris Day Show Carol Burnett Show
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 Green Acres Hee Haw To Rome with Love 60 Minutes
NBC ContinuedDon Knotts Show Julia NBC Tuesday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Make Room for Granddaddy Room 222 Johnny Cash Show Dan August
CBS ContinuedStorefront Lawyers Governor & JJ Medical Center Hawaii Five-O
NBC ContinuedMen from Shiloh Kraft Music Hall [Rotating]
McCloud / SF International Airport / The Psychiatrist / Night Gallery
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC ContinuedMatt Lincoln Bewitched Barefoot in the Park Odd Couple The Immortal
CBS Jim Nabors Hour CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBC ContinuedFlip Wilson Show Ironside Nancy Dean Martin Show
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Nanny & the Professor Partridge Family That Girl Love, American Style This is Tom Jones
CBS ContinuedThe Interns Headmaster CBS Friday Night Movie
NBC ContinuedHigh Chapparral Name of the Game Bracken's World
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Newlywed Game Lawrence Welk Show Most Deadly Game [local]
CBS ContinuedMission: Impossible My Three Sons Arnie Mary Tyler Moore Mannix
NBC ContinuedAndy Williams Show Adam 12 NBC Saturday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC The FBI ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Ed Sullivan Show Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Tim Conway Hour
NBC ContinuedWalt Disney's Wonderful World Bill Cosby Bonanza [Bold Ones (rotating)]
New Doctors / The Senator / 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.

1970-1971 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC 17,789,500
2. The Flip Wilson Show NBC 16,768,000
3. Here's Lucy CBS 15,686,000
4. Ironside NBC 15,445,700
5. Gunsmoke CBS 15,325,500
6. ABC Movie of the Week ABC 15,085,000
7. Hawaii Five-O CBS 15,025,000
8. Medical Center CBS 14,724,500
9. Bonanza NBC 14,364,000
10. The F.B.I. ABC 13,823,000
11. Mod Squad ABC 13,642,700
12. Adam 12 NBC 13,582,600
13. Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC 13,462,400
14. The Wonderful World of Disney NBC 13,462,400
15. Mayberry R.F.D. CBS 13,402,300
16. Hee Haw CBS 12,860,400
17. Mannix CBS 12,800,300
18. The Men from Shiloh NBC 12,741,200
19. My Three Sons CBS 12,500,800
20. The Doris Day Show CBS 12,440,700
21. The Smith Family ABC 11,380,600
22. The Mary Tyler Moore Show CBS 11,200,300
23. NBC Saturday Night Movie NBC 11,080,000
24. The Dean Martin Show NBC 11,020,000
25. The Carol Burnett Show CBS 11,900,800
26. The Partridge Family ABC 11,900,800
27. NBC Monday Movie NBC 11,900,800
28. ABC Sunday Movie ABC 11,840,000
29. The Jim Nabors Hour CBS 11,720,500
30. CBS Thursday Movie CBS 11,599,300
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