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Poll: Favorite Number One Rated Television Series

Nielsen ratings are used in the United States to measure the popularity of a TV series. Below are all the broadcast TV series that have rated number one at the end of the seasons since 1950-1951. Which is your favorite series?

Note: These are the highest overall rated TV series. This does not include the highest rated TV series in the demo.

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    Texaco Star Theatre (1948)

    1950-1951
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    Talent Scouts (1948)

    1951-1952
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    I Love Lucy (1951)

    1952-1955, 1956-1957
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    The $64,000 Question (1955)

    1955-1956
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    Gunsmoke (1955)

    1957-1961
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    Wagon Train (1957)

    1961-1962
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    The Beverly Hillbillies (1962)

    1962-1964
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    Bonanza (1959)

    1964-1967
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    The Andy Griffith Show (1960)

    1967-1968
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    Laugh-In (1967)

    1968-1970
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    Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969)

    1970-1971
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    All in the Family (1971)

    1971-1976
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    Happy Days (1974)

    1976-1977
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    Laverne & Shirley (1976)

    1977-1979
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    60 Minutes (1968)

    1979-1980, 1982-1983, 1991-1994
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    Dallas (1978)

    1980-1982, 1983-1984
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    Dynasty (1981)

    1984-1985
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    The Cosby Show (1984)

    1985-1989, Tied with Roseanne 1989-1990
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    Roseanne (1988)

    Tied with The Cosby Show 1989-1990
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    Cheers (1982)

    1990-1991
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    Seinfeld (1989)

    1994-1995, 1997-1998
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    ER (1994)

    1995-1997, 1998-1999
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    Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999)

    1999-2000
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    Survivor (2000)

    2000-2001
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    Friends (1994)

    2001-2002
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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

    2002-2003
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    American Idol (2002)

    2003-2011
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    NBC Sunday Night Football (2006)

    2011-2012, 2012-2015
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    NCIS (2003)

    2012-2013