The Highest Rated Evening Programs 
During Radio's Golden Age 

 1950-1951 Seasons

Program/Time Network Sponsor Nielsen Rating

1. Lux Radio Theater 

CBS Lux Flakes,
Lux Toilet Soap
21.0

Monday  9:00  PM

2. Lucky Strike Program
(Jack Benny)

CBS Lucky Strike 19.9

Sunday  7:00  PM

3. Amos 'n' Andy Show CBS Rexall  16.9

Sunday  7:30  PM

4. Arthur Godfrey &
His Talent Scouts
CBS Lipton Tea,
Lipton Soup,
Lipton Frostee 
16.3

Monday  8:30  PM

5. Edgar Bergen-
Charlie McCarthy Show
CBS Coca Cola  15.9

Sunday  8:00  PM

6. Walter Winchell ABC Richard Hudnut   15.7

Sunday  9:00  PM

7. Red Skelton Show CBS Tide 14.3

Sunday  8:30  PM

8. Fibber McGee & Molly NBC Pet Milk 13.7

Tuesday  9:30  PM

You Bet Your Life NBC DeSoto, Plymouth 13.7

Wednesday   9:00  PM 

9. Father Knows Best NBC Post Toasties  13.4

Thursday  8:30  PM 

My Friend Irma

CBS Pepsodent Tooth Paste 13.4

Monday  10:00  PM

10. Mr. Chameleon

CBS Bayer Aspirin 13.2

Wednesday  8:00  PM

11. Mr. District Attorney

NBC Vitalis, Sal Hepatica 13.0

Wednesday  9:30  PM 

12. Hollywood Star Playhouse

CBS Bromo Seltzer 12.9

Monday  8:30  PM 

13. The Big Story

NBC Pall Mall Famous Cigarettes 12.8

Wednesday  10:00  PM

People Are Funny

NBC Raleigh Cigarettes 12.8

Tuesday  10:30  PM 

14. Bob Hope Show

NBC Chesterfield 12.7

Tuesday  9:00  PM

Dr. Christian

CBS Vaseline Petroleum Jelly,
Vaseline Hair Tonic,
Vaseline Cream Hair Tonic
12.7

Wednesday   8:30  PM

15. Mystery Theater

CBS Phillips' Milk Of Magnesia,
Bayer Aspirin
12.6

Tuesday  8:00  PM

16. Gene Autry's Melody Ranch

CBS Wrigley's Spearmint Gum,
Wrigley's Doublemint 
12.4

Saturday  8:00  PM

17. Big Town

NBC Lifebuoy Health Soap 12.3

Tuesday  10:00  PM

Life With Luigi CBS Wrigley's Spearmint Gum 12.3

Tuesday  9:00  PM

18. Baby Snooks Show NBC Tums 12.0

Tuesday  8:30  PM

Mr.  & Mrs. North CBS Palmolive Soap, Halo 12.0

Tuesday  8:30  PM

19. The Aldrich Family NBC Jell-O Gelatin,
Jell-O Pudding & Pie Filling
11.9

Thursday  8:00  PM

Truth Or Consequences CBS Philip Morris 11.9

Tuesday  9:30  PM

20. Beulah CBS Dreft 11.6

Monday-Friday  7:00  PM

 
 
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