The Highest Rated Evening Programs 
During Radio's Golden Age 

 1955-1956 Seasons

Program/Time Network Sponsor Nielsen Rating

1. Our Miss Brooks 

CBS White Rain, Deep Magic 4.3

Sunday  8:05  PM

2. New Edgar Bergen Hour

CBS Multi Sponsors 3.9

Sunday  7:05  PM

Two For The Money CBS Old Gold Cigarettes,
Old Gold King Size,
Old Gold Filter Kings 
3.9

Sunday  8:30  PM

3. Dragnet NBC Multi Sponsors   3.6

Tuesday  8:30  PM

4. People Are Funny NBC Mars Forever Yours, Milky Way,
Prom, Pamper Shampoo 
3.5

Tuesday  8:00  PM

5. Lowell Thomas CBS Oldsmobile,
Delco Auto Parts 
3.4
Monday-Friday  6:45  PM
6. Gunsmoke CBS L&M Filters 3.3

Sunday  6:30  PM

NBC News Of The World
(Morgan Beatty)
NBC Alka Seltzer 3.3

Monday-Friday  7:30  PM

7. Gene Autry's Melody Ranch CBS Wrigley's Spearmint Gum 3.2

Sunday  6:00  PM 

One Man's Family NBC SweetHeart Soap,
Prom, White Rain 
3.2

Monday-Friday  7:45  PM 

The Great Gildersleeve

NBC Multi Sponsors  3.2

Thursday  8:00  PM

You Bet Your Life

NBC DeSoto, Plymouth 3.2

Wednesday  9:00  PM

8. Amos 'n' Andy Music Hall

CBS Multi Sponsors 2.4

Monday-Friday  9:30  PM 

9. Treasury Agent

Mutual "Ennds" Chlorophyll Tablets,
Winston
2.3

Tuesday  8:00  PM 

True Detective Mysteries

Mutual BiSoDoL Powder, Viceroy,
Curtiss Candy Company
2.3

Monday  8:00  PM

10. Bing Crosby Show

CBS Multi Sponsors 2.2

Monday-Friday  7:30  PM 

Fibber McGee & Molly

NBC Tums, Paper Mate,
Richard Hudnut Shampoo
2.2

Sunday-Thursday   10:00  PM

11. Official Detective

Mutual Multi Sponsors 2.1

Thursday  8 :00  PM

12. Arthur Godfrey 
& His Talent Scouts

CBS Toni Home Permanent 2.0

Monday  8:30  PM

Gang Busters

Mutual Multi Sponsors  2.0

Wednesday  8:00  PM

13. Counterspy

Mutual Multi Sponsors 1.8

Friday  8:00  PM

14. Cities Service
Band of America
NBC Cities Service 1.7

Monday  9:30  PM

The Telephone Hour NBC Bell System 1.7

Monday  9:00  PM

15. Tomorrow's Headlines
(Don Gardiner)
ABC Air Wick, Nylast 1.4

Sunday  6:15  PM

16. Fulton Lewis, Jr. Mutual Co-op Local Sponsors 1.3

Monday-Friday  7:00  PM

Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports NBC Gillette Razors & Blue Blades,
Gillette Foamy,
Paper Mate
1.3

Friday  10:00  PM

17. The Voice Of Firestone ABC Firestone Tires 1.2

Monday  8:00  PM

Paul Harvey ABC Banker's Life 1.2

Sunday  6:15  PM

18. Henry J. Taylor NBC General Motors 1.1

Monday  8:00  PM

19. Bob Considine Mutual Mutual Of Omaha 1.0

Sunday  6:30  PM

Jackson & The News CBS Metropolitan Life 1.0

Monday-Friday  6:00  PM

Blue Ribbon Bouts ABC Pabst Blue Ribbon 1.0

Wednesday  10:05  PM

Sports Today
(Bill Stern)
ABC Allstate Insurance 1.0

Monday-Friday  6:30  PM

20. Edward P. Morgan ABC American Federation of Labor 0.6

Monday-Friday  7:00  PM

 
 
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