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RATINGS FOR ALL STATIONS CONTINUE TO PLUNGE

July 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

This is turning out to be a summer of discontent for TV viewers, who are abandoning both traditional favorites and summer-replacements in droves. The highest-rated newcomer has been TNT’s Dallas, which has averaged 6.1 million viewers, but even that is a far cry from the crushing numbers it produced as the highest-rated show on television in 1980, ’81, and ’83. (It’s Who Shot J.R.? reveal in 1980 attracted over 90 million viewers.) Citing Nielsen figures, USA Today reported that the four biggest broadcast networks are down 6 percent overall for the summer and 10 percent among viewers 18-49. An exception to the overall downturn has been repeats of CBS’s The Big Band Theory, which is up this year over last year.