Let’s take a ride in the K-EARTH 101 time machine and go back in time to the 1967-1968 TV season and check out the top 10 rated shows and their opening theme songs.
#1 – Andy Griffith Show
The Andy Griffith Show originally aired on CBS and had an estimated audience of 15,640,920 for the season. The opening scene was shot locally at Franklin Canyon north of Beverly Hills and began airing in color in 1965.
#2 – The Lucy Show
Originally airing on CBS, The Lucy Show ran from 1962-1968. In the 1965-66 season there was a major change in cast and premise of the show. The show had an estimated audience of 15,300,900.
#3 – “Gomer Pyle, USMC”
“Gomer Pyle, USMC” was a spinoff of The Andy Griffith Show and aired on CBS from 1964-1969 and had a total of 150 episodes. The 67-68 season had an estimated audience of 14,507,520.
#4 – Gunsmoke
The television version of Gunsmoke ran for 20 seasons from 1955-1975 on CBS and was the longest-running prime time, live action drama with 635 episodes. This season’s estimated audience was 14,450,850.
#5 – Family Affair
This sitcom aired on CBS from 1966-1971 and had 138 episodes and was created by Don Fedderson who also created My Three Sons. The show had an estimated audience of 14,450,850, tying with Gunsmoke for the season.
#6 – Bonanza
Bonanza ran for 14 seasons from 1959-1973 and had 431 episodes on NBC and is the second longest running western series next to Gunsmoke. This season the show also tied Family Affair and Gunsmoke with an estimated audience of 14,450,850.
#7 – The Red Skelton Show
Beginning on NBC in 1951, the show ran for almost 20 years and moved to CBS in 1953 for 15 years and ended after returning to NBC in 1970 and received three Emmy Awards. The show had an estimated audience of 14,337,510 during the 67-68 season.
#8 – The Dean Martin Show
This variety-comedy series ran from 1965-1974 and had a total of 264 seasons on NBC, with an estimated audience of 14,054,160 this season.
#9 – The Jackie Gleason Show
The Jackie Gleason Show ran on CBS from 1952-1970 starring Jackie Gleason and had an estimated audience in 67-68 of 13,544,130.
#10 – NBC Saturday Night Movie
The NBC Saturday Night Movie begin airing in 1961 and had an estimated audience this season of 13,374,120.