Top 5 Most Watched TV Events

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Americans like to watch TV. That's not really a breaking headline, but it's interesting that denizens of the good old U.S. of A. are becoming more and more fragmented in what they watch. Only a handful of TV events from the 21st century have made it on the list of top rated Nielsen shows, and none of them are in the top half of the list. Nielsen uses a proprietary system to measure the percentage of households in the U.S. that view a show. So even though more people watch TV in the 21st century, a smaller percentage of them tune in to the same shows.
Top 5 Most Watched TV Events


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Who shot J.R.? That was the burning question on everyone's mind in the Summer of 1980—especially since the U.S. boycotted the Summer Olympics in Moscow and it would be another year until "The Empire Strikes Back" would come out. So the evening soap opera "Dallas" took advantage of a relatively boring year to keep its audience in suspense wondering who had pulled the trigger and shot J.R. Ewing. On November 21, 1980, the episode called "Who Done It?" earned a rating of 53.3 as viewer found out that it was none other than J.R.'s sister-in-law and mistress, Kristin Shepherd.

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