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

5Super Bowl XVII

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In the immortal words of John Madden, “The best way to gain more yards is advance the ball down the field from the line of scrimmage.” However that's easier said than done on fourth-and-1, late in the game, down four points in the Super Bowl. But that's what John Riggins and the Washington Redskins faced against the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII in 1983. The Washington running back took the ball, broke through the line and ran it 57 yards for the go-ahead score. Riggins was named the MVP and ended up gaining more yards himself than the entire Miami team. The game earned a 48.6 Nielsen rating.

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