UK TV Ratings – 1950s

Here are the top rated Fifties TV shows by year!
1955 1956 1957 1958 1959

Data graciously contributed by Tony Rogerson. Many thanks!

1955
1. Sunday Palladium (ITV)
2. Theatre Royal (ITV)
3. I Love Lucy (ITV)
4. Dragnet (ITV)
5. Take Your Pick (ITV)
6. Robin Hood (ITV)
7. Figure Skaiting (ITV)
8. People Are Funny (ITV)
9. Saturday Showtime (ITV)
10. Stage One (ITV)
11. Double Your Money (ITV)
12. Gun Law (ITV)
13. Love and Kisses(ITV)
14. Highland Fling (BBC)
15. Boxing (BBC)
16. Movie Magazine (ITV)
17. Jack Jackson Show(ITV)
18. TV Playhouse (ITV)
19. Fairbanks Presents (ITV)
20. Gerry’s Inn (ITV)

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1956
1. The Gang Show (ITV)
2. Amrchair Theatre (ITV)
3. Take Your Pick (ITV)
4. Sunday Palladium (ITV)
5. Dragnet (ITV)
6. Val Parnell’s Startime (ITV)
7. Secret Mission (ITV)
8. TV Playhouse (ITV)
9. Fireside Theatre (ITV)
10. Foreign Legion (ITV)
11. Theatre Royal (ITV)
12. Before Your Very Eyes (ITV)
13. The 64,000 Question (ITV)
14. Gun Law (ITV)
15. Frontier Doctor (ITV)
16. Close Up (ITV)
17. Fairbanks Presents (ITV)
18. Two for the Money (ITV)
19. Robin Hood (ITV)
20. Double Your Money (ITV)

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1957
1. Take Your Pick (ITV)
2. Sunday Palladium (ITV)
3. Criss Cross Quiz (ITV)
4. The Army Game (ITV)
5. TV Playhouse (ITV)
6. Prince of Wales Show (ITV)
7. O.S.S. (ITV)
8. Double Your Money (ITV)
9. Salute to Showbusiness (ITV)
10. Armchair Theatre (ITV)
11. Arthur Askey Show (ITV)
12. Emergency Ward Ten (ITV)
13. Spot the Tune (ITV)
14. Murder Bag (ITV)
15. Life With the Lyons (ITV)
16. Jack Jackson Show (ITV)
17. Carroll Levis Discoveries (ITV)
18. This Week (ITV)
19. Alfred Marks TIme (ITV)
20. Tell the Truth (ITV)

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1958
1. Dotto (ITV)
2. Wagon Train (ITV)
3. Sunday Palladium (ITV)
4. The Army Game (ITV)
5. TV Playhouse (ITV)
6. Twenty One (ITV)
7. Spot the Tune (ITV)
8. Take Your Pick (ITV)
9. Double Your Money (ITV)
10. Murder Bag (ITV)
11. Playhouse 90 (ITV)
12. Val Parnells Star Time (ITV)
13. Jack Hylton Presents (ITV)
14. Professional Boxing (ITV)
15. Saturday Spectacular (ITV)
16. Play of the Week (ITV)
17. Emergency Ward Ten (ITV)
18. Armchair Theatre (ITV)
19.Women in Love (ITV)
20. Make Up Your Mind (ITV)

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1959
1. Wagon Train (ITV)
2. Take Your Pick (ITV)
3. Sunday Palladium (ITV)
4. The Army Game (ITV)
5. Double Your Money (ITV)
6. Concentration (ITV)
7. Emergency Ward Ten (ITV)
8. Dotto (ITV)
9. Arthur Haynes Show (ITV)
10. Armchair Theatre (ITV)
11. Play of the Week (ITV)
12. Knight Errant (ITV)
13. Probation Officer (ITV)
14. No Hiding Place (ITV)
15. Saturday Spectacular (ITV)
16 TV Playhouse (ITV)
17. Hippodrome (ITV)
18. Spot the Tune (ITV)
19. The Larkins (ITV)
20. Blackpool Circus (ITV)

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