The People's Almanac
The People's Almanac , written by David Wallechinsky and Irving Wallace was published in 1975.
To many people, it was sort of the internet before the internet was invented, a way to learn about a myriad of subjects and topics in an entertaining format. For example, the People's Almanac and its successor books in the same series popularized the idea of "lists" , "20 Celebrities Who Have Been Psychoanalyzed".
Anyway, I found the People's Almanac in an online version. It is fragmented in terms of layout and not particularly simple to navigate, but it is there. Anyone who has heard of the book but never saw it, or had it and lost it or got rid of it, can look back through these pages for a little nostalgia.
"A list of the ten highest rated television shows according to a survey taken in 1978.
10 U.S. TELECASTS WITH THE HIGHEST RATINGS
In 1978 one rating point represented 1,600,000 viewers.
1. ROOTS (final segment)
Air Date: 1-30-77
2. GONE WITH THE WIND (part one)
Air Date: 11-7-76
3. GONE WITH THE WIND (part two)
Air Date: 11-8-76
4. SUPERBOWL XII
Air Date: 1-15-78
5. BOB HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Air Date: 1-14-70
6. THE FUGITIVE (final segment)
Air Date: 8-29-67
7. ROOTS (sixth segment)
Air Date: 1-28-77
8. ROOTS (fifth segment)
Air Date: 1-27-77
9. BOB HOPE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Air Date: 1-14-71
10. ROOTS (third segment)
Air Date: 1-25-77
Based on the Nielsen Television Index: Jan. 24, 1978."