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Flashback: Bill Cosby and Roseanne Had TV’s Top-Rated Shows for 2 Straight Years in Late ’80s

Flashback: Bill Cosby and Roseanne Had TV’s Top-Rated Shows for 2 Straight Years in Late ’80s

Before they became national pariahs, Bill Cosby and Roseanne Barr stood atop the television landscape. In the late 1980s, “The Cosby Show” and “Roseanne” were the two highest-rated series on television for two straight years.

For the 1988-89 TV season, “The Cosby Show” was the highest-rated series with a 25.6 rating, with “Roseanne” at second with a 23.8 rating, according to Nielsen. The following season, both shows tied for first with a 23.1 rating.

As New York Times columnist and book reviewer, Tina Jordan pointed out, the two shows had quite the rivalry.

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— Tina Jordan (@TinaJordanNYT) May 30, 2018

To put those ratings in perspective, “The Big Bang Theory” and “NCIS” were the top two highest-rated shows during the 2016-17 season with an 11.5 and 11.4 rating, respectively. Full data for this past season won’t be available until next month.

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