What Was the Highest-Rated TV Show of 2013?

As the year winds down, book stores are full of almanacs and other time capsules reflecting on the year that was.

Editor's Note: The following was originally posted on North Reading Patch by Community Editor Danielle Masterson under her Books & Bloom blog. See more from her look back at 2013 there, as well as at her site, DanielleMastersonBooks.com.

Throughout the next few weeks, we’re going to take a look at some of features in the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014, which was released in print in November and in e-publication earlier this month.

Let’s take a look at the year in TV: Favorites, highest-rated and more.

But first, did you know that in 2013, 114.2 million households in the United States owned at least one television set and 84.9 percent of those homes owned two or more? And 33.6 percent owned four or more. (That’s a lot of TV sets!) Of those homes, 90.5 percent receive basic cable and just under 50 percent have some sort of premium cable.

Favorite Prime-Time Program, 2012-13:

  1. NCIS
  2. The Big Bang Theory
  3. Dancing With The Stars
  4. Under the Dome
  5. NCIS: Los Angeles

Favorite Syndicated Program, 2012-13:

  1. The Big Bang Theory
  2. Judge Judy
  3. Wheel of Fortune
  4. Jeopardy
  5. The Big Bang Theory (weekend)

Favorite Basic Cable Program, 2012-13:

  1. Walking Dead
  2. Major Crimes
  3. Rizzoli & Isles
  4. King & Maxwell
  5. Talking Dead

Favorite Premium Cable Program, 2012-13:

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. True Blood
  3. Dexter
  4. Boardwalk Empire
  5. Homeland

And drum roll please.........

The Highest-Rated Program of 2012-13:



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