40 years ago this week, the final episode of MASH aired. It was the most watched television episode of all times (not counting sporting or news events) in the United States. That list includes:
- Final episode of MASH, 106 million viewers
- The Day After, and Episode 8 of Roots, 100 million viewers (tie)
I don’t count sporting events because 23 of the top 30 watched television events were sports: 22 Super Bowls, and one Boxing match (Spinks v. Ali). Four of them were news events: Apollo 11 moon landing, Nixon’s resignation speech, the Simpson low speed chase, and Disneyland’s opening.
Still, 40 years? I remember seeing it (vaguely). Man, I’m getting old.