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Stay Tuned: The Ratings
by David Edge

The Avengers won every fight, defeated every diabolical mastermind, but could not smash the enemy that killed Kirk & Co., finished the Mission: Impossible team and ended Doctor Who. They could not beat the Public Viewing Figures.

The following is a list of the top-rated Avengers episodes for each of the years from 1961-69. It is by no means exhaustive, as it does not show how other episodes of any given year fared.

Year

Episode

Audience*

Date

Position in Chart

1961

The Deadly Air

5.1

16 Dec 61

5

1962

Dead On Course

5.8

29 Dec 62

8

1963

Death la Carte

7.3

21 Dec 63

7

1964

Trojan Horse

7.6

8 Feb 64

9

1965

A Surfeit of H2O

7.5

20 Nov 65

6

1966

A Touch of Brimstone

8.4

19 Feb 66

4

1967

The Fear Merchants

8.0

21 Jan 67

3

1968

You'll Catch Your Death

5.5

16 Oct 68

12

1969

The Forget-Me-Knot (in repeat)

6.8

12 Jan 69

8

*Millions of viewers

The Top Nine Avengers episodes of all time based on audience figures.

1

A Touch of Brimstone (any surprise here?)

2

The Fear Merchants

3

Trojan Horse

4

A Surfeit of H2O

5

Death la Carte

6

The Forget-Me-Knot

7

Dead On Course

8

You'll Catch Your Death

9

The Deadly Air

The New Avengers

Year

Episode

Audience

Date

Position in Chart

1976

Cat Amongst the Pigeons

7.5

19 Nov 76

8

1977

Emily

14.1

24 Nov 77

4

Source: Television’s Greatest Hits, Paul Gambaccini and Rod Taylor, Network Books UK, an imprint of BBC Books

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