Sunday, September 10, 2006


1953/54 – I Love Lucy was #1 on CBS Monday, second year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1953 season; This Is Show Business was cancelled in the sixth season.

Alternate Shows:

The Jack Benny Show and Private Secretary were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM.

General Electric Theater and The Fred Waring Show were on CBS Sunday at 9M.

Philco TV Playhouse and Goodyear TV Playhouse were on NBC Sunday at 9 PM.

Motorola TV Theatre and The U.S. Steel Hour were on ABC Tuesday at 9:30 PM.

Center Stage and The U.S. Steel hour were on ABC Tuesday at 9:30 PM for the summer.

Biggest New Hit: There was no new show in the top 30 ratings.

Local TV: Your Chevrolet Showroom was on local TV in New York in October 1943, then it moved to ABC a month later.

Movies 2 TV:

Life With Father was based on the 1947 movie.

That's My Boy was based on the 1950 Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis movie. This is the first movie that Jerry and Dean had "actually" acting roles. Eddie Mayeoff reprised "Jarring" Jack Jackson for the series.

Topper was based on the 1937 Cary Grant movie.

Name Change:

Campbell Soundstage to Campbell Summer Soundstage in June 1954 as a film series.

A Letter To Loretta to The Loretta Young Show in February 1954.

Jane Froman's U.S.A. Canteen to The Jane Froman Show

Joseph Schildkraut Presents was also known as Personal Appearance Theatre.

The RCA Victor Show to The Dennis Day Show.

Gillette Summer Sports Reel to Sportsreel.

The Strawhatters to Summer In The Park.

TV Recital Hall to Recital Hall.

Talent Patrol to Soldier Parade in Mid–1954.

Texaco Star Theater to The Buick–Berle Show. Texaco moved the sponsorship to another night and Buick took over the sponsorship of the newly name show.

Original Run:

Coke Time was on NBC Wednesday/Friday at 7:30 PM for five seasons.


Earn Your Vacation was on CBS from 1949–1950.

My Favorite Husband was on CBS from 1948–1951, Lucy Ball and Richard Denning.

Sky King was on the radio from 1946–1954.

Topper was on NBC in 1945.

Reruns: Top Plays Of 1954 shown reruns of Ford Theatre.

The Return:

The Hank McCune Show returned to syndication after a brief run on NBC in 1950. This time, it lasted a year.

ABC revived Leave It To The Girls for another year.

NBC revived Truth Or Consequences in May 1954.

NBC revived Kollage Of Musical Knowledge for the summer; it lost it sparks without Kay Kyser and his maniac crew.

Front Page Detective returned to DUM after a year absence.

CBS revived It's News To Me for the summer with Walter Cronkite as the new host.

The Hunter returned to NBC. It was previously on CBS in 1952.

NBC revived Midwestern Hayride after a year absence.

NBC revived Recital Hall. It was last seen in 1951.

Red Barber's Clubhouse returned to CBS as The Peak Of The Sports News. It was last seen in 1950.

Simultaneous: Jesse White was on Private Secretary and The Danny Thomas Show, both from 1953–1957. Private Secretary started in February 1953.

Summer Replacement:

The Best In Mystery replaced The Big Story for the summers of 1954–1956.

The Blue Angel replaced See It Now for the summer.

Center Stage replaced Motorola TV Theatre for the summer. Neither series come back next season.

The Jack Paar Show replaced My Favourite Husband for the summer.

Saturday Night Revue replaced Your Show Of Shows for the summer.

Summer Holiday replaced The Jo Stafford Show for the summer on Tuesday.

Song Snapshot On A Summer Holiday replaced The Jane Froman Show for the summer on Thursday.

Top Plays Of 1954 replaced Armstrong Circle Theatre for the summer.

Your Play Time replaced the two alternated series, The Jack Benny Show and Private Secretary, for the summer.

Switch Networks:

Bank On The Stars went from CBS to NBC.

On Your Way went from DUM to ABC in January 1954.

Man Against Crime went from CBS to NBC and DUM in the same time period on both networks – Sundays at 10:30 PM.

Mr. & Mrs. North went from CBS to NBC in January 1954.

Place The Face went from NBC to CBS.

Revlon Mirror Theatre went from NBC to CBS. It was no longer LIVE on CBS.

Two For The Money went from NBC to CBS.

Twenty Questions went from DUM to ABC.


Man Against Crime aired on NBC and DuMont at the same time - Sunday at 10:30 PM.

Life With Elizabeth was Betty White's first series.

In the middle of the season, Pepsi–Cola Playhouse was no longer LIVE.

Joan Crawford was in the first CBS episode of Revlon Mirror Theatre; it was her TV dramatic debut.

Life With Father was the first ever series to be film in color, but was shown in B/W.

Helen Grayco starred with her husband, Spike Jones, in The Spike Jones Show in four different seasons.

Gene Autry discovered Gail Davis. She was featured in his movies and his series, then she got her own series, Annie Oakley, in 1954. Gene produced the series.

1953/54 Fall Season

One Season (1953/54)

The Big Picture – 1953–1959, ABC, documentary, Capt. Carl Zimmerman

Dollar A Second – 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, NBC; 1954/55, ABC; summer of 1955, NBC; 1955/56, ABC; summer of 1957, NBC, quiz, Jan Murray

A Letter To Loretta – 1953–1961, NBC, dramatic anthology

Jamie – 1953–1954, ABC, comedy, LIVE, Brandon De Wilde

Junior Press Conference – 1953–1954, ABC, interview, Ruth Geri Hagy

Make Room For Daddy – 1953–1957, ABC; 1957–1965, CBS, comedy, Danny Thomas

My Favorite Husband – 1953–1955, CBS, comedy, Joan Caulfield

Omnibus – 1953–1956, CBS; 1956/57, ABC, culture, Alistair Cooke

The Peak Of The Sports News – 1953–1955, CBS; 1955–1958, sports commentary, Red Barber

Pepsi–Cola Playhouse – 1953–1955, ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Arlene Dahl

Person To Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview, Edward R. Murrow

Topper – 1953–1955, CBS, comedy, Anne Jeffreys

U.S. Steel Hour – 1953–1955, ABC; 1955–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Where's Raymond – 1953–1955, ABC, comedy, Ray Bolger

Cancelled TV Shows:

Back That Fact – ABC, quiz, Joey Adams

Bonino – NBC, comedy, LIVE, Ezio Pinza

Colonel Humphrey Flack – DUM, comedy, LIVE, Alan Mowbray

The Comeback Story – ABC, drama/interview, LIVE, George Jessel

The Dave Garroway Show – NBC, variety, Dave Garroway

The Frank Leahy Show – ABC, sports commentary, Frank Leahy

Front Page Detective – DUM, newspaper drama, Edmund Lowe

Leave It To The Girls – ABC, discussion, Maggi McNellis

Joseph Schidkraut Presents – DUM, dramatic anthology, Joseph Schikraut

Judge for Yourself – NBC, quiz, Fred Allen

Man Behind The Badge – CBS, police anthology, LIVE, Norman Rose

Melody Street – DUM, music, Allan Brown

Meet Mr. McNutley – CBS, Ray Milland

Motorola TV Theatre – ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Nine Thirty Curtain – DUM, dramatic anthology

Of Many Things – ABC, discussion, Dr. Bergen Evans

On Your Way – DUM, quiz, Bud Collyer

Phillip Morris Playhouse – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Pride Of The Family – ABC, comedy, Fay Wray, Natalie Wood

Sky King – ABC, western, Kirby Grant

Showcase Theater – ABC, dramatic anthology

Stars On Parade – DUM, musical variety, Don Russell

Through The Curtain – ABC, discussion, George Hamilton Combs

14 out of 37 new series SURVIVED for 1954/55

ABC – 8/18, The Big Picture, Jamie, Junior Press Conference, Make Room For Daddy, Pepsi–Cola Playhouse, Topper, U.S. Steel Hour & Where's Raymond

CBS – 4/7, My Favorite Husband, Omnibus, The Peak Of The Sports News & Person To Person

DUM – 1/8, Dollar A Second

NBC – 1/4, A Letter To Loretta

Mid season shows

The Best In Mystery – 1954–1956, NBC, dramatic anthology

Better Living TV Theatre – DUM, documentary/discussion, Fischer Black

Center Stage – ABC, dramatic anthology

Chicago Symphony – January 1954–1955, DUM, music, Fritz Reiner

Doctor I.Q. – November 1953–1954, ABC, quiz, Jay Owen

The Dotty Mack Show – February–August 1953, DUM; 1953–1956, ABC, music, Dotty Mack

Flight #7 – June 1954–1955, ABC, travelogue

The Hunter – July-December 1954, NBC, international intrigue, Keith Larsen

It's News To Me – July 1951–1953, CBS, quiz, Walter Cronkite

The Jo Stafford Show – February 1954–1955, music, LIVE, Jo Stafford

Justice – April 1954–1956, NBC, law drama, LIVE

Kollage Of Musical Knowledge – NBC, quiz, Tennessee Ernie Ford

Life With Father – November 1953–1955, CBS, comedy, LIVE, Marion Ross

The Martha Wright Show – April–December 1954, ABC, music, LIVE, Martha Wright

Medic – 1954–Nov 1956, medical drama, Richard Boone

Midwestern Hayride – June 1954–1956, NBC; July 1957–1958, ABC; 1959, NBC, musical variety, Bill Thall

One Minute Please – July 1954–1955, DUM, quiz, John K. McCaffery

Opera Cameos – January–November 1954, DUM, music, Giovanni Martinielli

Public Defender – March 1954–1955, CBS, legal drama, Reed Hadley

The Stranger – June 1954–1955, DUM, crime drama, Robert Carroll

That's My Boy – April 1954–1955, CBS, comedy, Eddie Mayeoff

The Tony Martin Show – April 1954–1956, NBC, music, LIVE Tony Martin

Truth Or Consequences – May 1953–1956, NBC, quiz, Jack Bailey

The Vaughn Monroe Show – August 1954–1955, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

The American Week – CBS, news/commentary, Eric Sevareid

Answers For Americans – ABC, discussion, Hardy Burt

Background – NBC, mews/documentary, Joseph C. Harsch

The Blue Angel – CBS, variety, Orson Bean

Cheer Television Theatre – NBC, dramatic anthology, 5 episodes

Comment – NBC, public affairs

Droodles – NBC, cartoon quiz, Roger Price, Carl Reiner

The Duke – NBC, comedy, Paul Gilbert

Earn Your Vacation – CBS, quiz, Johnny Carson

Gamble On Love – DUM, quiz, 4 episodes, Denise Darcel

Greatest Sport Thrills – January 1954–1956, sports, Stan Lomax

It's About Time – ABC, quiz, Dr. Bergen Evans

The Jack Paar Show – CBS, variety, LIVE, Jack Paar

The Jane Pickens Show – ABC, music, Jane Pickens

Let's Dance – ABC, music, LIVE, Julius LaRosa

Love Story – DUM, anthology, LIVE

The Marriage – NBC, comedy, 8 episodes, Jessica Tandy

The Mask – ABC, crime drama, LIVE, Gary Merrill

Melody Tour – ABC, musical variety, Stan Freeman

Men Of Tomorrow – ABC, documentary

Motorola TV Theatre – ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Night Editor – DUM, dramatic anthology, Hal Burdick

Now – ABC, documentary

On The Boardwalk With Paul Whiteman – ABC, variety, LIVE, Paul Whiteman

Open Hearing – ABC, documentary, John Daly

The Spike Jones Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Spike Jones

Summer Holiday – CBS, music, LIVE, Merv Griffin

Summer Playhouse – NBC, anthology, reruns, Nelson Case

Recital Hall – NBC, music, LIVE

Take It From Me – ABC, comedy, Jean Carroll

The Telltale Clue –CBS, crime drama, Anthony Ross

This World–1954 – ABC, documentary

Time Will Tell – DUM, quiz, Ernie Kovacs

Top Plays Of 1954 – NBC, dramatic anthology

Travel Corner – ABC, documentary

Two In Love – CBS, quiz, Bert Parks

U.S. Highway 1954 – ABC, travelogue

Vaudeville Show – ABC, musical variety, 4 episodes, Glenn Osser

Viceroy Star Theatre – CBS, dramatic anthology

What Do You Have In Common? – CBS, quiz, Ralph Story

What's In A Word – CBS, quiz, Audrey Meadows

Who's The Boss? – ABC, quiz, Walter Kiernan

The World Of Mr. Sweeney – NBC, comedy, Helen Wagner

Your Chevrolet Showroom – ABC, variety, Cesar Romero


Annie Oakley – January 1954–1957, syndication, western, Gail Davis

Flash Gordon – syndication, sci fi, Steve Holland

City Detective – 1953–1955, syndication, crime drama, Rod Cameron

The Hank McCune Show – syndication, comedy, Hank McCune

I Lead Three Lives – 1953–1956, syndication, intrigue, Richard Carlson

Janet Dean, Registered Nurse – February 1954–1955, syndication, medical drama, Ella Raines

Life With Elizabeth – 1953–1955, syndication, comedy, Betty White

Waterfront – February 1954–1956, syndication, adventure, Preston Foster

Two Seasons (1952/53)

The Abbott And Costello Show – 1952–1954, syndication, comedy

The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 1952–1966, ABC, comedy

The Adventures Of Superman – 1952–1958, syndication, adventure

At Issue – July 1953–1954, ABC, interview

The Big Issue – April 1953–1954, DUM, public affairs

Bank On The Stars – 1953, CBS, 1954, NBC; quiz

Cavalcade Of America – 1952–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

Coke Time – April 1953–1957, NBC, music, LIVE

Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents – January 1953–1957, syndication, anthology

Enterprise – 1952–1955, ABC, documentary

Ethel & Albert – April 1953–1954, NBC; June–Sept 1955, CBS; 1955/56, ABC, comedy

Favorite Story – January 1953–1955, syndication, dramatic anthology

Fight Talk – January 1953–1955, ABC, sports commentary

Ford Theatre – 1952–1956, NBC; 1956/57, ABC, dramatic anthology

Four Star Playhouse – 1952–1956, CBS, dramatic anthology

General Electric Theater – February 1953–1962, CBS, dramatic anthology

I Married Joan – 1952–1955, NBC, comedy

It Happened In Sports – July 1953-1954, NBC, sports commentary

The Jackie Gleason Show – 1952–1955, CBS, comedy variety

The Jane Froman Show – 1952–1955, CBS, musical variety, LIVE

The Life Of Riley – January 1953–1958, NBC, comedy

Madison Square Garden Highlights – June 1953–1954, ABC, sports commentary

Medallion Theater –July 1953–1954, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Meet Millie – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Meet Your Congress – July 1953–1954, DUM, debate

Mr. & Mrs. North – 1952/53, CBS; 1954, NBC, comedy/mystery

Music At The Meadowbrook – May–December 1953, ABC, musical variety, LIVE

Music Show – May 1953–1954, DUM, music

Name That Tune – June 1953–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, CBS, game

New York Giants Quarterback Huddle – 1952–1953, DUM, sports commentary

Orchid Award – May 1953–1954, ABC, musical variety

Our Miss Brooks – 1952–1956, CBS, comedy

Place The Face – July 1953, NBC; 1953/54, CBS; 1954/55, NBC, quiz

Private Secretary – February 1953–1957, CBS, comedy

Quick As A Flash – March 1953–1954, ABC, quiz, LIVE

The Red Buttons Show – 1952–1954, CBS; 1954/55, NBC, comedy/variety

Ramar Of Jungle – 1952–1954, syndication, adventure

The Range Rider – 1952–1954, syndication, western

Revlon Mirror Theatre – June–Sept 1953, NBC; 1953, CBS, dramatic anthology

Saturday Night Fights – January 1953–1955, ABC, boxing

Saturday Night Revue – June 1953–1954, NBC, variety

Summer In The Park – May 1953–1954, DUM, variety

TV's Top Tunes – June 1953–1955, CBS, music, LIVE

Talent Patrol – January 1953–1955, ABC, talent/variety

This Is Your Life – 1952–1961, NBC, testimonial

Two For The Money – 1952/53, NBC; 1953-1957, CBS, quiz

The Walter Winchell Show – 1952–1955, ABC, news/commentary

Washington Exclusion – June–November 1953, DUM, discussion

Your Play Time – June 1953–1954, ABC; 1955, NBC, dramatic anthology

Three Seasons (1951/52)

The Adventures Of Kit Carson – 1951–1955, syndication, western

Campbell Soundstage – June 1952–1954, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Chance Of A Lifetime – May 1952–1953, ABC; 1953–1955, DUM; 1955/56, ABC, talent

The Dennis Day Show – November 1951–1954, NBC, various

The Dinah Shore Show – November 1951–1957, NBC, music

Dragnet – January 1952–1959, NBC, police drama

Goodyear TV Playhouse 1951–1960, NBC, dramatic anthology

Foreign Intrigue – 1951–1955, syndication, intrigue

Hour Of Decision – 1951–1954, ABC, religion

I Love Lucy – 1951–1957, CBS, comedy

I’ve Got A Secret – June 1952–1967, CBS, game

Inspector Mark Saber–Homicide Squad – 1951–1954, ABC, detective drama

Life Is Worth Living – February 1952–1955, DUM; 1955–1957, religious

Masquerade Party – 1952, NBC; 1953, 1954, CBS; 1954–Fall 1956, ABC; 1957, NBC; 1958, CBS; 1958/59, NBC; October 1959–January 1960, CBS; Jan–Sept 1960, NBC, quiz/panel

Mr. Peepers – July 1952–1955, NBC, comedy, LIVE

My Friend Irma – January 1952–1954, CBS, comedy

My Little Margie – June 1952–1955, NBC, comedy

Name's The Same – December 1951–1955, ABC, quiz

On Guard – April 1952–1954, ABC, documentary

On The Line With Considine – January 1952–1954, NBC, news interview

Place The Face – July 1952–1955, CBS, quiz

The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953–1970, CBS, 1970/71, NBC; variety

Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars – 1951–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

See It Now – April 1952–1955, CBS, documentary

The Week In Religion – March 1952–1954, DUM, religion

Four Seasons (1950/51)

The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok – April 1951–1958, syndication, western

America In View – May 1951–1953, ABC, travelogue

Big Town – 1950–1954, CBS; 1954–1956, NBC, newspaper drama

The Cisco Kid – 1950–1956, syndication, western

The Colgate Comedy Hour – 1950–1956, NBC, variety

Danger – 1950–1955, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

Down You Go – May 1951–1955, DUM; summer of 1955, CBS; 1955/56, ABC; summer of 1956, NBC, quiz

The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show – 1950–1958, CBS, comedy

The Jack Benny Show – 1950–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, comedy

The John Hopkins Science Review – 1950–1954, DUM, information

Lux Video Theatre – 1950–1954, CBS; 1954–1957, NBC, LIVE

Mr. Wizard – May 1951–1955, NBC, educational

The Paul Winchell–Jerry Mahoney Show – 1950–1954, NBC, comedy/variety

Sports Spot – June 1951–1954, CBS, sports commentary

Strike It Rich – July 1951–1955, CBS, quiz

The Stu Erwin Show – 1950–1955, ABC, comedy

Treasury Men In Action – 1950, ABC; 1951–1954, NBC; 1954/55, ABC, crime drama

Watch Mr. Wizard – May 1951–1955, NBC, educational

What's The Story – July 1951–1955, DUM, quiz

You Asked For It – December 1950–1952, DUM; 1951–1959, ABC, audience participation

You Bet Your Life – 1950–1961, NBC, quiz

Five Seasons (1949/50)

Armstrong Circle Theatre – June 1950–1957, NBC; 1957–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology

The Arthur Murray Party – 1950, ABC; 1950/51, DUM, 1951/52, ABC; 1952, CBS; 1952/53, DUM; 1953, CBS; 1953/54 – 1954/55, NBC; 1956, CBS; 1956/57, NBC, musical variety

Beat The Clock – March 1950–1958, CBS, quiz

The Big Story – 1949–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

Blue Ribbon Bouts – 1949–1955, boxing

Broadway To Hollywood–Headline Clues – July 1949–1954, DUM, magazine

The Gene Autry Show – July 1950–1956, CBS, western

Life Begins At Eighty – January–August 1950, NBC; 1950 – 1952, ABC; 1952–1955, DUM; 1955/56, ABC, discussion

The Lone Ranger – 1949–1957, ABC, western

Martin Kane – 1949–1954, NBC, detective drama, LIVE

Man Against Crime – 1949–1953, CBS; 1953/54, NBC/DUM, detective drama

Pantomime Quiz – July 1950–1951, CBS; Jan–March 1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, CBS; Jan–March 1955, ABC; 1955–1957, CBS; 1958/59, ABC, quiz

The Plainclothesman – 1949–1954, DUM, police drama

Robert Montgomery Presents – January 1950–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology

Rocky King, Inside Detective – January 1950–1954, DUM, crime drama, LIVE

Sportsreel – 1950–1955, NBC, sports/sports commentary

Twenty Questions – 1949, NBC; March 1950–1951, ABC; 1951–1954, DUM; 1954/55, ABC, quiz

The Voice of Firestone – 1949–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, ABC, music

The Web – July 1950–1954, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE

What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game

Your Hit Parade – summer of 1950–1958, NBC; 1958/59, CBS, music

Your Show Of Shows – February 1950 – 1954, NBC, comedy/variety

Six seasons (1948/49)

Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety

Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent

Break The Bank – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; summer of 1953, NBC; Jan 1954–1956, ABC; 1956/57, NBC, quiz

Captain Video And His Video Rangers – June 1949–1955, DUM, children's

Fireside Theatre – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

The Fred Waring Show – April 1949–1954, CBS, musical variety

The Goldbergs – January 1949–1951, CBS; 1952–1953, NBC; 1954, DUM, comedy, LIVE

Greatest Fights Of The Century – 1948–1954, NBC, boxing

Mama – July 1949–1956, CBS, comedy/drama, LIVE

Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club – April 1949–1954, ABC, talent, LIVE

The Perry Como Show – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS; 1955–1963, NBC, variety

Philco TV Playhouse – 1948–1955, NBC, dramatic anthology

Quiz Kids – March 1949–1952, NBC; Jan–Nov 1953, CBS, quiz

Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology

This Is Show Business – July 1949–1954, CBS, variety

Who Said That? – December 1948–1954, NBC, 1955, ABC, quiz

Seven seasons (1947/48)

Author Meets The Critics – April 1948–1949, NBC; 1949/50, ABC; 1951/52, NBC, 1952–1954, DUM, book discussion

The Buick–Berle Show – June 1948–1956, NBC, comedy/variety

Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview

Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May 1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent

Toast Of The Town – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety

Eight seasons (1946/47)

Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing

Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology

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