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  1. March 1976 `Hartman' ratings are holding up In big markets, it's getting as high as 11, usually against the local late news programs. Norman Lear's soap -opera send -up Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman appears to be hanging on to the strong sampling it chalked up in early January. The comedy series, which is being stripped in syndication by Rhodes Productions, racked up a 10 Nielsen rating and 19 share on WNEW -TV New York for the week ended March 12, putting it third in its time period (Monday- through- Friday, 11 -11:30 p.m.) behind WNBC -TV's local newscast (14 rating and 27 share) and WABC -TV's newscast (12 rating, 25 share). Similarly, on K7-rv(TV) Los Angeles, Hartman harvested an 8 Nielsen rating and 19 share for the week ended March 12, finishing third in the 11 p.m. time period behind KNBC(TV) news (11 rating, 28 share) and KABC -TV news (11 rating, 27 share). In Chicago, Hartman, stripped at 10 p.m., came up with an 11 rating and 17 share on Kaiser's UHF WFLD-TV for the week ended March 12, lodging it in fourth place behind the local news offerings of the three network -owned stations. In some markets, stations are stripping Hartman at 1 p.m. On WBAL -TV Baltimore, for instance, Hartman finished first in that time period with a 10 Nielsen rating and 45 share average for the four weeks ended March 3. On WJAR -TV Providence, R.I., Hartman is tied for first at 1 p.m. with the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless on WPRI -TV, each of them with a 6 rating for the four weeks ended March 3 (although Hartman has a 29 share average compared to Restless's 26 share). In Norfolk, Va., at 1 p.m., Hartman 's 5 rating and 22 share on WAVY -TV (for the four weeks ended March 3) put it in third place behind Ryan's Hope, the ABC soap opera on wvac -Tv (7 rating, 34 share), and the syndicated People, Places and Things on WTAR -TV (7 rating, 30 share). One indication that Hartman may not be doing well when it has to face off against prime -time network competition: on WDcA -TV Washington, where the series managed only a 4 rating and 5 share for the four weeks ended March 3, leaving it well behind all of the shows on the network- connected stations in Washington and behind wrrv(Tv)'s The FBI reruns (which averaged a 6 rating and 10 share).
  2. Re Nathan Purdee Add Rituals pilot and Days of Our Lives
  3. Who's to blame for `Beacon Hill'? Bob Wood doesn't know what went wrong with the season's most ballyhooed new show; the creator blames the producer and vice -versa Robert D. Wood, the president of CBS - TV, is the man who had to make the decision to cancel Beacon Hill, and "I'm sick about it," he says. "With the departure of Beacon Hill, a little bit of me went with it." "I couldn't fault the intention of the series or the production, which was superbly mounted," Mr. Wood goes on. "There was some nit- picking about the writing on the part of some critics, but as far as I'm concerned it was the Tiffany of TV series. And in all my years in the business, I don't remember a series getting as much promotion or as much advance notice in the consumer press. "But the public simply rejected it. Watching the audience decline each week was like watching the rungs of a stepladder going down" Mr. Wood says he doesn't want to play Monday- morning quarterback on the reasons why Beacon Hill didn't attract a mass audience. "Maybe we were too ambitious," he says. But the creator of Beacon Hill, Sidney Carroll, says it could have survived if the producers had only followed his original plan. As Mr. Carroll explains it, he scripted the two -hour pilot and then wrote out plot outlines for the first 13 episodes of Beacon Hill. He got involved in the production of the pilot and says he was quite satisfied with how it turned out. He cites the episode's 23.1 rating and 42 share (on Monday, Aug. 25, 9 -11 p.m., NYT) as one of the indicators that "the general public liked the people in the pilot." But between the completion of the pilot and the start of production on the first episode, according to Mr. Carroll, the producer, Jacqueline Babbin, changed the plot outlines he had written. "When I saw how the first two finished scripts differed from the way I outlined them," he says, "I walked off the series." In Mr. Carroll's eyes, the likeable characters he had created in the pilot were turned into "a lot of stinkers. They became nasty and sad and stupid." Ms. Babbin sees things a little differently. "Sidney's plots were charming little stories that could've filled 20 minutes out of each hour," she says. "But CBS wanted stronger material, stories with more bite, more guts to them." Both Ms. Babbin and Alan Wagner, the CBS vice president closest to the series, disagree with Mr. Carroll about the quality of the two -hour pilot. "With 19 characters to be introduced, it was like a French -farce situation," she says. "The characters ended up being unsympathetic because the viewer wasn't given enough time to understand any of them. And CBS over - promoted and ballyhooed the pilot to the point of stupidity." "It was really an error on our part to open up with an episode populated with with so many characters," adds Mr. Wagner. "Everything became complicated, the public got confused and you couldn't follow the characters without a scorecard" Mr. Wagner points to a second "major error." "The series didn't find its direction early enough," he says. "The first batch of episodes were placed in too small a frame and were on too small a scale to interest an audience in 1975." Ms. Babbin adds that the public didn't know what to make of Beacon Hill's characters because "they were too real - they weren't like the cardboard cut -outs you usually see in TV series, who seem to spend all their time in fast cars."
  4. Can you include John Heffernan Darlene Parks Julia Meade Lee Bergere Shari Shattuck Lorenzo Lamas
  5. Barney Miller - The Life and Times of Capt Barney Miller Movin On - In Tandem Lou Grant -Ed Asner Show
  6. ATWT Lisa. Eileen Fulton 1960-63 Pamela King 1964 Eileen Fulton 1964-65 Eileen Fulton 1967-83 Betsy Von Furstenburg 1983-84 Eileen Fulton 1984- 2010 They tried twice to recast but Eileen owned that role.
  7. Eileen Davidson - Ashley Y&R. Davidson established Ashley and under Bill Bell's writing created a unique character. Brenda Doumani's Ashley was frontburner and popular - many seem to have preferred her softer interpretation of Ashley. Shari Shattuck was avdisaster so Eileen's return was welcome. She's been Ashley ever since.
  8. CBS had picked it up from ABC along with Tony Randall Show.NBC got in on the act by picking up Bionic Woman. ABC had decided those shows were not needed. ABC had hit #1 for the first time ever and were dominating the schedule. CBS had aging and fading shows like The Waltons, Hawaii Five O, Barnaby Jones, Kojak . Mary Tyler Moore had ended and Bob Newhart was in it's last season. Mash was under threat from Three's Company etc. ABC introduced Love Boat which immediately hit the Top 10 and buried Carol Burnett. Puzzled by some of the scheduling. CBS puts Young Daniel Boone up against Little House? Surely competing for the same audience. They had a lot of faith in Betty White, scheduling it at Mon @9. Initial ratings were strong but it quickly faded. Maybe Sat @9 in Mary Tyler Moore's old slot would have been better? NBC put Richard Pryor at 8pm opposite Happy Days??
  9. Syndicated ratings Wk 35 ending May 14 1989 1. Wheel of Fortune 13.6 230 stations 99% coverage 2. Jeopardy 12.2 208 stations 97% coverage 3. Cosby Show 10.0 198 stations 97% coverage 4. Star Trek 9.7 232 stations 97% coverage 5. Oprah 8.6 218 stations 99% coverage 6. Wheel of Fortune weekend 8.3 206 stations 93% coverage 7. Current Affair 7.1 149 stations 91% coverage 8. Entertainment Tonight 6.9 169 stations 93% coverage 9. Geraldo 6.1 200 stations 99% coverage 10. Donahue 6.0 226 stations 98% coverage 11. People's Court 6.0 186 stations 94% coverage 12. Friday the 13th 5.7 216 stations 96% coverage 13. Star Search 5.7 149 stations 96% coverage 14. War of the Worlds 5.6 221 stations 95% coverage 15. Mama's Family 5.4 196 stations 93% coverage
  10. Two radio and TV's mos prolific performers - Lesley Woods and Staats Cotsworth, at the time working on The Guiding Light,
  11. Re ATWT Add another actor for Tom Hughes. As a baby he was played by Matthew Potter, infant son of producer Allen Potter.
  12. Thanks Jam for continuing to search out these nuggets. I will add character names to the appropriate episodes. Looking forward to what you uncover next!!
  13. 1977 Sept 15-21 First week of ratings, although several series had already premiered. Time slot winners in bold 1. Laverne and Shirley (ABC) 31.9 / 51 Tues @ 8.30 2. Charlie's Angels (ABC) 26.5 / 48 Wed @9 2hr special 3. Happy Days (ABC) 29.9 / 49 Tues @8 4. Welcome Back, Kotter (ABC) 25.0 / 42 Thurs @8 Ihr special 5. M *A *S *H (CBS) 24.3 / 37 Tues @9 1 hr special 6. Three's Company (ABC) 24.2 / 37 Tues @9 7. ABC Sunday Movie: "Young Joe" (ABC) 23.7 / 39 8. All in the Family (CBS) 23.2 / 38 Sun @8 1hr special 9. Little House on the Prairie (NBC) 23.0 / 37 Mon @8 10. Barney Miller (ABC) 22.4 / 36 Thurs @9 11. Carter country (ABC) 22.0 / 35 Thurs @ 9.30 12. Soap (ABC) 20.8 / 32 Tues @ 9.30 13. 60 Minutes (CBS) 20.6 / 38 Sun @7 14. Eight is Enough (ABC) 20.6 / 35 Wed @8 15. Saturday Night at the Movies"Rooster Cogburn" (NBC).... 20.3 / 39 16. Judge Roy Bean (CBS) 20.1 / 35 Movie special Sun @9 17. NFL Football (ABC) 20.0 / 35 Mon @9 18. Redd Foxx (ABC) 20.0 / 34 Thurs @10 20. Lou Grant (CBS) 19.9 / 34 Tues @10 21. Big Event: ""Gable Lombard" (NBC) 19.9 / 33 Mon @9 22. Barnaby Jones (CBS) 19.9 / 33 Thurs @10 23. Starsky and Hutch (ABC) 19.2 / 34 Sat @ 9 24. Rockford Files (NBC) 19.1 / 34 Fri @9 25. Quincy (NBC) 19.0 / 34 Fri @10 26. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) 18.9 / 30 Thurs @ 9 27. Family (ABC) 18.7 / 31 Tues @10 28. The Making of 'Star Wars" 18.8 / 35 (ABC) Fri @ 8 29. Six Million Dollar Man (ABC) 18.6 / 30 Sun @8 30. Maude (CBS) 18.4 / 28 Mon @ 9.30 31. Bionic Woman (NBC) 18.1 / 38 Sat @8 32. Betty White (CBS) 18.1 /27 Mon @ 9 33. Rafferty (CBS) 17.9 / 30 Mon @ 10 34. San Pedro Beach Bums (ABC).17.6 / 28 Mon @8 35. A Killing Affair (CBS) 17.5 / 29 Tues @9 36. Good Times (CBS) 16.9 / 29 Ihr special 37. The Girl in the Empty Grave (NBC) 16.7 / 27 Tues @9 38. Walt Disney (NBC) 16.3 / 29 Sun @7 39. Logan's Run (CBS) 16.1 / 29 40. Chico and the Man (NBC) 15.7 /28 Fri @ 8.30 41. The Waltons (CBS) 15.6 / 26 Thurs @ 8 42. Rock Music Awards (NBC) 15.5 /26 Thurs 9-11 43. ABC Friday Night Movies: "Curse of the Black Widow" (ABC) 15.3 /27 44. Oregon Trail (NBC) 15.1 / 25 Wed @ 8 2hr premiere 45. Richard Pryor (NBC) 14.9 / 24 Tues @8 46. Sanford Arms (NBC) 14.7 12 Fri @8 47. Big Event: "Life Goes to War" (NBC) 14.6 /24 Sun @ 8 48.Hardy Boys /Nancy Drew (ABC) 14.5/27 Sun @ 7 49. Uncle Tim Wants You (CBS) 14.3/ 30 Sat @8 50. CHiPs (NBC) 14.3 / 24 Thurs @8 51. Wonder Woman (CBS) 13.7 / 25 Fri @ 8 52. Dan'l Boone (CBS) 13.6 12 Mon @ 8 53. Operation Petticoat (ABC) 11.7 / 24 Sat @ 8.30 54. Fish (ABC) 11.0 / 24 Sat @ 8 55. Big Hawaii (NBC) 10.8 / 18 Wed @ 10 56. May Day at 40,000 Feet (CBS)... 10.4 / 20 Sat @9 57. Fitzpatricks (CBS) 9.2 / 15 Tues @ 8 ABC won 3 nights Tues, Wed, Thurs, NBC won 3 Mon,Fri, Sat and CBS took Sunday. Several series had yet to premiere.
  14. Re The Verdict Is Yours 3 more actresses that appeared in the first few weeks Ann Pearson Dorothy Reese Marian Russell
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