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TV Seasons

1972

1972/73 – All In The Family was #1 on CBS Saturday, second year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1972 season; the second longest western, Bonanza, was cancelled in the fourteen season.

Alternate Series:

Alias Smith & Jones and Kung Fu was on ABC Saturday at 8 PM. Alias Smith & Jones was cancelled in mid–season; Kung Fu went weekly.

America and NBC Reports was on NBC Tuesday at 10 PM.

Biggest New Hit: Maude was #4 on CBS Tuesdays. Who doesn’t love Maude? That’s right! Archie Bunker can’t stand her! Maude was Edith’s cousin. She gets on Archie’s bad side all the time.

The Bold Ones - The New Doctors was the last one standing; it was their last season too. It aired on a new night, NBC Tuesday at 9 PM. The Bold Ones was originally three series.

British Ties:

Love Thy Neighbor was based on the popular ITV series.

Thicker Than Water was based on ITV series, Nearest And Dearest.

A Touch Of Grace was based on ITV series, For The Love Of Ada.

Daytime: The Brady Bunch was on ABC weekdays from July 1973–August 1975.

The Men: It combined three rotating series - Assignment Vienna, The Delphi Bureau & Jigsaw. ABC failed miserably with The Men; it couldn't compete with NBC Mystery Movie.

Movies 2 TV: Anna And The King was based on the 1956 Yul Brynner movie, The King And I. Yul won the best actor Oscar for the role.

NBC Mystery Movie: It quite proved very popular last season that NBC added a new night, Sundays, with the original three series.

Sunday – Columbo, McCloud, McMillian And Wife & Hec Ramsey. The Sunday version was #5 in the ratings of the season.

Wednesday – Madigan, Cool Million & Banacek.

Name Change:

Chronolog to First Tuesday.

Ghost Story to Circle Of Fear in January 1973.

The Return:

Buddy Ebsen returned in Barnaby Jones; he was best known for playing Jed Clampett on The Beverly Hillbillies.

What a thrill! Chuck Connors was back on TV after a four-year absence. He was the host of Thrill Seekers. Hey, wait a darn minute! He was the host! Man, that's a robbery itself. We want to see him in action. Chuck really needs his gun again! I bet he's ready to kill again.

Simultaneous: Keye Luke was on ABC's Kung Fu and CBS' Anna And The King. Hopefully, to land a hit series, just star in two series in the season. Anna And The King ended on New Year Eve's 1972. Kung Fu lasted for three seasons.

Spin Off:

Maude was very popular on All In The Family that Bea Arthur was giver her own series. Maude is Edith Bunker's cousin

Sandy Duncan from Funny Face.

Tidbits:

Conrad Bain played Dr. Arthur Harman on Maude; he went on greater fame playing Mr. Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes in the late 1970’s.

Bea Arthur and Rue McClanahan co-starred on Maude; they went on greater fame playing two of The Golden Girls in the 1980’s.

Estelle Rolle played Maude’s maid, Florida Evans & John Amos played Florida’s husband, Henry Evans; both actors went on greater fame on the spin off series, Good Times, in February 1974.

Sonny & Cher is the first real life couple to have a variety TV show, Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

Anna And The King was CBS' lowest rated show of the season.

America was one of the first commercial series to be rerun on PBS.

CBS News Retrospective was only on the summers of 1973 and 1974. The classic documentaries were from the 1950's and the 1960's.

Joan Crawford guest starred on The Sixth Sense episode, "Dear Joan, We're Going To Scare You To Death" on September 30, 1972. It was her last acting job. Man, I bet Christina was dying to be a part of that episode!

There was no ABC shows in the top 10 from 1972–1975. Their last top 10 hit was Marcus Welby, M.D in 1971. The Six Million Dollar came pretty darn close next season; it was #11. ABC's fortunes changed for the better in 1975, thanks to the Happy Days' spin off, Laverne & Shirley, which was #3.

Bridget Loves Bernie was #5 on CBS Saturday. It was one of the top 10 series to be cancelled in the first season; it was cancelled for two reasons. CBS felt like that the viewers were defecting after All In The Family and the protests of the religion groups regarding the show's content. At least, Bridget and Bernie found true love in real life. David Birney and Meredith Baxter was married after the program went off the air. M*A*S*H premiered in the same season on CBS Sunday, thou it wasn't in the top 30. M*A*S*H was on the brink of cancellation. The next season, M*A*S*H took over the same time slot on Saturday and held on to 10% more viewers than Bridget Loves Bernie. M*A*S*H was #4 of the season. Since then, M*A*S*H was in the top 20 every season. The right time slot makes all the differences in the world for a series.

 

1972/73 Fall Season

One Season (1972/73)

Banacek – 1972–1974, NBC; Wednesday, mystery, George Peppard

The Bob Newhart Show – 1972–1978, CBS, comedy, Bob Newhart, Suzanne Pleshette

Kung Fu – 1972–1975, ABC, western, David Carradine

Hec Ramsey – 1972–1974, NBC; Sunday, western, Richard Boone, Harry Morgan

The Little People – 1972–1974, NBC, comedy, Brian Keith, Shelley Fabares

M*A*S*H – 1972–1983,CBS, comedy, Alan Alda, Loretta Swit, Wayne Rogers

Maude – 1972–1978, CBS, comedy, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Bill Macy

The Rookies – 1972–1976, ABC, crime drama, Kate Jackson, Sam Melville

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour – August 1971–1974, CBS, variety, Sonny Bono, Cher

The Streets Of San Francisco – 1972–1977, ABC, crime drama, Michael Douglas

Temperatures Rising – 1972–1974, ABC, comedy, Joan Van Ark

The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned

 

Cancelled TV Shows

Anna And The King – CBS, comedy, Yul Brynner, Samatha Eggar

Assignment Vienna – ABC, drama, Robert Conrad

Banyon – NBC, mystery, Robert Forster

The Bobby Darin Show – NBC, musical variety, Bobby Darin

Bridget Loves Bernie – CBS, comedy, David Birney, Meredith Baxter

Cool Million – NBC; Wednesday, mystery, James Farentino

The Delphi Bureau – ABC, drama, Laurence Luckinbill

Ghost Story – NBC, supernatural anthology, Sebastian Cabot

The Julie Andrews Hour – ABC, variety, Julie Andrews, Alice Ghostly

Madigan – NBC; Wednesday, crime drama, Richard Widmark

The Men – ABC; adventure, combined 3 dramas

NBC Reports – NBC, documentary

Jigsaw – ABC, crime drama, James Wainwriight

The New Bill Cosby Show – CBS, variety, Bill Cosby

The Paul Lynde Show – ABC, comedy, Paul Lynde, Jerry Stiller

The Sandy Duncan Show – CBS, comedy, Sandy Duncan

Search – NBC, adventure, Doug McClure, Tony Franciosa

 

12 out of 29 new series SURVIVED for 1973/74

ABC – 4/8, Kung Fu, The Rookies, Streets Of San Francisco & Temperatures Rising

CBS – 5/9, The Bob Newhart Show, M*A*S*H, Maude, Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour & The Waltons

NBC – 3/9, Banacek, Hec Ramsey, & Little People

 

Mid season shows

Barnaby Jones – January 1973–1980, CBS, crime drama, Buddy Ebsen

CBS News Retrospective – 1973/74, CBS, documentary, John Hart

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

America – NBC, documentary, Alistair Cooke

The Burns And Schreiber Comedy Hour – ABC, comedy/variety, Teri Garr, Frank Willard

Escape – NBC, adventure anthology, 4 episodes, Jack Webb

Here We Go Again – ABC, comedy, Larry Hagman

Love Thy Neighbor – ABC, comedy, Harrison Page

The Strauss Family – ABC, romantic drama, 7 episodes, Eric Woolfe

Thicker Than Water – ABC, comedy, 9 episodes, Julie Harris

A Touch Of Grace – ABC, comedy, Shirley Booth

 

Syndication

The Bobby Goldsboro Show – Early 1973–1975, syndication, music, Bobby Goldsboro

The Explorers – syndication, documentary, Leslie Nielson

The Parent Game – 1972–1974, syndication, quiz, Clark Race

The Protectors – 1972–1974, syndication, adventure, Robert Vaughn

Thrill Seekers – January 1973–1974, syndication, documentary, Chuck Connors

UFO – syndication, sci fi, Ed Bishop

The Wacky World Of Jonathan Winters – 1972–1974, syndication, comedy/variety, Marian Mercer

Wait Till Your Father Gets Home – 1972–1974, syndication, cartoon, Tom Bosley

 

Late Night

The Midnight Special – February 1973–1981, NBC, music, Wolfman Jack

 

Two Seasons (1971/72)

The Amazing World Of Kreskin – 1971–1975, syndication, mind reading

The Baseball World Of Joe Garagiola – 1972–1975, NBC, sports commentary

Cannon – 1971–1976, CBS, crime drama

Circus – 1971–1973, syndication, variety

Columbo – 1971–1977, NBC, ABC, crime drama

The Corner Bar – June 1972–1973, ABC, comedy

The David Frost Revue – 1971–1973, syndication, comedy

Dr. Simon Locke – 1971–1974, syndication, medical drama

Doctor In The House – 1971–1973, syndication, comedy

Emergency – January 1972–1977, NBC, drama

Johnny Mann's Stand Up And Cheer – 1971–1973, syndication

McMillan & Wife – 1971–1977, NBC, crime drama

Mouse Factory – 1971–1973, syndication, children's

NBC Mystery Movie – 1971–1977, NBC

The New Dick Van Dyke – 1971–1974, CBS, comedy

Owen Marshall, Counselor At Law – 1971–1974, ABC, drama

Rollin' On The River – 1971–1973, syndication, music

Sanford & Son – January 1972–1977, NBC, comedy

Sixth Sense – January 1972–1973, ABC, occult

Untamed World – 1971–1975, syndication, documentary

 

Three Seasons (1970/71)

Alias Smith & Jones – January 1971–1973, ABC, western

All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy

The Flip Wilson Show – 1970–1974, NBC, variety

McCloud – 1970–1977, NBC, crime drama

The Mary Tyler Moore Show – 1970–1977, CBS, comedy

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

Night Gallery – 1970–1973, NBC, supernatural anthology

The Odd Couple – 1970–1975, ABC, comedy

The Partridge Family – 1970–1974, ABC, comedy

 

Four Seasons (1969/70)

The Bold Ones – 1969–1973, NBC, one drama series

The Brady Bunch – 1969–1974, ABC, comedy

The Dick Cavett Show – 1969–1972, ABC, talk/variety

Love, American Style – 1969–1974, ABC anthology

Marcus Welby MD – 1969–1976, ABC, drama

Medical Center – 1969–1976, CBS, drama

The New Doctors – 1969–1973, NBC, drama

Room 222 – 1969–1974, ABC, comedy

Safari To Adventure – 1969–1975, syndication, documentary

 

Five Seasons (1968/69)

Adam 12 – 1968–1975, NBC, crime drama

The Doris Day Show – 1968–1973, CBS, comedy

First Tuesday – January 1969–1973, NBC, newsmagazine

Hawaii Five-O – 1968–1980, CBS, crime drama

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

Here's Lucy – 1968–1974, CBS, comedy

The Mod Squad – 1968–1973, ABC crime drama

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Six Seasons (1967/68)

The Carol Burnett Show – 1967–1978, CBS, variety

Ironside – 1967–1975, NBC, crime drama

Mannix – 1967–1975, CBS, crime drama

Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In – January 1968–1973, NBC, variety

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Seven Seasons (1966/67)

Mission: Impossible – 1966–1973, CBS, international intrigue

 

Eight Seasons (1965/66)

The Dean Martin Show – 1965–1974, NBC, variety

The FBI – 1965–1974, ABC, crime drama

 

Twelve Seasons (1961/62)

The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk

 

Fourteen Seasons (1959/60)

Bonanza – 1959–1973, NBC, western

 

Eighteen Seasons (1955/56)

Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western

 

Nineteen Seasons (1954/55)

Lassie – 1971–1974, Syndication; adventure

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1971–1982, syndication, music

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

Wonderful World of Disney – 1954–1983, anthology

 

Twenty one Seasons (1952/53)

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

 

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