1949/50 – No ratings till the 1950/51 season.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1949 season; Mary Kay & Johnny was cancelled
in the third season.
Inside U.S.A With Chevrolet and Romance were on CBS Thursday at 8:30 PM.
Ford Theatre and The Fifty–Fourth Street Revue were on CBS Friday at 9 PM.
Toni Twin Time and What's My Line were on CBS Wednesday at 9 PM.
The Alan Dale Show was on local TV in New York in May 1948 till DUM picked it up three months later.
Chicagoland Mystery Players was on local TV in Chicago for two years till DUM picked it up in 1949.
People's Platform was on local TV in New York in May 1948 till CBS picked it up three months later.
ABC Television Players to ABC Tele–Players in April 1949 to ABC Penthouse Players in August 1949.
Art Ford On Broadway to Art Ford On The Broadway Of The World for the final month.
Cross Question to They Stand Accused in January 1950.
Fishing And Hunting Club to Sports For All in January 1950.
Goodrich Celebrity Time to Celebrity Time in April 1950.
Hands Of Murder to Hands Of Destiny (April 1950) to Hands Of Mystery (August 1950). The show has so many hands that they
don't know what hands they have!
Inside Photoplay to Photoplay Time (September 1949) to The Wendy Barrie Show (December 1949) to Through Wendy's Window
Starring Boris Karloff to Mystery Playhouse Starring Boris Karloff in October 1949.
Strictly For Laughs to The Kirby Stones Quinlet in April 1950.
This Is Broadway to This Is Show Business in October 1949.
To The Queen's Taste to The Dione Lucas Show.
Van Camp's Little Show was also known as John Corte's Little Show and The Little Show.
Young And Gay to The Girls after two weeks on the air.
Cactus Jim was on NBC weeknights at 6 PM from 1949–1951.
Mama was on CBS Friday at 8 PM from 1949–1956.
Martin Kane, Private Eye was on NBC Thursday from 1949–1954.
Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue was on ABC Sunday at 7 PM from 1949–1952.
Robert Montgomery Presents was on NBC Monday at 9:30 PM from 1950–1957.
Wayne King was on NBC Thursday at 10:30 PM from 1949–1952.
Your Show Of Shows was on NBC Saturday from 1950–1954.
Easy Aces was on the radio from 1931–1945 and 1948–1949.
Escape was on CBS from 1948–1954.
The Garry Moore Show was on CBS from 1949/50.
The Life Of Riley was on NBC from 1943–1951. John Brown played the same role, Digby "Digger" O'Dell, in the TV series.
Martin Kane, Private Eye was on MBS from 1949–1952.
One Man's Family was on NBC from 1932–1959.
The O'Neills was on the radio from 1934–1943.
People's Platform was on CBS from 1938–1952.
Your Hit Parade was on NBC from 1935–1959.
Tonight On Broadway returned to CBS for a three month run. It was previously on CBS in 1948.
Winner Take All returned to CBS for the final six months in April 1950.
CBS revived The Alan Dale Show. It was previously on DUM in 1948.
Simultaneous: Paul Whiteman was on two series - Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club (1949–1954) and Paul Whiteman's
Goodyear Revue (1949–1952).
Billy Boone And Cousin Kib replaced Mr. I Magination for the summer.
Detective's Wife replaced Man Against Crime for the summer.
Ford Star Revue replaced Kay Kyser's Kollege Of Musical Knowledge for the summer.
The Ransom Sherman Show replaced Kukla, Fran, & Ollie for the summer.
Candid Camera went from NBC to CBS.
Cross Question went from CBS to DUM.
Eddie Condor's Floor Show went from NBC to CBS.
Inside Photoplay (DUM) to Photoplay Time (NBC).
Twenty Questions went from NBC to ABC.
Stud! Stud! Stud! What a place you didn't have for a short period of time. Chicago Jazz and Studs' Place premiered on November
26, 1949 on NBC. Studs' Place, right along with Chicago Jazz, was incorporated into a new variety show, Saturday Square, on
January 5, 1950. Saturday Square lasted for a month and Studs' Place became a separated series in April 1950. Studs Terkel
had better luck on his own; he lasted till 1952.
NBC grabbed Cavalcade Of Stars' first host, Jack Carter, from DuMont in February 1950. Jack fronted the first hour of Saturday
Night Revue with his LIVE variety show, The Jack Carter Show, premiered on February 15. The second hour belongs to Your Show
Of Shows with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca. Jerry Lester replaced Jack on Cavalcade Of Stars for four months till Jackie Gleason
arrived in July 1950. Cavalcade Of Stars moved away from Your Show Of Shows to a much better time slot on Friday. Jackie Gleason
became a huge star for DuMont.
Tomorrow's Boxing Champions was ABC's first boxing show; it only lasted a season.
Some future stars appeared on The Web. Grace Kelly, Jack Palance, Eva Marie Saint, and Paul Newman were among those stars.
Paul's future wife, Joanne Woodward, was in the final CBS telecast. Paul and Joanne were married in 1958.
John Daly of The Front Page was a real life news correspondent; he worked for CBS and ABC.
The Life Of Riley was Jackie Gleason's first series. It only last a season.
Jack Haley was best known for his role, Tin Woodsman, in the 1939 classic movie, The Wizard Of Oz. He was the host of Ford
Star Revue. Norman Lear was one of the writers of the 1951 edition.
Don Hastings begun as very successful career. He was first on DuMont's Captain Videos And His Video Rangers for the full
seven years, then he moved to daytime soaps, The Edge Of Night (1956–1960) and his ever-popular role on As The World
Turns. He played Dr. Bob Hughes since October 1960. He is second only to play the same role for the longest period of time,
next to Helen Wagner.
Arthur Godfrey discovered Al Robinson, the ventriloquist. For a short period, Al had his own CBS series. The series was
named after his dummy, Alkali Ike.
Cynthia Stone played Jack Lemmon's girlfriend on That Wonderful Guy as well in real life. They were married in 1950.
1949/50 Fall Season
One Season (1949/50)
Al Morgan – 1949–1951, DUM, music, Al Morgan
The Aldrich Family – 1949–1953, NBC, comedy, Robert Casey
The Big Story – 1949–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, Bob Sloane
Bonny Maid Versatile Varieties – 1949–1951, NBC, 1951, ABC, variety/children's, LIVE, George Givot
Cactus Jim – 1949–1951, NBC, children's, Clarence Hartzell
Famous Jury Trials – 1949–1952, DUM, courtroom drama
Ford Theatre – 1949–1951, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Hands Of Murder – 1949–1951, DUM, suspense anthology, LIVE
International Boxing Club Bouts – 1949–1955, CBS, boxing, Russ Hodges
The Lone Ranger – 1949–1957, ABC, western, Clayton Moore
Man Against Crime – 1949–1953, CBS; 1953/54, NBC/DUM, detective drama, LIVE, Ralph Bellamy
Martin Kane, Private Eye – 1949–1954, NBC, detective drama, LIVE, William Gargan
One Man's Family – 1949–1952, NBC, soap, Bert Lytell
Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue – 1949–1952, ABC, musical variety, Paul Whiteman
The Plainclothesman – 1949–1954, DUM, police drama, Ken Lynch
Stud's Place – 1949/50, NBC; 1950–1952, ABC, variety, Studs Terkel
Twenty Questions – 1949, NBC; March 1950–1951, ABC; 1951–1954, DUM; 1954/55, ABC, quiz, Bill Slater
Wayne King – 1949–1952, NBC, music, LIVE, Wayne King
The Voice of Firestone – 1949–1954, NBC; 1954 – 1959, ABC, music
Youth On The March – 1949–1952, ABC; 1952/53, DUM, religion, Rev. Percy Crawford
ABC Penthouse Players – ABC, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Don Gallagher
Auction-Aire – ABC, auction, Jack Gregson
Capitol Cloak Room – CBS, public affairs/discussion, LIVE, Bill Shadel
Chicagoland Mystery Players – DUM, police drama, Gordon Urquhart
Cities Service Band Of American – NBC, music, Paul Lavalle
The Crisis – NBC, drama, LIVE, Adrian Spies
Fishing and Hunting Club – DUM, sports, Bill Slater
Front Page – CBS, newspaper drama, LIVE, John Daly
The Herb Shriner Show – CBS, comedy/variety, Herb Shriner
Hollywood Premiere – NBC, variety
Inside U.S.A. With Chevrolet – CBS, musical variety, Mary Wicks
Let There Be Stars – ABC, musical variety
The Life Of Riley – NBC, comedy, Jackie Gleason
The Little Revue – ABC, music, Nancy Evans
Majority Rules – ABC, quiz, Ed Prentiss
Mr. Black – ABC, mystery anthology, Andy Christopher
Oboler Comedy Theatre – ABC, comedy anthology, LIVE
The O'Neils – DUM, drama, Vera Allen
Photocrime – ABC, crime drama, Chuck Webster
Romance – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Sessions – NBC, Art Van Damme Quintette
The Silver Theater – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Conrad Nagel
Sleepy Joe – ABC, children's, Jimmy Scribner
Starring Boris Karloff – ABC, suspense anthology, Boris Karloff
Strictly For Laughs – CBS, music, The Kirby Stones Quinlet
This Week In Sports – CBS, sports news
Tomorrow's Boxing Champions – ABC, Bob Elson
Tonight On Broadway – CBS, play excerpts, John Mason Brown
Your Witness – ABC, courtroom drama, Edmund Lowe
20 out of 52 new series SURVIVED for 1950/51
ABC – 2/14, The Lone Ranger & Paul Whiteman's
CBS – 3/14, Ford Theatre, Man Against Crime &
International Boxing Club Bouts
DUM – 5/9, Al Morgan, Famous Jury Trials, Hands Of
Murder, The Plainclothesman & Youth On The March
NBC – 10/15, The Aldrich Family, The Big Story, Bonny
Maid Versatile Varieties, Cactus Jim, Martin Kane, Private Eye, One Man's Family, Stud's Place, Twenty Questions, Wayne King
& The Voice of Firestone
Mid Season shows
The Alan Dale Show – June 1950–1951, CBS, music, Alan Dale
The Alan Young Show – April 1950–1953, CBS, comedy/variety, Alan Young
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, Arthur Murray
Battle Report – 1950, 1951, NBC, documentary/public affairs, Robert McCormick
Beat The Clock – March 1950–1958, CBS, quiz, Bud Collyer
Big Top – July 1950–1951, CBS, circus, Ed McMahon
Buck Rogers – April 1950–1951, ABC, sci-fi, LIVE, Kem Dibbs
Cameo Theatre – May 1950–1952, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Cavalcade Of Bands – January 1950–1951, DUM, musical variety, Fred Robbins
Cavalcade Of Sports – 1950–1955, NBC, sports/sports commentary, Don Dunphy
Country Style – July 1950–1951, DUM, musical variety, Peggy Ann Ellis
The Faye Emerson Show – March–July 1950, CBS; April–August 1950, NBC; fall of 1950, CBS, interview, Faye
Fireside Theatre – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
Ford Star Revue – July 1949–1950, NBC, comedy/variety, Jack Haley
The Gene Autry Show – July 1950–1956, CBS, western, Gene Autry
Hawkins Falls, Population 6,200 – January–October 1950, NBC, comedy/drama, Frank Dane
Headline Clues – July 1949–1954, DUM, magazine, George F. Putnam
Holiday Hotel – March 1950–1952, ABC, musical variety, Edward Everett Horton
Inside Detective – January 1950–1954, DUM, crime drama, LIVE, Roscoe Karns
The Jack Carter Show – February 1950–1951, NBC, variety, Jack Carter
The Joan Edwards Show – July–October 1950, DUM, music, Joan Edwards
Kay Kyser's Kollage Of Musical Knowledge – December 1949–1950, NBC, quiz, Kay Kyser
The Ken Murray Show – January 1950–1953, CBS, variety, Ken Murray, Darla Hood
Life Begins At Eighty – January–August 1950, NBC; 1950 – 1952, ABC; 1952–1955, DUM; 1955/56, ABC,
discussion, Jack Berry
Magic Cottage – July 1949–1951, DUM, children's
Marshall Plan In Action – June 1950–1953, ABC, documentary
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, Mike Stokey
Robert Montgomery Presents – January 1950–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, Robert Montgomery
Rocky King, Inside Detective – January 1950–1954, DUM, crime drama, LIVE
Show Goes On – January 1950–1952, CBS, variety, Robert Q. Lewis
Soap Box Theatre – June 1950–1951, ABC, drama, dramatic anthology
Songs For Sale – July 1950–1952, CBS, music, Jan Murray
Starlight Theatre – April 1950–1951, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Starlit Time – April 1950–1951, DUM, musical variety, Bill Williams
Stork Club – July 1950–1953, CBS, talk, LIVE, Sherman Billingsley
Sure As Fate – July 1950, 1950/51, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Toni Twin Time – April–September 1951, CBS, variety, Jack Lemmon
Van Camp's Little Show – June 1950–1951, NBC, music, John Corte
Visit With The Armed Forces – July 1950–1951, DUM, documentary
We Take Our World – April 1950–1951, CBS, quiz, John K.M. McCaffrey
The Web – July 1950–1954, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Jonathan Blake
What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game, John Daly
Winner Take All – April–October 1950, CBS, game, Bud Collyer
Your Hit Parade – summer of 1950–1958, NBC; 1958/59, CBS, music, Eileen Wilson
Your Show Of Shows – February 1950–1954, NBC, comedy/variety, Sid Caesar
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
ABC Showcase – ABC, drama/variety
Abe Burrow's Almanac – CBS, comedy/variety, LIVE, Abe Burrows
Alkali Ike – CBS, comedy, LIVE, Al Robinson
Answer Yes Or No – NBC, quiz, Moss Hart
Around The Town – NBC, documentary, Bob Stanton
Art Ford On Broadway – ABC, interview, Art Ford
Arthur Godfrey And His Ukulele – CBS, instruction, Arthur Godfrey
The Ben Grauer Show – NBC, talk, Ben Grauer
Billy Boone And Cousin Kib – CBS, children's, Carroll Colby
By Popular Demand – CBS, variety, Robert Alda
The Carolyn Gilbert Show – ABC, music, Carolyn Gilbert
Children's Sketch Book – NBC, children's, LIVE, 5 episodes, Edith Skinner
Command Post – CBS, instruction
Crash Corrigan's Ranch – ABC, children's, Ray Corrigan
Detective's Wife – CBS, comedy, LIVE, Lynn Bari
The Diane Doxee Show – ABC, music, Diane Doxee
Easy Aces – DUM, humor, Goodman Ace
Escape – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
The Garry Moore Evening Show – CBS, variety, LIVE, Garry Moore
The Girls – CBS, comedy, LIVE, Bethel Leslie
Glamour–Go–Round – CBS, interview, Ilka Chase
The Golden Game – ABC, religion, 5 episodes
Hazel Scott – DUM, music, Hazel Scott
Hollywood House – ABC, variety, Jim Backus
In The Morgan Manner – ABC, musical variety, Russ Morgan
The Joan Edwards Show – DUM, music, Joan Edwards
Joey Faye's Frolics – CBS, comedy/variety, 2 episodes, Joey Faye
Kuda Bux, Hindu Mystic – CBS, magic, Kuda Bux
Lewisohn Stadium Concert – NBC, music, LIVE
Life With Snarky Parker – CBS, children's, LIVE, Bill Baird
Lights, Camera, Action – NBC, talent, Walter Woolf King
The Magic Slate – NBC, children's
Mama Rosa – ABC, comedy, LIVE, Beverly Garland
The Marshal Of Gunsight Pass – ABC, western, LIVE, Russell Hayden
Masterpiece Playhouse – NBC, dramatic anthology, 7 episodes, LIVE
Melody, Harmony & Rhythm – NBC, music, Lynne Barrett
Menasha The Magnificent – NBC, comedy, Menasha Skulnik
My True Story – ABC, dramatic anthology
Mysteries Of Chinatown – ABC, crime drama, Marvin Miller
The Popsicle Parade Of Stars – CBS, variety
Portrait Of America – NBC, interview, 4 episodes, Norman Barry
Prize Performance – CBS, talent/variety, Cedric Adams
The Ransom Sherman Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Ransom Sherman
Rendezvous With Music – NBC, music, 5 episodes, Carol Reed
Romance – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Saturday Square – NBC, variety
So You Want To Lead A Band – NBC, musical variety, Sammy Kaye
Spotlight On Sports – NBC, sports, Bill Stern
The Stage Door – CBS, drama, LIVE, Scott McKay
Stage 13 – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Stage Two Revue – ABC, musical variety, Bob Carroll
That Wonderful Guy – ABC, comedy, Jack Lemmon
Three's Company – CBS, music, LIVE, Martha Wright
Time For Reflection – DUM, poetry, David Ross
Tin Pan Alley TV – ABC, musical variety, LIVE, Johnny Desmond
Toni Twin Time – CBS, variety, LIVE, Jack Lemmon
The Trap – CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE, Joseph DeSantis
Waiting For The Break – NBC, variety, 4 episodes, Hank Ladd
Watch The World – NBC, documentary, Don Goddard
Windy City Jamboree – DUM, country music, Danny O'Neil
Two Seasons (1948/49)
ABC Barn Dance – February–November 1949, ABC, music
Action Autographs – April 1949–January 1950, ABC, documentary
Actors Studio – 1948–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology
And Everything Nice – March 1949–1950, DUM, fashions
Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent
At Home – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1951, CBS; 1951/52, ABC, music
The Bigelow Show – 1948/49, NBC, 1949/50, CBS, variety
The Black Robe – May 1949–1950, NBC, courtroom reenactments
Blind Date – May 1949–1951, ABC, audience participation
Blues By Bargy – April 1949–1950, CBS, music
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
Cartoon Teletales – November 1948–1950, ABC, children's
Cavalcade Of Stars – June 1949–1952, DUM, comedy/variety
Celebrity Time – January–March 1949, CBS; March 1949/50, ABC; April 1950-1952 quiz
Chesterfield Supper Club – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS, 1955–1963, NBC; variety
Chevrolet Tele-Theater – 1948–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Colgate Theatre – January 1949–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Crusade In Europe – May–October 1949, ABC, documentary
Dr. Fix–Um – May 1949–1950, ABC, information
Eddie Condor's Floor Show – 1949, NBC; 1950, CBS, music
The Fifty–Fourth Street Revue – May 1949 –1950, CBS, variety, LIVE
Fireball Fun-For-All – June–October 1949, NBC, comedy/variety
Fireside Theatre – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
The Fred Waring Show – April 1949–1954, CBS, musical variety
Front Row Center – March 1949–1950, DUM, musical variety
Fun For The Money – June–December 1949, ABC, quiz
Garroway At Large – April 1949–1951, NBC, variety, LIVE
The Goldbergs – January 1949–1951, CBS; 1952–1953, NBC; 1954, DUM, comedy, LIVE
Greatest Fights Of The Century – 1948–1954, NBC, boxing
Hopalong Cassidy – June 1949–1951, NBC, western
Kieran's Kaleidoscope – Early 1949–1952, syndication, documentary
Kukla, Fran & Ollie – November 1948–1952, NBC, children's, LIVE
Leave It To The Girls – April 1949–1951, NBC, discussion
Lights Out – July 1949–1952, NBC, suspense anthology, LIVE
Mama – July 1949–1956, CBS, comedy/drama, LIVE
Manhattan Spotlight – January 1949–1950, DUM, interview
Mohawk Showroom –May 1949–1951, NBC, music, LIVE
The Morey Amsterdam Show – December 1948–March 1949, CBS; April 1949-1950, DUM, comedy/variety
On Trial – 1948–1952, ABC, debate
Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club – April 1949–1954, ABC, talent, LIVE
Philco TV Playhouse – 1948–1955, NBC, dramatic anthology,
Photoplay Time – March–July 1949, DUM; 1949/50, NBC; 1950, ABC, interview
Quiz Kids – March 1949–1952, NBC; Jan–Nov 1953, CBS, quiz
Red Barber's Playhouse – July 1949–1950, CBS, sports commentary
Riddle Me This – January 1949, CBS; March 1949–1950, ABC; April 1950–1952, CBS; quiz
The Road Of The Rails – 1948–1950, ABC, adventure/documentary, LIVE
Ruthie On The Phone – June–November 1949, CBS, comedy
The Sonny Kendis Show – April 1949–1950, CBS, music
Spin The Picture – June 1949–1950, DUM, quiz
Stop The Music – May 1949–1952, ABC, quiz
Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology
Suspense – March 1949–1954, CBS, dramatic anthology
They Stand Accused – Jan–May 1949, CBS; 1949–1952, DUM, courtroom drama
Think Fast – March 1949–1950, ABC, quiz
This Is Show Business – July 1949–1954, CBS, variety
Vincent Lopez – March 1949–1950, DUM, musical variety
Your Sports Special – 1948–1950, ABC, sports news
Who Said That? – December 1948–1954, NBC, 1955, ABC, quiz
Third Seasons (1947/48)
Author Meets The Critics – April 1948–1949, NBC; 1949/50, ABC; 1951/52, NBC, 1952–1954, DUM, book discussion
Candid Camera – August–December 1948, ABC; 1949, NBC; 1949/50, CBS, humor
Court Of Current Issues – February 1948–1951, DUM, debate
The Dione Lucas Show – May 1948 –1950, CBS, cooking
Hollywood Screen Test – April 1948–1953, ABC; talent
Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
Mary Kay & Johnny – November 1947–1948, DUM; 1948/49, NBC; 1949, CBS; 1949/50, comedy
Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview
The Nature Of Things – February 1948–1952, instruction, LIVE
Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May
1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent
People's Platform – August 1948–1950, CBS, discussion
Texaco Star Theater – June 1948–1956, NBC, comedy/variety
Toast Of The Town – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety
We, The People – June 1948–1949, CBS; 1949–1951, NBC, interview
Village Barn – May 1948–1950, NBC, musical variety
Four Seasons (1946/47)
Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing
Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
Small Fry Club – March 1947–1951, DUM, children’s