1948/49 – No ratings till the 1950/51 season.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1948 season; Face The Music was cancelled
in the second season.
Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall was on local TV in Mississippi in August 1948, then on CBS in September 1948.
Champagne & Orchids was on local TV in New York in December 1947, then on DuMont in September 1948.
Cross Question was seen locally on WGN in Chicago in April 1948, then on CBS in January 1949.
Eddie Condor's Floor Show was on local TV in New York, then it became a NBC series.
Fashions On Parade was on local TV in New York in 1947 and 1948 at various times, then on DuMont in August 1948.
Judy Splinters was on local TV in Los Angeles in 1947, then on NBC in 1949.
Leave It To The Girls was on local TV in New York in 1947, then on NBC in 1949.
Movieland Quiz was on local TV in Philadelphia, then on ABC in August 15, 1948.
Paris Cavalcade Of Fashions was on local TV in New York, then on NBC.
Pauline Frederick's Guestbook was on local TV in New York in August 1948, then on ABC in January 1949.
People's Platform was on local TV in New York in May 1948, then three months later it became a CBS show.
Photographic Horizons was on local TV in New York in December 1947, then on DuMont in January 1949.
R.F.D America was on local TV in Chicago in January 1949, then on NBC in May 1949.
School House was on local TV in New York in 1948 as School Days, then on NBC.
Sunday At Home started on KNBH in Hollywood, then on NBC in July 1949. KNBH is the local NBC station in LA. KNBH changed
into KRCA in 1954, then KNBC in 1960. Tom Brokaw begun his long association with NBC in 1966 as a anchor and a reporter.
Three About Town was on local TV in New York in 1948, then on ABC.
The Three Flames Show was on local TV in New York.
Winner Take All was on local TV in New York from January 1949 till it went back to CBS in April 1950 for the final six
The Arrow Show was also known as The Phil Silvers Arrow Show and Arrow Comedy Theatre.
Bon Voyage to Treasure Quest after two weeks.
Candid Microphone to Candid Camera in May 1949.
Captain Billy's Showboat to Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall in September 1948.
The Earl Wrightson Show had several name changes throughout it's four year run. From The Earl Wrightson Show to Earl Wrightson
At Home (September 1949), At Home (October 1949), At Home Show (September 1950), and the last name, Masland At Home Party
Girl About Town became Around The Town for the final three months.
Riddle Me This to Goodrich Celebrity Time in March 1949.
Show Business, Inc to Danton Walker's Broadway Scrapbook in April 1949 to Broadway Spotlight in June 1949.
Sing–Co–Pation to Serenade in the final month.
Magic Cottage was on DUM Weeknights at 6:30 PM from 1949–1951.
Philco TV Playhouse was on NBC Sunday at 9 PM from 1948–1955.
America's Town Meeting was on ABC and NBC from 1935–1956.
Blind Date was on the radio from 1943–1946.
The Clock was on CBS from 1946–1948.
Hopalong Cassidy was on the radio from 1950–1952.
Ladies Be Seated was on ABC from 1943–1950.
Leave It To The Girls was on MBS from 1945–1949.
National Barn Dance was on the radio from 1933–1950. It became ABC Barn Dance on TV.
People's Platform was on CBS from 1938–1952.
Studio One was on CBS from 1947–1948.
This Is Broadway (This Is Show Business) was simulcast on both CBS radio and CBS TV from 1949–1954.
Return: CBS revived Tex And Jinx. It was last seen on NBC in 1947.
Similar Program: CBS' The Roar Of The Rails was much popular than ABC's Tales Of The Red Caboose; it lasted two seasons.
The Roar Of The Rails premiered on October 26, 1948, followed three days later by Tales Of The Red Caboose. Both shows were
about model trains.
Summer Replacement: Judy Splinters replaced Kukla, Fran & Ollie for the summer.
Candid Microphone (ABC) to Candid Camera (NBC)
The Ted Steele Show's first and only season was on three networks. Sept–Oct 1948 on NBC, Feb–July 1959 on DUM,
and July–August 1959 on CBS.
Gertrude Berg made her debut on Chevrolet Tele–Theatre in the comedy "Whistle, Daughter, Whistle."
The Southernaires was one of the earliest network show, The Southernaires, with black performers. They were a black gospel
quartet. They were previously heard on the radio in the 1940's.
Mary Margaret McBride was a popular radio personality.
Joe Howard was 80 when he hosted The Gay Nineties Revue. The show lasted a season. He died in New York in 1961 at age 91.
Bob Smith of the Gulf Road Show was the co creator and the host of the popular daytime children's show, The Howdy Doody
Show, from 1947–1960. The Howdy Doody Show was one of my mom's favorite childhood shows.
I'd Like To See was the prototype for the longest running series, You Asked For It.
Girl About Town was the continuation of For Your Pleasure in similar format.
Without a sponsor, you still can get cancelled, just like The Black Robe.
Stand By For Crime was Myron Wallace's first series. He wasn't known for his acting. He gave up acting for his true love
– journalism. His name was Mike Wallace.
Blues By Bargy was on CBS for one full year, April 23, 1949–April 22, 1950, in three different time slots.
Martha Roundtree was the creator of Leave It To The Girls. She also created the longest running show in USA TV history,
Meet The Press (1947–present).
Admiral Broadway Revue was Sid Caesar’s first series. On this series, Sid teamed up with Imogene Coca for the first
time. The series lasted for a few months. Next year, they appeared on the series' successor, Your Show Of Shows, only on NBC.
They were a big hit on Saturday from 1950–1954. The featured ABR baritone singer, Judson Laire, was on the new CBS show
a month later after the series went off the air. Judson played Lars Hansen on Mama for eight years.
A Woman To Remember was seen in daytime starting in February 1949, then it moved to prime time in May 1949.
The Three Flames was a very popular black vocal and instrumental trio – Tiger Haynes, Roy Testamark and Bill Pollard.
Bowling Headliners was the first ever regularly bowling series.
Practice Tee was the first series from Cleveland, Ohio.
Wren's Nest starred the real married couple, Sam Wren and Virginia Sale, in the thrice–weekly series.
The Arrow Show premiered on November 24, 1948. Hey! That's my birthday! Oops, I lied! I'm not that old!
Two Networks: Admiral Broadway Revue aired simultaneously on NBC and DUM Friday at 8 PM.
1948/49 Fall Season
One Season (1948/49)
Actors Studio – 1948–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, Marc Connelly
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent, Arthur Godfrey
The Bigelow Show – 1948/49, NBC, 1949/50, CBS, variety, Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney
Break The Bank – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; summer of 1953, NBC; Jan 1954–1956, ABC;
1956/57, NBC, quiz, Bert Parks
Cartoon Teletales – November 1948–1950, ABC, children's, Chuck Luchsinger
Chevrolet Tele-Theater – 1948–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Greatest Fights Of The Century – 1948–1954, NBC, boxing, Jim Stevenson
On Trial – 1948–1952, ABC, debate, David Levitan
People's Platform – 1948–1950, CBS, discussion, Quincy Howe
Philco TV Playhouse – 1948–1955, NBC, dramatic anthology, Bert Lytell
The Road Of The Rails – 1948–1950, ABC, adventure/documentary, LIVE
The Singing Lady – 1948–1950, ABC, children's, Ireene Wicker
Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology
Your Sports Special – 1948–1950, ABC, sports news, Carwell Adams
The Adventures Of Oky Doky – DUM, children's, Wendy Barrie, Burt Hilber
America Speaks – CBS, opinion poll, Dr. George Gallup
America's Town Meeting Of The Air – ABC, George V. Denny, Jr.
Captain Billy's Mississippi Music Hall – CBS, variety, LIVE, Ralph Dumke
Champagne & Orchids – DUM, music, Adrienne Meyerberg
Club Seven – ABC, musical variety, Johnny Thompson
Critic At Large – ABC, discussion, John Mason Brown
The Fashion Story – ABC, fashion/comedy, Marilyn Day, Carl Reiner
The Gay Nineties Revue – ABC, musical variety, Joe Howard
Girl About Time – NBC, music, LIVE, Kyle MacDonnell
The Growing Paynes – DUM, comedy, LIVE, John Harvey
The Gulf Road Show Starring Bob Smith – NBC, variety/talent, Bob Smith
I'd Like To See – NBC, demonstration, Ray Morgan
Key To The Missing – DUM, interview, Archdale J. Jones
Kierman’s Corner – ABC, interview, Walter Kierman
Kobb's Korner – CBS, musical variety, LIVE, Stan Fritts
Mary Margaret McBride – NBC, interview, Mary Margaret McBride
Movieland Quiz – ABC, quiz, Ralph Dumke
Pauline Frederick’s Guestbook – NBC, interview, Pauline Frederick
Photographic Horizons – DUM, instruction, Joe Costa, Peggy Corday
Places Please – CBS, talent/variety, Barry Wood
Picture This – NBC, cartoons, LIVE, Wendy Barrie
Saturday Night Jamboree – NBC, country music, Elton Britt
Southernaires Quartet – NBC, music, The Southernaires
Sports With Joe Hasel – ABC, sports news, Joe Hasel
Sportswoman Of The Week – NBC, interview, Sarah Palfrey Cooke
Stained Glass Windows – ABC, religion
Tales Of The Red Caboose – ABC, adventure
The Ted Steele Show – NBC, music, Ted Steele
Teenage Book Club – ABC, discussion
Three About Time – ABC, music, Betsi Allison
Welcome Aboard – NBC, variety, Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
14 out of 47 new series SURVIVED for 1949/50
ABC – 6/19, Break The Bank, Cartoon Teletales, On
Trial, The Road Of The Rails, The Singing Lady & Your Sports Special
CBS – 3/7, Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,
People's Platform & Studio One
DUM – 0/5,
NBC – 5/16, Actors Studio, The Bigelow Show, Chevrolet
Tele–Theater, Greatest Fights Of The Century & Philco TV Playhouse
Mid Season shows
ABC Barn Dance – February–November 1949, ABC, music, Hal O'Halloran
Action Autographs – April 1949–January 1950, ABC, documentary, Jack Brand
And Everything Nice – March 1949–1950, DUM, fashions, Maxine Barrat
Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety, Arthur Godfrey
The Black Robe – May 1949–1950, NBC, courtroom reenactments, Frank Thomas
Blind Date – May 1949–1951, ABC, audience participation, Arlene Francis
Blues By Bargy – April 1949–1950, CBS, music, Jean Bargy
Captain Video And His Video Rangers – June 1949–1955, DUM, children's, Richard Coogan
Cavalcade Of Stars – June 1949–1952, DUM, comedy/variety, Jack Carter
Celebrity Time – January–March 1949, CBS; March 1949/50, ABC; April 1950-1952 quiz, Conrad Nagel
Chesterfield Supper Club – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS, 1955–1963, NBC; variety, Perry Como
The Clock – May 1949–1951, NBC; 1951/52, ABC, suspense anthology, LIVE, Larry Semon
Colgate Theatre – January 1949–1950, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Cross Question – Jan–May 1949, CBS; 1949–1952, DUM, courtroom drama
Crusade In Europe – May–October 1949, ABC, documentary, Maurice Joyce
Dr. Fix–Um – May 1949–1950, ABC, information, Arthur Youngquist
The Earl Wrightson Show – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1951, CBS; 1951/52, ABC, music, Earl Wrightson
Eddie Condor's Floor Show – 1949, NBC; 1950, CBS, music, Eddie Condor
The Fifty–Fourth Street Revue – May 1949 –1950, CBS, variety, LIVE, Jack Sterling
Fireside Theatre – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
Fireball Fun-For-All – June–October 1949, NBC, comedy/variety, Bill Hayes
Fun For The Money – June–December 1949, ABC, quiz, Johnny Olsen
The Fred Waring Show – April 1949–1954, CBS, musical variety, Fred Waring
Front Row Center – March 1949–1950, DUM, musical variety, Phil Leeds
Garroway At Large – April 1949–1951, NBC, variety, LIVE, Dave Garroway
The Goldbergs – January 1949–1951, CBS; 1952–1953, NBC; 1954, DUM, comedy, LIVE, Gertrude Berg
Hopalong Cassidy – June 1949–1951, NBC, western, William Boyd
Inside Photoplay – March–July 1949, DUM; 1949/50, NBC; 1950, ABC, interview, Wendy Barrie
Kukla, Fran & Ollie – November 1948–1952, NBC, children's, LIVE, Fran Allison
Leave It To The Girls – April 1949–1951, NBC, discussion, Maggi McNellis
Lights Out – July 1949–1952, NBC, suspense anthology, LIVE, Jack LaRue
Magic Cottage – July 1949–1951, DUM, children's, Pat Meikle
Mama – July 1949–1956, CBS, comedy/drama, LIVE, Peggy Wood, Dick Van Patten
Manhattan Spotlight – January 1949–1950, DUM, interview, Chuck Tranum
Mohawk Showroom –May 1949–1951, NBC, music, LIVE, Morton Downey
The Morey Amsterdam Show – December 1948–March 1949, CBS; April 1949-1950, DUM, comedy/variety, Morey Amsterdam
Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club – April 1949–1954, ABC, talent, LIVE, Paul Whiteman
Quiz Kids – March 1949–1952, NBC; Jan–Nov 1953, CBS, quiz, Joe Kelly
Red Barber's Playhouse – July 1949–1950, CBS, sports commentary, Red Barber
Riddle Me This – January 1949, CBS; March 1949–1950, ABC; April 1950–1952, CBS; quiz, Conrad Nagel
Ruthie On The Phone – June–November 1949, CBS, comedy, Ruth Gilbert
The Sonny Kendis Show – April 1949–1950, CBS, music, Sonny Kendis
Stop The Music – May 1949–1952, ABC, quiz, Bert Parks
Spin The Picture – June 1949–1950, CBS, quiz, Eddie Dunn
Suspense – March 1949–1954, CBS, dramatic anthology
Think Fast – March 1949–1950, ABC, quiz, Dr. Mason Gross
This Is Broadway – July 1949–1954, CBS, variety, Clifton Fadiman
Vincent Lopez – March 1949–1950, DUM, musical variety, Vincent Lopez
Who Said That? – December 1948–1954, NBC, 1955, ABC, quiz, Robert Trout
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
Academy Theatre– NBC, drama, LIVE
Admiral Broadway Revue – NBC/DUM, variety, LIVE, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coco
Adventures In Jazz – CBS, music, Fred Robbins
Alice Pearce – ABC, musical variety, Alice Pearce
The Amazing Polgar – CBS, hypnosis, LIVE, 5 episodes, Dr. Frank Polgar
American Minstrels of 1949 – ABC, variety, Jack Carter
Armchair Detective – CBS, detective drama, John Milton Kennedy
The Arrow Show – ABC, comedy/variety, Phil Silvers
Backstage With Barry Wood – NBC, music, LIVE, Barry Wood
The Benny Rubin Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Benny Rubin
Bon Voyage – ABC, quiz, John Weigel
Bowling Headliners – ABC, sports, Al Cirillo
Broadway Tonight – NBC, variety, LIVE, Danton Walker
Buzzy Wuzzy – ABC, comedy/variety, 4 episodes, Jerry Bergen, Imogene Coco
Campus Corner – CBS, music, Beverly Fite
Capitol Capers – NBC, music, LIVE, Cliff Quartet
Child's World – ABC, children's discussion, Helen Parkhurst
The Cliff Edwards Show – CBS, music, LIVE, Cliff Edwards
Delora Bueno – DUM, music, Delora Bueno
Draw Me A Laugh – ABC, cartoon quiz/panel, 4 episodes, Walter Hurley
Elder Michaux – DUM, religion, Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux
The Eyes Have It – NBC, quiz, Ralph McNair
Flight To Rhythm – DUM, music, Delora Bueno
The Hartmans – NBC, comedy, LIVE, Grace Hartman, Paul Hartman
Hold It Please – CBS, comedy, 3 episodes, Gil Fates
Hotel Broadway – DUM, variety, The Striders
Identify – ABC, quiz, Bob Elson
It Pays To Be Ignorant – CBS, quiz, Tom Howard
Jack Leonard – DUM, music, Jack Leonard
The Jacques Fray Music Room – ABC, music/talent, Jacques Fray
The Johns Hopkins Science Review – CBS, information, Lynn Poole
Judy Splinters – NBC, children's, LIVE, Shirley Dinsdale
Ladies Be Seated – ABC, quiz, Tom Moore
The Lamb's Gambol – NBC, musical variety
Maggi's Private Wire – NBC, interview, Maggi McNellis
Manhattan Showcase – CBS, musical variety, LIVE, Johnny Downs
Masters Of Magic – CBS, magic, LIVE, Andre Baruch
Meet Your Congress – NBC, debate, Sen. Blair Moody
The Meredith Willson Show – NBC, music, Meredith Willson
Mixed Doubles – NBC, soap, Rhoda Williams
Music In Velvet – ABC, music, Johnny Hill
NBC Repertory Theatre – NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Paris Cavalcade Of Fashions – NBC, fashion show, Faye Emerson
Pauline Frederick's Guestbook – ABC, interviews, Pauline Frederick
Practice Tee – NBC, golf lesson, William P. Barbour
Press Correspondents Panel – NBC, discussion, LIVE
Program Playhouse – DUM, various
R.F.D. America – NBC, instruction, Bob Murphy
Rehearsal Call – ABC, variety, Dee Parker
Report On... – CBS, documentary, 4 episodes, Charles Hodges
School House – DUM, comedy variety, Kenny Delmar, Wally Cox
Science Circus – ABC, instruction, Bob Brown
Sing–Co–Pation – ABC, music, Jack Brand
The Skip Farrell Show – ABC, music, Skip Farrell
Song And Dance – NBC, music, LIVE, Roberta Quinlan
Sparring Partners With Walter Kiernan– ABC, quiz, 5 episodes, Walter Kiernan
Stand By For The Crime – ABC, crime drama, Boris Aplon
Stump The Authors – ABC, stories, Syd Breeze
Sugar Hill Times – CBS, musical variety, Willie Bryant
Sunday At Home – NBC, music, 5 episodes, Obey Pickard
Sunday Date – NBC, music, LIVE
Talent Jackpot – DUM, talent, Vinton Freedley
Teen Time Tunes – DUM, music, Sue Benjamin
Tex And Jinx – CBS, talk, Tex McCrary, Jinx Falkenburg
Theater Of My Mind – NBC, discussion, Dr. Houston Peterson
They're Off – DUM, quiz, Tom Shirley
The Three Flames Show – NBC, music, LIVE, Tiger Haynes
Through The Crystal Ball – CBS, dance, LIVE, Jimmy Savo
U.S. Marine Band – NBC, music
Vaudeo Varieties – ABC, variety, Eddie Hubbard
Volume One – ABC, dramatic anthology, Wyllis Cooper
Wesley – CBS, comedy, LIVE, Donald Devlin
What Do You Think? – ABC, discussion, 4 episodes
Window On The World – DUM, variety, Merle Kendrick
A Woman To Remember – DUM, soap, Patricia Wheel
Words And Music – NBC, music, LIVE, Barbara Marshall
Wren's Nest – ABC, comedy, Sam Wren, Virginia Sale
Young Broadway – NBC, music, LIVE
Kieran's Kaleidoscope – Early 1949–1952, syndication, documentary, John Kieran
Two Seasons (1947/48)
Americana – December 1947–1949, NBC, quiz
America Song – April 1948–1949, NBC, music
Author Meets The Critics – April 1948–1949, NBC; 1949/50, ABC; 1951/52, NBC, 1952–1954, DUM, book discussion
Birthday Party – May 1947–1949, DUM, children’s
Candid Microphone – August–December 1948, ABC; 1949, NBC; 1949/50, CBS, humor
Charade Quiz – December 1947–1949, DUM, charades
Court Of Current Issues – February 1948–1951, DUM, debate
Doorway To Fame – May 1947–1949, DUM, talent
Face The Music – May 1948–1949, CBS, music
Fashions On Parade – August 1948–1949, DUM, fashion/variety
For Your Pleasure – April 1948–1949, NBC, music, LIVE
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
Musical Merry-Go-Round – June 1947–1949, NBC, music
Musical Almanac – May 1948–1949, NBC; music
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
Quizzing The News – August 1948 – 1949, ABC; quiz/panel
Scrapbook Junior Edition – June–November 1948, CBS, children's
Stop Me If You're Heard This One – March 1948–1949, NBC, LIVE
Sportsman's Quiz – April 1948–1949, CBS, sports information,
Story Of The Week – January 1948–1949, NBC, interview
The Swift Show – April 1948–1949, NBC, musical variety
Texaco Star Theater – June 1948–1956, NBC, comedy/variety
Toast Of The Town – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety
To The Queen's Taste – May 1948 –1950, CBS, cooking
We, The People – June 1948–1949, CBS; 1949–1951, NBC, interview
What's It Worth – May 1948–1949, CBS, art appraisal
Winner Take All – June 1948–1949, CBS, game
Village Barn – May 1948–1950, NBC, musical variety
Three Seasons (1946/47)
Birthday Party – May 1947–1949, DUM, children’s
Doorway To Fame – May 1947–1949, DUM, talent
Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing
Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
Musical Merry–Go–Around – June 1947–1949, NBC, music
Small Fry Club – March 1947–1951, DUM, children’s
Television Screen Magazine – 1946–1949, NBC, various
You Are An Artist – 1946–1949, NBC, art instruction