1947/48 – No ratings till the 1950/51 season.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1947 season; The World In Your Home was cancelled
in the fourth season.
ABC's first show, Hollywood Screen Test, premiered on April 15, 1948, Thursday at 8 PM. In those days, the ABC feed was
in Philadelphia and Washington.
CBS' first show, Tonight On Broadway, premiered on April 20, 1948, Tuesday at 7 PM.
At Liberty Corner was on local TV in Philadelphia, then on NBC in June 1948.
Three About Town was on local TV in New York during 1948.
To The Queen's Taste was first seen locally in New York in October 1947, then on CBS in May 1948.
Tonight On Broadway was on local TV in New York in April 1948, then on CBS two weeks later.
Broadway Jamboree from Broadway Minstrels after the first two all–black episodes.
Disc Magic to Musical Merry–Go–Round in October 1947.
Musical Miniatures to Musical Almanac in August 1948.
Variety was also known as NBC Playhouse and The Players.
Original Title: Toast Of The Town was originally to be call You're The Top, but it was quickly dropped before the first
Candid Microphone was on ABC from 1947–1948, 1950.
Hayloft Hoedown was on ABC from 1945–1949.
Stop Me If You're Heard This One was on the radio from 1939–1940, 1947–1948. Milton Berle was the host of the
1939 season. We, The People was on the radio from 1936–1951.
In the earlier months, Court Of Current Issues was known as Court Of Public Opinion.
The World In Your Home is the first ever fourth season series. This season was their last.
Grace Kelly, Jack Klugman, Gene Barry, Pernell Roberts, Jack Lemmon, Betsy Palmer, Martin Balsam, Susan Cabot and Robert
Quarry landed Hollywood contracts through Hollywood Screen Test. It was their big break.
We, The People was the first series to be simulcast on network radio and network TV.
Musical Miniatures' host, Harvey Harding, had a similar show in New York from 1941–1942. Harvey was one of TV's pioneers.
Village Barn was the first series to be shown from a real nightclub. To The Queen's Taste was broadcast from Dione Lucas'
very own restaurant, The Cordon Bleu, from Manhattan.
NBC claimed Barney Blake, Police Reporter was the first mystery series.
Broadway Jamboree was the first all–black series.
The Laytons may be in fact the first series for a black actor to be in a continuing role. Amanda Randolph was best known
for her role on the radio/TV versions of Amos & Andy.
ABC claimed On The Corner was the first ABC series. Really, it missed it by three days. The honors go to Hollywood Screen
1947/48 Fall Season
One Season (1947/48)
Americana – December 1947–1949, NBC, quiz, John Mason Brown
Charade Quiz – December 1947–1949, DUM, charades, Bill Slater
Mary Kay & Johnny – November 1947–1950, DUM, comedy, LIVE, Mary Kay Sterns, Johnny Sterns
Eye Witness – NBC, documentary, Ben Grauer
3 out of 4 new series SURVIVED for 1948/49
DUM – 2/2, Charade Quiz & Mary Kay And Johnny
NBC – 1/2, Americana
Mid Season shows
America Song – April 1948–1949, NBC, music, Paul Arnold
Author Meets The Critics – April 1948–1949, NBC; 1949/50, ABC; 1951/52, NBC, 1952–1954, DUM, book discussion,
John M.K. McCaffery
Candid Microphone – August–December 1948, ABC; 1949, NBC; 1949/50, CBS, humor, Allen Funt
Court Of Current Issues – February 1948–1951, DUM, debate
Face The Music – May 1948–1949, CBS, music, Shayne Cogan
Fashions On Parade – August 1948–1949, DUM, fashion/variety, Adelaide Hawley
For Your Pleasure – April 1948–1949, NBC, music, LIVE, Kyle MacDonnell
Hollywood Screen Test – April 1948–1953, ABC; talent, Bert Lytell
Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview, Martha Roundtree
Musical Miniatures – May 1948–1949, NBC; music, Harvey Harding
The Nature Of Things – February 1948–1952, instruction, LIVE, Dr. Roy K. Marshall
Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May
1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent, Ted Mack
People's Platform – August 1948–1950, CBS, discussion, Quincy Howe
Quizzing The News – August 1948 – 1949, ABC; quiz/panel, Allen Prescott
Scrapbook Junior Edition – June–November 1948, CBS, children's, Scotty MacGregor
Sportsman's Quiz – April 1948–1949, CBS, sports information, Don Baker
Stop Me If You're Heard This One – March 1948–1949, NBC, LIVE, Roger Bower
Story Of The Week – January 1948–1949, NBC, interview, Richard Harkness
The Swift Show – April 1948–1949, NBC, musical variety, Lanny Ross
Texaco Star Theater – June 1948–1956, NBC, comedy/variety, Milton Berle
To The Queen's Taste – May 1948 –1950, CBS, cooking, Dione Lucas
Toast Of The Town – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety, Ed Sullivan
Tonight On Broadway – April–May 1948, CBS, play excerpts, John Mason Brown
We, The People – June 1948–1949, CBS; 1949–1951, NBC, interview, Dwight Weist
What's It Worth – May 1948–1949, CBS, art appraisal, Gil Fates
Winner Take All – June 1948–1949, CBS, game, Bud Collyer
Village Barn – May 1948–1950, NBC, musical variety, LIVE, Zebe Carver
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
The Alan Dale Show – DUM, music, Alan Dale
At Liberty Club – NBC, music, Jacqueline Turner
Barney Blake, Police Reporter – NBC, crime drama, LIVE, Gene O'Donnell
Broadway Jamboree – NBC, musical variety, LIVE
Crystal Room – ABC, variety, Maggi McNellis
Dress Rehearsal – NBC, various, Richard Goode
Gabrielle – ABC, music, Gabrielle
Hayloff Hoedown – ABC, country music, Elmer Newman
The Laytons – DUM, comedy, Amanda Randolph
Museum Of Science And Industry –NBC, instruction, LIVE
NBC Concert Hall – NBC, music, LIVE
On The Corner – ABC, variety, Henry Morgan
Playroom – DUM, children's
Presidential Straws In The Wind – CBS, political, Lyman Bryson
Presidential Timber – CBS, public affairs, LIVE
Television Playhouse – NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
That Reminds Me – ABC, stories, Walter Kiernan
Three About Time – ABC, music, Betsi Allison
Try And Do It – NBC, variety/audience participation
Variety – NBC, various
You're Invited – ABC, comedy/variety, Romo Vincent
Two Seasons (1946/47)
Birthday Party – May 1947–1949, DUM, children’s
Campus Hoopla – December 1946–1948, NBC, sports/variety
Doorway To Fame – May 1947–1949, DUM, talent
Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing
In The Kelvinator Kitchen – May 1947–1948, NBC, cooking instruction
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
Fourth Seasons (1944/45)
The World In Your Home – December 1944–1948, NBC, documentary