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StarvingButStrong
02-22-2006, 06:08 PM
What was the best single network one-night primetime lineup ever? That is, you could tune to channel X at 8pm and watch straight through to 11pm without once being bored or wanting to flip over to another channel? (Adjust hours for Central, etc.)

My nominee is the CBS Saturday night lineup in 1973 (http://www.superseventies.com/primetime_73.html) :


8:00 All in the Family
8:30 M*A*S*H
9:00 Mary Tyler Moore Show
9:30 Bob Newhart Show
10:00 Carol Burnett

Omniscient
02-22-2006, 06:41 PM
Monday. Night. Football

It's not even a contest.

kunilou
02-22-2006, 07:17 PM
I don't think the CBS Saturday Night lineup has ever been beaten.

NBC Thursdays have come close a few times in the 80s and 90s, but there always seemed to be one less-than-Grade A sitcom in there somewhere.

AuntiePam
02-22-2006, 08:10 PM
Hard to argue with the OP.

Second place?

Thursdays, NBC, 1984-85 (and a couple of years thereafter):

Cosby
Family Ties
Cheers
Night Court
Hill Street Blues

Dewey Finn
02-22-2006, 08:38 PM
My nominee is the CBS Saturday night lineup in 1973 (http://www.superseventies.com/primetime_73.html) :
The weird thing is that today the networks air throw-away stuff on Saturday nights, and then they were broadcasting some of their best shows.

jayjay
02-22-2006, 08:57 PM
The weird thing is that today the networks air throw-away stuff on Saturday nights, and then they were broadcasting some of their best shows.

The demographics have changed. Or, I should say, the demographic groups the networks are trying to woo have changed. In 1973, the people the networks loved were the middle-aged 40ish to 60ish folks, who stayed home on Saturday nights. So they programmed well on Saturdays. Today, it's the 18-30ish demographic the networks can't get enough of, and that demo is typically NOT home on Saturday nights. The networks aren't going to waste a powerhouse show (and the advertising draw it could be) on a night when their most desirable demographic isn't even home to watch.

Governor Quinn
02-23-2006, 10:33 AM
Seeing as how the OP did not disqualify radio from consideration, I'd argue for Thursday nights from 8 to 11 PM on the NBC Red network during the 1932-1933 season, at least in pure rating terms.

All three shows that made up that time slot (The Jack Pearl Show, The Maxwell House Show Boat, and The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour) finished in the Top 5 for their season, and received 30 or more rating points from the CAB.

The Controvert
02-23-2006, 10:40 AM
I'd have to cast my vote for Sci Fi Fridays:

Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica.

asterion
02-23-2006, 10:47 AM
All three shows that made up that time slot (The Jack Pearl Show, The Maxwell House Show Boat, and The Fleischmann's Yeast Hour) finished in the Top 5 for their season, and received 30 or more rating points from the CAB.
The Fleicshmann's Yeast Hour must have been a rising star.

kidchameleon
02-23-2006, 10:51 AM
Monday. Night. Football

It's not even a contest.

Especially when they had McGuyver leading into it! :D

jayjay
02-23-2006, 11:04 AM
The Fleicshmann's Yeast Hour must have been a rising star.

Well, it made a lot of dough, but it was just riding a bubble.

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