1960–61 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 1960–61 network television schedule for the three major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 1960 through March 1961. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 1959–60 season.

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Between January and June 1960, the 1960 Writers Guild of America strike took place, affecting the fall schedule. The networks had numerous holes, which were mostly filled with unscripted material, some of which included political programs in anticipation of the forthcoming 1960 United States presidential election. CBS gave the unprecedented step of showing episodes from previous seasons of popular series. Some timeslots however (particularly that of 10:30-11) were ceded to stations.

On May 9, 1961, at the annual convention of the National Association of Broadcasters new Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow delivered a scathing speech directed at the "procession of game shows, violence, audience participation shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, Western badmen, Western goodmen, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons, and, endlessly, commercials, many screaming, cajoling, and offending, and, most of all, boredom [...] Is there one network president in this room who claims he can't do better?" [1] Minow called TV a "vast wasteland"; the phrase was picked up by the press and resulted in bad publicity for the networks and for the television industry as a whole. According to television historians Castleman and Podrazik (1982), the networks were in a bind, though: they had already purchased their fall 1961 programs and had locked in their 1961–62 schedules. "The best the networks could do was slot a few more public affairs shows, paint rosy pictures for 1962–63, and prepare to endure the barrage of criticism they felt certain would greet the new season." [1]

New fall series are highlighted in bold. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research. [2]

  Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.
  Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.
  Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.

Sunday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Walt Disney Presents (began 6:30) Maverick The Lawman (26/22.3) The Rebel The Islanders Winston Churchill: The Valiant Years
Spring The Asphalt Jungle
CBS Lassie Dennis the Menace (11/26.1) The Ed Sullivan Show (15/25.0) General Electric Theater (20/23.4) The Jack Benny Show (10/26.2) Candid Camera (7/27.3) What's My Line? (22/23.1)
NBC Fall Shirley Temple's Storybook (Color) National Velvet The Tab Hunter Show The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (Color) The Loretta Young Show This Is Your Life
Summer The Chevy Mystery Show (Color)

Note: ABC aired the interim The Walter Winchell Show at 10:30 p.m. from early October until early November.

Monday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Cheyenne (28/22.0) / Sugarfoot / Bronco Surfside 6 Adventures in Paradise Peter Gunn (29/21.9)
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Douglas Edwards with the News To Tell the Truth Pete and Gladys Bringing Up Buddy The Danny Thomas Show (12/25.9) The Andy Griffith Show (4/27.8) Hennesey Face the Nation
Summer Glenn Miller Time
Follow-up The Ann Sothern Show
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Huntley-Brinkley Report Riverboat Tales of Wells Fargo Klondike Dante The Barbara Stanwyck Show Jackpot Bowling starring Milton Berle (Color)
Winter The Americans Acapulco
Spring Concentration

Note: On CBS, Presidential Countdown aired as an interim series, 10:30–11 p.m. in September and October until the November 8th election. In some areas, Douglas Edwards with the News and The Huntley-Brinkley Report aired at 6:45 p.m. Peter Gunn moved from NBC to ABC in the fall of 1960.

Tuesday

This is the first broadcast of The Bugs Bunny Show .

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Expedition! The Bugs Bunny Show The Rifleman (27/22.1) The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Stagecoach West Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond Local
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Douglas Edwards with the News Local Father Knows Best (repeats) The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (23/23.0) The Tom Ewell Show The Red Skelton Show (19/24.0) (Occasionally in Color) The Garry Moore Show (25/22.7)
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 Huntley-Brinkley Report Laramie Alfred Hitchcock Presents Thriller Specials (Most in Color)

Wednesday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Hong Kong The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Hawaiian Eye Naked City
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Douglas Edwards with the News The Aquanauts Wanted: Dead or Alive My Sister Eileen I've Got a Secret Armstrong Circle Theatre / The United States Steel Hour
Spring Danger Man Angel
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Huntley-Brinkley Report Wagon Train (2/34.2) The Price Is Right (8/27.0)
(Tied with The Untouchables ) (Color)
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (Color) Peter Loves Mary Local
Summer It Could Be You

Thursday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Guestward, Ho! The Donna Reed Show The Real McCoys (5/27.7) My Three Sons (13/25.8)
(Tied with 77 Sunset Strip )
The Untouchables (8/27.0)
(Tied with The Price Is Right )
Take A Good Look
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Douglas Edwards with the News The Witness Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Angel The Ann Sothern Show Person to Person The DuPont Show with June Allyson
Follow-up The Ann Sothern Show Angel The Witness
Winter Gunslinger
SummerSummer Sports Spectacular Face the Nation and CBS Reports
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Huntley-Brinkley Report Outlaws Bat Masterson Bachelor Father The Ford Show (24/22.9) (Color) The Groucho Show* (Sporadically in Color)Local
Summer Great Ghost Tales (Color)

* formerly You Bet Your Life

Friday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Matty's Funday Funnies Harrigan and Son The Flintstones (18/24.3) 77 Sunset Strip (13/25.8)
(Tied with My Three Sons )
The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor The Law and Mr. Jones
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Douglas Edwards with the News Rawhide (6/27.5) Route 66 (30/21.7) Mr. Garlund The Twilight Zone Eyewitness to History
Winter The Jackie Gleason Show
Spring 'Way Out
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Huntley-Brinkley Report Dan Raven The Westerner The Bell Telephone Hour (Color) / NBC News Specials (alternating) Michael Shayne
Winter Happy One Happy Family Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey The Bell Telephone Hour / Sing Along with Mitch (alternating) (Color)
Spring Five Star Jubilee (Color/May 12)
Summer One Happy Family Five Star Jubilee (Color) The Lawless Years Westinghouse Playhouse Starring Nanette Fabray and Wendell Corey
Follow-up Westinghouse Preview Theatre

Saturday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local The Roaring 20s Leave It to Beaver The Lawrence Welk Show 10:00 The Fight of the Week / 10:45 Make That Spare
CBS Local Perry Mason (16/24.9) Checkmate (21/23.2) Have Gun – Will Travel (3/30.9) Gunsmoke (1/37.3)Local
NBC FallLocal Bonanza (17/24.8) (Color) The Tall Man The Deputy The Campaign and the Candidates Man from Interpol
Follow-up The Nation's Future Local

Note: On NBC, The Campaign and the Candidates aired as an interim series, 9:30–10:30 p.m., from mid-September until the November 8 election.

By network

ABC

CBS

NBC

Note: The * indicates that the program was introduced in midseason.

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References

  1. 1 2 Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television . New York: McGraw-Hill. pp.  139–146. ISBN   0-07-010269-4.
  2. Highest-rated series is based on the annual top-rated programs list compiled by Nielsen Media Research and reported in: Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN   978-0-345-49773-4.

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