“90 Bristol Court” – An umbrella title for three separate sitcoms (Karen, Harris Against the World and Tom, Dick and Mary), this ninety-minute series debuted on NBC in October of 1964. Broadcast from 7:30-9PM on Mondays, it suffered in the ratings and two of the three installments were soon cancelled. Only Karen finished out the season.
Nielsen “Black Weeks” – Until the mid-1970s, the A.C. Nielsen Company (now Nielsen Media Research), which provided the networks with the all-important ratings information, would not release national ratings information four weeks out of the year. During these so-called “black weeks,” the networks would fill their schedules with plenty of repeats and the occasional “prestige” program (documentaries, specials, adaptations of classic novels).
“Nancy” – This sitcom ran for all of 17 episodes during the 1970-1971 season. Renne Jarrett starred as Nancy Smith, the daughter of the President of the United States of America who, in the first episode, falls for Adam Hudson, a veterinarian. The two are forced to carry on their romance under the watchful eyes of Nancy’s ever-present guardian, Adam’s uncle, secret service agents and the news media. The series was created by Sidney Sheldon.