ABC Mid-Season 1967 Tuesday Lineup Promo

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For the 1966-1967 season, ABC decided to try to get a leg up on the competition by broadcasting “advanced” premieres of many of its new shows during the week running Monday, September 5th through Sunday, September 11th.

On Tuesday, September 6th, the network aired a special hour-long look at its new Saturday-morning cartoon King Kong followed by the premieres of three new sitcoms: The Rounders, The Pruitts of Southampton and Love on a Rooftop. A repeat of The Fugitive ran from 10-11PM.

The following week, on September 13th, the full Tuesday lineup on ABC was new:

  7:30PM Combat! (Returning)
  8:30PM The Rounders (New)
  9:00PM The Pruitts of Southampton (New)
  9:30PM Love on a Rooftop (New)
10:00PM The Fugitive

As part of its mid-season plans, ABC revamped its Tuesday schedule. Combat! and The Fugitive were kept, The Rounders cancelled, The Pruitts of Southampton renamed The Phyllis Diller Show and moved to Fridays and Love on a Rooftop moved to Thursdays.

ABC’s original Tuesday lineup was last broadcast on January 3rd, 1967. The following week, “The Beatles at Shea Stadium” aired from 7:30-8:30PM followed by the premiere of The Invaders from 8:30-9:30PM, followed by the State of the Union. And on January 17th, the new ABC lineup premiered:

  7:30PM Combat!
  8:30PM The Invaders (New)
  9:30PM Peyton Place (shifted from Wednesdays)
10:00PM The Fugitive

Here’s a promotional spot for the new ABC Tuesday. It’s a black and white print of a color spot, unfortunately.

All four of the programs ABC originally had scheduled on Tuesdays were off the air at the end of the 1966-1967 season: Combat!, The Phyllis Diller Show and Love on a Rooftop were cancelled while The Fugitive ended its four-year run in August 1967. The Tuesday edition of Peyton Place was moved to Thursdays for the 1967-1968 season. The Invaders would return for the 1967-1968 season before it, too, was cancelled.


6 Comments

  • Joyce says:

    The Fugitive was not cancelled. David Janssen was exhausted after 4 years and 120 episodes (he was in almost every scene). The final hour of The Fugitive retains the record for the highest percentage of homes with television sets to watch the finale (72%).

  • RGJ says:

    I changed the final paragraph to reflect the fact that The Fugitive ended whereas the other shows were actually cancelled. However, the final episode of The Fugitive does not still hold the record for the highest percentage of homes with television watching. It was overtaken by Dallas in 1976 which in turn was overtaken by M*A*S*H in 1983.

  • Cee Jay says:

    It’s neat to see these network promos because by the time I was old enough to watch TV and remember what I was watching these shows were on independant stations and not on the network

  • DuMont says:

    ABC’s promotional gambit in going early paid off with handsome sampling for thier new series.

    ‘The Pruitts of Southhampton’ premiered with an astounding 33.6HH/55%, a series high as the numbers fell on a weekly basis after that.

  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    In the case of “THE PRUITTS OF SOUTHAMPTON”, once viewers saw Phyllis and what her series was about [nutty rich family suddenly gone bust, yet must keep up their “afffluent” appearance with the help of the IRS, while “money-making” schemes abound], most of them said, “Red Skelton is funnier than this, let’s watch HIM”, or “Hey, Lillian Gish is on NBC’s movie tonight..playing a stripper!! We gotta see THAT”. Nothing could forestall cancellation, even with a title change and slight “tweak” in the show’s storyline [equally nutty boarders occupy the Pruitt mansion], and a new night and time: “THE PHYLLIS DILLER SHOW” became (now forgotten) history- even Phyliis herself would prefer not to discuss it in detail.

    The highest-rated single program telecast on network television is now “Super Bowl XLIV{44}”- even though I saw very little of it, as my mother was watching an HGTV marathon (she’s just not interested in football).

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