Me-TV salutes the 40th anniversary of M*A*S*H

[via press release]
Me-TV salutes the 40th anniversary of M*A*S*H Will air first two episodes of the iconic TV series
Chicago, Illinois – Monday, September 17 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of the iconic military medical drama M*A*S*H. To commemorate the occasion, Me-TV Network will air the first two episodes in the series, ‘Pilot’ and ‘To Market, to Market’ on Monday at 7 PM Eastern / 6 PM Central. During the rest of the week, Me-TV will acknowledge the milestone with M*A*S*H facts and trivia. The Me-TV Network now clears more than 83% of the country, serving 136 affiliates. MORE INFO: http://www.metvnetwork.com/mash40.php Me-TV features a wide range of programming which audiences and advertisers find comfortable and engaging. Me-TV’s library includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television as well as many independent series owners and producers. Me-TV’s line-up include some of the most beloved television programs ever produced, including: The Brady Bunch, The Beverly Hillbillies, Perry Mason, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gunsmoke, I Love Lucy, and Hawaii Five-O series. Me-TV, memorable entertainment television, launched nationally in December 2010, is owned and operated by Me-TV National Limited Partnership and distributed by MGM Television. Click here for additional information about the network, current show list and complete program schedule.

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  • DuMont says:

    Happy 40th anniversary to ‘M*A*S*H’ and its loyal, intelligent fanbase!

    It is worth remembering that ‘M*A*S*H’ struggled to be seen on Sunday nights in its first season on Sundays at 8:00 pm, up against first place ‘The Wonderful World of Disney’ on NBC and second place ‘The F.B.I.’ on ABC. finishing the season with a 17.4HH average.

    For the fall season, ‘Anna & The King’ provided a very weak lead-in with a 12.4HH average, and ‘M*A*S*H’ averaged a 16.9HH for its fall episodes.

    Then at mid-season, CBS’s Mr. Fred Silverman shifted ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’ from 9:00 pm to 7:30 pm to bolster the lead-in for ‘M*A*S*H’, a series that he, Mr. Bob Wood and Mr. William S. Paley all wanted to save. ‘The New Dick Van Dyke Show’ actually did much better at 7:30 pm, going from a 14.9HH in the fall to a 16.0HH in the winter/spring. ‘M*A*S*H’ also grew, going from from a 16.9HH in the fall to a 17.7HH in the winter/spring.

    In early April 1973, when CBS picked up a second season of ‘M*A*S*H’, CBS showed it had faith in the series when it gave it the cherished Saturday at 8:30 pm timeslot out of mega-hit ‘All in the Family’. Mr. Silverman also gave a mid-season pick-up to ‘We’ll Get By’, a series created by Mr. Alan Alda that ended up getting delayed and deferred for several years (I can only assume to the great frustration of Mr. Alda), and finally getting a third season try-out on Friday nights in March-May of 1975. And what a gemstone of a well-written comedy series it was too, averaging a 16.1HH, doing well enough for CBS in the spring, but when decision time came on the series, Mr. Silverman had departed for ABC that spring and the new leadership at CBS canned the series and in an irony of ironies, gave its timeslot over to ‘M*A*S*H’ for the fall of 1975 as part of CBS’s ambitious drive to knock off NBC’s gigantic Friday sked of ‘Sanford & Son’/’Chico & Man’/’Rockford Files’/’Police Woman’ with ‘Big Eddie’/’M*A*S*H’/’Hawaii Five-O’/’Barnaby Jones’.

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