Star Trek premiered in September 1966 on NBC and ran for three seasons before the network cancelled it. The iconic sci-fi series immediately went into local syndication and became wildly popular with viewers. The following is from the March 10th, 1969 edition of Broadcasting:
Star Trek, coming off NBC-TV at the conclusion of the current season, will be placed in domestic syndication by Paramount Television, producer and distributor of the series. The package will include 70 episodes of the science-fiction series, which will have had a three-year network run.
NBC broadcast 79 episodes of Star Trek between 1966 and 1969. I’m not sure why the syndication announcement mentions just 70 episodes. It’s possible that some were initially held back from syndication but I find that unlikely. Paramount Television placed a full page advertisement in Broadcasting a few weeks later promoting the availability of Star Trek for national syndication. Over the next year, at least three additional full page advertisements appeared in Broadcasting promoting the success of Star Trek in local syndication.
Here are four syndication advertisements for Star Trek from the pages of Broadcasting. Click on any of the images for a larger version.
Paramount Television no doubt paid for additional advertisements throughout the 1970s as Star Trek continued to enjoy phenomenal success in local syndication.
“Program Notes.” Broadcasting. 10 Mar. 1969: 66D.