Most Popular 2017

It took longer than anticipated to crunch the numbers but I’ve compiled a list of the most popular articles, spotlights, and blog posts at Television Obscurities during 2017. Despite my best efforts, traffic to the site did not increase noticeably last year. However, more than 1,200 comments were left in 2017, a jump from roughly 980 in 2016.

Top 10 Articles
  1. The Color Revolution: Television In The Sixties
  2. W*A*L*T*E*R
  3. It’s About Time
  4. Telemeter: Coin Operated TV
  5. A Tale of Two Galacticas
  6. 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever
  7. Star Wars on Network Television
  8. The Rebel
  9. The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
  10. Batgirl and the Batman Phenomenon

Only two articles have been among the most popular each year since 2010: W*A*L*T*E*R and 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever. For the curious, the least popular article last year was Save Our Show Campaigns Prior to Star Trek.

Top 10 Spotlights
  1. The Second Hundred Years
  2. Getting Together
  3. Mr. Terrific
  4. You’re in the Picture/The Jackie Gleason Show (1961)
  5. O.K. Crackerby!
  6. Sierra
  7. Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys
  8. Wild Cargo
  9. The Texas Wheelers
  10. To Rome, With Love

The least popular Spotlight last year? Fashion Discoveries in Television.

Top 10 Blog Posts
  1. Bonanza’s Sudden Cancellation (1/2009)
  2. Let’s Predict the First Cancellation of the 2017-2018 Season (09/2017)
  3. CBS Airing Colorized I Love Lucy Special May 19th (5/2017)
  4. A Lost Episode of Hawaii Five-O? (3/2010)
  5. Alternate Theme to NBC’s Bonanza (1/2009)
  6. Me-TV’s Fall Schedule Debuts September 1st (8/2014)
  7. Meet the Man Who Saved Movin’ On (5/2016)
  8. Warner Archive Launches Streaming Service (2/2013)
  9. Me-TV’s Summer of Me Schedule to Debut June 3rd (5/2013)
  10. 1960 Winter Olympics – The First Televised Olympic Games (2/2010)

Why are old blog posts about long out-of-date MeTV schedules still popular years later? I have no idea.

Top 10 Search Terms/Phrases
  1. tv obscurities
  2. television obscurities
  3. dvd man from atlantis
  4. top 20 tv shows in 1965
  5. cbs thursday night movie promo
  6. hartford courant tv guide
  7. cliffhangers 1979 secret
  8. when did color tv come out
  9. the fbi tv promos
  10. good guys television

I wonder why so many people search for “tv obscurities” or “television obscurities”? Do they know about my website but don’t have it bookmarked?

Other Interesting Search Phrases
  • unsold nbc toons
  • the girls mary malon ebethel leslie
  • bonanza season 14 episode 16
  • entertainment show concepts
  • when was color tv invented
  • 1960s televisions look and name
  • was the attack on pearl harbor televised
  • mary grace actress it’s about time
  • how did pictures go from black and white to color over time
  • how long were tv commercial breaks in 1968?

At least 12 different search phrases related to actress Mary Grace or Mary Graham Grace, who played daughter Mlor on It’s About Time.

1 Comment

  • Karen Martin says:

    I’m sorry if you are disappointed that traffic on your website is not significantly increasing, but I suspect that reading about old or short-lived television shows is a rather “obscure” interest.

    I have a “mild” but ongoing interest in late 1940s and early 1950s television, especially the Dumont network, and on occasion I spend time on I suspect I learned of your site when I was seeking Dumont information, and I keep coming back to see if there is something about early TV, or else about a later show that I’d forgotten, but used to enjoy.

    Unfortunately I don’t recommend your site to others because I’ve never had a conversation that suggested my friends are interested in the subject matter you cover. Best wishes on increasing your audience.

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