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danderson

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #15 on: August 18, 2019, 03:08:20 PM »
That's the one that broke the camel's back, per see. Because ABC was able to then get All My Children which became one of their most successful soaps. And they had the advantage of being the only network to program 1:00EST/12:00CST at that time.

The Doctors spelled the end of Art Linkletter, much like Days of Our Lives would spell the end of Password.

Bryce L.

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #16 on: August 18, 2019, 09:27:31 PM »
The Doctors spelled the end of Art Linkletter, much like Days of Our Lives would spell the end of Password.
I always thought The Newlywed Game finished off Password.

whewfan

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2019, 04:56:09 AM »
I know I had read that too. Password got preempted for the news but for some reason NG was not preempted. So, NG got more exposure that day and gained new viewers.

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2019, 06:30:27 AM »
You could argue that a better question would be did NBC make a mistake cancelling Password Plus, Blockbusters, and Battlestars to try to save The Doctors and Texas? Both soaps were seriously flagging in the ratings by 1982 and the 3 games were holding their own by NBC standards. They did revive all 3 over the following years, to mixed results.

Wasn't P+ cancelled to open a slot for Search For Tomorrow? I don't think The Doctors was a priority for NBC once they moved it from the 2 PM hour to the 12 PM hour.
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aaron sica

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2019, 08:45:16 AM »
Wasn't P+ cancelled to open a slot for Search For Tomorrow? I don't think The Doctors was a priority for NBC once they moved it from the 2 PM hour to the 12 PM hour.

Yep! P+ at that point had been airing at noon; when SFT moved over to NBC, it moved to the 12:30 slot it wanted that CBS wouldn't give back (formerly occupied by The Doctors), with The Doctors moving to noon where it died by the end of the year.

danderson

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2019, 10:44:13 AM »
You could argue that a better question would be did NBC make a mistake cancelling Password Plus, Blockbusters, and Battlestars to try to save The Doctors and Texas? Both soaps were seriously flagging in the ratings by 1982 and the 3 games were holding their own by NBC standards. They did revive all 3 over the following years, to mixed results.

The Doctors was getting a 1.6 in the ratings in 1982. That was very poor. With local news preempting in many markets, that would be expected. Texas was getting a 2.7.  I wonder how Password Plus's ratings were in comparison to The Doctors.

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2019, 12:58:32 PM »
P+ had a 3.7/14 from Jan-Mar 1982 (its last 3 months on the air) at noon, The Doctors had 3.6/13 at 12:30. 

Oct-Dec 1982 at noon The Doctors had 1.6/7 ratings.

I would say that NBC was highly motivated - CBS and ABC were neck-and-neck for first place in daytime, and NBC had 1/2 (or less) the audience of either.


 





danderson

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Re: Did NBC make a big mistake...
« Reply #22 on: Today at 10:43:13 AM »
NBC was having a hard time in 80 anyway. About the only thing worth watching then was Wheel and the overlong Another World (which was 90 minutes at the time, because NBC couldn't find anything better to put on -- by their own admission!) and maybe Little House on The Prairie.