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1947-1948 Television Season

The 1947-1948 television season is the second network season in the United States television history. It began on Sunday, October 5, 1947 and ended on Saturday, March 27, 1948. The effective start date of the 1947-48 season for the purposes of audience measurement was October 5, 1947 through August 31, 1948.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 1947-48 television season.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households222,000
Persons 2+814,740

Highest-Rated Programs

Ranking of the highest recorded rating achieved by programs in the Persons 2+ demographic, at any point in time, during the span of the 1947-48 network television season.

Events

1947

November

  1. Meet the Press premieres on NBC.

December

  1. Americana premieres on NBC.
  2. Howdy Doody premieres on NBC.

1948

  1. Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts premieres on CBS.

January

  1. Original Amateur Hour premieres on DuMont.

March

  1. Symphony Orchestra premieres on NBC.
  2. Stop Me If You've Heard This One premieres on NBC.

April

  1. The Circus premieres on CBS.
  2. ABC is launched.

June

  1. We, the People premieres on CBS.
  2. Milton Berle Show premieres on NBC.
  3. Ed Sullivan Show premieres on CBS.
  4. Fred Waring Show premieres on CBS.

July

  1. Democratic National Convention premieres on NBC.

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