History UsefulNotes / TheRuralPurge

3rd Dec '17 1:46:04 PM Brainbin
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* ''The Red Skelton Show'' (CBS, 195370; moved to NBC, ending in 1971); it ranked #7 in the 1969-70 season, making it the highest-ranked show ''ever'' to be cancelled in television history up to that point

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* ''The Red Skelton Show'' (CBS, 195370; moved to NBC, ending in 1971); it ranked #7 in for the 1969-70 season, making it the highest-ranked highest-rated show ''ever'' to be cancelled in television history up to that point
3rd Dec '17 1:45:46 PM Brainbin
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* ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196871); the highest-rated casualty of the purge, it finished at #15 in its final season, making it one of the highest-rated shows ''ever'' to be cancelled

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* ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196871); the highest-rated casualty of the purge, it finished at #15 in its final season, making it one of the highest-rated shows ''ever'' to be cancelled196871)



* ''The Red Skelton Show'' (CBS, 195370; moved to NBC, ending in 1971)

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* ''The Red Skelton Show'' (CBS, 195370; moved to NBC, ending in 1971)
1971); it ranked #7 in the 1969-70 season, making it the highest-ranked show ''ever'' to be cancelled in television history up to that point
3rd Dec '17 1:43:40 PM Brainbin
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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}}; to be fair, the series' viewership had been declining since the death of its star Bea Benaderet. CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, unsurprisingly, got canned) even once commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree."

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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}}; to be fair, the series' viewership had been declining since the death of its star Bea Benaderet. CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, unsurprisingly, got canned) even once famously commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree.tree in it."



* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' / ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196068/196871)

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* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' / ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196068/196871)196871); the highest-rated casualty of the purge, it finished at #15 in its final season, making it one of the highest-rated shows ''ever'' to be cancelled



* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'' (ABC, 196472)
* ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' (NBC, 195973)
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'' (ABC, 196974)



* ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}'' (CBS, 195575)



* ''Series/TheJeffersons'' (CBS, 197585)
17th Oct '17 4:16:23 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' (CBS, 195471)

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* ''Series/{{Lassie}}'' (CBS, 195471)195471; moved to syndication, where it ran until 1973)
12th Sep '17 11:07:36 PM Lirodon
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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}} (although in fairness, the show had been faced with declining viewership since the death of star Bea Benederet). CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, unsurprisingly, got canned) even once commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree."

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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}} (although in fairness, Creator/{{CBS}}; to be fair, the show had been faced with declining series' viewership had been declining since the death of its star Bea Benederet).Benaderet. CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, unsurprisingly, got canned) even once commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree."
19th Aug '17 1:27:57 AM GastonRabbit
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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[NetworkDecay channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] Wiki/ThatOtherWiki--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.

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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one UsefulNotes/TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[NetworkDecay channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] Wiki/ThatOtherWiki--when [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} That Other Wiki]]--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.
19th Aug '17 1:24:55 AM GastonRabbit
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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}} (although in fairness, the show had been faced with declining viewership since the death of star Bea Benederet). CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, [[CaptainObvious unsurprisingly]], got canned) even once commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree."

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The purge began in 1970 with the cancellation of ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' by Creator/{{CBS}} (although in fairness, the show had been faced with declining viewership since the death of star Bea Benederet). CBS was by far the biggest offender in the purge, cancelling a large array of {{Long Runner}}s just because they skewed too old. Actor Pat Buttram of ''Green Acres'' (which, [[CaptainObvious unsurprisingly]], unsurprisingly, got canned) even once commented that CBS "canceled every show that had a tree."
4th Aug '17 6:03:37 AM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' / ''MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196068/196871)

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* ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'' / ''MayberryRFD'' ''Series/MayberryRFD'' (CBS, 196068/196871)
16th Jul '17 9:53:38 PM Green_lantern40
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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[ChannelDrift channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] Wiki/ThatOtherWiki--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.

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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[ChannelDrift [[NetworkDecay channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] Wiki/ThatOtherWiki--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.
18th Jun '17 5:00:09 PM nombretomado
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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[ChannelDrift channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] ThatOtherWiki--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.

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A notable movement in US television around the turn of TheSeventies--"one of the earliest efforts at [[ChannelDrift channel drift]]", [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_purge according to]] ThatOtherWiki--when Wiki/ThatOtherWiki--when the AC Nielsen company made changes to give networks and advertisers a clearer picture of just who (as well as how many people) watched which shows. At the time, many popular programs (such as ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/HeeHaw'') were rural-themed and were skewing more towards viewers from rural areas or just an older demographic in general (as opposed to younger "urban" viewers, who wanted more contemporary and innovative programs). That, along with the implementation of the Prime Time Access Rule in 1971 (which made the 7:00 PM ET hour off-limits to network programming, forcing the traditional start of primetime to move from 7:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and making the 7:00 PM hour a lot more lucrative for syndicated shows), led the networks to perform some spring cleaning to make room for more modern fare.
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