History UsefulNotes / TheRuralPurge

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.
12th Nov '16 1:21:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''The JohnnyCash Show'' (ABC, 196971)

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* ''The JohnnyCash Music/JohnnyCash Show'' (ABC, 196971)
12th Nov '16 1:19:54 PM nombretomado
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Despite its name, the resulting carnage was not exclusively aimed towards rural shows; the casualties of the purge included several long-running [[TheWestern westerns]] (including ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', though the genre had been in a decline due to MoralGuardians complaining about their violence, and ''Bonanza'' itself was facing declining ratings due to the death of co-star Dan Blocker) and variety shows (such as ''The Jackie Gleason Show'', ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', and ''The Red Skelton Show''; the latter got SavedByTheNetwork for one more season on Creator/{{NBC}}), while CBS and Creator/{{ABC}} each killed two birds with one stone by cancelling the rural variety shows ''Hee Haw'' and ''The JohnnyCash Show''. Both ''Hee Haw'' and ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', however, got UnCancelled and proved to be popular in syndication, with ''Hee Haw'' lasting all the way through 1992.

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Despite its name, the resulting carnage was not exclusively aimed towards rural shows; the casualties of the purge included several long-running [[TheWestern westerns]] (including ''Series/{{Bonanza}}'', though the genre had been in a decline due to MoralGuardians complaining about their violence, and ''Bonanza'' itself was facing declining ratings due to the death of co-star Dan Blocker) and variety shows (such as ''The Jackie Gleason Show'', ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', and ''The Red Skelton Show''; the latter got SavedByTheNetwork for one more season on Creator/{{NBC}}), while CBS and Creator/{{ABC}} each killed two birds with one stone by cancelling the rural variety shows ''Hee Haw'' and ''The JohnnyCash Music/JohnnyCash Show''. Both ''Hee Haw'' and ''The Lawrence Welk Show'', however, got UnCancelled and proved to be popular in syndication, with ''Hee Haw'' lasting all the way through 1992.
27th Oct '16 10:18:08 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 ''GreenAcres'' and ''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 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 ''GreenAcres'' ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''HeeHaw'') ''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.
22nd Aug '16 2:53:28 PM glickmam
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Ironically, the biggest subversion of the purge was the 1972 CBS rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons''; produced in response to Congressional hearings on the quality of TV programming following the purge, it was slotted in a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] against two popular Thursday-night programs under the presumption that it would probably be cancelled quickly. Instead, it lasted ''nine'' seasons, and peaked as the second-highest rated program on television in its 2nd season.

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Ironically, the biggest subversion of the purge was the 1972 CBS rural drama ''Series/TheWaltons''; produced in response to Congressional hearings on the quality of TV programming following the purge, it was slotted in a [[FridayNightDeathSlot death slot]] against two popular Thursday-night programs ''Series/TheModSquad'' on ABC and ''The Flip Wilson Show'' on NBC under the presumption that it would probably be cancelled quickly. Instead, it lasted ''nine'' seasons, and peaked as the second-highest rated program on television in its 2nd season.
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