Nielsen TV Ratings – August 1958

Top TV Shows From August 1958

 

Let’s go back in time. It’s easy to get TV Guide listings from any given year. For me, the most popular TV shows from a moment in time are even better. Let’s go back to August of 1958. Television was now the centerpiece of entertainment for those at home – and the industry was growing  by leaps and bounds. The big tech trend in television was the emerging videotape business.

More interesting – look at the ratings: Gunsmoke on top with a 42.

Not only will you see Nielsen results, but, back then, Arbitron and Trendex were in the TV ratings business.

For the entire year 1958 in news, entertainment, technology, sports and more – Click Here!  

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Gary West

TV History – Nielsen Ratings For April 7, 2014

I’ll add this to the Mr. Pop 2014 year in review timeline.

1 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPIONSHIP CBS 12.4 21,196
2 NCIS CBS 11.1 17,392
3 THE BIG BANG THEORY CBS 10.0 16,288
4 NCIS: LOS ANGELES CBS 9.3 14,560
5 DANCING WITH THE STARS ABC 9.3 14,467
6 CBS NCAA BSKBL CHAMPIONSHIP CBS 7.3 12,015
7 THE VOICE NBC 7.2 11,966
8 BLUE BLOODS CBS 7.1 11,051
9 THE VOICE-TUE NBC 6.9 11,085
10 60 MINUTES CBS 6.8 10,987

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Walt Disney Trivia I’ll Bet You Don’t Know… Pop Culture

So, you think you know Disney history/trivia? An expert on Disneyland/Disneyworld and subsequent parks?… TV shows – the Disney Channel all the stuff. Here’s something really interesting.

In all of pop culture history – there was no better promoter than Walt Disney himself. He totally understood the power of mass media. Beginning In the 1940′s – Walt Disney movies plus a dash of radio and moving merchandise extended into the new medium of television. He found a willing partner in ABC-Paramount back in 1954. ABC-TV would broadcast a new TV show – one that was a video version of his up-and-coming theme park located in California. “Disneyland” was the name of the show, and name of the park.

Disney History - 1955“Disneyland” the park opened in July of 1955 and September – began season #2 of ABC-TV’s “Disneyland.” And later that year – Disney began using radio as a second media choice. Thought to be dead a few years earlier – radio was catching on again and Walt Disney wasted no time in creating a new radio show – in addition to TV’s “Disneyland.”

The program, “Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom” ran daily on the ABC radio network – around noon time. The first ad stated, “A new kind of morning listening with all the wonderful Disney magic – direct from fabulous Disneyland in California. Listen today where Walt himself will introduce the first show.”

It didn’t last long – but, it’s a fascinating piece of Disney history.

Many years later – Disney would pick up the radio angle… in 1996 with Radio Disney – but its first foray into radio – began in late 1955 and lasted about a year.

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Week In Pop Culture & News With Videos – October 8, 2011… Mr. Pop Culture

Week In Review – News, Pop Tech & More

October 8, 2011 as compiled by Gary West & www.mrpopculture.com

In The News –

Flames lit up downtown Cairo (Mr. Pop Video) where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February. The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.

Baltimore County Police responded to a call at about 10:48 a.m. Saturday and found two women fighting inside the store. The bleach and disinfectant created toxic fumes, forcing the immediate evacuation of the entire Arbutus store, officials told ABC News affiliate ABC 2. It closed for several hours.Fire, EMS and hazardous materials units were dispatched to the scene, as well as 10 medics. A Saturday morning of shopping turned into an emergency hazmat situation at a Baltimore Walmart where two patrons threw bleach and disinfectant at one another, officials said.

Stocks rose sharply in the U.S. and Europe Monday after French and German leaders promised to strengthen European banks. The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 275 points, led by Bank of America. The euro rose against the dollar. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said they would finalize a “comprehensive response” to the debt crisis by the end of the month, including a plan to make sure that banks have adequate capital.

A sea exploration company said Monday it has discovered a ship filled with silver 8,000 feet beneath the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc. said it found the remains of the SS Mantola, which sank on Feb. 9, 1917. It was torpedoed by German submarine U-81. The ship was insured to carry silver worth 110,000 British pounds when it sailed in 1917. That value would mean that the ship could hold as much as 600,000 ounces of silver based on silver prices in 1917. Odyssey will retain 80 percent of the value of the silver that’s recovered. At current market prices, that much silver would be worth more than $19 million.

President Barack Obama is spending time with wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Obama traveled to the facility in Bethesda, Md., just outside Washington on Monday afternoon. Obama has occasionally visited service members wounded in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. He visited the National Naval Medical Center in February and made a trip to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in June, before the center was renamed and moved to its current location.

A copy of Steve Jobs’ death certificate made public Monday indicates that the Apple Inc. co-founder died of respiratory arrest resulting from pancreatic cancer that had spread to other organs. He battled pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave of absence in January — his third since his health problems began — and resigned in August, handing the CEO job over to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

A steam-powered car considered the oldest vehicle in the world still running has sold at auction in the United States for more than $4.6 million. The De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos Steam Runabout, nicknamed “La Marquise,” which was built in France in 1884, sold for more than twice its estimate at auction Friday in Hershey, Pennsylvania. RM Auctions listed its top speed as 38 miles per hour (61 kilometers per hour) and said it had only had four previous owners over the past 127 years.

Another Republican Debate – All eyes were on Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain in Tuesday’s Republican debate, and both failed to ­­seize the moment. Cain arrived as a candidate rising on the strength of a buoyant personality and a catchy tax plan that has captured the imagination of many conservative Republicans. But after a series of debates in which his rivals treated him kindly, Cain found himself on the defensive for the first time, with his tax plan under attack. Perry arrived in a slump after three mediocre debate performances in September and poll numbers that were sinking. But he found himself struggling to reassert himself, at times sidelined as others took over the debate and at times caught in exchanges that turned unexpectedly against him.It was Mitt Romney who prospered most.

Obama’s Job Bill – No Pass – as the Senate blocked his signature American Jobs Act. The cleverly named bill was sold as a paid-for, bipartisan package of cures for the country’s anemic job market. But the Senate soundly defeated the measure, leaving it eight votes shy of the 60 that Obama needed just to get the Senate to consider it. Worst of all for Obama were the defections of two of his fellow Democrats, which limited the bill to getting more than a bare majority, as well as the declarations from several more that they would vote against the package if the Senate ever did consider it for an up-or down vote.

Congress approved free trade agreements Wednesday with South Korea, Colombia and Panama, ending a four-year drought in the forming of new trade partnerships and giving the White House and Capitol Hill the opportunity to show they can work together to stimulate the economy and put people back to work. In rapid succession, the House and Senate voted on the three trade pacts, which the administration says could boost exports by $13 billion and support tens of thousands of American jobs. None of the votes were close, despite opposition from labor groups and other critics of free trade agreements who say they result in job losses and ignore labor rights problems in the partner countries.

A gunman opened fire in a busy hair salon, killing eight people and critically wounding another while leaving bodies scattered throughout the business in a normally sedate Southern California beach community. The gunman got into a truck and drove away from Salon Meritage after Wednesday’s shootings. Scott Evans Dekraai, 42, was stopped by officers about a half-mile away and surrendered without incident while saying he had multiple weapons with him, police Sgt. Steve Bowles said. Dekraai was arrested and booked on suspicion of murder, Bowles said. In all, one man and five women died at the salon, one man and one woman died after being transported to a nearby hospital, and one woman remained in critical condition late Wednesday. Their names have not been released.

Occupy Wall Street – City officials said early this morning they will postpone a cleanup of  Zuccotti Park after earlier threatening to evict Occupy Wall Street protesters who have been encamped here. As the announcement was made via the “people’s mic” just before 7 a.m., the crowd waved their brooms in triumph.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office tweeted that Brookfield Properties, owner of the park,  (and not the city) decided to postpone cleaning. The city was informed “late last night.” Occupy Wall Street had vowed yesterday to stay in the park and try to prevent the cleaning crews from entering.

A van driven by a sheriff’s deputy who ran a group home for adopted and foster children collided with an empty cattle trailer on Thursday in a highway construction zone, killing him and five children and injuring seven other children. Howard Mitchell, 57, was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community of about 600 people.

Time Poll – Despite sweeping pessimism about the nation’s fortunes and his own sliding approval ratings, President Obama leads potential. Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Rick Perry in hypothetical general-election match-ups, according to a new poll. Obama leads Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who sits atop the GOP presidential field, 46% to 43% among likely voters.The President has opened a double-digit lead over Perry, 50% to 38%, highlighting concerns percolating through the GOP that the Texas governor would face a steep uphill climb should he capture the nomination. Obama also boasts a 49% to 37% edge over businessman Herman Cain, whose strong Tea Party support has propelled him toward the top of Republican ranks in recent weeks.

Gap Inc. plans to close stores in the U.S., while expanding in China. The struggling retailer, which runs the Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic chains, detailed plans on Thursday to close 189 locations, or 21 percent of its namesake Gap stores in the U.S., by the end of 2013. At the same time, the largest U.S. clothing chain said it plans to triple the number of Gap stores in China from about 15 by the end of the year to roughly 45 by the end of next year

Sports News –

Passing -  (Mr. Pop Video) Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders who bucked NFL authority while exhorting his silver-and-black team to “Just win, baby!,” died Saturday. He was 82. The Hall of Famer died at his home in Oakland, the team said. The cause of death was not immediately disclosed.

A strange year for Tiger Woods took another bizarre twist Sunday when a fan was arrested for running toward the seventh green at CordeValle and tossing a hot dog in Woods’ direction. The bun barely reached the green. The hot dog landed on the putting surface. e 31-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, dropped to the ground to be arrested as Santa Clara sheriff’s deputies converged on him.-

Tech News –

Netflix Inc Chief Executive Reed Hastings reversed an unpopular decision to separate his company’s DVD rental business and online video streaming service, sending the stock up 7 percent in early trading. U.S. customers will continue to go to Netflix.com for streaming and DVD-by-mail rentals, as the company has dropped plans to move its DVD rentals to a separate business called Qwikster, Hastings announced in a short statement on the company blog on Monday.

One year, six months, and seven days after the iPad first went on sale, Facebook has at last released its app for Apple’s tablet.

Blackberry Outage –BlackBerry service has had reported outages in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and parts of Asia already this week, has acknowledge problems with North American services today as well. This morning there were widespread complaints of outages in the United States. The company, headquartered in Canada, confirmed that the problems here are similar to what it had seen in other parts of the world.

Entertainment news –

(Mr. Pop Video) Marry – Paul McCartney Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell are now married.

Passing - Roger Williams, a pianist who was one of the most popular instrumentalists of the mid-20th century and who hit No. 1 on the pop charts in 1955 with his arpeggio-strewn “Autumn Leaves,” has died. He was 87. Williams died Saturday at his Los Angeles home of complications from pancreatic cancer, his former publicist, Rob Wilcox, told the Associated Press.

At the movies –

Real Steel – (1st week $27.3 million)

The Ides of March (1st week $10.4 million)

Dolphin Tale

Moneyball

50/50

Courageous

The Lion King

Dream House

What’s Your Number?

Contagion

Top TV -

1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta NBC
2. NCIS CBS
3. Two and a Half Men CBS
4. Dancing With the Stars ABC
5. Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick NBC
6. Dancing With the Stars Results ABC
7. NCIS: Los Angeles CBS
8. The Big Bang Theory CBS
9. Criminal Minds CBS
10. 60 Minutes CBS
11. Modern Family ABC
12. Mike & Molly CBS
13. The Mentalist CBS
14. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation CBS
15. Football Night in America NBC
16. The X-Factor” (Wednesday) FOX
17. The X-Factor” (Thursday) FOX
18. Unforgettable CBS
19. Person of Interest CBS
20. 2 Broke Girls CBS

Pop Culture Music History. “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone?” New Book

Mr. Pop History –

Authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March get into the 1960′s and reveal just what happened to members of such bands as, The Association, Herman’s Hermits, Spiral Starecase, The Zombies and more.

It’s compelling reading from the authors of “Echoes of the Sixties.”

The books is, “Where Have All The Pop Stars Gone?” Volume 1

Top Pop Culture History This Week – May 22, 2011

Total bummer about Jeff Conway. Anyway, here’s some Mr. Pop Culture facts for this week – week of May 22-May 29.

From www.mrpopculture.com

The animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero is officially on hold. The companies behind “The Governator” said Friday they have stopped working on the budding franchise that Schwarzenegger helped announce to much fanfare in Cannes, France, last month. “In light of recent events, A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics, and Archie Comics, have halted production” on the project, the companies said in a written statement. There is no word when or if production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume. “The Governator” is to star Schwarzenegger as a superhero living a double life: A family man and former governor who secretly fights global villainy and modern-day disasters alongside a team of hip teenagers.

Amercian Idol Season #10 Winner – Beam Him Up – Scotty McCreery! Runner up is Lauren Alainia. 122 million votes were cast.

Rival TV concerts – Lady Gaga and Rihanna – (Friday May 27) kIcked off summer music on Friday with two morning concerts in New York City. Mama Monster and her Little Monsters stormed Central Park for a concert on ABC’s  “Good Morning America.” Meanwhile, Rihanna did her thing for the rival NBC “Today” show over at Rockefeller Plaza. GMA is a copycat and picked up the concert idea after Today several years go.

Passing – Jeff Conaway, who starred in the sitcom “Taxi,” played swaggering Kenickie in the movie musical “Grease” and publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction on “Celebrity Rehab,” died Friday. He was 60. The actor was taken off life support Thursday and died Friday morning at Encino Tarzana Medical Center, according to one of his managers, Kathryn Boole.

Pollstar TOP 20 CONCERT TOURS

1. (1) Bon Jovi; $2,465,286; $103.09.

2. (2) Lady Gaga; $1,722,078; $96.77.

3. (3) Rod Stewart / Stevie Nicks; $1,455,243; $107.14.

4. (5) Elton John; $1,140,460; $95.44.

5. (4) Kenny Chesney; $1,127,293; $68.41.

Top albums this week –

21 – Adele

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Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray – Seether

Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Beastie Boys

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island

Sigh No More – Mumford & Sons

Tech news –

Yahoo is rolling out an upgraded version of its e-mail service to its 284 million users. The revamped service, which will become available to users in the coming weeks, will be twice as fast as previous versions and integrate more seamlessly with social networks. “This latest version of Yahoo! Mail is faster, safer, easier to use, and offers a seamless experience across PC, mobile and tablet devices,” said David McDowell, a director of product management for the company.  Users of the new service will be able to respond instantly to messages from Facebook from their inbox while sharing notifications from Twitter, Facebook and Zynga via a new Updates tab.

A computer security researcher has found a flaw in Microsoft Corp’s widely used Internet Explorer browser that he said could let hackers steal credentials to access FaceBook, Twitter and other websites. He calls the technique “cookiejacking.” “Any website. Any cookie. Limit is just your imagination,” said Rosario Valotta, an independent Internet security researcher based in Italy. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file stored inside the browser known as a “cookie,” which holds the login name and password to a web account, Valotta said via email. Once a hacker has that cookie, he or she can use it to access the same site, said Valotta, who calls the technique “cookiejacking.”

Calling the case a “brazen and outrageous fraud,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a New York man claiming he owns a huge stake in the social networking website. In a filing Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg said the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia is based on a “doctored contract and fabricated evidence.” They also called the plaintiff “an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders.” Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, has contended that he contracted in 2003 for 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s interest in what became Facebook. Facebook is privately held, but analysts have said it could be worth $70 billion should it go public, perhaps in 2012. Forbes magazine in March estimated Zuckerberg’s net worth at $13.5 billion.

Interesting FM Pop Music Format – Mid 1970′s. Pop Culture Radio History.

Mr. Pop History – When you study the history of AM, FM, and various music formats over the years, the traditional top-40 format of playing the hits, sticks out. Some stations played more than 40, others less, but KFRC-FM (K-106) in San Francisco, played with a continuous top-20 countdown format. That’s right – more than several times a day, the station, mostly automated, counted down the top-20 hits, throwing in some new releases. Interesting, to say the least. This was during the mid-1970′s, when some FM stations would try anything.

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David Lee Roth Left Van Halen When? Pop Culture Rock & Roll History.

Mr. Pop History -
Back on April 1, 1985. He was replaced by Sammy Hagar. Roth rejoined the band in the Spring of 2007 – but was also reunited for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1996.

Roth – a temperamental rocker – always seemed to be feuding. Joining Roth for the 2007 concert tour was Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, but drummer Michael Anthony was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s teenage son Wolfgang Munster. It stinks when you’re not a family member!

Another Star Trek TV Series Re-Boot Question – 1977?

Mr. Pop History – After the original TV series left the NBC-TV air in 1969, Star Trek began to build a bigger audience with syndicated reruns.

A July TV Guide tells me that Paramount Pictures planned to produce 22 episodes of an all-new Star Trek to begin appearing in April 1978. According to the article, it was part of an effort to create one night a week of prime-time programs on a proposed “fourth network” of independent and network affiliated stations. Gene Roddenberry was signed to put the new show together at a cost of $400,000 per episode.

A fourth network? Interesting. Of course, that didn’t happen until Fox-TV – the late 1980′s.