Sid Schweiger
Sun Jan 4 07:20:29 EST 2009

>>The story goes that Mrs. William Paley made him sleep on the couch until
he reversed the cancellation of Gunsmoke which was her favorite show.
He did so with lightning speed.<<

That one worked so well that the next time Paley wanted to ax a low-rated show and Mrs. Paley didn't, he acquiesced immediately.

The show was the 67th-rated show overall at the time, a sitcom about combat surgeons in Korea.  Its finale still holds the record for the largest single-program TV audience of all time.

Sid Schweiger
IT Manager, Entercom New England
20 Guest St / 3d Floor
Brighton MA  02135-2040

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