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Up Front: THE LIST
TABLE: Mixed Record For Prime-Time Upstarts
SEASON ESTABLISHED HIT CHALLENGER OUTCOME
1950-51 Your Show of The Frank Sinatra Old Blue Eyes flops vs.
Shows (NBC) Show (CBS) No. 3 Sid Caesar
1963-64 Bonanza (NBC) The Judy Garland Legendary singer fails
Show (CBS) against No.2-rated Western
1967-68 Bonanza (NBC) The Smothers Bros. Comedians, at No. 18,
Comedy Hour (CBS) drop Cartwrights to 6
1972-73 The Flip Wilson The Waltons (CBS) Comic dips from No. 2
Show (NBC) to 12 with John Boy at 20
1984-85 Magnum, P.I. The Cosby Show Cos soars to No. 3 as
(CBS) (NBC) Magnum slides from 6 to 15
DATA: MUSEUM OF TELEVISION AND RADIO, TOTAL TELEVISION