1946–47 United States network television schedule

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The 1946–47 United States network television schedule was nominally from September of 1946 to the spring of 1947, but scheduling ideas were still being worked out and did not follow modern standards.

This was the first "network television season" in the United States, and only NBC and DuMont operated networks, though other companies—including Mutual, Paramount, CBS, and ABC—had plans to enter the medium. Although experimental broadcasting had begun in the 1930s and television stations had been commercially licensed beginning in 1941, it was not until 1946 that coaxial cable connections allowed stations to share the same program schedules. Even then, only a few cities on the East Coast were connected.

Few broadcasts made during this season exist in any archive, but segments of Campus Hoopla dating from 1947 exist in the Hubert Chain Collection of the earliest kinescopes still in existence, as preserved in the Library of Congress (Moving Image Collection). Audio recordings of live TV broadcasts of this show are also on file at the Library of Congress from the 1946–47 period, as recorded from WNBT-TV in New York (NBC's original flagship station in New York City, today's WNBC-TV).

New fall series that made their debuts between September and November are highlighted in bold below.

Fall Schedule[edit]

Sunday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local 8:00 Face to Face / 8:15 Geographically Speaking Television Screen Magazine Hawaii
DMN Local

Monday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local 7:30 Local / 7:50 The Esso Newsreel 8:00 Voice of Firestone Televues / 8:15 Local Local Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena
DMN Local

Tuesday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local
DMN Local Play the Game Local Serving Through Science Local

Wednesday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local
DMN Local Faraway Hill Local

Thursday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local 7:30 Local / 7:50 The Esso Newsreel Hour Glass Local
DMN Local Cash and Carry Local

Friday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local 8:00 Local / 8:15 You Are an Artist / Let's Rhumba 8:30 I Love to Eat / 8:45 The World in Your Home Local Boxing from Madison Square Garden
DMN Local Western Movie Local

Saturday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
NBC Local
DMN Local

References[edit]

  • Bergmann, Ted; Skutch, Ira (2002). The DuMont Television Network: What Happened? Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0-8108-4270-X.
  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earl (1979). The complete directory to prime-time network TV shows 1946–present. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-28248-5.