1949–50 United States network television schedule

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The 1949–50 United States network television schedule began in September of 1949 and ended in the spring of 1950. This was the first season in which all four networks offered at least some prime time programming all seven nights of the week.

The schedule below reflects the fall lineup as it all settled into place throughout October 1949, before any subsequent time changes were made and additional new series appeared in November.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

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
ABC Stained Glass Windows ABC Penthouse Players Think Fast The Little Revue Let There Be Stars Celebrity Time Youth on the March
CBS Tonight on Broadway This Is Show Business Toast of the Town The Fred Waring Show 10:00 The Week in Review / 10:15 Local Local
NBC Leave It to the Girls The Aldrich Family The Chesterfield Supper Club Colgate Theatre The Philco Television Playhouse Garroway at Large Local
DMN Front Row Center Chicagoland Mystery Players Cinema Varieties Cross Question 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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Club Seven Author Meets the Critics Your Witness Photoplay Time ABC Barn Dance Mr. Black Roller Derby
CBS 7:00 The Roar of the Rails / 7:15 The Paul Arnold Show 7:30 CBS Television News / 7:45 The Sonny Kendis Show / 7:55 Ruthie on the Telephone The Silver Theater Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts Candid Camera The Goldbergs Studio One
NBC Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30 Mohawk Showroom / 7:45 Camel News Caravan Chevrolet Tele-Theater The Voice of Firestone The Black Robe Cities Service Band of America Quiz Kids Local
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers 7:30 The Vincent Lopez Show / 7:45 Manhattan Spotlight Newsweek Views the News The Al Morgan Show And Everything Nice Wrestling From Sunnyside Gardens
  • Beginning July 18, 1949, The Magic Cottage aired on DuMont Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 7pm ET.

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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Club Seven On Trial Local Oboler Comedy Theater Local Tomorrow's Boxing Champions
CBS 7:00 Your Sports Special / 7:15 Local 7:30 CBS Television News / 7:45 The Sonny Kendis Show / 7:55 Ruthie on the Telephone Uptown Jubilee Actors Studio Suspense 10:00 The Week in Sports / 10:15 Local Local
NBC Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30 Mohawk Showroom / 7:45 Camel News Caravan Texaco Star Theater Fireside Theater The Life of Riley The Original Amateur Hour
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers 7:30 The Vincent Lopez Show / 7:45 Manhattan Spotlight Court of Current Issues The O'Neills Feature Theater 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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Club Seven Local Actors Studio Photocrime Local Wrestling from the Rainbo in Chicago
CBS 7:00 Your Sports Special / 7:15 The Paul Arnold Show 7:30 CBS Television News / 7:45 Earl Wrightson at Home Arthur Godfrey and His Friends The Bigelow Show International Boxing Club Bouts
NBC Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30 Mohawk Showroom / 7:45 Camel News Caravan The Crisis The Clock Kraft Television Theater Break the Bank Local
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers 7:30 The Vincent Lopez Show / 7:45 Manhattan Spotlight* Local The Plainclothesman Famous Jury Trials Local
  • Manhattan Spotlight was replaced by Easy Aces from December 1949 to June 1950.

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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Club Seven The Lone Ranger Stop the Music Crusade in Europe Starring Boris Karloff Roller Derby
CBS To the Queen's Taste 7:30 CBS Television News / 7:45 The Sonny Kendis Show / 7:55 Ruthie on the Telephone The Front Page Inside U.S.A. with Chevrolet The Ed Wynn Show Local
NBC Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30 Mohawk Showroom / 7:45 Camel News Caravan Hollywood Premiere Mary Kay and Johnny Fireball Fun-For-All Martin Kane, Private Eye Wayne King
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers 7:30 The Vincent Lopez Show / 7:45 Manhattan Spotlight Mystery Theater The Morey Amsterdam Show Boxing From Sunnyside Gardens
  • Wayne King was seen only on NBC's Midwest Network.

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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Club Seven Local Majority Rules Blind Date Auction-Aire Fun for the Money Roller Derby
CBS 7:00 Your Sports Special / 7:15 The Paul Arnold Show 7:30 CBS Television News / 7:45 The Sonny Kendis Show / 7:55 Ruthie on the Telephone Mama Man Against Crime Ford Theatre/54th Street Revue People's Platform Capitol Cloak Room
NBC Kukla, Fran and Ollie 7:30 Mohawk Showroom / 7:45 Camel News Caravan Hopalong Cassidy Bonny Maid Versatile Varieties The Big Story 10:00 Gillette Cavalcade of Sports / 10:45 Greatest Fights of the Century
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers 7:30 The Vincent Lopez Show / 7:45 Manhattan Spotlight Hands of Murder Broadway to Hollywood – Headline Clues Fishing and Hunting Club Local Amateur Boxing Fight Club

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
ABC 7:00 News and Views / 7:15 Local Hollywood Screen Test Paul Whiteman's TV Teen Club Local
CBS 6:45 Lucky Pup / 7:15 Local 7:30 In the First Person / 7:45 Blues by Bargy / 7:55 Ruthie on the Telephone Local Premiere Playhouse Local
NBC Local 7:30 The Nature of Things / 7:45 Leon Pearson and the News Meet Your Congress Mixed Doubles Who Said That? Meet the Press Local
DMN Captain Video and His Video Rangers Local Spin the Picture* Cavalcade of Stars Wrestling From Marigold

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.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.