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Surprising and Little Known Facts About TV Shows

Published by Bren Parks in Random
November 3rd, 2008

We spend more time watching television than any other recreational pastime. Here are some interesting tidbits about some of our favorite shows.

We all have a favorite show on television.  I know that I have several favorites that have endeared themselves to many over the years.  In fact, you will be amazed to learn that:

  • The Japanese have a real passion for watching TV.  In fact this national passion is called “ichioku-so-hakuchi-ka” which means “one hundred million people go crazy”.
  • In Brazil there is a TV master of ceremonies called Chachrinha (Barnyard) who, for laughs, throws salted codfish on his studio audience.
  • The children’s show “Sesame Street” is so popular in Pago Pago the local government once considered naming the island’s main street after it.
  • Over fifty percent of the American population gets all of their news from television.
  • In a survey taken among U.S. children between the ages of four and six, one surprising fact was discovered.  When they were asked the question “which do you like better, TV or Daddy?”, forty four percent of them said they preferred TV.
  • “Bonanza” is one of the most widely syndicated TV series in history, having an estimated weekly audience of 250 million viewers and was aired in eighty five countries.
  • “I Love Lucy”, first broadcast on October 15, 1951, was television’s first genuine hit show.  It was the first show that used the three camera technique performed and taped before a live studio audience.  In fact, I Love Lucy was so popular when it was originally produced that when President Eisenhower’s inauguration was aired, only 27 million people watched it.  However, 44 million people turned the channel to watch the “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” episode when she had her first child.
  • The first commercial aired on American television was for Bulova watches in 1941.  The ad cost Bulova a whopping nine dollars.
  • The first commercial aired on British TV was an advertisement for the “Daily Mail”.  It was shown during a demonstration by John Logie Baird at the National Radio Exhibition in Olympia on September 26, 1928.  It was screened on 12 television sets to a total of 50 viewers.
  • In his book “Super Spectator and the Electric Lilliputians”, William Johnson claims that the average American will spend a total of nine years of their lives watching television.
  • The first full length feature film aired on American TV was “The Heart of New York”.  It was the story about the inventors of the washing machine.

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  1. Posted November 5, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Very interesting facts! Thanks!

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