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ABC was saved from bankruptcy by merging with United Paramount Theaters, which provided $30 million for bigger projects. DuMont bought NFL rights for $1.3 million and began airing NBA games in December. ABC begins a newscast in September. NBC broadcasts the first newscast in color on February 16, 1954.

In the Spring of 1954, The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that game shows which award prizes, or “give-away programs,” are not a form of gambling, as contestants do not risk their own money.

Sunday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC You Asked For It The Frank Leahy Show
7:45 Notre Dame Football
The Walter Winchell Show
9:15 The Orchid Award
Juke Box Jury Hour of Decision
10:45 local
CBS Quiz Kids Private Secretary Toast of the Town The Fred Waring Show / General Electric Theater The Man Behind the Badge The Web What’s My Line?
NBC The Paul Winchell Show Mister Peepers The Colgate Comedy Hour The Philco Television Playhouse / Goodyear Television Playhouse The Loretta Young Show Man Against Crime
DuMont . . . Washington Exclusive . . . Rocky King, Inside Detective The Plainclothesman Dollar for a Second Youth on the March

Monday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC The Walter Winchell Show
John Daly and the News
Jamie Sky King Of Many Things Junior Press Conference The Big Picture This Is the Life . . .
CBS . . . Douglas Edwards with the News
7:45 The Perry Como Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Arthur Godrey’s Talent Scouts I Love Lucy The Red Buttons Show Studio One
NBC . . . The Arthur Murray Party
7:45 Camel News Caravan
Name That Tune The Voice of Firestone The Dennis Day Show Robert Montgomery Presents Who Said That?
DuMont Captain Video
7:15 Marge and Jeff
. . . Twenty Questions The Big Issue Guide Right Football Sidelines
9:45 Famous Fights
Boxing from Eastern Parkway

Tuesday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC 7:15 John Daly and the News . . . . Cavalcade of America Make Room for Daddy The United States Steel Hour The Name’s the Same
CBS . . . Douglas Edwards with the News
7:45 The Jane Froman Show
The Gene Autry Show The Red Skelton Show This Is Show Business Suspense Danger See It Now
NBC . . . The Dinah Shore Show
7:45 Camel News Caravan
The Buick-Berle Show Fireside Theater Armstrong Circle Theatre Judge for Yourself On the Line with Considine
10:45 It Happened in Sports
DuMont Captain Video
7:15 Marge and Jeff
. . . Life Is Worth Living Pantomime Quiz . . .

Wednesday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC 7:15 John Daly and the News Inspector Mark Saber — Homicide Squad At Issue
8:15 Through the Curtain
Answers for Americans Take It from Me Dr. I.Q. Wrestling from the Marigold in Chicago
CBS . . . Douglas Edwards with the News
7:45 The Perry Como Show
Arthur Godfrey and His Friends Strike It Rich I’ve Got a Secret Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts
10:45 Sports Spot
NBC . . . Those Two
7:45 Camel News Caravan
I Married Joan My Little Margie Kraft Television Theater This Is Your Life . . .
DuMont Captain Video
7:15 Marge and Jeff
. . . The Johns Hopkins Science Review Joseph Schildkraut Presents Colonel Humphrey Flack On Your Way Stars on Parade The Music Show

Thursday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC 7:15 John Daly and the News The Lone Ranger Quick As a Flash Where’s Raymond? Back That Fact Kraft Television Theater . . .
CBS . . . Douglas Edwards with the News
7:45 Jane Froman’s U.S.A. Canteen
Meet Mr. McNutley Four Star Playhouse Lux Video Theater Big Town Philip Morris Playhouse Place the Face
NBC . . . The Dinah Shore Show
7:45 Camel News Caravan
You Bet Your Life Treasury Men in Action Dragnet Ford Theatre Martin Kane, Private Eye . . .
DuMont Captain Video
7:15 Marge and Jeff
. . . Football Highlights Broadway to Hollywood — Headline Clues What’s the Story . . .

Friday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC 7:15 John Daly and the News Trouble with Father Ozzie and Harriet Pepsi-Cola Playhouse Pride of the Family The Comeback Story Showcase Theater . . .
CBS . . . Douglas Edwards with the News
7:45 The Perry Como Show
Mama Topper Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Our Miss Brooks My Friend Irma Person to Person
NBC . . . Coke Time with Eddie Fisher
7:45 Camel News Caravan
The Dave Garroway Show The Life of Riley The Big Story Campbell Soundstage Gillette Cavalcade of Sports 10:45 Greatest Fights of the Century
DuMont Captain Video
7:15 Marge and Jeff
. . . Front Page Detective Melody Street Life Begins at Eighty Nine Thirty Curtain Chance of a Lifetime Down You Go

Saturday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Paul Whiteman’s TV Teen Club Leave It to the Girls Talent Patrol Music at the Meadowbrook The Saturday Night Fights
9:45 Fight Talk
Madison Square Garden Hightlights . . .
CBS Meet Millie Beat the Clock The Jackie Gleason Show Two for the Money My Favorite Husband Medallion Theater Revlon Mirror Theater
NBC Watch Mr. Wizard Ethel and Albert Bonino The Original Amateur Hour Your Show of Shows Your Hit Parade
DuMont . . . NFL game

ABC: From October 1953 to January 1955, Kraft produced a second Kraft Television Theatre — to promote Cheez Whiz.

CBS: The Jack Benny Program ran every third Sunday at 7:30. The Red Skelton Show moved from NBC.

NBC: The Bob Hope Show ran monthly, Sundays at 8pm. The Arthur Murray Party moved from DuMont. Texaco Star Theater was renamed the Buick-Berle Show. The Loretta Young Show was formerly named Letter to Loretta, until February. The Original Amateur Hour was revived after a hiatus from September 1952-April 1953.

DuMont: Keep Posted was renamed The Big Issue. Chance of a Lifetime moved from ABC.

The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy) debuts on September 29 and would run until September 2, 1971. CBS daytime soap The Secret Storm debuts on February 1, 1954 and would run until February 8, 1974.

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