Television: The Treacle Cutter

"A year ago my show was 137th in the Nielsen ratings," observed TV Comic Danny Thomas last week. "Today it's in the top ten. What can I do after that?" Actually, there were only 118 shows on the networks' evening air last May when Thomas' Make Room for Daddy squatted a miserable eleventh from the bottom, a position to which Thomas had become accustomed in the show's four years on ABC. Today Danny averages some 44 million televiewers, is topped only by the two mighty westerns, Gunsmoke and Tales of Wells Fargo.

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