Radio: Shift at the Top

The No. 1 spot in the TV ratings was proving easier to get than to hold onto. This week, for the first time, the lead position was captured by one of NBC's high-priced spectaculars: Max Liebman's Babes in Toyland, which went to the top with a Nielsen rating of 50.5. CBS's I Love Lucy grabbed second with 50.1. while Jackie Gleason (CBS), the former leader, dropped to third with 48.1. The rest of the Top Ten: 4) Toast of the Town (CBS). 45.5; 5) Dragnet (NBC). 44.1; 6) Disneyland (ABC). 42.4; 7) Milton Berle (NBC). 42.0; 8) Groucho Marx (NBC), 41.1;...

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