Television: Overhaul at CBS

After 15 years on top of the TV-ratings heap, CBS has run into trouble this season. The result last week, as NBC and CBS announced their program lineups for next fall, was CBS's most drastic overhaul since the James Aubrey reign of the early 1960s. The network abandoned many of the traditional shows that had given it clear superiority in rural areas and among the elderly. It concentrated instead on its idea of sophistication. That meant the cancellation of The Red Skelton Show after 16 seasons, The Jackie Gleason Show after eight successful years...

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