Television: No. 3, and Trying Harder

TV wags have an easy way out of the Viet Nam War: Put it on ABC and it will be canceled in 13 weeks. As a rule, TV series do tend to suffer a higher mortality rate on ABC than on NBC or CBS. The corollary of the rule is that ABC, the perennial No. 3 of the networks, tries a lot harder to be newer than the competition. That was borne out again last week, as ABC became the last of the three to throw the switch on its new prime-time season.

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