The A-Team's popularity caused Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley's ratings to drop
Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley reigned supreme until The A-Team came along.
We've all heard stories about The A-Team's success. The action-adventure show consisted of four former members of a fictional U.S. Army Special Forces Unit. George Peppard (Hannibal), Mr. T (B.A. Baracus), Dirk Benedict (Faceman), and Dwight Schultz ("Howling Mad" Murdock) were treated like superstars around the world, selling out events full of excited fans.
The show was loved so much that it beat out many of its competitors in the same time slot. Some of those shows were series that always had top ratings and usually were the reason why many new productions were canceled. According to The Baltimore Sun TV critic Bill Carter, in 1983 when The A-Team premiered, it took off right away.
Carter started his article by saying, "The A-Team is probably the hottest new show to hit television since Mork and Mindy." Since the article was published on May 15, 1983, a few months after the show made its television debut and five days after season one's finale, it's safe to say that the series made its mark instantly.
It was the tenth-ranked show for the entire season and was near the top ratings "since its first week on air." The critic was most surprised by The A-Team's success in a time known as "Death Valley" on its network NBC. Tuesday nights at 8:00 pm was a tough time for new series because ABC sitcoms Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley were two of the most successful shows of the late '70s and early '80s and were on at that time.
Carter said, "[Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley] killed off one new show after another. The stack of their victims could all but fill a network's prime-time lineup. They reigned supreme - until The A-Team came along."
During the second half of The A-Team's season, the two shows saw low ratings that they hadn't seen since their debut. Viewers deserted the shows to give their full attention to the action-packed series. The adventures and the promotions used for the production played a massive part in its success.
Other factors contributed to rating dips for the shows, too. Laverne & Shirley was in its final season, and actress Cindy Williams, who played Shirley, was only on two episodes. Happy Days ended in 1984, but a few fan-favorite characters departed, which might've contributed to its lower ratings.
Either way, The A-Team proved that with creative original ideas, promotions, and a talented cast, going against top shows and having success is possible.
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Happy Days was a guest on the A Team
1984 episode The Battle of Belle Aire
Playing a guy with the name RON.
The viewers that watched “ Laverne and Shirley “ we’re not the same viewers that were watching “The A-Team”.
Maybe I’m in the minority, but my favorite TV shows/movies are either comedy or action adventure. It also didn’t hurt that I had a crush on Dirk Benedict since Battlestar Galactic but I probably would have still watched The A-Team even if they had stuck with that other original face-man actor. The show was just fun.
Bag Zombroski (Neil J Schwartz)
Both Chuck Cunninghams (Gavan O
Herlihy and Randolph Roberts)and
Moose Barry Greenberg and Eugrne
Belvin (Denis Mandel ) and Melvin
Belvin Scott Bernstein and Spike Danny Butch and Wendy MISTY ROWE and Bobby Melner Harris Kal and Daphne Hillary Horan and
Marsha Simms Bestrice Colen were
All great Hsppy Days Characters and Richie Potsie Ralph Fonzie and
the delightful Jenny Piccalo (Cathy
Silvers were all wonderful .
Also Officer KIRK (ED PECK) TRIED
UNSUCCESSFULLY TO RUN FONZIE
OUT OF TOWN BUT MR.T WAS
SUCCESSFUL IN RUNNING FONZIE OUT OF TOWN.
I think so
I’m also pretty sure shows like the A-Team are absolutely responsible for the fact that I thought for years that if you got a tire blowout at highway speeds your car would jerk to the side and flip over several times. I actually lived in fear of that happening. Not like an obsessive thing, but I did think blowout flips were a real thing lol
Please keep it in the line-up!
But we'll never, ever come across unbiased opinions again. For a lot of reasons, and regarding a lot of other circumstances.
Because everything is driven by profit and the network (and don't mean TV) of social opinion.
Besides, who among us needs to be told what's good or bad regarding programing. That MeTV exists, is proof enough.
However all happening on one network, so not a competition, just a schedule change.
Do NOT say I didn't give you anything for the Season.
In Ca. my teeth are aching from the overload of sugar!