TV Days 1958

TV Days 1958

If you turned your TV to ABC on Thursday evening (8:00-8:30 PM), this is the program that you would be watching.

The era of the TV Western had fully arrived (7 out of the top 10 shows on TV this year were westerns). The Most popular shows on TV this year were “General Electric Theater” (CBS, Sunday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Name That Tune” (CBS, Monday 7:30-8:00 PM), “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (CBS, Sunday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Perry Como Show” (NBC, Saturday 8:00-9:00 PM), “The Ann Sothern Show” (CBS, Monday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Sugarfoot” (ABC, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 PM), “The Ford Show(Tennessee Ernie Ford)” (NBC, Thursday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Perry Mason” (CBS, Saturday 7:30-8:30 PM), “Cheyenne” (ABC, Tuesday 7:30-8:30 PM), “Peter Gunn” (NBC, Monday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Wanted Dead Or Alive” (CBS western starring Steve McQueen as bounty hunter Josh Randall, Saturday 8:30-9:00 PM), “The Texan” (CBS, Monday 8:00-8:30 PM), “Father Knows Best” (CBS, Monday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Zane Grey Theater” (CBS, Thursday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Red Skelton Show” (CBS, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Price Is Right” (NBC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 PM), “The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp” (ABC, Tuesday 8:30-9:00 PM), “I’ve Got A Secret” (CBS, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Real McCoys” (ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Tales Of Wells Fargo” (NBC, Monday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Maverick” (ABC, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM), “The Danny Thomas Show” (CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Rifleman” (ABC, Tuesday 9:00-9:30 PM) and “Have Gun Will Travel” (CBS, Saturday 9:30-10:00 PM). This was the second most popular show on TV this year. “Wagon Train” starring Ward Bond (NBC, Wednesday 7:30-8:30 PM).

“The Texan” with Rory Calhoun

Steve McQueen in “Wanted Dead Or Alive”

The most popular show on TV this year was still “Gunsmoke” (CBS, Saturday 10:00-10:30 PM). Other shows on TV this year would include “The Lawman” (ABC, Sunday 8:30-9:00 PM), “Colt 45” (ABC, Sunday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Steve Allen Show” (NBC, Sunday 8:00-9:00 PM), “Cimarron City” (NBC, Saturday 9:30-10:30 PM), “The Adventures Of Ellery Queen” (NBC, Friday 8:00-9:00 PM), “The Thin Man” (NBC, Friday 9:30-10:00 PM), “Trackdown” (CBS, Friday 8:00-8:30 PM), “M Squad” (NBC, Friday 9:00-9:30 PM), “Bat Masterson” (NBC, Wednesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “77 Sunset Strip” (ABC, Friday 9:30-10:30 PM), “The Naked City” (ABC, Tuesday 9:30-10:00 PM), “The Donna Reed Show” (ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30 PM), “The Loretta Young Show” (NBC, Sunday 10:00-10:30 PM) and “Northwest Passage” (NBC, Sunday 7:30-8:00 PM).

Some TV Guide Covers from 1958

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