A Charlie Brown Christmas - Neatorama
Rohit Khare stashed this in potpourri
The preview went over like the proverbial lead balloon. Everyone present thought the show was a huge disaster, a total flop, and predicted it would lay an ostrich-sized egg. The sour-faced CBS suits curtly told Melendez and Mendelson, "We will, of course, air it next week -but we won't be ordering any more."
Terrified, the two producers commiserated and said to themselves, "We've just ruined Charlie Brown!"
A Charlie Brown Christmas aired on CBS on Saturday, December 9, 1965 (following an episode of Gilligan's Island). To the surprise (shock) of creators and executives alike, A Charlie Brown Christmas was a huge popular and critical success. Fifty percent of American televisions tuned in to watch the Peanuts gang celebrate the Yuletide.
I wonder why they were shocked that it was popular.
Just because it didn't test well? Sometimes test audiences get it wrong.
FIFTY PERCENT of Americans tuned in? Wow, I miss the 1960s.