January 23: Icons of TV (updated)

January 23 – Icons of TV

1976 – Roots

The TV mini-series “Roots,” based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC. The mini-series was watched by an estimated 130[ and 140[ million viewers total and averaged a 44.9 rating 66% share of the audience. The final episode was watched by 100 million viewers and an average of 80 million viewers watched each of the last seven episodes. Eighty-five percent of all television homes saw all or part of the mini-series. The show, which is still the 3rd-highest rated U.S. television program, received 37 Emmy Award nominations and won 9.  Below is a defining scene from the program.

2005 – Johnny Carson Dies

The comic who had a 30-year run as host of the Tonight Show from beautiful downtown Burbank and hosted the Academy Awards five times died at the age of 79.

And Oscar’s tribute to Carson.


Richard Dean Anderson – 64

RDA is most famous for playing the title character in the hit show MacGyver that ran from 1985 to 1992.


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