3. The Red Skelton Show
The Red Skelton Show aired from 1951-1971; during the same era of The Ed Sullivan Show – often defeating Sullivan in ratings! While the show did offer some musical performance, the draw of the program was Skelton’s sketch comedy bits where he would portray one of his several characters. Many acting stars also appeared on Skelton’s show to take part in one of his numerous sketches!
The show would come to an abrupt end after moving to NBC and the network reworking the program. Clearly Skelton fans did not appreciate the changes as he dropped from the #7 rated show in 1969-1970 to not even being ranked in the top 30 of shows in 1970-1971. However, The Red Skelton Show is remembered as a smashing success that entertained viewers for two decades!