After Pat's other show, "Wheel of Fortune" (1975) enjoyed a surge of popularity in the late 80's, he decided to try his hand at hosting a late-night talk show. The format was similar to "The Tonight Show" (1962), consisting of comedy monologues, celebrity guests and musical numbers. Although many well-known celebrities appeared on his show, in the end, Sajak was unable to compete with Johnny Carson and David Letterman. Written by
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The CBS strategy was simple and straightforward: Get Sajak on the air, let him settle in behind Johnny Carson
in the ratings, and then let him grow until the moment Carson finally retired. Then CBS would have the incumbent show in place, ready to take command of late night. Sajak would present no treat at all to Carson, especially to the young viewers that Carson was apparently losing. See more
Referenced in The Late Shift