Did You Know?
This show about the possibility of a nuclear war breaking out was heavily hyped by CBS-TV, which up to this point had desperately wanted to keep the highly acclaimed "Lou Grant" on the schedule for the following season -- until the ratings came in. The numbers -- a 10.3 rating and and 18 share -- don't mean much to audiences in the 21st century, which no longer counts percentages of homes tuned into the show -- but they were unbelievably bad for 1982, below the ratings of numerous already-canceled shows and about even with the playing-out-the-string "Mork and Mindy." CBS gave up on "Lou Grant" and canceled it as soon as the programming chief read the numbers and walked around the corporate offices (he later said even his proposal for a 13-show half season drew no supporters), running two more shows in May and two more in late summer just to burn them off. See more