The night of "The Newlywed Game" scheduled premiere, July 11, 1966, TV networks CBS and NBC aired US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. ABC, chose to air the premiere of "The Newlywed Game" instead and most of America's viewers chose to watch it instead and the premiere had ratings to rival the Superbowl. ABC, which up until the time had been struggling badly in the ratings and profitability, was greatly improved with the success of "The Newlywed Game". See more
[Bob Eubanks' farewell speech on the December 20, 1974 finale
And now, on our last show on the current stage of "The Newlywed Game," on behalf of the staff at Chuck Barris Productions, I'd like to thank all of our viewers for your loyal support, and, in addition, I want to send along a special apprecitaion to the almost ten thousand young newlywed couples who'd joined us on this stage, and whose great spirits and good humor...
made the past eight and a half years a real pleasure.
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