Television History of a National Scholarship Program Based in Mobile, Alabama

The following list includes the years in which the final rounds of competition for this program were broadcast in their entirety on television (TV), along with the names of their broadcasters, their hosts, and the ratings* they were given by the Nielsen Company (based on surveys of folks who had claimed to have seen and/or heard the finals being broadcast on television).

(note #1: each of the ratings below represents a percentage of homes or people in the United States or a small area of it with TV sets tuned to a particular TV program and each audience share represents a percentage of homes or people with TV sets tuned to a particular TV program at the same time compared to all of the homes or people with functioning TV sets (you may learn more about terms such as ratings and surveys from the glossary on the official World Wide Web site for the Nielsen Company))

(note #2: the program was originally named "Junior Miss America" in 1958, renamed "America's Junior Miss" in 1959, renamed "America's Young Woman of the Year" in 1989, renamed "America's Junior Miss" in 1993, and renamed "Distinguished Young Women" in 2010)

(note #3: The last time a final round was broadcast in its entirety on TV was in the year 2005, when the organizers of the program eliminated national TV broadcasts from their budget. The last time any portion of a final round was broadcast live on television was in the year 2006 as part of a local TV program about 60 minutes in length. As for the final rounds to have been broadcast in their entireties since then, they were only broadcast onto the World Wide Web)
  •    1965 from NBC with James Franciscus, an actor (21.5 rating/36 share)
  •    1966 from NBC with Hugh O'Brian, an actor (21.3 rating/36 share)
  •    1967 from NBC with John Forsythe, an actor (19.1 rating/29 share)
  •    1968 from NBC with Lorne Greene, an actor, (13.2 rating/23 share)
  •    1969 from NBC with Mike Douglas, a TV talk show host (15.1 rating/32 share)
  •    1970 from NBC with Jimmie Rodgers, a singer (20.0 rating/32 share)
  •    1971 from NBC with Ed McMahon, an announcer (19.7 rating/32 share)
  •    1972 from NBC with Ed McMahon (18.7 rating/29 share)
  •    1973 from CBS with Ed McMahon (14.2 rating/27 share)
  •    1974 from CBS with Michael Landon (his original name was Eugene Orowitz), an actor, (25.0 rating/40 share)
  •    1975 from CBS with Michael Landon (20.1 rating/32 share)
  •    1976 from CBS with Michael Landon (20.8 rating/37 share)
  •    1977 from CBS with Michael Landon (21.6 rating/34 share)
  •    1978 from CBS with Hal Linden and Vicki Lawrence, a couple of actors (16.2 rating/26 share)
  •    1979 from CBS with Hal Linden (14.7 rating/27 share)
  •    1980 from CBS with Ed McMahon (10.0 rating/22 share)
  •    1981 from CBS with Lorne Greene (11.0 rating/24 share)
  •    1982 from CBS with Michael Landon (13.0 rating/25 share)
  •    1983 from CBS with Michael Landon (10.6 rating/19 share)
  •    1984 from CBS with Bruce Jenner, a decathlon player (9.5 rating/19 share)
  •    1985 from CBS with Bruce Jenner and Mary Frann, an actor (10.8 rating/22 share)
  •    1986 from the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) with Gordon Thomson, an actor, and Marilyn McCoo, a singer
  •    1987 from the Junior Miss Network (group of local TV stations) with Joe Namath, a football player, and Clint Holmes, a singer
  •    1988 from WALA-TV with Julie (nee Bryan) Moran, America's Junior Miss for 1980
  •    1989 from WALA-TV with Eric McLendon, a sports reporter for WALA-TV
  •    1990 from WALA-TV with Byron Day, a news presenter for WALA-TV
  •    1991 from WALA-TV with Dick Van Patten, an actor
  •    1992 from WALA-TV with Mary Frann
  •    1993 from WALA-TV with Byron Day
  •    1994 from NBC with Leanza Cornett, an actor and a national TV program host (4.8/10 rating)
  •    1995 from WALA-TV with Mary Frann
  •    1996 from WALA-TV with Mary Frann
  •    1997 from WALA-TV (and other stations through syndication) with Debi Faubionn, a former reporter for WKRG-TV and America's Junior Miss for 1968, and Julie Moran
  •    1998 from WALA-TV (and other stations through syndication) with Lorainne Crook and Charlie Chase, a couple of national TV program hosts
  •    1999 from the Nashville Network/WALA-TV with Deborah Norville, a national TV news presenter
  •    2000 from the Nashville Network/WALA-TV with Deborah Norville
  •    2001 from the Nashville Network/WALA-TV with Deborah Norville
  •    2002 from PAX/WALA-TV with Deborah Norville
  •    2003 from PAX/WALA-TV with Leanza Cornett (0.5 rating for PAX)
  •    2004 from PAX/WBPG-TV with Nicky Brown, a national TV program host (0.4 rating for PAX)
  •    2005 from PAX/WKRG-TV with Nicky Brown
  •    2006 from WJTC-TV with Storme Warren, a national TV program host

No comments:

Post a Comment