Thread Tools
Old 03-01-2008, 09:53 AM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,185
Most Frequently Rerun TV Series

Can someone here point me in the right direction to find data on which television series is shown most frequently in reruns? I realize there are definition problems--most frequently on network television, most frequently in the U.S., based on number of stations or audience reached, based on residuals paid, etc. However, I haven't been able to locate any data, so at this point I don't want to fuss too much about narrowing down what I want.

And, of course, we can all speculate. I'm thinking it's I Love Lucy, my husband thinks it's Law and Order.

So, data if you can; speculation if you want.

Thanks!

Last edited by as_u_wish; 03-01-2008 at 09:55 AM. Reason: Grammar.
Old 03-01-2008, 10:47 AM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 9,387
I don't know if this is what you're looking for, but internationally, Baywatch is the most popular series of all time.
Old 03-01-2008, 11:01 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: 地球
Posts: 27,318
Around here M*A*S*H is airing more than any other show. Actually, it's been that way for a long time.

It comes on 8-12 times a day on Hallmark, several times in syndication on local channels, and a few times on TVLand.

It must be on almost all day.
Old 03-01-2008, 11:20 AM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 1999
Location: I'm coming back, now.
Posts: 7,419
For a long time, one version or another of "I Love Lucy" was on television every minute of the day, somewhere.

That's got to be significant.

My favorite quote on the subject of Baywatch was: "Mankind has spent more time watching Baywatch than actually building all of the Seven Wonders of the World."

Kind of explains the whole decline and fall of modern civilization, donnit?

Tris
Old 03-01-2008, 11:29 AM
Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 17,698
Not a series but this is surely the oddest story - the most frequently repeated TV program ever.
Old 03-01-2008, 12:39 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: In the Dreaming
Posts: 21,663
Gilligan's Island was once a plague upon humanity, filling every niche in the schedule not filled by other programming.
Old 03-01-2008, 01:09 PM
Guest
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: In the Minority
Posts: 3,498
You can watch several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show" everyday around here.
Old 03-01-2008, 01:30 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Impeach Nixon
Posts: 899
"The Simpsons" is on somewhere all the time. With as long as that show has been on, however, the number of times each episode has been shown is probably smaller than that of "Gilligan's Island." There were only 97 episodes of "Gilligan's Island." "The Simpsons" currently has more than four times that.
Old 03-01-2008, 01:57 PM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: At a Candlelight Supper
Posts: 6,204
There was a time a few years back that I Love Lucy was on three different networks in this area and each played at least two episodes a day.*


I knew them all.
Old 03-01-2008, 08:16 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 1999
Location: Stewing in my own juices
Posts: 1,730
Seinfeld and King of Queens are in pretty heavy rotation right now. Which is good because both are hilarious shows!!

Star Trek, The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island are the ones that come to mind that were on ad nauseum when I was a kid.
Old 03-01-2008, 08:24 PM
Registered User
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,833
Friends was on continual loop here for a while. Even while it was in production, each season was followed by a repeat of the last season, before the new season started.
Then, after it ended, we just got it over and over again, right through from the beginning to the finale. My mum finally managed to catch the last episode the (IIRC) sixth time around of the current run.
M*A*S*H could be up there, Fawlty Towers must have a look in. Another vote for the Simpsons too - we've been getting that between 5-8 episodes a week just on the free to air channels, more on Pay TV.
Old 03-01-2008, 09:38 PM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 9,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charger
There were only 97 episodes of "Gilligan's Island." "The Simpsons" currently has more than four times that.
I never thought about episode numbers. The Honeymooners is very popular in reruns (WPIX here in New York, which does a marathon every New Year's, has been running it so long their syndicated prints still have the old Viacom "V of Doom" at the end), and it ran for only 39 episodes. However, 68 additional "lost episodes" (actually old Jackie Gleason Show sketches) were added to the syndication package in the mid-80s, so that number no longer stands.
Old 03-01-2008, 10:15 PM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Denver, CO, USA
Posts: 2,224
I seem to recall Saved By The Bell accounting for a majority of TBS programming just a few years ago.
Old 03-01-2008, 11:21 PM
Guest
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Bloomingdale, NJ
Posts: 9,387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Atomicktom
I seem to recall Saved By The Bell accounting for a majority of TBS programming just a few years ago.
Adult Swim also ran the series as part of some sort of unusual drawn-out joke last year, I think.
Old 03-01-2008, 11:26 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 644
I can watch 4 episodes of That 70's Show in 2 hours on some days.
Old 03-01-2008, 11:26 PM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 644
I can watch 4 episodes of That 70's Show in 2 hours on some days. Also, not that it's relevant, but this is my 500th post!
Old 08-27-2014, 08:02 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 2
I Love Lucy

Without exact numbers, the smartest guess is I Love Lucy. The show has been rerun internationally since the 1950's in many languages. CBS TV started rerunning the show several years before it left the air in 1957, and ran it daily until 1967. After that... the show has been seen everyday on American Television for going on 40 years, and as someone else posted, on numerous stations in the same market. Currently it is stripped on Hallmark television, and ran for over a decade on Nick at Night and TV Land. In the 1970's, it was common in large cities, such as Los Angeles and New York, for Lucy to play 5 times on different stations in one day. CBS, which still owns the show, still makes over $20 million a year from reruns of Lucy on TV. VHS and DVD sales have obviously soared, as it is one of the very first classic TV shows to be released on BluRay.

Beyond I Love Lucy, which must be light years ahead of any contemporary show, there are a few other TV shows that have lived on and on and on . . . Bewitched, Twilight Zone, Andy Griffith Show and I Dream of Jeannie come to mind as the most popular of the network shows of the 1960's in syndication. For shows from the 1970's, Sanford and Son seems to be the one that has shown the most longevity.

It can be safely stated that I Love Lucy is the REASON the rerun exists! With the exception of The Lone Ranger, which reran shows in the summer of 1952, without much fanfare and much smaller ratings, I Love Lucy created the rerun on October 20, 1952, out of necessity. Pregnant Lucille Ball couldn't film enough shows for the entire season (39 episodes), so the producers decided to fill in the season with repeats from season 1. The 9 repeated shows got larger ratings than the first airing, and the concept of big ratings with reruns took root. I Love Lucy has been rerun endlessly since then.

Last edited by iconservation; 08-27-2014 at 08:04 AM.
Old 08-27-2014, 08:11 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 2
Gilligan

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chimera View Post
Gilligan's Island was once a plague upon humanity, filling every niche in the schedule not filled by other programming.
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, there were very few syndicated shows available in color, so a lot of the shorter run shows with color episodes got heavy play for awhile, like Gilligan, My Favorite Martian, Star Trek, etc. got a second life it seems.
Old 08-27-2014, 08:49 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 24,900
Reported post by iconservation as spam.
Old 08-27-2014, 08:50 AM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 7,962
Around here it's The Golden Girls
or maybe that's just my irritation showing
Old 08-27-2014, 10:14 AM
I Am the One Who Bans
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Brooklyn
Posts: 78,234
Moderating

Quote:
Originally Posted by iconservation View Post
It can be safely stated that I Love Lucy is the REASON the rerun exists! With the exception of The Lone Ranger, which reran shows in the summer of 1952, without much fanfare and much smaller ratings, I Love Lucy created the rerun on October 20, 1952, out of necessity. Pregnant Lucille Ball couldn't film enough shows for the entire season (39 episodes), so the producers decided to fill in the season with repeats from season 1. The 9 repeated shows got larger ratings than the first airing, and the concept of big ratings with reruns took root. I Love Lucy has been rerun endlessly since then.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dewey Finn View Post
Reported post by iconservation as spam.
It doesn't look like spam to me. It's iconservation's own blog, but it's relevant to the thread topic.
Old 08-27-2014, 10:20 AM
Guest
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 6,614
A couple of years ago, the saying was "If you're not watching some version of Law & Order right now, you're not trying."
Old 08-27-2014, 10:25 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 24,900
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marley23 View Post
It doesn't look like spam to me. It's iconservation's own blog, but it's relevant to the thread topic.
What made me suspicious is that the website that hosts his blog is for his web design and SEO business.
Old 08-27-2014, 10:43 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2014
Posts: 5,025
One thing that wasn't true in 2008 is USA Network's "All SVU All the Time " schedule. Seriously - it's like the only program they run. Today's (Aug 27) schedule is SVU continuously from 4:01 am until 10:00 pm, and in the 6 hours before 4:00 am when it starts all over, they have two Criminal Intents and another SVU in there.

In this modern era, when the goddam Weather Channel doesn't even show weather anymore, how can one channel become so specialized?
Old 08-27-2014, 10:43 AM
Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Rockville, MD
Posts: 2,812
Quote:
Originally Posted by iconservation View Post

It can be safely stated that I Love Lucy is the REASON the rerun exists! With the exception of The Lone Ranger, which reran shows in the summer of 1952, without much fanfare and much smaller ratings, I Love Lucy created the rerun on October 20, 1952, out of necessity. Pregnant Lucille Ball couldn't film enough shows for the entire season (39 episodes), so the producers decided to fill in the season with repeats from season 1. The 9 repeated shows got larger ratings than the first airing, and the concept of big ratings with reruns took root. I Love Lucy has been rerun endlessly since then.
Watching ILL on DVD, one thing I thought was interesting--they didn't just reshow the old episodes, but created a little intro/wrap scene to precede it to keep the show in continuity. Usually, Ricky and the Mertzes are sitting around talking about Lucy and the baby, then someone says "Oh, remember when Lucy did that wacky thing? It all started when..." and then they'd dissolve into the rerun. These intros are of course gone from the syndicated episodes, but are shown separately among the DVD bonus features.
Old 08-27-2014, 12:23 PM
Charter Member
Moderator
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: The Land of Cleves
Posts: 73,287
Quote:
Quoth Chimera:

Gilligan's Island was once a plague upon humanity, filling every niche in the schedule not filled by other programming.
Technically, this statement is true of any TV show.
Old 08-27-2014, 04:03 PM
TBG TBG is offline
Guest
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 8,604
Quote:
Originally Posted by iconservation View Post
In the late 1960's and early 1970's, there were very few syndicated shows available in color, so a lot of the shorter run shows with color episodes got heavy play for awhile, like Gilligan, My Favorite Martian, Star Trek, etc. got a second life it seems.
I don't know if that can account for Gilligan, since that was in b&w for the first season. And unlike stuff like Bewitched* and I Dream of Jeannie*, it doesn't ever appear to have had the color episodes syndicated without the b&w ones included.


*- I grew up watching reruns of those on the local station and didn't even realize they had b&w episodes until Nick At Nite started running them much later on.
Old 08-27-2014, 04:18 PM
SDSAB
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: my Herkimer Battle Jitney
Posts: 72,006
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chimera View Post
Gilligan's Island was once a plague upon humanity, filling every niche in the schedule not filled by other programming.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
Technically, this statement is true of any TV show.
Not the good ones!
Old 08-27-2014, 06:27 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Posts: 5,623
I've been working on a project that can provide a bit of a data point.

Since the summer of 1999 the TV show that has been shown the most times in reruns on primetime network TV is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit with about 550 reruns (I don't have access to the file right now but that's my memory) since it started in 2000.

So that's a very, very specific case. it probably stands up pretty well for being very long running and regularly used by NBC to fill other holes in the schedule as shows get canceled. I suspect the original Law & Order would surpass it (the research that includes this information would eventually go back to 1985) as well as The Simpsons, but I think the pattern of reruns on TV from older eras of TV probably mean other long running shows will not have so many primetime network reruns.
Old 08-27-2014, 08:40 PM
Guest
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Posts: 5,623
Whoops, was thinking of CSI with the 550 number.

From 6/15/99 through 8/15/14, the scripted shows with at least 300 rerun airings on primetime network TV are:

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 699 rerun airings
The Simpsons
C.S.I.: - 524
Law & Order - 490
Law & Order: Criminal Intent - 381 (note, this counts the years where eps first ran on USA as reruns when shown on NBC)
NCIS - 377
Two and a Half Men - 368
Smallville - 368
Family Guy - 364
C.S.I.: Miami - 338
7th Heaven - 332
That '70s Show - 331
Reba - 322
Girlfriends - 307
Criminal Minds - 304

For SVU, that is nearly 50 reruns per year per season on air. Most of the others on that list are in the mid-30s.
Old 08-28-2014, 12:08 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tacoma, WA
Posts: 2,453
According to a directory of prime time TV I own, a New York TV station reran every episode of "The Abbott and Costello Show" two hundred times(!) each. Since there were 52 episodes, that's over ten thousand showings on just one TV station!
Old 08-28-2014, 01:22 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 12,056
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charger View Post
"The Simpsons" is on somewhere all the time. With as long as that show has been on, however, the number of times each episode has been shown is probably smaller than that of "Gilligan's Island." There were only 97 episodes of "Gilligan's Island." "The Simpsons" currently has more than four times that.
and in some markets you might get to watch Simpsons three times per day.
Old 08-28-2014, 01:29 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Taint of creation
Posts: 33,150
Quote:
Originally Posted by obfusciatrist View Post
Whoops, was thinking of CSI with the 550 number.

From 6/15/99 through 8/15/14, the scripted shows with at least 300 rerun airings on primetime network TV are:

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 699 rerun airings
The Simpsons
C.S.I.: - 524
Law & Order - 490
Law & Order: Criminal Intent - 381 (note, this counts the years where eps first ran on USA as reruns when shown on NBC)
NCIS - 377
Two and a Half Men - 368
Smallville - 368
Family Guy - 364
C.S.I.: Miami - 338
7th Heaven - 332
That '70s Show - 331
Reba - 322
Girlfriends - 307
Criminal Minds - 304

For SVU, that is nearly 50 reruns per year per season on air. Most of the others on that list are in the mid-30s.
What would one of the series main actors in the above shows typically get as a residual from one airing of the their shows?
Old 08-28-2014, 01:40 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Taint of creation
Posts: 33,150
Quote:
Originally Posted by astro View Post
What would one of the series main actors in the above shows typically get as a residual from one airing of the their shows?
Never mind answers are here
http://boards.academicpursuits.us/sdmb/...d.php?t=307150
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:22 PM.

Send questions for Cecil Adams to: [email protected]

Send comments about this website to:

Terms of Use / Privacy Policy

Advertise on the Straight Dope!
(Your direct line to thousands of the smartest, hippest people on the planet, plus a few total dipsticks.)

Publishers - interested in subscribing to the Straight Dope?
Write to: [email protected].

Copyright 2017 Sun-Times Media, LLC.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: penis fun elevator fire key last bite syndrome langan iq a purse std from escort simile finder catholic twins oglaf vanka mycheckfree bill pay cycle defrost confederate yankees m99 dexter callaway 10 iron focus anywhere names for gargoyles fenton meeks negger meaning german swimming pools depth behandla wood treatment horn swallow sword break minesweeper boat sg1 200 iud expelling symptoms opposite of ironic bagel fresh impound fees 1940s beards cheeseburger pizza dominos hummingbird tongue length selling pumpkins roadside punta spanish anthillart for sale sacagawea pronunciation audio 1 mph over speed limit green desk lamp history can you mail without a return address women in suits and ties what if america was communist best male speaking voices golden turd american dad definition of corporate officer ground beef sell by date home depot car key copy carotid artery bleed out what does live cultures in yogurt mean country music message boards what is the cheapest item on amazon pizza hut 30 minutes how long does exterior paint take to dry why is my penis darker than the rest of my body bacteria die when they are refrigerated or frozen 7 mm allen wrench how to remove deodorant buildup from clothing i'm stuck on band aid brand lyrics how to pick up hookers seven deadly sin costume ideas my hands felt just like two balloons central air vs window unit how to clean vhs tapes what is the highest proof alcohol piece of food stuck in lung the needs of many outweigh the needs of the few meaning beaker on a hot plate how to get a ring size without him knowing may i go to the bathroom in spanish are omaha steaks good quality office depot vs officemax colace liquid drops walgreens two headed nickel different dates