The Day the Running Stopped: Next on TVC

We’ll commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive this weekend on TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the original broadcast of “The Judgment, Part 2,” the famous final episode of The Fugitive in which Dr. Richard Kimble (played by David Janssen) was at last exonerated for the murder of his wife, Helen, after four years of being wrongly accused and relentlessly pursued by the police lieutenant obsessed with his capture, the intrepid Philip Gerard (played by Barry Morse).

The final episode of The Fugitive scored a 45.9 rating that night, and an even more astonishing 72 share—meaning that of all the TV sets in the U.S. that were in use between on 10pm and 11pm on Aug. 29, 1967, more than 70 percent of them were watching The Fugitive. At the time, those numbers made Part 2 of “The Judgment” the most watched single episode of a weekly network TV series ever. Fifty years later, it is still among the ten most watched American TV broadcasts ever, while the episode itself set the standard for series finales to come.

We’ll commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the final episode of The Fugitive with a special program featuring highlights from our conversations with actors Barry Morse (Lieutenant Gerard), Diane Baker (Jean Carlisle) and Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft). We’ll also replay our conversation with television director Ralph Senensky in which he discusses his work on The Fugitive and other Quinn Martin productions. Plus: We’ll replay our conversation with television historian Wesley Hyatt (Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, The Carol Burnett Show Companion: So Glad We Had This Time) about the series finale of The Fugitive.

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