The Special Delivers the ABC Network's 2nd-Best Performance in its Time Slot in Viewers and Young Adults in 4 Months. The ABC News and People Magazine special, "Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time," drew 7.1 million viewers delivering the Net's 2nd strongest performance in the 2-hour time period in 4 months - With live viewership on the wane as DVR recordings share of voice keeps growing, the ACTUAL audience for the special likely could have been double the overnight ratings. Calls to ABC the following day were heavily in favor of Judy Garland, which is amazing since the actress has been deceased for over 40 years.
Judy Garland, by her peers, has been named the Greatest Entertainer of All Time and the votes of America corroborate Judy's immense popularity, even now and into the future. The Tom Bergeron and Cynthia McFadden-hosted special, in which movie fans submitted more than a half million votes in an unprecedented online ballot, saw "Gone with the Wind" voted as the Best Film of all time.... Judy Garland, at age 16, starring in Wizard of Oz scored 3rd Best Musical and 2nd Best Movie of ALL TIME.
"Best in Film" saw its audience grow by 9% in Total Viewers (6.8 million to 7.4 million) and by 19% in Adults 18-49 (1.6/5 to 1.9/5) from its first hour to its second hour.
Destined to remain the single most comprehensive record of Judy Garland's latter-day career, The Judy Garland Show Digital Collection is a treasure reserving the complete episodes from the rarely seen CBS-TV variety show. In 1962, the CBS Network won the rights to broadcast Judy Garland's musical variety TV show resulting in 26 one hour shows.
Judy performed both solo and once in a lifetime musical pairings with her guests, creating the only remaining recordings of the diva performing at her peak. The live show recordings offer a wealth of excerpts, outtakes, performances, and supplements.
For the 1963/1964 television season, Judy co-produced her own series The Judy Garland Show. It was a variety show (a very popular format at the time) and was well received, but it was on Sunday nights opposite the blockbuster series hit "Bonanza," and the show did not pull the ratings required to survive for a second season. This historic collection of one hour shows includes performances by many famous stars including Barbra Streisand, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Tony Bennett, Bob Newhart, Lena Horne, Ethel Merman, Peter Lawford, Judy Garland's daughter Liza Minnelli. Jerry Vandyke, Terry Thomas, Robert Cole, Ken Murray, Louis Jordan and Jack Carter.