Moment in time: Oct. 15, 1951 — I Love Lucy debuts on CBS
It didn’t take viewers long to fall in love with I Love Lucy. The opening episode of the nascent TV medium’s first program to be shot on film before a studio audience found the daffy redhead Lucy Ricardo - played by movie veteran Lucille Ball - and best pal, Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), scheming to visit the Copacabana nightclub. Lucy’s fiery husband, Ricky (Desi Arnaz, Ball’s real-life husband), and Fred Mertz (William Frawley) had their own plan of attending a boxing match. I Love Lucy spent four of the next six seasons as the highest-rated program on American television. It’s worth noting that the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower in January, 1953, garnered 29 million viewers. When Lucy gave birth to Little Ricky that same week, more than 44 million viewers tuned in. -Andrew Ryan — More behind-the-scenes photos: http://tgam.ca/EFfV
"Lucy, I’m homeeeee!" On this day in 1951 "I Love Lucy" starring Lucille Ball premiered on CBS television.
Lucille Ball photographed in 1939