On this day 62 years ago Monday, Oct. 15, 1951 “I Love Lucy” premiered at 9 p.m. on CBS.
I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. It was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld). I Love Lucy is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world.
The show was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, and won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. In 2002, it ranked second on TV Guide’s list of television’s greatest shows, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners. In 2007, it was listed as one of Time magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME.” I Love Lucy remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year.