M*A*S*H T-Shirts: $2 Million in Two Weeks

How popular was M*A*S*H in 1981? Forget the Nielsen ratings. Look to T-shirt sales to confirm that the sitcom was beloved. Some $2 million worth of T-shirts with the words “M-A-S-H” and “4077TH” written on them (divided by a white line) were sold in just two weeks, all thanks to Larry Blum and his Sales … Continue Reading →

Attempted Assassination of Reagan Pre-Empted M*A*S*H

On Monday, March 30th, 1981 at roughly 2:30PM Eastern, John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C., wounding the President and several others. As news of the shooting spread the TV networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–interrupted their regularly scheduled programming for live coverage that continued into the evening. ABC scrapped its planned … Continue Reading →

500th M*A*S*H Licensee

As most M*A*S*H fans know, during the eleven years the series was on the air an incredibly amount of tie-in material — collectibles, toys, clothing, games, etc. — was released. But it wasn’t until May of 1984 that Fashion House Inc., the 500th licensee, revealed the product it would be selling: denim. It would sell … Continue Reading →

Is M*A*S*H Still in Local Syndication?

I haven’t updated M*A*S*H on TV since September of 2008. People used to e-mail with the days and times M*A*S*H was shown in their locations but it’s been a while since I got one of those e-mails. I checked the websites for many of the stations I have listed and I didn’t find M*A*S*H being … Continue Reading →

More My First M*A*S*H Stories

I’ve added another ten of your stories/entries to My First M*A*S*H. Here’s one from someone born in 1954: “Yankee Doodle Doctor,” from the sixth week in 1972 was the first M*A*S*H episode I ever saw. I was in college, but worked nights. On a rare night off I turned on the TV to M*A*S*H, because … Continue Reading →

M*A*S*H Reference in Pushing Daisies

I’ve add another reference — this one on ABC’s Pushing Daisies — to M*A*S*H References on Television: During the October 15th, 2008 episode (“Bad Habits”) two characters go undercover at a Catholic nunnery. Chi McBride’s character, Emerson Cod, pretends to be a priest named Father Mulcahy. Later on, one of the real nuns sees through … Continue Reading →

Super Bowl XLIII Still Can’t Top M*A*S*H Finale

NBC has released updated numbers for its broadcast of Super Bowl XLIII. It now stands as the most watched Super Bowl in history and the most watched television broadcast in history in terms of total viewers (those who watch six or more minutes). An average of 98.7 million viewers watched Super Bowl XLIII compared to … Continue Reading →