On this date in history, June 25, 1951, CBS broadcast the very first commercial color TV program. Unfortunately, nearly no one could watch it on their black-and-white televisions. This first color program was a variety show called, “Premiere.” The show featured such celebrities as Ed Sullivan, Garry Moore, and Arthur Godfrey.
Despite early successes with color programming, the adoption to color television was a slow one.
In what year did the American public finally start purchasing more color TV sets than black-and-white ones?
By the end of 1957 only 150,000 color sets had been sold. Color sales were slow until the mid-1960s, when the reliability of sets improved, prices came down, and more color programming became available. Another factor that helped color set sales was the popularity of the Disney show The Wonderful World of Color, which began in 1961.
The first year that color set sales exceeded black and white was 1970.
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