NYC TV Week puts a spotlight on the future of television, its latest trends and innovations. New York City has been home to our series of events for over ten years and ahead of our 2023 event this September 11-14, we wanted to share some of the historic moments that have cemented New York's place in television history.
July 1, 1941:
The first commercial on television airs in New York. The commercial for Bulova watches ran before a baseball game and the company paid just $9 for the ad.
Did you know that the first television commercial ran in New York City? The spot, for Bulova watches, aired just before a baseball game on July 1, 1941, and cost only $9. To experience more television history and prepare for its future, join us from September 11-14 in New York for NYC TV Week.
Sept. 30, 1947:
The first televised Major League Baseball World Series allows Americans to watch the Yankees beat the Dodgers over seven games.
Did you know the first televised World Series in 1947 was a Subway Series between the Yankees and Dodgers? While we likely won’t get another Subway Series this year, you can still experience television history at this year’s NYC TV Week. Register now to join us from September 11-14 to learn about the future of television and how advertisers can reach sports viewers.
Bell Labs held a press conference in New York to publicly demonstrate the first point-contact transistor
While New York City is often thought of as a media hub, it’s also had a significant role in the development of electronics. For instance, in 1948 Bell Labs held a press conference in the city to publicly demonstrate the first point-contact transistor, which was the first working transistor. To secure your chance to be a part of the next great wave of innovation, register now for NYC TV Week. The event, taking place September 11-14, will look at how the industry is changing and the new technology leading the next phase of TV.
Jan. 14, 1952
The Today Show first airs on television, broadcasting from NYC. Dave Garroway was the show's first host.
Since its debut on January 14, 1952, people from all over the world have visited NYC to take in a live viewing of The Today Show. As the center of daytime television, it’s only appropriate that the premier television event of the year takes place in New York. Join us from September 11-14 to learn about the current TV landscape and how best to connect with today’s daytime viewers.
Oct. 1, 1962
A young Johnny Carson begins hosting The Tonight Show, which would become a staple program broadcast from New York.
When you think of late night television, what show comes to mind first? Thanks to Johnny Carson, it’s likely The Tonight Show. The TV icon, who began hosting the show on October 1, 1962, went on to host the show from New York for 10 years.
Feb. 9, 1964
The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan show for the first time.
Beatlemania got its start in the U.S. when the band performed on The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time in February 1964. Your brand can get its own “Beatlemania” moment by participating in this year’s New York City Television Week. Register here to join us from September 11-14.
April 22, 1964
Color television debuted with an interactive studio at the RCA Pavilion of the 1964 New York’s World's Fair.
Could you imagine still watching TV in black and white? Thanks to New York’s World Fair in April 1964, we live in a world with color television, bringing more life to the screen. To learn about the latest innovations in television, join us for NYC TV Week from September 11-14. Register here.
Oct. 11, 1975
Saturday Night Live premieres in New York City, beginning a sketch-comedy legacy that would carry on for decades.
Live from New York, It’s Saturday Night! SNL continues to be a New York City mainstay since its debut in October 1975. Another NYC mainstay, NYC TV Week, returns September 11-14. Register now to get your name up in lights!
July 5, 1989
Seinfeld first airs on NBC, becoming one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The program takes place in New York City.
Numerous shows have taken place in New York City, none more iconic than Seinfield. The long-running comedy, which debuted on July 5, 1989, highlighted the uniqueness of the city and the people that live there. Check out the city that everyone wants a piece of during NYC TV Week from September 11-14. Register here.
September 13, 1990
Law & Order first premieres. Longest-running law-enforcement series in American television and responsible for multiple spin offs.
Since its debut in September 1990, Law & Order has inspired numerous spin-offs, including Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Los Angeles. However, the original series, based in New York, still reigns supreme thanks to its portrayal of life in New York City. Make some of the iconic stops of the show part of your trip to NYC TV Week.
September 22, 1994
The television sitcom Friends, about six young adults living in New York City, debuts on NBC.
Friends is one of the most iconic television shows of all time, generating significant buzz from its 1994-2004 TV run. The show even had global appeal, with 30-second ads for its finale going for over $1.5 million in the UK. Find your own version of Central Perk with your industry friends and colleagues when you come to New York for NYC TV Week.
April 10, 2014
CBS announced Stephen Colbert would succeed David Letterman as host of The Late Show
Stephen Colbert had big shoes to fill when he replaced David Letterman as the host of The Late Show in April 2014. Since taking over for the long-running New York late night show, Colbert has maintained steady ratings, becoming the most-watched program in the 2019-2020 season. Check out how you can advertise against late night television, especially as more viewers watch via streaming, at this year’s NYC TV Week.
The four major American broadcast networks, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, are all headquartered in New York City.
New York is often thought of as the media capital of the world, due to its presence in numerous television shows and movies, and that it is the home of the four major American broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. One other reason it is considered the media capital is because it's the host city of the biggest television event of the year: NYC TV Week.
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