Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles – Decades Network To Air The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show!

The Best of Ed Sullivan – The Beatles backstage with host Ed Sullivan – Photo courtesy of Decades Network.

Ed Sullivan couldn’t act, sing or dance and uncomfortable in front of an audience, but for 23 years, The Ed Sullivan Show was appointment viewing – The Beatles made their first American live appearance on the show (pulling in an audience of 73 million – equivalent to the draw of today’s Super Bowl).

Beginning Monday, September 4th, Decades Network will air episodes of The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show Monday to Friday – with two 30-minute episodes each day.


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August 23, 2017 – Chicago, IL – “Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles!” That simple introduction changed America and TV forever, as 73 million people gathered in front of their televisions to see The Beatles’ first live performance on U.S. soil.  The Fab Four had launched “The British Invasion” — and theirs was one of many history-making performances to grace Ed Sullivan’s stage. Starting Monday, September 4, DECADESviewers will be able to experience those electrifying moments again with The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show, airing weekdays at 12:00 noon, 5:00pm and 11:00pm ET/PT.

The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show proudly presents select performances and Ed Sullivan bits taken from the most memorable milestones of The Ed Sullivan Show. Presenting two 30-minute episodes each weekday in three convenient time periods, every show features a “who’s who” of pop culture icons, entertainers and performers, including The Rolling Stones, The Jackson 5, Judy Garland, Carol Burnett, Harry Belafonte, Joan Rivers, The Carpenters, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, George Carlin, Ella Fitzgerald, The Temptations, The Doors, Richard Pryor, Elvis Presley, Liza Minnelli, George Burns, The Beatles, and many, many more.

“When Ed Sullivan left broadcast television, he left an indelible mark on America’s cultural consciousness. An appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show was a turning point of greatness for so many artists and personalities, and a means of discovery for audiences. We are thrilled to air The Best of The Ed Sullivan Show on DECADES,” said Neal Sabin, Vice Chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co.

As comedian Alan King once noted, Ed Sullivan couldn’t sing, or dance, or effectively deliver a joke, but he was perhaps the greatest TV host of all time. The Ed Sullivan Show was the very definition of appointment television. It was the quintessential variety show and the longest-running in TV history. The show aired from 1948 – 1971, an impressive 23 years throughout an era of great cultural shifts. Each week, a massive television audience tuned in to see a wide variety of guests from the seemingly disparate worlds of rock’n roll, pop, R&B, opera, politics, comedy, novelty, and even sports. Ed became a star by being the ultimate star maker.

“SOFA Entertainment is very pleased that the DECADES Network is bringing back Ed Sullivan and thousands of great performers for yet another bow of America’s ‘Really Big Show.’ I just peaked backstage and noticed our favorite entertainers are already lining up to sing, dance and make you laugh. Here we go…,” said Andrew Solt, President of SOFA Entertainment.

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Click this promo link to see a sample of some of the performances featured…

Weigel Broadcasting Co. is a Chicago-based business, family owned since 1965. Weigel and its affiliated companies own and operate network and independent television stations in Chicago, Milwaukee, and South Bend, Indiana. In addition, Weigel is the leader in the multicast television network space with “MeTV,” Memorable Entertainment Television, being the number one rated and distributed network in the space, as well as the “Movies!” Network in cooperation with the Fox Television Stations, “H&I” Heroes & Icons, and “DECADES” Network in partnership with the CBS Television Station Group.