Did people know which episode would reveal J.R.'s shooter?

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  1. Herofan

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    I believe I posted this in the wrong place before. Here's another try.

    It’s mentioned how the episode that revealed who shot J.R. received the largest viewing audience up to that time. The shooter was revealed a few episodes into the start of the season. I would have assumed the first episode of the new season and new season in general would have drawn huge ratings. So, in order for that one episode to get such huge ratings, was it advertised ahead of time that the shooter would be revealed on that particular episode?
     
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    I don't even remember. It's had to have been over a decade though.
    Yes it was advertised. It was also the top story on our local news at 11 that night. Shows you how big the show was then. This came after the writer's strike which pushed the season premieres into October.
     
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    And this is when the Dallas parties started. We would plan all week to watch on Friday nights to see "Who Shot J.R.".

    Then, this turned into Friday night Dallas parties to watch what J.R. would do next.

    Good times. . .
     
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    I don't even remember. It's had to have been over a decade though.
    I meant to say Actors strike. The Writers strike was in 81.
     
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    The episode was even called "Who Done It?".
     
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    Although US magazines, such as TIME, would refer to the mystery using the "American" spelling of "Whodunit.":D

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    I've been reading stories this week about the huge numbers (ratings) Game of Thrones is receiving. I've also looked at some of those numbers, quite laughable really when you compare what Dallas was receiving in its heyday. Dallas wasn't just appearing on page 3 of a newspaper it was front page magazine fodder and nightly news material.

    To be fair though Dallas wasn't competing against the internet. By that I mean everything which encompasses itself around the World Wide Web. Streaming services, social media platforms, cable/satellite television. Thankfully Dallas had arrived at the right time in our lives when most households gathered around a single television and had access (mostly) to 3 television stations.

    When work colleagues (mostly the youth) talk about the impact of Game of Thrones and how it is the biggest show in the Universe I remind them of a television show which began in 1978 called Dallas. For those old enough to remember it fondly we nod our heads as a collective group.

    Dallas paved the way for what was to follow.........
     
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    CBS wanted to milk the ratings for all they were worth and heavily promoted the date that J.R.'s shooter would be revealed, I believe they even mentioned the number of minutes into the episode when it would happen. The Baltimore 11 o'clock news that evening covered it as one of their top stories, I imagine this was the case in other markets as well.
     
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    I don't even remember. It's had to have been over a decade though.
    Also Dallas aired on Friday nights which nowadays are a TV deadzone. Even then it had to compete with High School football games. It is just remarkable how big Dallas was then. I remember that summer even on the radio they had a song going about about who shot JR. lol
     
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    And DALLAS was on the cover of TIME in an era when such serious periodicals were much snobbier about acknowledging pop culture.
     
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    Does anyone remember the the reaction once the shooter was revealed? Was there more media coverage to bring closure to it all? What was the public’s reaction? Was everyone satisfied that it was worth the wait? Was there any who felt it was anticlimactic?
     
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    It set all-time viewing records, but a number of people carped that the episode was less lively than DALLAS usually was at time (to say nothing of how dry and sluggish the upcoming season would be -- despite being at record ratings!)
     
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    Friday is not a dead zone blue bloods is on Friday!
     
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    Ratings-wise the hype from the "who shot J.R?" mystery and the media coverage gave the 1980-81 season a 27.6 rating and the #1 slot for the first time, from #6 the previous year. It dropped to 23.2 the 81-82 season, and to a 20.5 rating (and the #2 slot) in the 82-83 season. Ratings rarely tell the whole picture about a show's strength--they have a lot to do with the hype it generates. The 80-81 season was dreadfully dull, while the 82-83 was Dallas really daring to take chances and taking the plot in exciting directions with the battle of the Ewing brothers. Yet it lost 26% of its record audience by the time it was airing these episodes.
     
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    Some time back they changed the way they count TV ratings, so those rating numbers today are different than they once were. The 1980/81 season used to be a "35" instead of "27.6", so it gets confusing.
     
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    Yeah, I think it went from ratings points standing for numbers of viewers to ratings standing for percentage of the viewing audience or something to that effect. But the current numbers still correspond to the same proportions--they just may seem less impressive.
     
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    The percentage issue was the "share" -- but I think they shifted the "rating" from individual viewers to households (or something like that) so when Larry died in 2012, a lot of outlets were "swooning" that "Who Shot JR?" had pulled "40 million viewers" because the episode's rating had been adjusted, commiserate with the new system, to "40" when the original rating had been a "53" which actually equated to 83 million viewers in America alone.
     
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    0710C325-CF78-4A20-AA64-AFCAAF992D23.jpeg Here is a tv listing advertising the episode.
     
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    Yes, and the share is the percentage of the audience watching TV at that time who are watching a particular show. So a 50% share for an episode of a show, for example, would mean out of all the people watching TV at that particular time, half were watching that episode of that show.
     
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