In 1980, ABC wanted its own DALLAS -- then easily the biggest show on the planet. So when the Shapiros and Aaron Spelling put together DYNASTY, which began airing on Mondays nights in the States following the end of the football season that following January, the pilot was #11 for the week in the ratings, and a couple of other episodes wound up in the Nielsen's weekly Top 10. Overall, Season 1 ranked at #28 for the 1980-81 TV years, not a bad number for the first season of a drama series, especially when cable and home video had no real presence, the Internet didn't exist, there were no streaming services, and the audience was nowhere near as divided as it is today with all the modern choices. And yet ABC executives were so disappointed in the audience showing for the first season of DYNASTY that they almost cancelled it, leaving Spelling and company to scramble to obtain a renewal, a renewal which might not have happened had Spelling not been the network's main source of programming and the leverage that provided. Sometimes having greater aspirations for your new show can handicap it when the returns don't come in as fast as the brass would like. No doubt, the series did need to pick up pacing and, along the way, Joan Collins, and the increase in wardrobe, for Season 2 to climb -- and a switch to Wednesday nights was likely a good idea, too. But Season 1 didn't bomb. Even if, as Linda noted, the show needed "more zip."