What was the longest Saturday Morning Block?

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Zorak Masaki

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By longest, i mean how long did the block run for? Looking at old comic book ads, i noticed that CBS still used the 1:00-2:00 hour in the 70s-early 80s (possibly into the mid-80s, though i know they ended at noon by the 90s) to show new shows (though to be honest, the 1:30 slot was either used for 30 minutes (news show for kids) or the CBS Children's Film Festival). Did any other networks go up to 2:00 or did they end around noon?
 

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As memory serves:

ABC would have their block run to about 2 when American Bandstand ran from 1-2 (ET). Sometime in the 70's, this was switched when Bandstand moved up a 1/2 hour to 12:30 (ET), which is where it was when it left ABC in 1987. Once Bandstand left, ABC gave that space back to the affiliates.

NBC would close their block at 1 (ET). CBS, as Zorak mentions, had The CBS Children's Film Festival, which was cancelled, then brought back when 30 Minutes flopped, then cancelled again. Today's Litton-powered CBS block runs from 10-1 (ET), but can often be split so that some shows air on Sundays, at least where I am.

Fox unilaterally always wrapped their kids block at noon on Saturdays.
 

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^^^ That is correct. I will add that ABC ended the network block at 1pm starting with the 1986 season when Bandstand was reduced to 1/2 hour for its final year. CBS curbed back to 1pm mid-way during the 1985-86 season. According to Wikipedia the lasts shows in the 1-2pm hour were repeats of Get-Along-Gang and Pole Position.

I guess there was a de-regulation of sorts in regards to the airing of college football which added to the growth of sports programming on Saturday afternoons.
 

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^^^ That is correct. I will add that ABC ended the network block at 1pm starting with the 1986 season when Bandstand was reduced to 1/2 hour for its final year. CBS curbed back to 1pm mid-way during the 1985-86 season. According to Wikipedia the lasts shows in the 1-2pm hour were repeats of Get-Along-Gang and Pole Position.

I guess there was a de-regulation of sorts in regards to the airing of college football which added to the growth of sports programming on Saturday afternoons.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Bandstand#Move_from_ABC_to_syndication_and_the_USA_Network

As Bandstand moved towards the 1980s, the ratings began to decline. Many factors were involved in this, particularly the launch of MTV and other music programs on television, and along with that, the number of ABC affiliates opting to pre-empt or delay the program. The increase in competition hurt Bandstand and the variety of options for music on TV decreased its relevance. The other reason was that American Bandstand was pre-empted on many occasions by televised college football games (which expanded greatly in number in the wake of a court-ordered deregulation in 1984) which were becoming huge ratings successes, as well as occasional special presentations (i.e. unsold game show pilots).
 

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Okay, that's when they ended - when did most of them start?

6 am, 7 am or 8 am, EST?

I know that, for instance, Kids WB started at 8 am EST, but prior to that, in the 6 and 7 am hours, they aired NON-Kids WB cartoons (stuff like "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century" and other oddities).
 

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Kids' WB! (CW) did have network programming at 7 (ET) for a time, expanding their lineup to a full 5 hours (7-12). I think the lineups in the central time zone started at 7 as well, but don't hold me to it.
 

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Bringing back this thread, I didnt know that Bandstand was officially part of the ABC lineup (it was never brought up in the aforementioned comic ads, and was never advertised with the rest of the cartoons, and was aimed at teenagers). New question, did any channels ever show cartoons on Saturday afternoon (this obviously applies more to local affiliates), ie, between 2-5 pm?
 

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Locally, WRGB, now a CBS affiliate, experimented with Saturday afternoon toons for a while in the 80's, mostly as filler for sports. As memory serves, this was when they had the rights in the market to Tom & Jerry. The only other program that would've appealed to the kiddo's would've been reruns of the 1966 Batman, when it aired on Saturday afternoons for a time in the 70's as a sub for the Children's Film Festival.
 

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8am was usually the start time for the Saturday morning lineups, 6am and 7am were usually for syndicated cartoons or old reruns.
Pretty much how I remember it. I remember getting up early on Saturday morning, early enough that some stations still had the test-bar pattern on, and when they'd come on, they'd show cartoons like Rocky and Bullwinkle, Underdog, Tennessee Tuxedo and pals, etc. I remember my local ABC station using the 7 a.m. slot for their Bozo the Clown show before cartoons came on. The local Fox station was big on syndicated cartoons before Fox Kids was a thing, showing stuff like the Marvel Action Universe when I was in junior high.