The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) program "Stage on Screen" garnered strong ratings for its first-of-series broadcast, a live stage performance of the Roundabout Theatre Company production of The Man Who Came to Dinner on Oct. 7. PBS reports that the live broadcast garnered "some very good ratings." The "top six markets delivered a strong 2.3 rating," with the "highest deliveries included Los Angeles (3.4/6); Portland (3.2/6); New York (3.1/5); Tampa (3.0/5); and Dallas/Oklahoma (2.8/5)."
The premiere of PBS' "Stage on Screen" was carried by most major markets, except Sacramento and Pittsburgh which aired the show on Oct. 14. Local broadcasters typically program the Saturday night slots.
Additional broadcasts are planned for A.R. Gurney's Far East (directed by Daniel Sullivan), Anna Deavere Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles (directed by Marc Levin), an unnamed international co-production now in development, as well as two plays to be culled from New York City Channel Thirteen's archives.