On Thursday, September 20, 1973, from 9:00 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., the Columbia Broadcasting System presented "Bonnie and Clyde," a film featuring extraordinary portrayals of violence, including close-ups of participants being shot in the face. This movie was scheduled by CBS to counteract the highly publicized tennis match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King being shown by the American Broadcasting Company. The following Saturday, during prime time, ABC aired "Rosemary's Baby," a horror film involving the possession of a pregnant woman by Mephistopheles leading to the birth of a devil. This program followed the children-oriented "Patridge Family" show. While audience figures for these two programs have not been published at the time of this writing, there is no question that hundreds of thousands of children between the ages of two and eleven viewed them with or without parents present.
Walter H. Sweeney,
Regulation of Television Program Content By the Federal Communications Commission,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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