From the pages of a magazine called Motion Picture Daily/Fame Magazine(via the 1/9/55 Chicago Tribune), comes the results of a poll naming the best in TV for 1954. And now, the winners:
BEST EMCEE: Ed Sullivan, whose “Toast of the Town” also won Best Variety Hour.
BEST COMEDIAN: George Gobel.
BEST COMEDIENNE(who also won BEST COMEDY TEAM with her Cuban bandleader husband): Lucille Ball.
MOST PROMISING NEW STARS: Dick Shawn, Eva Marie Saint.
POPULAR VOCALISTS: Perry Como(MALE), Dinah Shore(FEMALE).
NEWS COMMENTATOR: John Cameron Swayze.
SPORTSCASTER: Mel Allen(how ’bout that!)
BEST ANNOUNCER: George Fenneman(You Bet Your Life).
MOST UNIQUE NEW PROGRAM: Disneyland.
BEST NEW DRAMATIC PROGRAM: Medic.
MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF COLOR: Max Liebman’s Spectaculars.
BEST COMEDY SERIES: The Jackie Gleason Show.
BEST PANEL DISCUSSION SERIES: Meet The Press.
BEST DRAMATIC PROGRAM: Studio One.
BEST MYSTERY PROGRAM: Dragnet.
Incidentally, there was also an item in that day’s Trib about a radio Western, called a sort of “Western Dragnet” which was about to be adapted for TV: Gunsmoke. No doubt it would be one of the winners in the 1955 poll.