See also: 1946 in television, other events of 1947, 1948 in television and the list of 'years in television'.

Table of contents
1 Events
2 Popular Television Shows
3 Births
4 Deaths


  • January 30 The FCC rejects CBS' color television system.
  • March 11 - The first successful children's television series, Movies for Small Fry debuts on the DuMont Network.
  • September 30 - The opening game of the World Series is the first World Series game to be telecast. The 1947 World Series brought in an estimated 3.9 million people, becoming television's first mass audience.
  • October 5 - The first presidential address is telecast from the White House. President Truman speaks about the world food crisis.
  • November 6 - Meet the Press first appears as a local program in Washington.
  • November 18 - situation comedy Mary Kay and Johnny debuts on Dumont network
  • The first Hollywood film production for TV, The Public Prosecutor.
  • There are 14,000 television sets in use in the United States.

Popular Television Shows

  • May 7 - Kraft Television Theater premieres on NBC, the first regularly scheduled drama series on a network.
  • November 20 - Meet the Press first network telecast on NBC. The program is still running as of December 2003.
  • December 27 - Puppet Television Theater (later called Howdy Doody), a children's television program, makes its debut (NBC).