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30 December: The rivals and their “comebacks”

Benny and Allen enjoy a splendid mutual comeback beginning in 1945. (Photo: NBC.)

Friendly rivals Benny and Allen enjoy a splendid mutual comeback beginning in 1945. (Photo: NBC.)

It might be difficult for a 21st Century fan to believe, if clinging strictly to the general image of the man, but Jack Benny thinks he’s in radio trouble by the 1945-46 season: his Hooper rating has dipped a cumulative 35 percent since 1941, culminating in a tenth-place finish for 1944-45, his lowest rating in a decade.

The good news is that, for all that steady slippage, Benny still has never finished a season shy of a 20 rating. Regardless, the comedian entered the season bent on keeping that bottom line at minimum and getting back near the top of the beanhill at maximum.

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