Small-town sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith), his son Opie (Ron Howard), Aunt Bee (Frances Bavier) and his sidekick Barney Fife (Don Knotts) are already seen at noon every day on TV Land. Netflix makes the show available to stream for subscribers. And its also on DVD.
But there are still plenty of viewers who don’t mind hanging out with Griffith’s pleasant cast of Mayberry characters at dinner hour when flipping around the dial. The show aired for eight seasons, from 1960 to 1968, always pulling in strong ratings.
“Griffith” was a staple in the early years of WTBS, when it was the first satellite-beamed national network. It has been in steady reruns every since.
WATL is giving Griffith the spot currently held by “Everybody Loves Raymond.” It will follow “Wheel of Fortune.”
The station is clearly targeting an older audience. Its 8 p.m. shows after “Griffith” are repeats of “Law & Order: SVU” Mondays, “Cold Case” Tuesdays, “Burn Notice” Wednsdays, “Without a Trace” Thursdays and “Monk” Fridays.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk