Making TV history
George Eckstein wrote 10 episodes of the 1960s TV series "The Fugitive" during his long career as a writer and producer, but none was bigger than the show's two-part finale in 1967.
The final episode drew 72% of the available audience, a record that stood until J.R. Ewing was shot on "Dallas". And it was no match for the other networks that night--CBS showed a public-affairs documentary and NBC showed the last hour of a Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis movie, according to an article in The Times on Aug. 31, 1967.
Series star David Janssen hit ABC's late-night talk show after the finale, lifting host Joey Bishop to his first ratings win over Johnny Carson.
Here's a look at how the last episode ended. Eckstein, who co-wrote the finale, was listed in the credits as a co-producer.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: David Janssen as Dr. Richard Kimble, center, holds William Raisch, the one-armed man, during a 1967 scene from "The Fugitive." Barry Morse, right, played Lt. Gerard.