This show was canceled, due to Fred Silverman's infamous "Rural Purge" in 1971. Silverman thought that "The Ed Sullivan Show," along with other sitcoms, such as The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965) and Hogan's Heroes (1965) only appealed to people who lived in rural areas as well as older audiences, especially senior citizens.
"Toast of the Town" was re-titled "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Sunday, September 18th, 1955, (the beginning of the 8th season).
Ed Sullivan offered Burt Reynolds the chance to appear on the show. At the time, Reynolds was starring in Hawk (1966) of which Sullivan was a fan. But Reynolds felt that he was not well-known enough to appear on the show and turned Sullivan down. Reynolds stated that he greatly regretted turning down Sullivan's offer in The Very Best of the Ed Sullivan Show 2 (1991).
From 1950 until the end of its run in 1971, the show was always telecast in the same time slot, Sunday evenings at 8:00 P.M., Eastern, CBS broadcast it during its entire run.
Cancelled in 1971 by CBS. The decision was a controversial one, since it was made at the end of the 1970-71 season and did not give Ed Sullivan the opportunity to mount a farewell show after more than 20 years on the air. Sullivan would return for a few specials over the next year, however.
On Tuesday, 11 August 2009, the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "The Ed Sullivan Show" has a picture of its star/host, Ed Sullivan. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), The Howdy Doody Show (1947), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), Texaco Star Theatre (1948), Tonight! (1953), The Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
The Beatles' famous first appearance on The Ed Sullivan show was in The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #17.19 (1964).
Elvis Presley made three appearances on the show: The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #9.51 (1956), The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #10.6 (1956), The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #10.16 (1957). However, for the last one, he was shot from the waist up to hide his swiveling hips.
Topo Gigio, a character created for Italian television in 1959, joined The Ed Sullivan Show starting with The Ed Sullivan Show: Episode #16.11 (1962).
The Canadian comedy duo of Johnny Wayne & Frank Shuster appeared on the show more often than any other act - nearly 80 appearances.