Hallmark Hall of Fame Facts


First Broadcast:

 


Amahl and the Night Visitors
on Christmas Eve 1951
(first opera ever commissioned for television)

 

Average Running Time of Broadcast:

 

96 minutes
(8-10 minutes longer than typical made-for-television movies)

 

Number of Broadcasts:

 

257 as of April 2016

Number of Awards:

 

133 Total
81 Emmys (more than twice as many as any other TV series)
28 Christopher Awards
11 Peabody Awards
9 Golden Globes
4 Humanitas Prizes

 

Award-Winning Actors:

 

64 Academy Award-winning actors have appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations. That is one-fourth of all the actors who have ever won an Oscar.

 

Most-Watched Broadcast:

 

1997 production of What the Deaf Man Heard, starring Matthew Modine and James Earl Jones, holds the series' viewership record of nearly 23 million viewers.

 

Most-Honored Broadcast:

 

1986 production of Promise, starring James Garner and James Woods, is the most-honored single program in television history (5 Emmys, 1 Christopher Award, 1 Peabody Award, 2 Golden Globes, 1 Humanitas Prize).

 

Length of Hallmark Commercials:

 

2 minutes average
(for those running during Hallmark Hall of Fame movies)

 

Average Number of Hallmark Commercials:

  8 commercials per 2-hour broadcast

 

Check out the Hallmark Hall of Fame website for more details about television's most-honored dramatic series.

Fun Fact

The Hall Brothers "invented" modern gift wrap during Christmas 1917 when they ran out of solid-colored tissue paper and started selling decorated envelope linings.