[One] network source said the Rivera show may have cost NBC $500,000 in lost advertising revenue because potential sponsors either didn't want their products associated with the program or couldn't see the show in advance.

NBC declined to comment on whether "Devil Worship" lost money. But as viewed here, the telecast carried only 14 network and local commercials—two of them for the National Enquirer and three for new horror movies. To fill the empty slots, NBC aired 22 "promos" for its new and returning entertainment series [...] An NBC spokeswoman said the network received a total of 440 calls in New York and Burbank after the telecast—311 of them complaints and the balance expressions of approval, many from parents concerned about teen-aged Satanism.

At NBC affiliate WVLA in Baton Rouge, La., the reaction was far less. There was only one call, a secretary there said—from a viewer whose home suffered a power failure as the show began. He wanted a rerun.


Here's the whole line-up (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9). And as a bonus, here's 20/20's report on Satan's creeping influence (1, 2, 3), which suggests that if your high school friends make you hang out in coffins, they may just be Satanists. This is total malarkey, by the way — magic markers are the surest sign of an occult presence.

* More of a Powerslave fan myself, just for the record.