TV GUIDE Citation: In the August 14, 1982 issue of TV Guide NBC Chairman Grant Tinker is the subject of a feature article. Tinker states that NBC will have several quality shows this season. His mention of Cheers states:
"Cheers, a fast paced romantic comedy produced by former MTM producers that will provide the television audience with a little less sizzle and a little more substance."
This is very important because the ratings were so low that the show may have been saved from cancellation by the fact that Tinker and NBC President of Entertainment Brandon Tartikoff were unabashed fans of Cheers.