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1988–89 United States network television schedule

 

1988–89 United States network television schedule

This was the television schedule on all four networks for the fall season beginning in September 1988. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

Note: A writers' strike hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. The writers' strike coincided with the Seoul Olympics. New shows intended for a regular fall launch saw their debuts spread out between September and December. The debut month for each new series is noted as to when it actually premiered.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation but the schedule was set by each local station.

New series are highlighted in bold.

All times given are in U.S. Eastern Time and Pacific Time (except for some live events or specials). Subtract one hour for Central and Mountain times.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

     Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.
     Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.
     Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.

Sunday

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Incredible Sunday Mission: Impossible The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-season Studio 5-B Specials
Follow-up Great Circuses of the World
Spring Incredible Sunday Moonlighting
Summer Have Faith The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Follow-up MacGyver The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes (5/21.7) Murder, She Wrote (8/19.9) CBS Sunday Night Movie (27/16.1)
Fox 21 Jump Street America's Most Wanted Married... with Children The Tracy Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show Duet Local Programming
NBC The Magical World of Disney Family Ties Day by Day NBC Sunday Night at the Movies (22/16.3)

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver Monday Night Football
Mid-season The ABC Mystery Movie (29/15.4)
CBS Preliminary Newhart Coming of Age (Oct.) Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Kate & Allie (Dec.) Murphy Brown Designing Women (15/17.5) Almost Grown
Spring Live-In Heartland Newhart Kate & Allie
Summer Kate & Allie Doctor Doctor
Follow-up Various Various Newhart
NBC ALF (15/17.5) The Hogan Family (22/16.3) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (25/16.2)

Tuesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who's the Boss? (7/20.8) Roseanne (2/23.8) Moonlighting thirtysomething
Winter The Wonder Years (22/16.3) Roseanne (2/23.8) Anything But Love (10/19.0)
Spring Have Faith
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming CBS Tuesday Night Movie
Official TV 101
Midseason Tour of Duty
NBC Preliminary Matlock (12/17.7) NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Official In the Heat of the Night (18/17.3) Midnight Caller

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (13/17.6) Head of the Class (20/17.1) The Wonder Years (22/16.3) Hooperman China Beach
Spring Coach
Follow-up The Robert Guillaume Show
Summer Hooperman
CBS Preliminary Live! Dick Clark Presents The Equalizer Wiseguy
Official The Van Dyke Show Annie McGuire
Midseason TV 101
Follow-up Hard Time on Planet Earth Jake and the Fatman
NBC Preliminary Unsolved Mysteries (17/17.4) Night Court (21/16.9) Specials Tattingers
Official Baby Boom

Thursday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Official Knightwatch Dynasty W5
Midseason A Fine Romance HeartBeat
Summer Thursday Night Baseball
CBS Preliminary 48 Hours Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Paradise Knots Landing (27/16.1)
Midseason The Equalizer
NBC The Cosby Show (1/25.6) A Different World (3/23.0) Cheers (4/22.3) Dear John (11/18.5) L.A. Law (13/17.6)

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Perfect Strangers Full House Mr. Belvedere Just the Ten of Us 20/20
Summer Full House Mr. Belvedere Perfect Strangers
CBS Beauty and the Beast Dallas (29/15.4) Falcon Crest
NBC Fall Sonny Spoon Something Is Out There Miami Vice
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries
Spring Dream Street

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Murphy's Law Police Story
Mid-season Mission: Impossible A Man Called Hawk Murphy's Law
Follow-up Men
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming Simon & Simon West 57th
Follow-up Live! Dick Clark Presents
Official Dirty Dancing Raising Miranda
Mid-season Dolphin Cove The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Follow-up TV 101
Follow-up Paradise CBS Saturday Movie
Follow-up Jesse Hawkes West 57th
Fox The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow Local Programming
NBC Fall 227 Amen (25/16.2) The Golden Girls (6/21.4) Empty Nest (9/19.2) Hunter (19/17.2)
Summer 13 East

References

  1. ^ Highest-rated series is based on the annual top-rated programs list compiled by Nielsen Media Research and reported in: Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
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