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1989–90 United States network television schedule

This was the broadcast television schedule on all four United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1989. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

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 1
  • Monday 2
  • Tuesday 3
  • Wednesday 4
  • Thursday 5
  • Friday 6
  • Saturday 7
  • References 8


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 Life Goes On Free Spirit Homeroom The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-season America's Funniest Home Videos (5/20.9) Elvis
Summer Mr. Belvedere
Follow-up Tim Conway's Funny America
CBS 60 Minutes (7/19.7) Murder, She Wrote (13/17.7) CBS Sunday Night Movie (24/14.9)
Fox Fall Booker America's Most Wanted Totally Hidden Video Married... with Children Open House The Tracy Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show
Mid-season The Simpsons (28/14.5)
NBC The Magical World of Disney Sister Kate My Two Dads NBC Sunday Night at the Movies


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 (22/15.3)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring China Beach Capital News
Follow-up The Young Riders The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Major Dad The People Next Door Murphy Brown (27/14.7) The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (10/18.1) Newhart
Follow-up The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (10/18.1) Newhart Doctor Doctor
Winter City
Spring His & Hers
Follow-up Newhart Various programming
Fox 21 Jump Street Alien Nation Local Programming
NBC ALF The Hogan Family NBC Monday Night at the Movies


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? (12/17.9) The Wonder Years (8/19.2) Roseanne (1/23.1) Chicken Soup (13/17.7) thirtysomething
Follow-up Coach (18/17.0)
CBS Fall Rescue 911 Wolf Island Son
Follow-up CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Matlock (20/16.6) In the Heat of the Night (19/16.9) Midnight Caller


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (21/15.4) Head of the Class (26/14.8) Anything But Love Doogie Howser M.D. (28/14.5) China Beach
Spring Doogie Howser M.D. (28/14.5) The Marshall Chronicles Equal Justice
Follow-up Brewster Place
CBS Fall A Peaceable Kingdom Jake and the Fatman Wiseguy
Follow-up Beauty and the Beast
Winter Grand Slam
Spring Normal Life Sydney
Follow-up Sydney Normal Life Various programming
NBC Unsolved Mysteries (11/18.0) Night Court (28/14.5) The Nutt House Quantum Leap


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mission: Impossible The Young Riders Primetime Live
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries
Spring Twin Peaks
CBS Fall 48 Hours Top of the Hill Knots Landing
Follow-up Island Son
Follow-up Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Spring Falcon Crest
Summer The Eddie Capra Mysteries
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (1/23.1) A Different World (4/21.1) Cheers (3/22.7) Dear John (17/17.1) L.A. Law (16/17.4)
Winter Grand (15/17.6)
Spring Wings
Summer Seinfeld


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Full House (22/15.3) Family Matters Perfect Strangers Just the Ten of Us 20/20
CBS Fall Snoops Dallas Falcon Crest
Winter Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Spring The Bradys
Follow-up Small Talk Specials Bagdad Cafe Sugar and Spice Dallas
NBC Fall Baywatch Hardball Mancuso, F.B.I.
Summer Bret Maverick The Yellow Rose


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mr. Belvedere Living Dolls The ABC Saturday Mystery: B.L. Stryker, Columbo, Kojak, Christine Cromwell
Winter Mission: Impossible
Spring H.E.L.P.
Follow-up Sunset Beat
Follow-up Elvis Specials
Summer Super Jeopardy! Monopoly
CBS Paradise Tour of Duty Saturday Night with Connie Chung
Fox COPS The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow Local Programming
NBC Fall 227 Amen The Golden Girls (6/20.1) Empty Nest (9/18.9) Hunter (24/14.9)
Spring A Family for Joe 13 East Carol and Company Down Home


  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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