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1990–91 United States network television schedule

This was the television schedule on all four networks for the fall season beginning in September 1990. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

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

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 Life Goes On America's Funniest Home Videos (7/16.7) America's Funniest People (13/16.3) The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes (2/20.6) Murder, She Wrote (12/16.4) CBS Sunday Night Movie (19/15.0)
Fox True Colors Parker Lewis Can't Lose In Living Color Get a Life Married... with Children Good Grief Comic Strip Live
NBC Hull High Lifestories 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 (9/16.6)
Mid-season The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Uncle Buck Major Dad (21/14.9) Murphy Brown (6/16.9) Designing Women (10/16.5) The Trials of Rosie O'Neill
Midseason Evening Shade
Spring Various programming
Follow-up Northern Exposure
Fox Fox Night at the Movies Local Programming
NBC Fall The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Ferris Bueller NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Mid-season Blossom


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? (19/15.0) Head of the Class (26/14.5) Roseanne (3/18.1) Coach (18/15.3) thirtysomething
Winter Davis Rules (27/14.3)
Spring Eddie Dodd
Follow-up Baby Talk (27/14.3) Stat thirtysomething
Summer Head of the Class (26/14.5) Coach (18/15.3)
CBS Rescue 911 CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Matlock (17/15.5) In the Heat of the Night (21/14.9) Law & Order


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Wonder Years (30/14.2) Growing Pains (27/14.3) Doogie Howser, M.D. (24/14.7) Married People Cop Rock
Winter Equal Justice
Follow-up Anything But Love
Spring My Life and Times Gabriel's Fire
Summer The Man in the Family
Follow-up Davis Rules (27/14.3)
CBS Fall Lenny Doctor Doctor Jake and the Fatman Top Cops
Follow-up 48 Hours WIOU
Winter Various programming
Spring Various programming 48 Hours
NBC Unsolved Mysteries (16/15.7) The Fanelli Boys Dear John Hunter


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Father Dowling Mysteries Gabriel's Fire Primetime Live
Spring Twin Peaks
CBS Fall The Flash Various programming Knots Landing
Follow-up Top Cops The Flash Doctor Doctor
Winter Good Sports
Follow-up Top Cops The Flash
Spring The Antagonists
Fox The Simpsons Babes Beverly Hills, 90210 Local Programming
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (5/17.1) A Different World (4/17.5) Cheers (1/21.3) Grand (25/14.6) L.A. Law (23/14.8)
Mid-season Wings
Spring Seinfeld


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Full House (14/15.9) Family Matters (15/15.8) Perfect Strangers Going Places 20/20
Spring Baby Talk (27/14.3)
Follow-up Dinosaurs Family Matters (15/15.8) Perfect Strangers
Summer Hi Honey, I'm Home!
CBS Fall Evening Shade Bagdad Café Over My Dead Body Dallas
Follow-up Uncle Buck
Winter Guns of Paradise Dallas Sons & Daughters
Spring True Detectives
Fox America's Most Wanted DEA Local Programming
NBC Fall Quantum Leap Night Court Wings Midnight Caller
Winter Dark Shadows


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Young Riders China Beach Twin Peaks
Winter Under Cover
Spring The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall The Family Man The Hogan Family E.A.R.T.H. Force 48 Hours
Follow-up Various programming Broken Badges Wiseguy
Follow-up You Take the Kids Lenny CBS Saturday Night Movie
Winter Uncle Buck
Spring The Flash
Fox Totally Hidden Video Haywire COPS American Chronicles Local Programming
NBC Parenthood Working It Out The Golden Girls (10/16.5) Empty Nest (7/16.7) Carol & Company American Dreamer


  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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