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1976–77 United States network television schedule

This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1976. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

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.

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

The Muppet Show (syndicated in the U.S.) premiered this season.

Contents

SundayEdit

MondayEdit

TuesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Happy Days (1/31.5) Laverne & Shirley (2/30.9) Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (21/21.6) Family
Winter Eight is Enough (23/21.1)
Summer Rich Man, Poor Man
Follow-up The ABC Tuesday Night Movie
CBS Fall The Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour M*A*S*H (4/25.9) One Day at a Time (8/23.4)
(Tied with The ABC Sunday Night Movie and Baretta)
Switch!
Winter Who's Who Kojak
Summer The Family Holvak
Mid-Summer The Jack Benny Show Specials
NBC Baa Baa Black Sheep Police Woman Police Story

Note: On ABC, the 1977 summer miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man consisted of reruns of the 1976 miniseries. On CBS, The Family Holvak consisted of reruns of the 1975 NBC series before being replaced by a four-week run of The Jack Benny Show (with specials in the 8:30 slot), featuring episodes from its 1963-64 season.

WednesdayEdit

ThursdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Welcome Back, Kotter (13/22.7) Barney Miller (17/22.2) The Tony Randall Show (29/20.1) The Nancy Walker Show The Streets of San Francisco
Winter What's Happening!! (25/20.9) Barney Miller (17/22.2) The Tony Randall Show (29/20.1) Westside Medical
Spring Three's Company (11/23.1)
CBS The Waltons (15/22.3)
(Tied with Little House on the Prairie)
Hawaii Five-O (18/21.9)
(Tied with 60 Minutes)
Barnaby Jones
NBC Fall Gemini Man NBC's Best Sellers Van Dyke and Company
Follow-up Van Dyke and Company Gibbsville
Winter The Fantastic Journey NBC's Best Sellers
Summer Specials NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Note: NBC was supposed to have aired Snip (a sitcom starring David Brenner) on Thursdays at 9:30-10 with The Practice preceding it in the 9-9:30 slot, but Snip never aired. On August 28, NBC did a "massive reshuffling" of its schedule and pulled the series.[2]

FridayEdit

A special program, Campaign '76, aired on CBS from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. from September to early November in preparation for the 1976 presidential election.

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie (28/20.2)
CBS Fall Spencer's Pilots The CBS Friday Night Movies
Winter Code R The Sonny & Cher Show (Jan.-Mar.) Hunter
Follow-up Nashville 99 (Apr.)
Follow-up The CBS Friday Night Movies
Summer A Year at the Top The Keane Brothers Show
NBC Fall Sanford and Son (27/20.3) Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Serpico
Winter Quincy, M.E.

SaturdayEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.
  2. ^ https://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/cancelled_before_they_premiered/

Additional sourcesEdit

  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.