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1988–89 United States network television schedule

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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 and the Seoul Olympics hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. 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.

Contents

SundayEdit

MondayEdit

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 (#15/17.5)
(Tied with ALF)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Mid-season The ABC Monday Mystery Movie (B.L. Stryker/Columbo/Gideon Oliver) (#29/15.4)
(Tied with Dallas)
CBS Fall Newhart Coming of Age (Oct.) Local and Paid Political Programming
Follow-up Kate & Allie (Dec.) Murphy Brown Designing Women Almost Grown
Spring Live-In Heartland Newhart Kate & Allie
Summer Kate & Allie Doctor Doctor
Follow-up Various Various Newhart
NBC Fall ALF (#15/17.5)
(Tied with Monday Night Football)
The Hogan Family (#22/16.3)
(Tied with The NBC Sunday Night Movie and The Wonder Years)
NBC Monday Night at the Movies (#25/16.2)
(Tied with Amen)
Spring Nearly Departed
Follow-up The Hogan Family (#22/16.3)
(Tied with The NBC Sunday Night Movie and The Wonder Years)

TuesdayEdit

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)
(Tied with The Hogan Family and The NBC Sunday Night Movie)
Roseanne (#2/23.8) Anything But Love (#10/19.0)
Spring Have Faith
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming CBS Tuesday Movie
Official TV 101
Mid-Season Tour of Duty
NBC Preliminary Matlock (#13/17.7) NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Official In the Heat of the Night (#18/17.3) Midnight Caller

WednesdayEdit

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)
(Tied with Growing Pains)
Head of the Class (#20/17.1) The Wonder Years (#22/16.3)
(Tied with The Hogan Family and The NBC Sunday Night Movie)
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
Mid-Season 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
Mid-season My Two Dads Nightingales

ThursdayEdit

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
Mid-Season A Fine Romance HeartBeat
Summer Thursday Night Baseball
CBS Preliminary 48 Hours Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Paradise Knots Landing (#27/16.1)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Mid-Season 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)
(Tied with Growing Pains)

FridayEdit

SaturdayEdit

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)
(Tied with The NBC Monday Movie)
The Golden Girls (#6/21.4) Empty Nest (#9/19.2) Hunter (#19/17.2)
Summer 13 East

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.