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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]

     Lime indicates the #1 most watched program of the season.
     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.
     Orange indicates the programs in the top 40 for the season.
     Silver indicates the programs in the top 50 for the season.

Contents

Sunday[2]Edit

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 (14.3 million) Free Spirit (15.1 million) Homeroom (12.4 million) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#48/20.9 million; 13.1)
Mid-season America's Funniest Home Videos (#5/38.0 million; 21.0/32) Elvis (15.3 million)
Summer Mr. Belvedere (11.4 million)
Follow-up Tim Conway's Funny America
CBS 60 Minutes (#7/27.0 million; 19.7/33) Murder, She Wrote (#15/26.3 million; 17.7/27) CBS Sunday Movie (#27/21.8 million; 14.8/24)
Fox Fall Booker (8.6 million) America's Most Wanted (14.5 million) Totally Hidden Video (13.4 million) Married... with Children (#50/23.6 million; 12.9) Open House (11.7 million) The Tracey Ullman Show (6.8 million) It's Garry Shandling's Show (4.5 million)
Winter The Simpsons (#30/27.8 million; 14.5/23)
Spring The Outsiders (7.4 million) Booker (8.6 million)
NBC Fall The Magical World of Disney (14.5 million) Sister Kate (16.7 million) My Two Dads (16.9 million) NBC Sunday Night Movie (#32/21.5 million; 14.4)
Mid-season Ann Jillian (19.0 million) Sister Kate (16.7 million)

Monday [3]Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver (19.2 million) Monday Night Football (#11/25.3 million; 18.1/32)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie (#38/20.5 million; 13.9)
Spring China Beach (16.2 million) Capital News (11.3 million)
Follow-up The Young Riders (16.4 million) The ABC Monday Night Movie (#38/20.5 million; 13.9)
CBS Fall Major Dad (#45/19.4 million; 13.2) The People Next Door (17.6 million) Murphy Brown (#29/22.0 million; 14.7/22) The Famous Teddy Z (15.4 million) Designing Women (#25/22.1 million; 15.3/23) Newhart (#49/19.5 million; 13.1)
Follow-up The Famous Teddy Z (15.4 million) Designing Women (#25/22.1 million; 15.3/23) Newhart (#49/19.5 million; 13.1) Doctor Doctor (15.7 million)
Winter City (14.2 million)
Spring His & Hers (12.5 million)
Follow-up Newhart (#49/19.5 million; 13.1) Various programming
Fox 21 Jump Street (8.5 million) Alien Nation (8.7 million) Local Programming
NBC Fall ALF (#39/21.9 million; 13.7) The Hogan Family (#36/22.0 million; 14.2) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (#32/20.9 million; 14.4)
Spring Shannon's Deal (14.0 million)

Tuesday [4]Edit

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? (#13/27.3 million; 17.9/28) The Wonder Years (#8/29.7 million; 19.2/29) Roseanne (tied with The Cosby Show) (#1/36.1 million; 23.4/35) Chicken Soup (#10/25.9 million; 18.2/29) thirtysomething (17.0 million)
Follow-up Coach (#19/25.3 million; 17.0/26)
CBS Fall Rescue 911 (18.6 million) Wolf (12.6 million) Island Son (13.8 million)
Follow-up CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Matlock (#20/24.0 million; 16.7/26) In the Heat of the Night (#17/24.8 million; 17.3/26) Midnight Caller (#42/18.9 million; 13.6)

Wednesday [5]Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (#24/23.0 million; 15.4/25) Head of the Class (#28/21.8 million; 14.8/24) Anything But Love (17.0 million) Doogie Howser M.D. (#34/22.5 million; 14.3) China Beach (16.2 million)
Spring Doogie Howser M.D. (#34/22.5 million; 14.3) The Marshall Chronicles (15.5 million) Equal Justice (14.8 million)
Follow-up Brewster Place (16.8 million)
CBS Fall A Peaceable Kingdom (11.8 million) Jake and the Fatman (#41/19.1 million; 13.7) Wiseguy (14.7 million)
Follow-up Beauty and the Beast (14.5 million)
Winter Grand Slam (14.4 million)
Spring Normal Life (8.8 million) Sydney (10.3 million)
Follow-up Sydney (10.3 million) Normal Life (8.8 million) Various programming
NBC Fall Unsolved Mysteries (#12/26.4 million; 18.0/29) Night Court (#31/21.6 million; 14.5/23) The Nutt House (#46/19.0 million; 13.2) Quantum Leap (15.2 million)
Spring FM (14.5 million)

Thursday[6]Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mission: Impossible (12.7 million) The Young Riders (16.4 million) Primetime Live (12.6 million)
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries (16.3 million)
Spring Twin Peaks (#21/21.9 million; 16.2)
CBS Fall 48 Hours (14.1 million) Top of the Hill (12.8 million) Knots Landing (#35/20.0 million; 14.3)
Follow-up Island Son (13.8 million)
Follow-up Max Monroe: Loose Cannon (12.6 million)
Spring Falcon Crest (13.7 million)
Summer The Eddie Capra Mysteries
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (tied with Roseanne) (#1/36.6 million; 23.1/38) A Different World (#4/33.7 million; 21.1/34) Cheers (#3/34.7 million; 22.9/36) Dear John (#18/24.3 million; 17.2/27) L.A. Law (#14/25.3 million; 17.7/30)
Winter Grand (#16/25.7 million; 17.6/28)
Spring Wings (23.7 million)
Summer Seinfeld

NOTE: The Eddie Capra Mysteries, which CBS aired from July 26 to August 30, consisted of reruns of episodes from the 1978-79 NBC series.

Friday [7]Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Full House (#23/24.6 million; 15.4/28) Family Matters (#40/22.2 million; 13.7) Perfect Strangers (#47/21.3 million; 13.2) Just the Ten of Us (20.0 million) 20/20 (#43/19.5 million;13.5)
CBS Fall Snoops (12.0 million) Dallas (17.7 million) Falcon Crest (13.7 million)
Winter Max Monroe: Loose Cannon (12.6 million)
Follow-up The Bradys (13.9 million)
Spring Bagdad Cafe (#44/17.0 million; 13.2) Sugar and Spice (12.9 million) Dallas (17.7 million)
NBC Fall Baywatch (16.1 million) Hardball (16.1 million) Mancuso, F.B.I. (15.5 million)
Winter True Blue (17.8 million)
Follow-up Nasty Boys (17.1 million)
Spring Hardball (16.1 million)
Summer Bret Maverick The Yellow Rose

Saturday [8]Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mr. Belvedere (11.4 million) Living Dolls (12.4 million) The ABC Saturday Mystery: B.L. Stryker (13.8 million), Columbo (17.8 million), Kojak (13.1 million), Christine Cromwell (12.0 million)
Winter Mission: Impossible (12.7 million)
Spring H.E.L.P. (9.5 million)
Follow-up Sunset Beat
Follow-up Elvis (15.3 million) Specials
Summer Super Jeopardy! Monopoly
CBS Fall Paradise (15.2 million) Tour of Duty (12.7 million) Saturday Night with Connie Chung (11.1 million)
Winter
Spring
Summer Beauty and the Beast (14.5 million) Tour of Duty (12.7 million)
Fox COPS (11.0 million) The Reporters (7.4 million) Beyond Tomorrow (4.8 million) Local Programming
NBC Fall 227 Amen (#33/21.7 million; 14.3) The Golden Girls (#6/30.7 million; 20.1/35) Empty Nest (#9/28.6 million; 19.1/33) Hunter (#26/22.4 million; 14.9/28)
Winter ALF (#39/21.9 million; 13.7) The Hogan Family (#36/22.0 million; 14.2)
Spring A Family for Joe (15.1 million) 13 East (12.1 million) Carol and Company (#22/23.5 million; 16.1) Down Home (18.8 million)

ReferencesEdit