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1996–97 United States network television schedule

This was the United States broadcast television schedule on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1996. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series highlighted in bold. Shows ending their runs are highlighted in italics.

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.

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

Contents

SundayEdit

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 America's Funniest Home Videos (#98 - 6.6) America's Funniest Home Videos (#71 - 7.8) Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (#104 - 6.2) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#40 - 9.4)
Winter Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (#104 - 6.2) America's Funniest Home Videos (#98 - 6.6) America's Funniest Home Videos (#71 - 7.8)
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos (#98 - 6.6) America's Funniest Home Videos (#71 - 7.8) Various
Spring Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (#104 - 6.2) America's Funniest Home Videos (#98 - 6.6) America's Funniest Home Videos (#71 - 7.8)
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos (#98 - 6.6) America's Funniest Home Videos (#71 - 7.8) Various
CBS 60 Minutes (#11 - 13.3) Touched by an Angel (#10 - 13.6) CBS Sunday Movie (#14 - 12.1)
Fox Fall Big Deal (#131 - 3.8) The Simpsons (#53 - 8.6) Ned and Stacey (#108 - 6.1) The X-Files (#20 - 11.4) Local
Mid-season Various King of the Hill (#43 - 9.2)
NBC Dateline Sunday (#73 - 7.7) 3rd Rock from the Sun (#28 - 10.8) Boston Common (#51 - 8.7) NBC Sunday Night Movie (#18 - 11.5)
The WB Kirk (#152 - 2.4) Brotherly Love (#154 - 2.3) The Parent 'Hood (#152 - 2.4) The Steve Harvey Show (#147 - 2.7) Unhappily Ever After (#144 - 2.9) Life with Roger (#158 - 2.2) Local

MondayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dangerous Minds (#100 - 6.4) Monday Night Football (#7 - 16.2)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie (#53 - 8.6)
Spring Spy Game (#110 - 6.0)
Follow-up Relativity (#122 - 5.4)
CBS Fall Cosby (#22 - 11.2) Pearl (#45 - 9.1) Murphy Brown (#34 - 10.4) Cybill (#31 - 10.5) Chicago Hope (#31 - 10.5)
Follow-up Ink (#37 - 9.6)
Spring Everybody Loves Raymond (#84 - 7.3) Cybill (#31 - 10.5) Ink (#37 - 9.6)
Fox Fall Melrose Place (#58 - 8.5) Party Girl (#126 - 4.8) Lush Life (#131 - 3.8) Local
Winter Ned and Stacey (#108 - 6.1) Married... with Children (#97 - 6.7)
Follow-up Various
Spring Married... with Children (#97 - 6.7) Pauly (#123 - 5.3)
NBC The Jeff Foxworthy Show (#71 - 7.8) Mr. Rhodes (#80 - 7.5) NBC Monday Night Movie (#24 - 11.0)
UPN Fall In the House (#139 - 3.3) Malcolm & Eddie (#135 - 3.4) Goode Behavior (#149 - 2.6) Sparks (#149 - 2.6) Local
Winter Sparks (#149 - 2.6) Goode Behavior (#149 - 2.6)
The WB Fall 7th Heaven (#154 - 2.3) Savannah (#154 - 2.3) Local
Spring Buffy the Vampire Slayer (#149 - 2.6)

Note: On CBS, the debut of Ink was delayed by a month due to production problems, resulting in another new sitcom, Pearl, which aired temporarily in its slot before moving to its own originally designated Wednesday time period in late October.

TuesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Roseanne (#35 - 10.1) Life's Work (#38 - 9.5) Home Improvement (#9 - 14.0) Spin City (#17 - 11.7) NYPD Blue (#13 - 12.5)
Winter Various programming
Follow-up Ellen (#30 - 10.6)
Spring The Practice (#43 - 9.2)
Follow-up Soul Man (#22 - 11.2) NYPD Blue (#13 - 12.5)
CBS Promised Land (#58 - 8.5) CBS Tuesday Movie (#36 - 10.0)
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie (#94 - 6.9) Local
NBC Mad About You (#24 - 11.0) Something So Right (#38 - 9.5) Frasier (#16 - 11.8) Caroline in the City (#24 - 11.0) Dateline Tuesday (#20 - 11.4)
UPN Fall Moesha (#134 - 3.5) Homeboys in Outer Space (#145 - 2.8) The Burning Zone (#154 - 2.3) Local
Spring Social Studies (#145 - 2.8)
Follow-up Homeboys in Outer Space (#145 - 2.8)

UPN premiered the short-lived teenage sitcom Social Studies in March as a midseason replacement. The show lasted for six episodes.

WednesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Ellen (#30 - 10.6) Townies (#63 - 8.2) Grace Under Fire (#45 - 9.1) The Drew Carey Show (#18 - 11.5) Primetime Live (#15 - 11.9)
Winter Grace Under Fire (#45 - 9.1) Coach (#64 - 8.1) The Drew Carey Show (#18 - 11.5) Ellen (#30 - 10.6)
Spring Arsenio (#53 - 8.6)
Follow-up Ellen (#30 - 10.6)
CBS Fall The Nanny (#45 - 9.1) Pearl (#45 - 9.1) Almost Perfect (#76 - 7.6) Various EZ Streets (#118 - 5.5)
Follow-up CBS Wednesday Movie (#41 - 9.3)
Winter Various programming Orleans (#80 - 7.5)
Spring Temporarily Yours (#76 - 7.6) Feds (#92 - 7.0) EZ Streets (#118 - 5.5)
Follow-up Dave's World (#84 - 7.3) CBS Wednesday Movie (#41 - 9.3)
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 (#61 - 8.4) Party of Five (#82 - 7.4) Local
Spring Pacific Palisades (#117 - 5.6)
NBC Fall Wings (#76 - 7.6) The John Larroquette Show (#84 - 7.3) NewsRadio (#92 - 7.0) Men Behaving Badly (#73 - 7.7) Law & Order (#28 - 10.8)
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Chicago Sons (#76 - 7.6)
Spring NewsRadio (#92 - 7.0) Just Shoot Me! (#64 - 8.1) Wings (#76 - 7.6)
Follow-up The Single Guy (#8 - 14.1) Men Behaving Badly (#73 - 7.7)
UPN The Sentinel (#135 - 3.4) Star Trek: Voyager (#128 - 4.3) Local
The WB Fall Sister, Sister (#142 - 3.0) Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher (#142 - 3.0) The Wayans Bros. (#139 - 3.3) The Jamie Foxx Show (#135 - 3.4) Local
Spring Smart Guy (#141 - 3.2) The Jamie Foxx Show (#135 - 3.4) The Wayans Bros. (#139 - 3.3)

Note: On CBS, due to the effect of the debut delay of Ink on Monday, the first month of the new season on this night aired Almost Perfect at 8:30 p.m., followed by CBS Wednesday Movies at 9 p.m. The originally planned fall Wednesday lineup took shape at the end of October with Pearl taking over at 8:30 p.m., Almost Perfect moving to 9 p.m., Public Morals debuting at 9:30 p.m., and EZ Streets debuting at 10 p.m.

ThursdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall High Incident (#102 - 6.3) Murder One (#113 - 5.7) Turning Point (#89 - 7.2)
Winter The ABC Thursday Night Movie (#84 - 7.3)
Follow-up Vital Signs (#104 - 6.2) Turning Point (#89 - 7.2)
Spring The ABC Thursday Night Movie (#84 - 7.3)
CBS Diagnosis: Murder (#45 - 9.1) Moloney (#68 - 8.0) 48 Hours (#73 - 7.7)
Fox Martin (#110 - 6.0) Living Single (#104 - 6.2) New York Undercover (#104 - 6.2) Local
NBC Fall Friends (#4 - 16.8) The Single Guy (#8 - 14.1) Seinfeld (#2 - 20.5) Suddenly Susan (#3 - 17.0) ER (#1 - 21.2)
Winter The Naked Truth (#4 - 16.8)
Spring Suddenly Susan (#3 - 17.0) Fired Up (#6 - 16.5)

FridayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Family Matters (#50 - 8.8) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (#41 - 9.3) Clueless (#53 - 8.6) Boy Meets World (#51 - 8.7) 20/20 (#12 - 12.8)
Follow-up Boy Meets World (#51 - 8.7) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (#41 - 9.3) Clueless (#53 - 8.6)
Spring Step by Step (#61 - 8.4)
CBS Fall Dave's World (#94 - 6.9) Everybody Loves Raymond (#84 - 7.3) Mr. & Mrs. Smith (#84 - 7.3) Nash Bridges (#64 - 8.1)
Winter JAG (#68 - 8.0)
Spring JAG (#68 - 8.0) Orleans (#80 - 7.5)
Summer Dave's World Life... and Stuff JAG
Fox Fall Sliders (#118 - 5.5) The X-Files (#20 - 11.4) Local
Follow-up Millennium (#94 - 6.9)
NBC Fall Unsolved Mysteries (#53 - 8.6) Dateline Friday (#31 - 10.5) Homicide: Life on the Street (#68 - 8.0)
Follow-up Crisis Center (#98 - 6.6)
Spring Homicide: Life on the Street (#68 - 8.0)

SaturdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Second Noah (#113 - 5.7) Coach (#64 - 8.1) Common Law (#125 - 5.0) Relativity (#122 - 5.4)
Winter The ABC Saturday Night Movie (#91 - 7.1)
Spring Dangerous Minds (#100 - 6.4) The ABC Saturday Night Movie (#91 - 7.1)
Midseason Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (#104 - 6.2) Leaving L.A. (#130 - 3.9) Gun (#127 - 4.7)
Summer Family Matters repeats Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Dangerous Minds repeats Spy Game
CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (#58 - 8.5) Early Edition (#49 - 9.0) Walker, Texas Ranger (#24 - 11.0)
Fox Fall COPS (#113 - 5.7; #102 - 6.3 (repeats)) Married... with Children (#97 - 6.7) Love and Marriage (#133 - 3.6) Local
Follow-up America's Most Wanted (#118 - 5.5)
NBC Dark Skies (#113 - 5.7) The Pretender (#89 - 7.2) Profiler (#82 - 7.4)

Note: America's Most Wanted would debut in November at 9:00 on Fox. Married... with Children moved to Sundays at 7-8pm in November, Mondays at 9:30 in January, and Mondays at 9pm in February.

Pickups and ShowsEdit

ABCEdit