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1997–98 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 1997. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series highlighted in bold.

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.

From February 7 to 22, 1998, all of CBS' primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

For new series debuting during the season, it would ultimately prove to be one of the weakest in television history, as only seven shows would be picked up for a second season. Of those seven, only Dharma & Greg, Two Guys and a Girl, Dawsons Creek, and Ally McBeal would last beyond three seasons, and would all end their run within five years.

For its tenth and final season, onetime CBS powerhouse Murphy Brown was moved from its lifelong home of Monday nights to Wednesday, where it lost a significant number of viewers. For its last block of episodes in the spring, the show was put back into the familiar timeslot that it had once used to anchor the CBS Monday night lineup.




Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Timecop Monday Night Football (#5/ 15.0/26)
Follow-up Various programming
Winter America's Funniest Home Videos 20/20 (#24/ 10.0/15) The Practice
Spring Push
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall Cosby (#28/ 9.5/15) Everybody Loves Raymond (#35/ 9.2/14) Cybill (#50/ 8.3/13) George & Leo Brooklyn South
Winter George & Leo Style & Substance
Follow-up The Closer George & Leo
Spring Murphy Brown
Fox Fall Melrose Place Ally McBeal Local
Spring Damon Getting Personal
NBC Suddenly Susan Fired Up Caroline in the City The Naked Truth Dateline Monday (#15/ 11.4/19)
UPN In the House Malcolm & Eddie Good News Sparks Local
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Buffy the Vampire Slayer Local
Winter Three
Spring Kelly Kelly Alright Already


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Soul Man (#37/ 9.1/14) Over the Top Home Improvement (#10/ 12.0/18) Hiller and Diller (#32/ 9.3/15) NYPD Blue (#19/ 10.8/18)
Follow-up Grace Under Fire Soul Man (#37/ 9.1/14) Various programming
Winter Various repeats Grace Under Fire
Spring Home Improvement repeats Something So Right That's Life
Follow-up Soul Man (#37/ 9.1/14) Something So Right
CBS Fall JAG (#39/ 8.9/15) Michael Hayes Dellaventura
Winter CBS Tuesday Movie
Follow-up Various programming Four Corners
Spring Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Various programming
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie Local
NBC Fall Mad About You (#27/ 9.7/16) NewsRadio Frasier (#10/ 12.0/18) Just Shoot Me! (#10/ 12.0/19) Dateline Tuesday (#13/ 11.5/20)
Spring For Your Love LateLine (#38/ 9.0/14)
Follow-up Just Shoot Me! (#10/ 12.0/19) NewsRadio
UPN Clueless Moesha Hitz Head over Heels Local
The WB Winter (began Jan. 20th) Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dawson's Creek Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Spin City (#47/ 8.4/14) Dharma & Greg (#28/ 9.5/15) The Drew Carey Show (#13/ 11.1/17) Ellen (#42/ 8.8/14) Primetime Live (#19 10.8/14)
Spring Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (#42/ 8.8/14)
CBS Fall The Nanny (#50/ 8.3/14) Murphy Brown Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Chicago Hope (#39/ 8.9/15)
Spring Cybill (#50/ 8.3/13) Michael Hayes
Summer The Simple Life Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
Follow-up Style & Substance
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 (#50/ 8.3/14) Party of Five Local
Spring Significant Others
Follow-up Party of Five
NBC Fall The Tony Danza Show Built to Last 3rd Rock from the Sun (#44/ 8.5/13) Working Law & Order (#23/ 10.2/17)
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun repeats Seinfeld repeats
Spring NewsRadio
UPN The Sentinel Star Trek: Voyager Local
The WB Sister, Sister Smart Guy The Wayans Bros. The Steve Harvey Show Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Nothing Sacred Cracker 20/20 Thursday (#44/ 8.5/14)
Winter Prey The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Spring Various programming
CBS Promised Land (#39/ 8.9/14) Diagnosis: Murder (#25/ 9.8/15) 48 Hours
Fox Living Single Between Brothers 413 Hope St. Local
NBC Fall Friends (#4/ 16.4/27) Union Square (#8/ 13.6/21) Seinfeld (#1/ 22.0/33) Veronica's Closet (#3/ 16.8/26) ER (#2/ 20.7/34)
Spring Just Shoot Me! (#10/ 12.0/19)

Note: On FOX, World's Wildest Police Videos premiered on April 2, 1998, at 8 p.m.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Boy Meets World You Wish Teen Angel 20/20 Friday (#18/ 10.9/20)
Winter Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Spring Hiller and Diller (#32/ 9.3/15)
Follow-up Boy Meets World
CBS Fall (Until Oct. 24) Family Matters Meego The Gregory Hines Show Step by Step Nash Bridges
Follow-up (Until Dec. 19) Various programming Family Matters
Winter (Until Jan. 30) Kids Say the Darndest Things The Gregory Hines Show
Spring Candid Camera Unsolved Mysteries
Fox Fall The Visitor Millennium Local
Winter Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
NBC Players Dateline Friday (#28/ 9.5/15) Homicide: Life on the Street


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall C-16 Total Security The Practice
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Nothing Sacred Cracker ABC News Saturday Night
Follow-up The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Early Edition Walker, Texas Ranger (#32/ 9.3)
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Follow-up Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The Magnificent Seven
Spring Early Edition
Fox COPS COPS 2 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local
NBC Sleepwalkers The Pretender Profiler

Pickups and ShowsEdit

Full Season ShowsEdit


  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Boy Meets World
  • C-16
  • Cracker
  • Dharma & Greg
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Ellen
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Hiller and Diller
  • Home Improvement
  • Monday Night Football
  • Nothing Sacred
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Practice
  • Primetime
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • Something So Right
  • Soul Man
  • Spin City
  • Teen Angel
  • Timecop
  • Total Security
  • Turning Point
  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
  • The Wonderful World of Disney
  • You Wish


  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • Brooklyn South
  • Chicago Hope
  • Cosby
  • Dellaventura
  • Diagnosis Murder
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Early Edition
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Family Matters
  • George and Leo
  • The Gregory Hines Show
  • JAG
  • Meego
  • Michael Hayes
  • Murphy Brown
  • The Nanny
  • Nash Bridges
  • Promised Land
  • Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
  • Step by Step
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Walker, Texas, Ranger


  • 413 Hope St.
  • Ally McBeal
  • America's Most Wanted
  • Ask Harriet
  • Between Brothers
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction
  • COPS
  • Damon
  • Goin' for Mine
  • King of the Hill
  • Living Single
  • Melrose Place
  • Millennium
  • New York Undercover
  • Party of Five
  • Significant Others
  • The Simpsons
  • The Visitor
  • World's Wildest Police Videos
  • The X-Files


  • 3rd Rock from The Sun
  • Built To Last
  • Caroline In The City
  • Dateline NBC
  • ER
  • Fired Up
  • Fraiser
  • Friends
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jenny
  • Just Shoot Me!
  • Law and Order
  • Mad About You
  • Men Behaving Badly
  • Michelle
  • The Naked Truth
  • NewsRadio
  • Out All Night
  • Players
  • The Pretender
  • Profiler
  • Seinfeld
  • Suddenly Susan
  • The Tony Danza Show
  • Union Square
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Working


  • Clueless
  • Good News
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hitz
  • In The House
  • The Love Boat: The Next Wave
  • Malcolm and Eddie
  • Moesha
  • The Sentinel
  • Sparks
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Sweet Valley High

The WB

  • 7th Heaven
  • Alright Already
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Dawson's Creek
  • The Jamie Foxx Show
  • Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher
  • The Parent 'Hood
  • The Tom Show
  • Sister, Sister
  • Smart Guy
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Three
  • Unhappily Ever After
  • The Wayans Bros.