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1997–98 United States network television schedule

The 1997-98 network television schedule is for United States broadcast television 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]

     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.

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 Soul Man Over the Top Home Improvement (#10/12.0)
(Tied with Frasier)
Hiller and Diller (#28/9.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger)
NYPD Blue (#17/10.8)
(Tied with Primetime Live)
Follow-up Grace Under Fire Soul Man Various programming
Winter Various repeats Grace Under Fire
Spring Home Improvement repeats Something So Right That's Life
Follow-up Soul Man Something So Right
CBS Fall JAG 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 Programming
NBC Fall Mad About You (#23/9.7)
(Tied with King of the Hill)
NewsRadio Frasier (#10/12.0)
(Tied with Home Improvement)
Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9) Dateline Tuesday (#13/11.5)
Spring For Your Love LateLine
Follow-up Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9) NewsRadio
UPN Clueless Moesha Hitz Michelle Local Programming
The WB
(began Jan. 20th)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dawson's Creek


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Spin City Dharma & Greg (#25/9.5)
(Tied with Cosby)
The Drew Carey Show (#15/11.1) Ellen Primetime Live (#17/10.8)
Spring Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
CBS Fall The Nanny Murphy Brown Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Chicago Hope
Spring Cybill Michael Hayes
Summer The Simple Life Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
Follow-up Style & Substance
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
Spring Significant Others
Follow-up Party of Five
NBC Fall The Tony Danza Show Built to Last 3rd Rock from the Sun Working Law & Order (#20/10.2)
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun repeats Seinfeld repeats
Spring NewsRadio
UPN The Sentinel Star Trek: Voyager Local Programming
The WB Sister, Sister Smart Guy The Wayans Bros. The Steve Harvey Show


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
Winter Prey The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Spring Various programming
CBS Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder (#22/9.8) 48 Hours
Fox Fall Living Single Between Brothers 413 Hope St. Local Programming
Winter Between Brothers Ask Harriet New York Undercover
Spring World's Wildest Police Videos Various Programming
Summer Fox Files
NBC Fall Friends (#4/16.1) Union Square (#8/13.6) Seinfeld (#1/22.0) Veronica's Closet (#3/16.6) ER (#2/20.4)
Spring Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9)



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 (#28/9.3)
(Tied with Hiller and Diller)
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Follow-up Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The Magnificent Seven
Spring Early Edition
Fox COPS America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local Programming
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 (From NBC)
  • 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 (From ABC)
  • 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 (From ABC)
  • 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
  • Getting Personal
  • 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
  • For Your Love (Moved to The WB)
  • 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.


  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.