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1988–89 United States network television schedule

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 hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. The writers' strike coincided with the Seoul Olympics. 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.

Sunday

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 Incredible Sunday (82/8.9) Mission: Impossible (77/9.3) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (38/14.6)
Mid-season Studio 5-B (104/5.1) Specials
Follow-up Great Circuses of the World (98/6.5)
Spring Incredible Sunday (82/8.9) Moonlighting
Summer Have Faith The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Follow-up MacGyver The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes (5/21.7) Murder, She Wrote (8/19.9) CBS Sunday Movie (27/16.1)
Fox 21 Jump Street America's Most Wanted Married... with Children The Tracy Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show Duet Local Programming
NBC The Magical World of Disney (74/10.1) Family Ties (40/14.3) Day by Day (51/12.7) NBC Sunday Night Movie (22/16.3)

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver (46/13.5) Monday Night Football (16/17.5)
Mid-season The ABC Mystery Movie: B.L. Stryker, Columbo, Gideon Oliver (30/15.4)
CBS Preliminary Newhart (50/12.8) Coming of Age (Oct.) (64/11.1) Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Kate & Allie (Dec.) (48/13.1) Murphy Brown (36/14.9) Designing Women (33/15.2) Almost Grown (67/10.6)
Spring Live-In (71/10.3) Heartland (75/10.0) Newhart Kate & Allie
Summer Kate & Allie Doctor Doctor
Follow-up Various Various Newhart
NBC ALF (13/17.7) The Hogan Family (23/16.2) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (23/16.2)

Tuesday

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 (49/12.9) thirtysomething (45/13.8)
Winter The Wonder Years (22/16.4) Roseanne (2/23.8) Anything But Love (10/19.0)
Spring Have Faith
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming CBS Tuesday Night Movie (58/11.9)
Official TV 101 (101/6.1)
Mid-Season Tour of Duty (77/9.3)
NBC Preliminary Matlock (13/17.7) NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Official In the Heat of the Night (19/17.3) Midnight Caller (41/14.1)

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (12/18.1) Head of the Class (20/17.1) The Wonder Years (22/16.4) Hooperman (57/12.1) China Beach (62/11.7)
Spring Coach (58/11.9)
Follow-up The Robert Guillaume Show (63/11.6)
Summer Hooperman
CBS Preliminary Live! Dick Clark Presents The Equalizer (66/11.0) Wiseguy (55/12.5)
Official The Van Dyke Show (90/7.8) Annie McGuire (90/7.8)
Mid-Season TV 101
Follow-up Hard Time on Planet Earth (82/8.9) Jake and the Fatman (33/15.2)
NBC Preliminary Unsolved Mysteries (17/17.4) Night Court (21/16.7) Specials Tattingers (77/9.3)
Official Baby Boom (58/11.9)

Thursday

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 (96/6.6) Dynasty (69/10.5) W5
Mid-Season A Fine Romance (103/5.4) HeartBeat (99/6.4)
Summer Thursday Night Baseball
CBS Preliminary 48 Hours (73/10.2) Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Paradise (67/10.6) Knots Landing (28/16.1)
Mid-Season The Equalizer
NBC The Cosby Show (1/25.6) A Different World (3/23.0) Cheers (4/22.5) Dear John (11/18.5) L.A. Law (13/17.6)

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Perfect Strangers (41/14.2) Full House (32/15.3) Mr. Belvedere (47/13.4) Just the Ten of Us (51/12.7) 20/20 (43/14.0)
Summer Full House Mr. Belvedere Perfect Strangers
CBS Beauty and the Beast (69/10.5) Dallas (30/15.4) Falcon Crest (55/12.5)
NBC Fall Sonny Spoon (85/8.6) Something Is Out There (86/8.3) Miami Vice (64/11.1)
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries (51/12.7)
Spring Dream Street

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Murphy's Law (100/6.3) Police Story (87/8.1)
Mid-season Mission: Impossible A Man Called Hawk (80/9.0) Murphy's Law
Follow-up Men
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming Simon & Simon (96/6.6) West 57th (90/7.8)
Follow-up Live! Dick Clark Presents
Official Dirty Dancing (95/7.4) Raising Miranda (102/6.0)
Mid-season Dolphin Cove (84/8.7) The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (88/8.0)
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 (38/14.6) Amen (26/16.2) The Golden Girls (6/21.4) Empty Nest (9/19.2) Hunter (17/17.4)
Summer 13 East

References

  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.