1977–78 United States network television schedule

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This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1977. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending their original runs are in italics.

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. On ABC, debuting news brief, airs all seven nights at 9:58, pm.

Sunday[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 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries The Six Million Dollar Man The ABC Sunday Night Movie (20/20.8)
Winter How the West Was Won (11/22.5)
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (4/24.4) Rhoda (25/20.1) On Our Own (29/19.6) All in the Family (4/24.4) Alice (8/23.2) Kojak
Follow-up The Carol Burnett Show
Spring Dallas
NBC Fall The Wonderful World of Disney The Big Event (30/19.4)
Winter The Wonderful World of Disney Project U.F.O. (19/21.2) Local

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The San Pedro Beach Bums ABC NFL Monday Night Football (16/21.5)
Winter Lucan The ABC Monday Night Movie (24/20.3)
Spring Sugar Time! Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Young Dan'l Boone The Betty White Show Maude Rafferty
Follow-up Logan's Run Maude The Betty White Show Switch!
Winter Lou Grant
NBC Little House on the Prairie (7/24.1) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (15/21.7)

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days (2/31.4) Laverne & Shirley (1/31.6) Three's Company (3/28.3) Soap (13/22.0) Family (26/19.9)
CBS Fall The Fitzpatricks M*A*S*H (8/23.2) One Day at a Time (10/23.0) Lou Grant
Winter Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes Shields and Yarnell CBS Tuesday Night Movie
Spring Sam
NBC Fall The Richard Pryor Show Mulligan's Stew Police Woman
Follow-up The Man from Atlantis Event and miniseries programming

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight is Enough (12/22.2) Charlie's Angels (4/24.4) Baretta
CBS Fall Good Times Busting Loose The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Follow-up Szysznyk
NBC Fall The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams The Oregon Trail Big Hawaii
Follow-up The Black Sheep Squadron Police Woman
Summer Headliners With David Frost

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Welcome Back, Kotter (26/19.9) What's Happening!! Barney Miller (17/21.4) Carter Country The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour
Winter Fish
Spring A.E.S. Hudson Street
CBS The Waltons (20/20.8) Hawaii Five-O (23/20.4) Barnaby Jones (22/20.6)
NBC Fall CHiPs Man from Atlantis Rosetti and Ryan
Follow-up James at 15
(retitled James at 16 in February 1978)
What Really Happened to the Class of '65

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Fall The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Logan's Run Switch!
Follow-up The CBS Friday Night Movies
Winter The Incredible Hulk (26/19.9) Husbands, Wives & Lovers
NBC Fall Sanford Arms Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.
Follow-up C.P.O. Sharkey
Winter Quark C.P.O. Sharkey
Summer C.P.O. Sharkey Chico and the Man

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Fish Operation Petticoat Starsky and Hutch The Love Boat (14/21.9)
Winter What's Happening!! The Love Boat Fantasy Island (17/21.4)
CBS Fall The Bob Newhart Show We've Got Each Other The Jeffersons The Tony Randall Show The Carol Burnett Show
Follow-up Kojak
Spring The Ted Knight Show Another Day
NBC The Bionic Woman NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

References[edit]

  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.

Additional sources[edit]

  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.