1987–88 United States network television schedule

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This was the television schedule on all four United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1987. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

Note: This is the first fall season for FOX. It would air only twice a week until 1989.

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 [2][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 Disney Sunday Movie (72/10.8) Spenser: For Hire (73/10.8) Dolly (59/12.5) Buck James (82/10.0)
Mid-season The Disney Sunday Movie (72/10.8) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (44/14.1)
Spring The Disney Sunday Movie (72/10.8) Supercarrier (68/11.2)
Follow-up Specials
Summer MacGyver (53/12.9)
CBS 60 Minutes (8/20.6) Murder, She Wrote (9/20.2) CBS Sunday Night Movie (18/17.2)
Fox Fall 21 Jump Street Werewolf Married... with Children The Tracey Ullman Show Duet Local Programming
Spring It's Garry Shandling's Show The Tracey Ullman Show Local Programming
Follow-up America's Most Wanted
NBC Fall Our House (70/11.1) Family Ties (17/17.4) My Two Dads (21/16.8) NBC Sunday Night at the Movies (23/16.7)
Mid-season Day by Day (43/14.2)
Summer
Follow-up Rags to Riches (86/9.6) My Two Dads (21/16.8)

Monday [3][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver (53/12.9) Monday Night Football (14/18.2)
Mid-season The ABC Monday Night Movie (33/15.6)
Summer Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Frank's Place (62/12.0) Kate & Allie (37/14.8) Newhart (25/16.5) Designing Women (34/15.5) Cagney & Lacey (52/13.0)
Follow-up Kate & Allie (37/14.8) Frank's Place (62/12.0)
Mid-season Designing Women (34/15.5) Frank's Place (62/12.0) Wiseguy (67/11.4)
Spring Eisenhower and Lutz (54/12.9)
Follow-up Cagney & Lacey (52/13.0)
Summer Blue Skies Kate & Allie (37/14.8) Designing Women (34/15.5) Wiseguy (67/11.4)
NBC ALF (11/18.8) Valerie's Family (20/16.9) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (24/16.7)

Tuesday [4][edit]

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? (6/21.2) Growing Pains (5/21.5) Moonlighting (12/18.3) thirtysomething (47/13.3)
Mid-season The Wonder Years (10/18.8)
Spring Just the Ten of Us
Summer Perfect Strangers (36/15.1)
Follow-up Full House (71/10.9)
CBS Fall Houston Knights (87/9.6) Jake and the Fatman (60/12.3) The Law & Harry McGraw (80/10.2)
Mid-season 48 Hours (88/9.5) Cagney & Lacey (52/13.0)
Spring Trial and Error (104/5.6) My Sister Sam (100/7.1) Coming of Age (85/9.6) Frank's Place (62/12.0)
Follow-up Houston Knights (87/9.6) The CBS Tuesday Night Movie (51/13.1)
Summer CBS Summer Playhouse
NBC Fall Matlock (15/17.8) J.J. Starbuck (49/13.3) Crime Story (61/12.1)
Follow-up Hunter (28/16.1)
Spring In the Heat of the Night (20/17.0)
Follow-up NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Summer J.J. Starbuck (49/13.3) NBC Summer Showcase
Follow-up In the Heat of the Night (20/17.0)

Wednesday [5][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Perfect Strangers (36/15.1) Head of the Class (23/16.7) Hooperman (35/15.3) The Slap Maxwell Story (55/12.8) Dynasty (41/14.3)
Mid-season Growing Pains (5/21.5)
Spring HeartBeat (46/13.6)
Follow-up Just in Time (65/11.6)
Follow-up China Beach
Summer Just the Ten of Us The Slap Maxwell Story (55/12.8) Spenser: For Hire (73/10.8)
CBS Fall The Oldest Rookie (79/10.3) Magnum, P.I. (40/14.4) The Equalizer (56/12.8)
Mid-season The Law & Harry McGraw (80/10.2)
Spring The Smothers Brothers Show (75/10.5) Jake and the Fatman (60/12.3)
Summer Jake and the Fatman (60/12.3) The Equalizer (56/12.8) Wiseguy (67/11.4)
NBC Fall Highway to Heaven (39/14.6) A Year in the Life (63/11.9) St. Elsewhere (48/13.3)
Spring Aaron's Way (30/16.0) Highway to Heaven (39/14.6) A Year in the Life (63/11.9)
Follow-up St. Elsewhere (48/13.3)
Summer Highway to Heaven (39/14.6) The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (29/16.1) Sara The Bronx Zoo (83/9.9)
Follow-up George Schlatter's Funny People St. Elsewhere (48/13.3)

Thursday [6][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Sledge Hammer! (97/7.7) The Charmings (98/7.5) The ABC Thursday Night Movie (89/9.2)
Mid-season The Charmings (98/7.5) Various programming
Spring Probe (93/8.7) Hotel (91/8.9) Buck James (82/10.0)
Follow-up Max Headroom (101/6.6)
Summer The ABC Thursday Night Movie (89/9.2) Hothouse
CBS Fall Tour of Duty (74/10.8) Wiseguy (67/11.4) Knots Landing (31/15.8)
Mid-season Simon & Simon (57/12.7)
Spring 48 Hours (88/9.5)
Summer Cagney & Lacey (52/13.0)
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (1/27.8) A Different World (2/25.0) Cheers (3/23.7) Night Court (7/21.0) L.A. Law (12/18.3)
Spring The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (29/16.1)
Follow-up Night Court (7/21.0)

Friday [7][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Full House (71/10.9) I Married Dora (78/10.3) Max Headroom (101/6.6) 20/20 (58/12.6)
Follow-up Mr. Belvedere (66/11.5) Pursuit of Happiness (90/9.1)
Mid-season Mr. Belvedere (66/11.5) The Thorns (92/8.8) Sledge Hammer! (97/7.7)
Follow-up Perfect Strangers (36/15.1) Full House (71/10.9) Mr. Belvedere (66/11.5) The Thorns (92/8.8)
Spring Family Man (84/9.9)
Summer I Married Dora (78/10.3)
CBS Fall Beauty and the Beast (50/13.1) Dallas (22/16.8) Falcon Crest (42/14.2)
Summer The CBS Friday Night Movie
NBC Fall Rags to Riches (86/9.6) Miami Vice (45/13.7) Private Eye (77/10.4)
Mid-season Specials Sonny Spoon (64/11.8)
Spring The Highwayman (76/10.5) Night Court (7/21.0) Beverly Hills Buntz (81/10.2)
Follow-up TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes Sonny Spoon (64/11.8) Miami Vice (45/13.7)

Saturday [8][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Once a Hero (105/4.1) Ohara (94/8.6) Hotel (91/8.9)
Follow-up Sable (99/7.4)
Follow-up Ohara (94/8.6) Sable (99/7.4)
Winter Dolly (59/12.5) Ohara (94/8.6) Spenser: For Hire (73/10.8)
Summer Hotel (91/8.9)
CBS Fall My Sister Sam (100/7.1) Everything's Relative (102/6.5) Leg Work (103/6.2) West 57th (96/7.8)
Follow-up The CBS Saturday Night Movie (95/8.3)
Winter High Mountain Rangers (69/11.2) Houston Knights (87/9.6)
Follow-up Tour of Duty (74/10.8)
Summer Kate & Allie (37/14.8) Frank's Place (62/12.0)
Fox Fall Werewolf The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Second Chance Duet Local Programming
Follow-up Mr. President Women in Prison The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Second Chance
Winter Boys Will Be Boys Mr. President
Spring Family Double Dare Boys Will Be Boys Werewolf
Follow-up Dirty Dozen: The Series
Summer Family Double Dare
Follow-up The Reporters Various programming
NBC Fall The Facts of Life (38/14.6) 227 (27/16.3) The Golden Girls (4/21.8) Amen (16/17.5) Hunter (28/16.1)
Follow-up J.J. Starbuck (49/13.3)
Spring Hunter (28/16.1)

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