1997–98 United States network television schedule

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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.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station.

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 and Ally McBeal would last beyond three seasons, and would both end their runs at the end of the 2001–02 season just five years later.

From this season will be shown the number of viewers, rather than households.


Rede 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 The Wonderful World of Disney The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes (8/19.8 million) Touched by an Angel (5/21.8 million) CBS Sunday Movie(9/19.4 million)
Fox The World's Funniest! The Simpsons (18/15.3 million) King of the Hill (15/16.3 million) The X-Files (11/17.1 million) Local
NBC Dateline Sunday Men Behaving Badly Jenny NBC Sunday Night Movie (22/14.2 million)
WB Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher The Parent 'Hood The Jamie Foxx Show Unhappily Ever After The Tom Show Alright Already Local


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 (6/21.0 million)
Follow-up Various programming
Winter America's Funniest Home Videos 20/20 (27/13.9 million) The Practice
Spring Push
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall Cosby (28/13.8 million) Everybody Loves Raymond Cybill George & Leo Brooklyn South
Winter George & Leo Style & Substance
Follow-up The Closer George & Leo
Spring Murphy Brown
Fox Melrose Place Ally McBeal Local
NBC Suddenly Susan Fired Up Caroline in the City The Naked Truth Dateline Monday (16/15.4 million)
UPN In the House Malcolm & Eddie Good News Sparks Local
WB Fall 7th Heaven Buffy the Vampire Slayer Local
Winter Three


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Soul Man (29/13.6 millions) Over the Top Home Improvement (10/18.4 million) Hiller and Diller (30/13.5 million) NYPD Blue (19/15.0 million)
Follow-up Grace Under Fire Soul Man (29/13.6 millions) Various programming
Winter Various repeats Grace Under Fire
Spring Home Improvement repeats Something So Right That's Life
Follow-up Soul Man (29/13.6 millions) Something So Right
CBS Fall JAG Michael Hayes Dellaventura
Winter CBS Tuesday Night Movie
Follow-up Various programming Four Corners
Spring Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Various programming
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie Local
NBC Mad About You NewsRadio Frasier (14/16.7 million) Just Shoot Me! (12/17.0 million) Dateline Tuesday (17/15.3 million)
UPN Clueless Moesha Hitz Head over Heels Local
WB Began Jan. 20 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 Dharma & Greg (25/13.9 million) The Drew Carey Show (13/16.7 million) Ellen Primetime Live (23/14.2 million)
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 Style & Substance Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local
NBC The Tony Danza Show Built to Last 3rd Rock from the Sun Working Law & Order (24/14.1 million)
UPN The Sentinel Star Trek: Voyager Local
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
Winter Prey The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Spring Various programming
CBS Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder (26/13.9) 48 Hours
Fox Living Single Between Brothers 413 Hope St. Local
NBC Fall Friends (4/24.0 million) Union Square (7/19.9 million) Seinfeld (1/34.1 million) Veronica's Closet (3/24.4 million) ER (2/30.2 million)
Spring Just Shoot Me! (12/17.0 million)

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 (20/15.0 million)
Winter Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Spring Hiller and Diller (30/13.5 million)
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 The Visitor Millennium Local
NBC Players Dateline Friday 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 (21/14.4 million)
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 Shows[edit]

Full Season Shows[edit]


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.