1998–99 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 1998. 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.

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 The Wonderful World of Disney 20/20 Sunday The Practice
CBS 60 Minutes (8/18.7 million) Touched by an Angel (6/19.5 million) CBS Sunday Movie (9/17.3 million)
FOX Fall The World's Funniest! Holding the Baby The Simpsons (26/13.5 million) That '70s Show The X-Files (12/15.3 million) Local
Midseason The World's Funniest! Family Guy
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday NBC Sunday Night Movie (24/13.6 million)
Midseason Dateline Sunday Basketball
WB Fall 7th Heaven Beginnings Sister, Sister Smart Guy Unhappily Ever After The Army Show Local
Midseason Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Unhappily Ever After

Note: On Fox, Family Guy premiered after The Simpsons on April 11, 1999, and The PJ's premiered at 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 1999. Futurama premiered at 8:30 p.m. on March 28, 1999.

Monday [3][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Monday Night Football (5/19.6 million)
Winter 20/20 The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Cosby The King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond (10/15.6 million) The Brian Benben Show L.A. Doctors
Follow-up Becker (18/13.9 million)
FOX Melrose Place Ally McBeal (20/13.8 million) Local
NBC Suddenly Susan Conrad Bloom Caroline in the City Will & Grace Dateline Monday (30/13.0 million)
UPN Guys Like Us DiResta The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Malcolm & Eddie Local
WB 7th Heaven Hyperion Bay Local

Tuesday [4][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Home Improvement (14/14.8 million) The Hughleys Spin City (28/13.1 million) Sports Night NYPD Blue (15/14.4 million)
Spring Strange World
Follow-up NYPD Blue (15/14.4 million)
CBS JAG (17/14.2 million) CBS Tuesday Movie (27/13.4 million)
FOX Fall King of the Hill Costello Brimstone Local
Midseason Futurama The PJs Repeats
NBC Fall Mad About You Encore! Encore! Just Shoot Me! Working Dateline Tuesday
Midseason Repeats NewsRadio Everything's Relative
UPN Fall Moesha Clueless Mercy Point Local
Midseason Family Rules Malcolm & Eddie Repeats
WB Buffy the Vampire Slayer Felicity Local

Wednesday [5][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dharma & Greg (25/13.5 million) Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place The Drew Carey Show (13/14.9 million) The Secret Lives of Men 20/20 Wednesday (11/15.4 million)
Winter Whose Line Is It Anyway? (29/13.1 million)
Spring It's Like, You Know... The Norm Show
CBS Fall The Nanny Maggie Winters To Have & to Hold Chicago Hope
Winter 60 Minutes II
Spring Various programming Payne
FOX Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local
NBC Dateline Wednesday 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Law & Order (21/13.8 million)
UPN Seven Days Star Trek: Voyager Local
WB Dawson's Creek Charmed Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Vengeance Unlimited ABC Thursday Night Movie
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Vengeance Unlimited
Follow-up Cupid Various programming
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos The Drew Carey Show repeats Spin City repeats
CBS Fall Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder 48 Hours
Winter Diagnosis: Murder Turks
Spring Promised Land
Follow-up Diagnosis: Murder
FOX World's Wildest Police Videos Fox Files Local
NBC Friends (2/23.5 million) Jesse (4/20.1 million) Frasier (3/22.5 million) Veronica's Closet (7/19.3 million) ER (1/25.4 million)
UPN UPN Thursday Night at the Movies Local
WB The Wayans Bros. The Jamie Foxx Show The Steve Harvey Show For Your Love Local

Friday [7][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Two of a Kind Boy Meets World Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Brother's Keeper 20/20 Friday (22/13.7 million)
Spring Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Follow-up Home Improvement repeats Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
CBS Fall Kids Say the Darndest Things Candid Camera Buddy Faro Nash Bridges
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Spring Unsolved Mysteries
FOX Living in Captivity Getting Personal Millennium Local
NBC Fall Dateline Friday (23/13.6 million) Trinity Homicide: Life on the Street
Winter Providence (19/13.9 million) Dateline Friday (23/13.6 million)
UPN Legacy The Love Boat: The Next Wave Local
WB Local

Note: On Fox, the one-hour drama Brimstone premiered at 8:00 on October 23, 1998.

Saturday [8][edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall America's Funniest Home Videos Fantasy Island Cupid
Winter The ABC Saturday Night Movie Fantasy Island
Follow-up Various programming
Spring The Big Moment The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Early Edition Martial Law Walker, Texas Ranger (16/14.4 million)
Spring Sons of Thunder
Follow-up Walker, Texas Ranger (16/14.4 million)
FOX COPS COPS 2 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local
NBC Wind on Water The Pretender Profiler

Pickups and Shows[edit]

Full Season Shows[edit]


  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Boy Meets World
  • Brother's Keeper
  • Cupid
  • Dharma & Greg
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Fantasy Island
  • Home Improvement
  • The Hughleys
  • Monday Night Football
  • The Norm Show
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Practice
  • Primetime
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • The Secret Lives of Men
  • Spin City
  • Sports Night
  • Strange World
  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
  • Two of a Kind
  • Vengeance Unlimited
  • Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
  • The Wonderful World of Disney


  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • 60 Minutes II
  • Becker
  • The Brian Benben Show
  • Buddy Faro
  • Candid Camera
  • Chicago Hope
  • Cosby
  • Diagnosis: Murder
  • Early Edition
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • The King of Queens
  • L.A. Doctors
  • Maggie Winters
  • Martial Law
  • Nash Bridges
  • The Nanny
  • Promised Land
  • To Have & to Hold
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Walker, Texas, Ranger


  • Ally McBeal
  • America's Most Wanted
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction
  • Brimstone
  • COPS
  • Costello
  • Family Guy
  • Fox Files
  • Futurama
  • Getting Personal
  • Guinness World Records Primetime
  • Holding the Baby
  • King of the Hill
  • Living in Captivity
  • Melrose Place
  • Millennium
  • Party of Five
  • The PJ's
  • Significant Others
  • The Simpsons
  • Thats '70s Show
  • The World's Funniest!
  • World's Wildest Police Videos
  • The X-Files


  • 3rd Rock From The Sun
  • Caroline in the City
  • Conrad Bloom
  • Dateline NBC
  • Encore! Encore!
  • ER
  • Frasier
  • Friends
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jesse
  • Just Shoot Me
  • Law and Order
  • Mad About You
  • NewsRadio
  • The Pretender
  • Profiler
  • Providence
  • Suddenly Susan
  • Trinity
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Will & Grace
  • Wind on Water
  • Working


  • America's Greatest Pets
  • Between Brothers
  • Clueless
  • DiResta
  • Guys Like Us
  • In The House
  • Legacy
  • Lost Souls
  • Love and Boat: The Next Wave
  • Malcolm & Eddie
  • Mercy Point
  • Moesha
  • Power Play
  • The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer
  • The Sentinel
  • Seven Days
  • Star Trek: Voyager

The WB

  • 7th Heaven
  • The Army Show
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Charmed
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Felicity
  • For Your Love
  • Hyperion Bay
  • The Jamie Foxx Show
  • The Parent 'Hood
  • Sister, Sister
  • Smart Guy
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Unhappily Ever After
  • The Wayans Bros.