1976–77 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 1976. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

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.

The Muppet Show (syndicated in the U.S.) premiered this season.

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 Cos The Six Million Dollar Man (7/24.2) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (8/23.4)
(Tied with Baretta and One Day at a Time)
Winter Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (18/21.9)
(Tied with Hawaii Five-O)
The Sonny and Cher Show Kojak Delvecchio
Winter Rhoda Phyllis Switch
Summer Starland Vocal Band Show
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney NBC Sunday Mystery Movie:

Columbo / McCloud / McMillan / Quincy, M.E. / Lanigan's Rabbi (beginning winter)

The Big Event (6/24.4)

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Captain and Tennille ABC NFL Monday Night Football (22/21.2)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie (3/26.0)
Spring The Brady Bunch Variety Hour Most Wanted The Feather and Father Gang
Summer The ABC Monday Night Comedy Special Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Rhoda Phyllis Maude All's Fair Executive Suite
Winter The Jeffersons (24/21.0) Busting Loose The Andros Targets
Summer Shields and Yarnell The Sonny and Cher Show
Follow-up Szysznyk
NBC Little House on the Prairie (15/22.3)
(Tied with The Waltons)
NBC Monday Night at the Movies (20/21.8)

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Happy Days (1/31.5) Laverne & Shirley (2/30.9) Rich Man, Poor Man Book II (21/21.6) Family
Winter Eight is Enough (23/21.1)
Summer Rich Man, Poor Man
Follow-up The ABC Tuesday Night Movie
CBS Fall The Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour M*A*S*H (4/25.9) One Day at a Time (8/23.4)
(Tied with The ABC Sunday Night Movie and Baretta)
Switch!
Winter Who's Who Kojak
Summer The Family Holvak
NBC Baa Baa Black Sheep Police Woman Police Story

Note: On ABC, the 1977 summer miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man consisted of reruns of the 1976 miniseries. On CBS, The Family Holvak consists of reruns of the 1975 NBC series.

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Bionic Woman (14/22.4) Baretta (8/23.4)
(Tied with The ABC Sunday Night Movie and One Day at a Time)
Charlie's Angels (5/25.8)
Summer Donny and Marie
Follow-up Eight is Enough Charlie's Angels Baretta
CBS Fall Good Times (26/20.5) Ball Four All in the Family (12/22.9) Alice (30/20.0) The Blue Knight
Winter The Jacksons CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Spring Loves Me, Loves Me Not
Summer The Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show
Follow-up Busting Loose
NBC Fall The Practice NBC Movie of the Week The Quest
Follow-up C.P.O. Sharkey The McLean Stevenson Show Sirota's Court The Practice
Winter The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams C.P.O. Sharkey The McLean Stevenson Show Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected
Spring Sirota's Court Kingston: Confidential
Summer The Kallikaks
Follow-up Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected

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 (13/22.7) Barney Miller (17/22.2) The Tony Randall Show (29/20.1) The Nancy Walker Show The Streets of San Francisco
Winter What's Happening!! (25/20.9) Barney Miller (17/22.2) The Tony Randall Show (29/20.1) Westside Medical
Spring Three's Company (11/23.1)
CBS The Waltons (15/22.3)
(Tied with Little House on the Prairie)
Hawaii Five-O (18/21.9)
(Tied with 60 Minutes)
Barnaby Jones
NBC Fall Gemini Man NBC's Best Sellers Van Dyke and Company
Follow-up Van Dyke and Company Gibbsville
Winter The Fantastic Journey NBC's Best Sellers
Summer Specials NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Note: NBC was supposed to have aired Snip (a sitcom starring David Brenner) on Thursdays at 9-9.30 with specials on the 9.30-10 slot, but it never aired.

Friday[edit]

A special program, Campaign '76, aired on CBS from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. from September to early November in preparation for the presidential election.

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 (28/20.2)
CBS Fall Spencer's Pilots The CBS Friday Night Movies
Winter Code R The Sonny & Cher Show (Jan.-Mar.) Hunter
Follow-up Nashville 99 (Apr.)
Follow-up The CBS Friday Night Movies
Summer A Year at the Top The Keane Brothers Show
NBC Fall Sanford and Son (27/20.3) Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Serpico
Winter Quincy, M.E.

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Holmes & Yo-Yo Mr. T and Tina Starsky and Hutch Most Wanted
Winter Blansky's Beauties Fish Dog and Cat
Summer Wonder Woman The Feather and Father Gang
Follow-up Fish Sugar Time! Most Wanted
CBS Fall The Jeffersons (24/21.0) Doc The Mary Tyler Moore Show The Bob Newhart Show The Carol Burnett Show
Winter The Mary Tyler Moore Show The Bob Newhart Show All in the Family (12/22.9) Alice (30/20.0)
Summer Switch
NBC Emergency! 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.