1979–80 United States network television schedule (weekday)

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These are the daytime Monday–Friday schedules on all three American television networks for each calendar season, beginning in September 1979. All times listed are Eastern time.

Talk shows are highlighted in yellow, local programming is white, reruns of prime-time programming are orange, game shows are pink, soap operas are chartreuse, news programs are gold and all others are light blue. New series are highlighted in bold.

NOTES:
1) Programs marked with an asterisk (*) aired at the same time in all time zones. CBS's Sunrise Semester and NBC News at Sunrise were half-hour programs which aired at either 6:00 or 6:30 AM, depending on the station.
2) Programs scheduled after 10:00 AM Eastern aired one hour earlier (starting at 9:00 AM) in the Central and Pacific time zones. Stations in the Mountain time zone that started their network schedule at 8:00 AM would follow the Central and Pacific pattern that year.
2) Some network programs, particularly before 7:00 AM and after 10:00/9:00 AM, were subject to preemption by local affiliate stations in favor of syndicated or locally produced programs.
3) On ABC, World News Tonight was produced at 6:00 PM Eastern/5:00 PM Central, and aired live by some affiliates. This early feed of the broadcast was discontinued in 1982.

Fall 1979[edit]

  6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am noon 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm
ABC local Good Morning America * local Laverne & Shirley (reruns) Family Feud The $20,000 Pyramid Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester * Morning * Captain Kangaroo * local Beat the Clock Whew!
CBS Newsbreak at 10:55)
The Price Is Right The Young and the Restless Search for Tomorrow local As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time (reruns) Love of Life local CBS Evening News
NBC NBC News at Sunrise * Today * local Card Sharks The Hollywood Squares High Rollers Wheel of Fortune Mindreaders Password Plus Days of Our Lives The Doctors Another World local NBC Nightly News

Winter 1979–1980[edit]

  6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am noon 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm
ABC local Good Morning America * local Laverne and Shirley (reruns) Family Feud The $20,000 Pyramid Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester * Morning * Captain Kangaroo * local Beat the Clock Celebrity Whew!
CBS Newsbreak at 10:55)
The Price is Right The Young and the Restless Search for Tomorrow local As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time (reruns) Love of Life local CBS Evening News
NBC NBC News at Sunrise * Today * local Card Sharks The Hollywood Squares High Rollers Wheel of Fortune Chain Reaction Password Plus Days of our Lives The Doctors Another World local NBC Nightly News

NOTE: On CBS, Love of Life aired its final episode on February 1, 1980. The following Monday, February 4, The Young and the Restless expanded to a full hour.

Spring 1980[edit]

  6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am noon 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm
ABC local Good Morning America * local Laverne and Shirley (reruns) Family Feud The $20,000 Pyramid Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester * Morning * Captain Kangaroo * local The Jeffersons (reruns) Celebrity Whew!
CBS Newsbreak at 10:55)
The Price is Right local Search for Tomorrow The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time (reruns) local CBS Evening News
NBC NBC News at Sunrise * Today * local programming Card Sharks The Hollywood Squares High Rollers Wheel of Fortune Chain Reaction Password Plus Days of our Lives The Doctors Another World local NBC Nightly News

NOTE: On CBS, The Young and the Restless was expanded from 30 minutes to one hour on February 4, 1980. The noon time slot is rescinded to affiliates in exchange for 1:00 pm. Many affiliates in the Central Time Zone, kept the show at 11:00am to keep local news at noon, with Search for Tomorrow airing at 12:30pm.

Summer 1980[edit]

  6:00 am 6:30 am 7:00 am 7:30 am 8:00 am 8:30 am 9:00 am 9:30 am 10:00 am 10:30 am 11:00 am 11:30 am noon 12:30 pm 1:00 pm 1:30 pm 2:00 pm 2:30 pm 3:00 pm 3:30 pm 4:00 pm 4:30 pm 5:00 pm 5:30 pm 6:00 pm 6:30 pm
ABC local Good Morning America * local The Love Boat (reruns) Family Feud Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester * Morning * Captain Kangaroo * local The Jeffersons (reruns) Alice (reruns) The Price is Right
CBS Newsbreak at 11:55)
local Search for Tomorrow The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time (reruns) local CBS Evening News
NBC NBC News at Sunrise * Today * local The David Letterman Show Wheel of Fortune Password Plus Card Sharks The Doctors Days of our Lives Another World Texas local NBC Nightly News

NOTES: On NBC, The David Letterman Show debuted on June 23, and Texas debuted on August 4. Another World and The David Letterman Show were reduced from 1 12 hours to one hour on August 4 to accommodate the one-hour timeslot of Texas.

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