1980–81 United States network television schedule (weekday)

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These are the daytime Monday–Friday schedules on all three networks for each calendar season beginning in September 1980. All times are Eastern; affiliate schedules may differ.

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.

Fall 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 programming Good Morning America local programming The Love Boat reruns Family Feud Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local programming ABC's World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester Morning with Charles Kuralt Captain Kangaroo local programming The Jeffersons reruns Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming Search for Tomorrow The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time reruns local programming CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Tom Brokaw & Jane Pauley local programming Las Vegas Gambit Blockbusters Wheel of Fortune Password Plus Card Sharks The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

Winter 1980-1981[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 programming Good Morning America local programming The Love Boat reruns Family Feud Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local programming ABC's World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester Morning with Charles Kuralt Captain Kangaroo local programming The Jeffersons reruns Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming Search for Tomorrow The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time reruns local programming CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Tom Brokaw & Jane Pauley local programming Las Vegas Gambit Blockbusters Wheel of Fortune Password Plus Card Sharks The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

Spring 1981[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 programming Good Morning America local programming The Love Boat reruns Family Feud Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local programming ABC's World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester Morning with Charles Kuralt Captain Kangaroo local programming The Jeffersons reruns Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming Search for Tomorrow The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Guiding Light One Day at a Time reruns local programming CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Tom Brokaw & Jane Pauley local programming Las Vegas Gambit Blockbusters Wheel of Fortune Password Plus Card Sharks The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

Summer 1981[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 programming Good Morning America local programming Three's Company reruns (2 Shows) Family Feud Ryan's Hope All My Children One Life to Live General Hospital The Edge of Night local programming ABC's World News Tonight
CBS Sunrise Semester Morning with Charles Kuralt Captain Kangaroo local programming The Jeffersons reruns Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Search for Tomorrow Guiding Light One Day at a Time reruns local programming CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Tom Brokaw & Jane Pauley local programming Las Vegas Gambit Blockbusters Wheel of Fortune Password Plus Card Sharks The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

On June 8, 1981, CBS moved the Young and the Restless to its current time at 12:30 pm ET or 11:00 am CT/PT. As the World Turns moved back to 1:30 pm ET and Search For Tomorrow was moved to 2:30 pm ET.

Notes[edit]

♦ABC had a 6PM (ET)/5PM (CT) feed for their newscast

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