1981–82 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 1981. All times are Eastern; affiliate schedules may differ.

New series are highlighted in bold.

Fall 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 Wake Up With the Captain Morning with Charles Kuralt & Diane Sawyer local programming One Day at a Time Repeats Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Search for Tomorrow Guiding Light Up to the Minute 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 Battlestars Password Plus The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

NOTE: Captain Kangaroo was shortened from 1 hour to 30 minutes and retitled Wake Up With the Captain on September 28.

Winter 1981-1982[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 Wake Up With the Captain Morning with Charles Kuralt & Diane Sawyer local programming One Day at a Time Repeats Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Search for Tomorrow Guiding Light Tattletales local programming CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Jane Pauley & Bryant Gumbel local programming The Regis Philbin Show Blockbusters Wheel of Fortune Battlestars Password Plus The Doctors Days of Our Lives Another World Texas local programming NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

Spring 1982[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 Wake Up With the Captain CBS Morning News local programming One Day at a Time Repeats Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Capitol began 3/29 Guiding Light Tattletales local programming CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
NBC NBC News Sunrise The Today Show with Jane Pauley & Bryant Gumbel local programming Diff'rent Strokes reruns Wheel of Fortune Texas The Doctors Search for Tomorrow Days of Our Lives Another World CHiPs reruns local programming NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw

NOTE: Search for Tomorrow aired its final CBS episode on March 26, 1982. The following Monday, March 29, Search moved to NBC.

Summer 1982[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 ABC News This Morning 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 Wake Up With the Captain CBS Morning News local programming One Day at a Time Repeats Alice reruns The Price is Right local programming The Young and the Restless As the World Turns Capitol Guiding Light Tattletales local programming CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
NBC Early Today The Today Show with Jane Pauley & Bryant Gumbel local programming Diff'rent Strokes reruns Wheel of Fortune Texas The Doctors Search for Tomorrow Days of Our Lives Another World CHiPs reruns local programming NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw

NOTE: On October 1, 1982, Captain Kangaroo aired its final weekday episode. The show then moved exclusively to Saturday mornings, where it would remain until its cancellation in 1984. Sunrise Semester also aired its final episode on the same day. CBS Morning News expanded from 90 minutes to 2 hours (becoming CBS' first 2-hour morning show), and replaced these iconic but outdated children's programs.

Notes[edit]

♦ABC had a 6PM (ET)/5PM (CT) feed for their newscast, which was discontinued in 1982.

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