1988–89 United States network television schedule

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This was the television schedule on all four networks for the fall season beginning in September 1988. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

Note: A writers' strike and the Seoul Olympics hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. New shows intended for a regular fall launch saw their debuts spread out between September and December. The debut month for each new series is noted as to when it actually premiered.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation but the schedule was set by each local station.

New series are highlighted in bold.

All times given are in U.S. Eastern Time and Pacific Time (except for some live events or specials). Subtract one hour for Central and Mountain times.

Each of the 50 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.
     Orange indicates the programs in the top 40 for the season.
     Silver indicates the programs in the top 50 for the 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 Incredible Sunday Mission: Impossible The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#37/14.7)
Mid-season Studio 5-B Specials
Follow-up Great Circuses of the World
Spring Incredible Sunday Moonlighting (#49/12.9)
Summer Have Faith The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#37/14.7)
Follow-up MacGyver (#46/13.5) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#37/14.7)
CBS 60 Minutes (#5/21.7) Murder, She Wrote (#8/19.9) CBS Sunday Movie (#28/16.1)
Fox 21 Jump Street America's Most Wanted Married... with Children (#58/10.4) The Tracy Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show Duet Local Programming
NBC The Magical World of Disney Family Ties (#40/14.3) Day by Day NBC Sunday Night Movie (#23/16.3)

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver (#46/13.5) Monday Night Football (#16/17.5)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Mid-season The ABC Monday Mystery Movie: B.L. Stryker, Columbo, Gideon Oliver (#30/15.4)
CBS Fall Newhart (#50/12.8) Coming of Age (Oct.) Local and Paid Political Programming
Follow-up Kate & Allie (Dec.) (#48/13.1) Murphy Brown (#36/14.9) Designing Women (#33/15.2) Almost Grown
Spring Live-In Heartland Newhart (#50/12.8) Kate & Allie (#48/13.1)
Summer Kate & Allie (#48/13.1) Doctor Doctor
Follow-up Various Various Newhart (#50/12.8)
NBC Fall ALF (#13/17.7) The Hogan Family (#23/16.3) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (#23/16.3)
Spring Nearly Departed
Follow-up The Hogan Family

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who's the Boss? (#7/20.8) Roseanne (#2/23.8) Moonlighting (#49/12.9) thirtysomething (#45/13.8)
Winter The Wonder Years (#22/16.4) Roseanne (#2/23.8) Anything But Love (#10/19.0)
Spring Have Faith
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming CBS Tuesday Movie
Official TV 101
Mid-Season Tour of Duty
NBC Preliminary Matlock (#13/17.7) NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Official In the Heat of the Night (#19/17.3) Midnight Caller (#41/14.1)

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (#12/18.1) Head of the Class (#20/17.1) The Wonder Years (#22/16.4) Hooperman China Beach
Spring Coach
Follow-up The Robert Guillaume Show
Summer Hooperman
CBS Preliminary Live! Dick Clark Presents The Equalizer Wiseguy
Official The Van Dyke Show Annie McGuire
Mid-Season TV 101
Follow-up Hard Time on Planet Earth Jake and the Fatman (#33/15.2)
NBC Preliminary Unsolved Mysteries (#17/17.4) Night Court (#21/16.7) Specials Tattingers
Official Baby Boom
Mid-season Nick & Hillary Nightingales

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Official Knightwatch Dynasty W5
Mid-Season A Fine Romance HeartBeat
Summer Thursday Night Baseball
CBS Preliminary 48 Hours Local and Paid Political Programming
Official Paradise Knots Landing (#28/16.1)
Mid-Season The Equalizer
NBC The Cosby Show (#1/25.6) A Different World (#3/23.0) Cheers (#4/22.5) Dear John (#11/18.5) L.A. Law (#15/17.6)

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Perfect Strangers (#41/14.2) Full House (#32/15.3) Mr. Belvedere (#47/13.4) Just the Ten of Us 20/20 (#43/14.0)
Summer Full House (#32/15.3) Mr. Belvedere (#47/13.4) Perfect Strangers (#41/14.2)
CBS Beauty and the Beast Dallas (#30/15.4) Falcon Crest
NBC Fall Sonny Spoon Something Is Out There Miami Vice
Winter Father Dowling Mysteries Miami Vice Unsub
Spring The Jim Henson Hour Quantum Leap
Follow-up Miami Vice Dream Street

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Murphy's Law Police Story
Mid-season Mission: Impossible A Man Called Hawk Murphy's Law
Follow-up Men
CBS Preliminary Local and Paid Political Programming Simon & Simon West 57th
Follow-up Live! Dick Clark Presents
Official Dirty Dancing Raising Miranda (102/6.0)
Mid-season Dolphin Cove The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Follow-up TV 101
Follow-up Paradise CBS Saturday Movie
Follow-up Jesse Hawkes West 57th
Fox The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow Local Programming
NBC Fall 227 (#38/14.6) Amen (#26/16.2) The Golden Girls (#6/21.4) Empty Nest (#9/19.2) Hunter (#17/17.4)
Summer 13 East

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.