1995–96 United States network television schedule

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This was the United States broadcast television schedule on all six commercial television networks for the Fall season beginning in September 1995. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series 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.

Note: This is the first fall season for The WB and UPN. The schedules of either network would not be constant until fall 1999, when the WB decided to air shows from Sunday through Friday and UPN would air Monday through Friday. This is also the first television season to officially end in the month of May. From July 19 to August 4, 1996, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

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 America's Funniest Home Videos Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Muppets Tonight America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#9/14.2) Cybill Almost Perfect CBS Sunday Movie (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order, The Naked Truth and Can't Hurry Love)
Winter
Spring The Bonnie Hunt Show
Follow-up Murder, She Wrote
Mid-Summer Touched By An Angel
Fox Fall Space: Above and Beyond The Simpsons Too Something Married... with Children Misery Loves Company Local Programming
Follow-up Martin What's So Funny?
Spring The Show Local Heroes
Summer New York Daze The Crew
Mid-Summer FOX Special Presentations Married... with Children New York Undercover
NBC Fall Brotherly Love Minor Adjustments Mad About You Hope and Gloria NBC Sunday Night Movie (#21/12.2)
Winter  Various programming NewsRadio
Spring Dateline NBC
Mid-Summer 3rd Rock from the Sun Boston Common
The WB Fall Pinky and the Brain Sister, Sister Kirk Simon Cleghorne! First Time Out Local Programming
Follow-up Kirk Sister, Sister Cleghorne! First Time Out Simon
Winter Simon Kirk Savannah
Spring The Parent 'Hood repeats
Mid-Summer Kirk Brotherly Love The Parent 'Hood Sister, Sister Unhappily Ever After Unhappily Ever After

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Marshal Monday Night Football (#5/17.1)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie Murder One
Follow-up Second Noah Various programming
Spring High Incident
Summer The Marshal The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall The Nanny (#16/12.5)
(Tied with Roseanne)
Can't Hurry Love (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order, The CBS Sunday Movie and The Naked Truth)
Murphy Brown (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger and Primetime Live)
If Not for You Chicago Hope (#23/11.9)
Follow-up High Society
Spring Almost Perfect Good Company
Follow-up Dave's World Cybill
Mid-Summer Almost Perfect
Fox Fall Melrose Place Partners Ned and Stacey Local Programming
Winter Ned and Stacey Partners
Spring Profit
Summer Ned and Stacey The Last Frontier L.A. Firefighters
Mid-Summer FOX Night at the Movies
NBC Fall The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air In the House The NBC Monday Movie (#14/12.9)
(Tied with Coach)
Spring Brotherly Love
Follow-up In the House
Summer The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
UPN Fall Star Trek: Voyager Nowhere Man Local Programming
Mid-Summer In the House In the House

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Roseanne (#16/12.5)
(Tied with The Nanny)
Hudson Street Home Improvement (#7/16.1) Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with The NBC Monday Movie)
NYPD Blue (#10/14.1)
Winter Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with The NBC Monday Movie)
Champs
Follow-up Various programming
Spring The Dana Carvey Show (#30/11.2)
Summer The Drew Carey Show Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with The NBC Monday Movie)
CBS Fall The Client CBS Tuesday Movie
Mid-Summer Rescue 911
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie Local Programming
NBC Fall Wings NewsRadio Frasier (#11/13.6)
(Tied with 20/20)
The Pursuit of Happiness Dateline NBC (#28/11.3)
(Tied with Dateline – Wednesday)
Follow-up The John Larroquette Show
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun (#22/12.1)
Spring 3rd Rock from the Sun (#22/12.1) Wings
Summer NewsRadio Wings
Mid-Summer Mad About You Caroline in the City
UPN Fall Deadly Games Live Shot Local Programming
Winter Moesha Minor Adjustments Various programming
Spring The Paranormal Borderline

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Ellen The Drew Carey Show Grace Under Fire (#13/13.2) The Naked Truth (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order, The CBS Sunday Movie and Can't Hurry Love)
Primetime Live (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger and Murphy Brown)
Winter The Faculty Buddies
Spring The Drew Carey Show The Faculty
June Hudson Street
July The Faculty Champs
August The Drew Carey Show
CBS Fall Bless This House Dave's World Central Park West Courthouse
Follow-up Dave's World Bless This House CBS Wednesday Movie
Winter Matt Waters American Gothic
Follow-up The Louie Show CBS Wednesday Movie
April My Guys
May Various programming
June Picket Fences Central Park West
July Dave's World Can't Hurry Love American Gothic American Gothic
August The Nanny Dave's World CBS Wednesday Movie
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
NBC Fall seaQuest 2032 Dateline NBC (#28/11.3)
(Tied with Dateline – Tuesday)
Law & Order (#24/11.4)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie, The Naked Truth and Can't Hurry Love)
Winter Various Repeats and NBC Specials
Spring JAG
August Wings The John Larroquette Show
UPN Spring
(Starting in mid-March)
The Sentinel Swift Justice Local Programming
August Star Trek: Voyager
The WB Sister, Sister The Parent 'Hood The Wayans Bros. Unhappily Ever After

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Charlie Grace The Monroes Murder One
Follow Up Various programming The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Spring World's Funniest Videos Before They Were Stars
Follow Up The ABC Thursday Night Movie Turning Point
Mid-Summer High Incident The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS Fall Murder, She Wrote New York News 48 Hours
Winter Rescue 911
Mid-Summer Various Specials/CBS Thursday Night Movie
Fox Fall Living Single The Crew New York Undercover Local Programming
Spring Martin
Summer Martin The Show
Follow Up Living Single
NBC Fall Friends (#3/18.7) The Single Guy (#6/16.7) Seinfeld (#2/21.2) Caroline in the City (#4/18.0) ER (#1/22.0)
Spring Boston Common (#8/15.6)
Follow Up The Single Guy (#6/16.7)

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Family Matters Boy Meets World Step by Step Hangin' with Mr. Cooper 20/20 (#11/13.6)
(Tied with Frasier)
Spring Muppets Tonight Aliens in the Family Step by Step
Follow Up Boy Meets World Step by Step Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
CBS Fall Dweebs The Bonnie Hunt Show Picket Fences American Gothic
Winter Due South Diagnosis: Murder Picket Fences
Spring Nash Bridges
Summer Central Park West
Mid-Summer Nash Bridges
Fox Fall Strange Luck The X-Files Local Programming
March Sliders
April Space: Above and Beyond
Follow Up Sliders
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Dateline NBC Homicide: Life on the Street

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Jeff Foxworthy Show Maybe This Time ABC Saturday Night at the Movies
Winter Hudson Street
Follow-up Various programming
CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Touched by an Angel Walker, Texas Ranger (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Primetime Live and Murphy Brown)
Fox Fall Martin The Preston Episodes COPS America's Most Wanted Local Programming
Follow-up COPS COPS America's Most Wanted
NBC Fall JAG The John Larroquette Show The Home Court Sisters
Winter Hope and Gloria
Spring Malibu Shores

Note: JAG was on Saturdays until February 3, 1996; then, on March 13, 1996, NBC moved the show to Wednesdays.

By network[edit]

ABC[edit]

CBS[edit]

Fox[edit]

NBC[edit]

UPN[edit]

The WB[edit]

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.