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]

     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.

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

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 America's Funniest Home Videos America's Funniest Home Videos (#31/11.3) Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (#45/10.3) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (#40/10.6)
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#9/14.2) Cybill Almost Perfect CBS Sunday Movie (#25/11.4)
Winter
Spring The Bonnie Hunt Show
Follow-up Murder, She Wrote
Fox Fall Space: Above and Beyond The Simpsons Too Something Married... with Children (#78/8.2) Misery Loves Company Local Programming
Follow-up Martin What's So Funny?
Mid-season The Show Local Heroes
NBC Fall Brotherly Love Minor Adjustments Mad About You (#37/10.8) Hope and Gloria NBC Sunday Night Movie (#21/12.2)
Winter Specials/Various Repeats Specials/Various Repeats NewsRadio (#39/10.6)
Spring Dateline NBC
The WB Fall Steven Spielberg Presents 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 / The Parent 'Hood (repeats) Kirk Savannah

On January 21, 1996, Savannah debuted as a Sunday lineup, then it was moved to Mondays for fall 1996.

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 (#46/10.2) Murder One
Follow-up Second Noah Various programming
Spring High Incident
CBS Fall The Nanny (#17/12.4) Can't Hurry Love (#25/11.4) Murphy Brown (#18/12.3) If Not for You (#36/10.9) Chicago Hope (#24/11.9)
Follow-up High Society (#47/10.2)
Spring Almost Perfect Good Company
Follow-up Dave's World Cybill
Fox Fall Melrose Place Partners Ned & Stacey Local Programming
Winter Ned & Stacey Partners
Spring Profit
Summer Repeats The Last Frontier L.A. Firefighters
NBC Fall The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (#55/9.6) In the House (#59/9.4) NBC Monday Night Movie (#14/12.9)
Spring Brotherly Love
Follow-up The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air In the House
UPN Star Trek: Voyager Nowhere Man Local Programming

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) Hudson Street (#38/10.7) Home Improvement (#7/16.2) Coach (#14/12.9) NYPD Blue (#10/14.1)
Winter Coach (#14/12.9) Champs (#21/12.2)
Follow-up Various programming
Spring The Dana Carvey Show (#32/11.2)
CBS The Client CBS Tuesday Movie
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie Local Programming
NBC Fall Wings (#35/11.0) NewsRadio (#39/10.6) Frasier (#11/13.6) The Pursuit of Happiness Dateline NBC (#30/11.3)
Follow-up The John Larroquette Show (#42/10.5)
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun (#23/12.1)
Spring 3rd Rock from the Sun Wings
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 (#40/10.6) The Drew Carey Show (#48/10.1) Grace Under Fire (#13/13.2) The Naked Truth (#28/11.4) Primetime Live (#19/12.3)
Winter The Faculty Buddies
Spring The Drew Carey Show (#48/10.1) The Faculty
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
Spring The Louie Show CBS Wednesday Movie
Follow-up My Guys
Follow-up Various programming
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
NBC Fall seaQuest 2032 Dateline NBC (#29/11.3) Law & Order (#27/11.4)
Winter JAG
The WB Sister, Sister The Parent 'Hood The Wayans Bros. Unhappily Ever After Local Programming

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
CBS Fall Murder, She Wrote New York News 48 Hours
Winter Rescue 911
Fox Living Single (#111/6.5) The Crew New York Undercover Local Programming
NBC Fall Friends (#3/18.7) The Single Guy (#6/16.7) Seinfeld (#2/21.2) Caroline in the City (#4/17.9) ER (#1/22.0)
Spring Boston Common (#8/15.6)

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 (#43/10.5) Boy Meets World (#49/10.1) Step By Step (#54/9.7) Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (#61/9.3) 20/20 (#12/13.6)
Spring Muppets Tonight Aliens in the Family Step By Step (#54/9.7)
Follow-up Boy Meets World (#49/10.1) Step By Step (#54/9.7) Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (#61/9.3)
CBS Fall Dweebs Bonnie Picket Fences American Gothic
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Diagnosis: Murder Due South Picket Fences
Spring Nash Bridges
Fox Fall Strange Luck The X-Files (#50/10.0) Local Programming
Spring Sliders
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Dateline NBC (#44/10.3) 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 (#20/12.3)
Fox Martin (#104/6.7) The Preston Episodes COPS America's Most Wanted Local Programming
NBC Fall JAG The John Larroquette Show (#42/10.5) The Home Court Sisters
Winter Hope & Gloria
Spring Malibu Shores

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

Pickups and Shows[edit]

Full Season Shows[edit]

ABC

  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Boy Meets World
  • Champs
  • Charlie Grace
  • Coach
  • The Commish
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Ellen
  • Family Matters
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
  • High Incident
  • Home Improvement
  • Hudson Street
  • The Jeff Foxxworthy Show
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • The Marshal
  • Maybe This Time
  • Monday Night Football
  • The Monroes
  • Murder One
  • The Naked Truth
  • NYPD Blue
  • Primetime
  • Roseanne
  • Second Noah
  • Step by Step
  • Turning Point

CBS

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • Almost Perfect
  • American Gothic
  • Bless This House
  • The Bonnie Hunt Show
  • Can't Hurry Love
  • Central Park West
  • Chicago Hope
  • The Client
  • Courthouse
  • Cybill
  • Diagnosis Murder
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Due South
  • Dweebs
  • High Society
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Murphy Brown
  • The Nanny
  • Nash Bridges
  • New York News
  • Picket Fences
  • Rescue 911
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Walker, Texas, Ranger

Fox

  • America's Most Wanted
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • COPS
  • The Crew
  • Dream On
  • Encounters: The Hidden Truth
  • L.A. Firefighters
  • Living Single
  • Married... with Children
  • Martin
  • Melrose Place
  • Misery Loves Company
  • Ned & Stacey
  • New York Undercover
  • Partners
  • Party of Five
  • The Preston Episodes
  • Profit
  • Sightings
  • The Simpsons
  • Sliders
  • Space: Above and Beyond
  • Strange Luck
  • Time Warped
  • Too Something
  • The X-Files

NBC

  • 3rd Rock from The Sun
  • Boston Common
  • Brotherly Love
  • Caroline In The City
  • Dateline NBC
  • ER
  • Fraiser
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Friends
  • The Home Court
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Hope and Gloria
  • In The House
  • JAG
  • The John Larroquette Show
  • Law and Order
  • Mad About You
  • NewsRadio
  • Out All Night
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
  • seaQuest 2032
  • Seinfeld
  • The Single Guy
  • Sisters
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Wings

UPN

  • Deadly Games
  • Live Shot
  • Moesha
  • Nowhere Man
  • The Sentinel
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Swift Justice

The WB

  • Cleghorne!
  • First Time Out
  • Full House
  • Kirk
  • The Parent 'Hood
  • Savannah
  • Simon
  • Sister, Sister
  • Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky and the Brian
  • Unhappily Ever After
  • The Wayans Bros.

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.