1998–99 United States network television schedule

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The 1998-99 network television schedule for the six major English-language commercial broadcast networks in the United States covers prime time hours from September 1998 to August 1999. 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.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, 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 The Wonderful World of Disney 20/20 Sunday The Practice
CBS 60 Minutes (#7/13.2) Touched by an Angel (#8/13.1) CBS Sunday Movie (#9/12.0)
Fox August The World's Funniest! Holding the Baby The Simpsons That '70s Show The X-Files (#28/9.1)
(Tied with The NBC Sunday Night Movie)
Local Programming
Fall The World's Funniest! / The Simpsons repeats
Winter The World's Funniest!
Spring Futurama
Follow-up Family Guy
Summer The World's Funniest! King of the Hill Futurama
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday Dateline Sunday NBC Sunday Night Movie (#28/9.1)
(Tied with The X-Files)
Spring NBA on NBC
Summer World's Most Amazing Videos
August Dateline Sunday You Asked For It
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Beginnings Sister, Sister Smart Guy Unhappily Ever After The Army Show Local Programming
Winter Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Unhappily Ever After
Summer The Parent 'Hood repeats The Parent 'Hood
Follow-up The Parent 'Hood Smart Guy Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Movie Stars

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Monday Night Football (#4/14.9)
Winter 20/20 The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Cosby The King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond (#11/10.6) The Brian Benben Show L.A. Doctors
Follow-up Becker (#19/9.7)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Tuesday, Dateline NBC – Monday and The CBS Tuesday Movie)
Summer 48 Hours
August The King of Queens Thanks
Fox Fall Melrose Place Ally McBeal (#23/9.6) Local Programming
Summer That '70s Show That '70s Show
NBC Fall Suddenly Susan Conrad Bloom Caroline in the City Will & Grace Dateline Monday (#19/9.7)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Tuesday, Becker and The CBS Tuesday Movie)
Follow-up Caroline in the City Mad About You Conrad Bloom
Winter Working
Spring Law & Order repeats
Follow-up Mad About You The NBC Monday Movie
Summer Suddenly Susan Suddenly Susan Mad About You Mad About You Dateline Monday (#19/9.7)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Tuesday, Becker and The CBS Tuesday Movie)
Mid-Summer Veronica's Closet Law & Order
UPN Fall Guys Like Us DiResta The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Malcolm & Eddie Local Programming
Follow-up Malcolm & Eddie Guys Like Us Malcolm & Eddie DiResta
Winter Dilbert DiResta The Sentinel
March Redhanded
April Home Movies
June Power Play
Follow-up Dilbert Redhanded Redhanded
July The Sentinel Seven Days
August Moesha Moesha Between Brothers Malcolm & Eddie
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Hyperion Bay
Follow-up Various Repeats
Winter Hyperion Bay
Spring Rescue 77
May Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Summer Rescue 77
Mid-Summer Movie Stars For Your Love

Note: UPN only broadcast the first two episodes of Power Play.

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Home Improvement (#10/11.0) The Hughleys Spin City (#25/9.2)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger and Dateline NBC – Friday)
Sports Night NYPD Blue (#12/10.5)
Spring Strange World
Follow-up NYPD Blue (#12/10.5)
Mid-Summer Spin City It's Like, You Know... Dharma & Greg
CBS Fall JAG (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Providence and 20/20 – Wednesday)
CBS Tuesday Movie (#19/9.7)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Tuesday, Dateline NBC – Monday and Becker)
Summer 60 Minutes II 48 Hours
Fox Fall King of the Hill Costello Guinness World Records Primetime Local Programming
Follow-up Various programming
December Holding the Baby
Winter The PJs
Spring Futurama The PJs Various FOX animated programming
Summer Guinness World Records Primetime Fox Files
NBC Fall Mad About You Encore! Encore! Just Shoot Me! Working Dateline Tuesday (#19/9.7)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Monday, Becker and The CBS Tuesday Movie)
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Will & Grace
Spring Various programming 3rd Rock from the Sun / NewsRadio Everything's Relative
Summer 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Will & Grace
Mid-Summer Just Shoot Me! 3rd Rock from the Sun
UPN Fall Moesha Clueless Mercy Point Local Programming
Follow-up America's Greatest Pets Reunited
Winter Malcolm & Eddie Between Brothers
Spring Family Rules
Follow-up Clueless
The WB Buffy the Vampire Slayer Felicity

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dharma & Greg (#24/9.3) Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place The Drew Carey Show (#14/9.9)
(Tied with 20/20 – Friday)
The Secret Lives of Men 20/20 Wednesday (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Providence and JAG)
Winter Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Spring It's Like, You Know... The Norm Show
Summer Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Mid-Summer Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place The Norm Show
CBS Fall The Nanny Maggie Winters To Have & to Hold Chicago Hope
Winter 60 Minutes II (#30/9.0)
(Tied with Diagnosis: Murder)
Spring Various programming Payne
Summer The Nanny The Nanny CBS Wednesday Movie
Mid-Summer Cosby Various programming
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
Summer FOX Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Fall Dateline Wednesday 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Law & Order (#13/10.1)
Follow-up Encore! Encore!
Winter LateLine
Spring World's Most Amazing Videos
UPN Seven Days Star Trek: Voyager Local Programming
The WB Dawson's Creek Charmed

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Vengeance Unlimited ABC Thursday Night Movie
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Vengeance Unlimited
Follow-up Cupid Various programming
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos The Drew Carey Show repeats Spin City repeats
Summer ABC Thursday Night Movie Vanished
CBS Fall Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder (#30/9.0)
(Tied with 60 Minutes II)
48 Hours
Winter Diagnosis: Murder (#30/9.0)
(Tied with 60 Minutes II)
Turks
Spring Promised Land
Follow-up Diagnosis: Murder (#30/9.0)
(Tied with 60 Minutes II)
Fox Fall World's Wildest Police Videos Fox Files Local Programming
Summer Family Guy The PJs
NBC Fall Friends (#2/15.7) Jesse (#5/13.7)
(Tied with Veronica's Closet)
Frasier (#3/15.6) Veronica's Closet (#5/13.7)
(Tied with Jesse)
ER (#1/17.8)
Spring Will & Grace
UPN UPN Thursday Night at the Movies Local Programming
The WB Fall The Wayans Bros. The Jamie Foxx Show The Steve Harvey Show For Your Love
Spring Smart Guy
Follow-up The Wayans Bros.

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Two of a Kind Boy Meets World Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Brother's Keeper 20/20 Friday (#14/9.9)
(Tied with The Drew Carey Show)
Spring Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Follow-up Home Improvement repeats Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Summer Two of a Kind
Mid-Summer Home Improvement The Hughleys Boy Meets World
CBS Fall Kids Say the Darndest Things Candid Camera Buddy Faro Nash Bridges
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Spring Unsolved Mysteries
Follow Up Various Programming
Summer Unsolved Mysteries / The Magnificent Seven
Fox Fall Living in Captivity Getting Personal Millennium Local Programming
Follow-up Brimstone
Spring Guinness World Records Primetime
Summer The World's Funniest! MAD TV Primetime
NBC Fall Dateline Friday (#25/9.2)
(Tied with Spin City and Walker, Texas Ranger)
Trinity Homicide: Life on the Street
Follow-up Various Programming
Winter Providence (#16/9.8)
(Tied with 20/20 – Wednesday and JAG)
Dateline Friday (#25/9.2)
(Tied with Spin City and Walker, Texas Ranger)
UPN Fall Legacy Love Boat: The Next Wave Local Programming
Spring America's Greatest Pets America's Greatest Pets
Mid-Summer Legacy

Note: On Fox, the one-hour drama Brimstone premiered at 8:00 on October 23, 1998.

Saturday[edit]

Network 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 Fantasy Island Cupid
Winter The ABC Saturday Night Movie Fantasy Island
Follow-up Various programming
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos The Big Moment The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Early Edition Martial Law Walker, Texas Ranger (#25/9.2)
(Tied with Spin City and Dateline NBC – Friday)
Spring Sons of Thunder
Follow-up Walker, Texas Ranger (#25/9.2)
(Tied with Spin City and Dateline NBC – Friday)
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local Programming
NBC Fall Wind on Water The Pretender Profiler
Follow Up The Pretender repeats / NBC Specials

By network[edit]

ABC[edit]

CBS[edit]

Fox[edit]

NBC[edit]

UPN[edit]

The WB[edit]

Returning series

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.