1989–90 United States network television schedule

This was the broadcast television schedule on all four United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1989. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

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

New series are highlighted in bold.

This is the first season to feature entirely closed captioning programs on the Big Three networks.

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 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.
     Blue-grey indicates a news program.
     Light green indicates a sports program.
     Orange indicates a movie.

Contents

SundayEdit

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 Life Goes On Free Spirit Homeroom The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-season America's Funniest Home Videos (#5/20.9) Elvis
Summer Mr. Belvedere
Follow-up Tim Conway's Funny America
CBS 60 Minutes (#7/19.7) Murder, She Wrote (#13/17.7)
(Tied with Chicken Soup)
CBS Sunday Movie (#24/14.9)
(Tied with Hunter)
Fox Fall Booker America's Most Wanted Totally Hidden Video Married... with Children Open House The Tracey Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show
Winter The Simpsons (#28/14.5)
(Tied with Night Court and Doogie Howser, M.D.)
Spring The Outsiders Booker
NBC Fall The Magical World of Disney Sister Kate My Two Dads NBC Sunday Night Movie
Winter Ann Jillian Sister Kate
Spring Specials/Various Programming
Follow-up ALF 227
Summer The Magical World of Disney

NOTE: In Living Color premiered Sunday April 15 at 9:30 PM on Fox.

MondayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver Monday Night Football (#10/18.1)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring China Beach Capital News
Follow-up The Young Riders The ABC Monday Night Movie
Summer MacGyver
CBS Fall Major Dad The People Next Door Murphy Brown (#27/14.7) The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Full House)
Newhart
Follow-up The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Full House)
Newhart Doctor Doctor
Winter City
Spring His & Hers
Follow-up Newhart Various programming
Summer Sydney Newhart The Dave Thomas Comedy Show
Follow-up Face to Face with Connie Chung
Fox 21 Jump Street Alien Nation Local Programming
NBC Fall ALF The Hogan Family NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Spring My Two Dads
Follow-up Working Girl Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Shannon's Deal
Summer ALF The Hogan Family NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Follow-up Working Girl

TuesdayEdit

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? (#12/17.9) The Wonder Years (#8/19.2) Roseanne (#1/23.1)
(Tied with The Cosby Show)
Chicken Soup (#13/17.7)
(Tied with Murder, She Wrote)
Thirtysomething
Follow-up Coach (#18/17.0)
CBS Fall Rescue 911 Wolf Island Son
Follow-up CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Fall Matlock (#20/16.6) In the Heat of the Night (#19/16.9) Midnight Caller
Summer Real Life with Jane Pauley

WednesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (#21/15.4) Head of the Class (#26/14.8) Doogie Howser, M.D. (#28/14.5)
(Tied with The Simpsons and Night Court)
Anything but Love China Beach
Spring The Marshall Chronicles Equal Justice
Follow-up Brewster Place
Summer Anything but Love China Beach
CBS Fall A Peaceable Kingdom Jake and the Fatman Wiseguy
Follow-up Beauty and the Beast
Winter Grand Slam
Spring Normal Life Sydney
Follow-up Sydney Normal Life Various programming
Summer This is America, Charlie Brown
Follow-up various His & Hers Top Cops
NBC Fall Unsolved Mysteries (#11/18.0) Night Court (#28/14.5)
(Tied with The Simpsons and Doogie Howser, M.D.)
The Nutt House Quantum Leap
Follow-up My Two Dads
Winter Dear John (#17/17.2)
Spring FM
Summer Dear John (#17/17.2)

Note: FM premiered Thursday, August 17 on NBC.

ThursdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mission: Impossible The Young Riders Primetime Live
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries
Spring Twin Peaks
CBS Fall 48 Hours Top of the Hill Knots Landing
Winter Island Son
Spring Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Follow-up Falcon Crest
Summer Wiseguy Wolf
Follow-up Northern Exposure The Eddie Capra Mysteries
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (#1/23.1)
(Tied with Roseanne)
A Different World (#4/21.1) Cheers (#3/22.7) Dear John (#17/17.2) L.A. Law (#16/17.4)
Winter Grand (#15/17.6)
Spring Wings
Summer Seinfeld
Follow-up Grand (#15/17.6)

NOTE: The Eddie Capra Mysteries, which CBS aired from July 26 to August 30, consisted of reruns of episodes from the 1978-79 NBC series.

FridayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall
(through Jul 27)
Full House (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Designing Women)
Family Matters Perfect Strangers Just the Ten of Us 20/20
Late summer New Attitude
CBS Fall Snoops Dallas Falcon Crest
Winter Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Follow-up The Bradys
Spring Bagdad Cafe Sugar and Spice
Summer various programming CBS Friday Movie
Follow-up Prime Time Pets Candid Camera Newhart Wish You Were Here Room for Romance
NBC Fall Baywatch Hardball Mancuso, F.B.I.
Winter True Blue
Follow-up Nasty Boys
Spring Hardball
Summer Bret Maverick The Yellow Rose Midnight Caller

SaturdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mr. Belvedere Living Dolls The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie
(B.L. Stryker/Columbo/Kojak/Christine Cromwell)
Winter Mission: Impossible
Spring H.E.L.P.
Late spring Sunset Beat
Follow-up Elvis Specials
Summer Super Jeopardy! Monopoly
CBS Fall Paradise Tour of Duty Saturday Night with Connie Chung
Winter
Spring
Summer Beauty and the Beast Tour of Duty
Fox Fall COPS The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow Local Programming
Winter Totally Hidden Video The Reporters
Spring In Living Color The Tracey Ullman Show
NBC Fall 227 Amen The Golden Girls (#6/20.1) Empty Nest (#9/18.9) Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Spring ALF
Follow-up A Family for Joe 13 East Carol and Company Down Home
Summer 227 Amen Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)

By networkEdit

ABCEdit

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FoxEdit

NBCEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.