1997–98 United States network television schedule

The 1997-98 network television schedule is for United States broadcast television on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1997. 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 is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

From February 7 to 22, 1998, all of CBS' primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.

For new series debuting during the season, it would ultimately prove to be one of the weakest seasons in American television history, as only seven shows would be picked up for a second season. Of those seven, only Dharma & Greg, Two Guys and a Girl, Dawson's Creek, and Ally McBeal would last beyond three seasons, and would all end their run within six seasons.

For its tenth and final season, onetime CBS powerhouse Murphy Brown was moved from its lifelong home of Monday nights to Wednesday, where it lost a significant number of viewers. For its last block of episodes in the spring, the show was put back into the familiar timeslot that it had once used to anchor the CBS Monday night lineup.


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 The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes (#7/13.8) Touched by an Angel (#6/14.2) CBS Sunday Movie (#9/13.1)
Fox Fall The World's Funniest! The Simpsons (#30/9.2)
(Tied with Everybody Loves Raymond)
King of the Hill (#23/9.7)
(Tied with Mad About You)
The X-Files (#19/10.6) Local Programming
Spring Damon
Follow-up King of the Hill (#23/9.7)
(Tied with Mad About You)
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday Men Behaving Badly Jenny NBC Sunday Night Movie (#27/9.4)
Winter All Star TV Bloopers / Dateline Sunday Dateline Sunday
The WB Fall Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher The Parent 'Hood The Jamie Foxx Show Unhappily Ever After The Tom Show Alright Already Local Programming
Follow Up The Tom Show Unhappily Ever After
Winter The Tom Show The Parent 'Hood The Jamie Foxx Show
Spring The Parent 'Hood Sister, Sister
Follow Up You're the One
May The Parent 'Hood Kelly Kelly Alright Already
Summer Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher The Parent 'Hood


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Timecop Monday Night Football (#5/15.0)
Follow-up The Practice
Winter America's Funniest Home Videos 20/20 (#21/10.0) The Practice
Spring Push
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall Cosby (#25/9.5)
(Tied with Dharma & Greg)
Everybody Loves Raymond (#30/9.2)
(Tied with The Simpsons)
Cybill George and Leo Brooklyn South
Winter George and Leo Style & Substance
Follow-up The Closer George and Leo
Spring Murphy Brown
Fox Fall Melrose Place Ally McBeal Local Programming
Spring Damon Getting Personal
NBC Fall Suddenly Susan Fired Up Caroline in the City The Naked Truth Dateline Monday (#14/11.4)
December Jenny Fired Up
Winter Fired Up The Naked Truth
Spring House Rules Suddenly Susan
Summer Suddenly Susan Veronica's Closet
UPN Fall In the House Malcolm & Eddie Good News Sparks Local Programming
Spring Love Boat: The Next Wave Star Trek: Voyager
Summer Clueless Clueless
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Winter Three
Spring Kelly Kelly Alright Already
Follow Up 7th Heaven repeats


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Home Improvement repeats Soul Man Home Improvement (#10/12.0)
(Tied with Frasier)
Hiller and Diller (#28/9.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger)
NYPD Blue (#17/10.8)
(Tied with Primetime Live)
Follow Up Soul Man Over the Top
November Grace Under Fire Soul Man Dharma & Greg
Winter Spin City Grace Under Fire
Spring Home Improvement repeats Something So Right That's Life
Follow-up Soul Man Something So Right
CBS Fall JAG Michael Hayes Dellaventura
Winter CBS Tuesday Movie
Follow-up Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Four Corners
Spring Chicago Hope
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie Local Programming
NBC Fall Mad About You (#23/9.7)
(Tied with King of the Hill)
NewsRadio Frasier (#10/12.0)
(Tied with Home Improvement)
Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9) Dateline Tuesday (#13/11.5)
Spring For Your Love LateLine
Follow-up NewsRadio Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9)
UPN Fall Clueless Moesha Hitz Head Over Heels Local Programming
Follow Up Moesha Clueless Malcolm and Eddie Hitz
Winter Moesha and Clueless repeats / UPN Special Presentation
Spring Malcolm & Eddie Good News
The WB Winter
(began Jan. 20th)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dawson's Creek
Summer Invasion America Invasion America
Mid-Summer Dawson's Creek


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Spin City Dharma & Greg (#25/9.5)
(Tied with Cosby)
The Drew Carey Show (#15/11.1) Ellen Primetime Live (#17/10.8)
Spring Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Summer Ellen
August Whose Line Is It Anyway?
CBS Fall The Nanny Murphy Brown Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel Chicago Hope
Spring Cybill Michael Hayes
Summer The Simple Life Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
Follow-up Style & Substance
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
Spring Significant Others
Follow-up Party of Five
Summer FOX Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Fall The Tony Danza Show Built to Last 3rd Rock from the Sun Working Law & Order (#20/10.2)
Follow Up Various Programming
December 3rd Rock from the Sun repeats The Tony Danza Show
Winter Seinfeld repeats
Spring NewsRadio
Follow Up 3rd Rock from the Sun repeats NewsRadio
Summer The Pretender
August Dateline Wednesday Stressed Eric
UPN The Sentinel Star Trek: Voyager Local Programming
The WB Sister, Sister Smart Guy The Wayans Bros. The Steve Harvey Show


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Nothing Sacred Cracker 20/20 Thursday
Winter Prey The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Spring The Practice
CBS Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder (#22/9.8) 48 Hours
Fox Fall Living Single Between Brothers 413 Hope St. Local Programming
Winter Between Brothers Ask Harriet New York Undercover
Spring World's Wildest Police Videos The X Files
Summer Fox Files
NBC Fall Friends (#4/16.1) Union Square (#8/13.6) Seinfeld (#1/22.0) Veronica's Closet (#3/16.6) ER (#2/20.4)
Spring Just Shoot Me! (#12/11.9)

NOTE: On Fox, Rewind was supposed to air 8-8:30, but it was cancelled due to production troubles.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Sabrina the Teenage Witch Boy Meets World You Wish Teen Angel 20/20 Friday (#16/10.9)
Winter Sabrina the Teenage Witch repeats Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Spring Hiller and Diller
Follow-up Boy Meets World repeats
Summer Sabrina the Teenage Witch You Wish Boy Meets World Teen Angel
CBS Fall Family Matters Meego The Gregory Hines Show Step by Step Nash Bridges
Follow-up Various programming Family Matters
Winter Kids Say the Darndest Things The Gregory Hines Show
Follow Up Candid Camera The Gregory Hines Show
Spring Unsolved Mysteries
Fox Fall The Visitor Millennium Local Programming
Winter Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction
NBC Players Dateline Friday Homicide: Life on the Street


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall C-16 Total Security The Practice
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Nothing Sacred Cracker ABC News Saturday Night
Follow-up The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Early Edition Walker, Texas Ranger (#28/9.3)
(Tied with Hiller and Diller)
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Follow-up Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The Magnificent Seven
Spring Early Edition
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local Programming
NBC Fall
(Started on Nov. 1st)
The Pretender Sleepwalkers Profiler
Follow Up The Pretender repeats / NBC Specials The Pretender
Winter All Star TV Bloopers

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  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.