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This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1976. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

The highest-rated show for the year is colored in lime. The top ten highest-rated shows are colored in yellow. The top 20 highest-rated shows are colored in cyan. The top 30 most-watched programs are colored in magenta.

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

The Muppet Show (syndicated in the U.S.) premiered this season.

Fall ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Cos The Six Million Dollar Man #7 24.2 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #8 23.4 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #18 21.9 rating The Sonny and Cher Show Kojak Delvecchio
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney NBC Sunday Mystery Movie:

Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / Quincy, M.E.

The Big Event #6 24.4 rating

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Captain and Tennille ABC NFL Monday Night Football #22 21.2 rating
CBS Rhoda Phyllis Maude All's Fair Executive Suite
NBC Little House on the Prairie #16 22.3 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #20 21.8 rating

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Happy Days #1 31.5 rating Laverne & Shirley #2 30.9 rating Rich Man, Poor Man Book II #21 21.6 rating Family
CBS The Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour M*A*S*H #4 25.9 rating One Day at a Time #10 23.4 rating Switch!
NBC Baa Baa Black Sheep Police Woman Police Story

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Bionic Woman #14 22.4 rating Baretta #9 23.4 rating Charlie's Angels #5 25.8 rating
CBS Good Times #26 20.5 rating Ball Four All in the Family #12 22.9 rating Alice #30 20.0 rating The Blue Knight
NBC The Practice NBC Movie of the Week The Quest

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Welcome Back, Kotter #13 22.7 rating Barney Miller #17 22.2 rating The Tony Randall Show #29 20.1 rating The Nancy Walker Show The Streets of San Francisco
CBS The Waltons #15 22.3 rating Hawaii Five-O #19 21.9 rating Barnaby Jones
NBC Gemini Man C.P.O. Sharkey Chico and the Man Van Dyke and Company

Note: NBC was supposed to have aired Snip (a sitcom starring David Brenner) on Thursdays at 9-9.30 with specials on the 9.30-10 slot, but it never aired.

Friday Edit

A special program, Campaign '76, aired on CBS from 7:30 to 8:00 p.m. from September to early November in preparation for the presidential election.

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie #28 20.2 rating
CBS Spencer's Pilots The CBS Friday Night Movies
NBC Sanford and Son #27 20.3 rating Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Serpico

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Holmes & Yo-Yo Mr. T and Tina Starsky and Hutch Most Wanted
CBS The Jeffersons #24 21.0 rating Doc The Mary Tyler Moore Show The Bob Newhart Show The Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Mid-season ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries The Six Million Dollar Man The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Rhoda Phyllis Switch Delvecchio
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney NBC Sunday Mystery Movie:

Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / Lanigan's Rabbi

The Big Event

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Captain and Tennille Rich Man, Poor Man Book II The Feather and Father Gang
CBS The Jeffersons Bustin' Loose Maude All's Fair The Andros Targets
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Eight is Enough #23 21.1 rating Family
CBS Who's Who M*A*S*H One Day at a Time Kojak
NBC Baa Baa Black Sheep Police Woman Police Story

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Bionic Woman Baretta Charlie's Angels
CBS Good Times The Jacksons (Dec.-Mar.)/Loves Me, Loves Me Not (Mar.-Apr.) CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams CPO Sharkey The McLean Stevenson Show Tales of the Unexpected

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Welcome Back, Kotter What's Happening #25 20.9 rating Barney Miller The Tony Randall Show (Dec.-Mar.)/Three's Company (Mar.-Apr.) #11 23.1 rating Westside Medical
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC The Fantastic Journey NBC's Best Sellers

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Nashville 99 The Sonny & Cher Show (Jan.-Mar.)/Code R (Mar.-Apr.) The Hunter
NBC Sanford and Son Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Blansky's Beauties Fish Starsky and Hutch Dog & Cat
CBS The Mary Tyler Moore Show The Bob Newhart Show All in the Family Alice The Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Summer ScheduleEdit

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full-Season Pick-upsEdit

ABC

  • Baretta
  • Barney Miller
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Donny & Marie
  • Eight is Enough
  • Family
  • Happy Days
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Monday Night Football
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Three's Company
  • Welcome Back, Kotter
  • What's Happening!!

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • All in the Family
  • Barnaby Jones
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • Good Times
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • The Jeffersons
  • Kojak
  • M*A*S*H
  • Maude
  • One Day at a Time
  • Rhoda
  • Switch!
  • The Waltons

NBC

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • The Big Event
  • Chico and the Man
  • C.P.O. Sharkey
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Police Woman
  • The Rockford Files
  • The Wonderful World of Disney

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • Blansky's Beauties
  • The Brady Bunch Variety Hour
  • The Captain and Tennille
  • Cos
  • Holmes and YoYo
  • Mr. T. and Tina
  • Most Wanted
  • The Nancy Walker Show
  • Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II
  • The Streets of San Francisco

CBS

  • All's Fair
  • Ball Four
  • The Blue Knight
  • Code R
  • Delvecchio
  • Doc
  • Executive Suite
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • Phyllis
  • The Sonny and Cher Show
  • Spencer's Pilots
  • Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour

NBC

  • Best Sellers
  • Columbo
  • Emergency!
  • Gemini Man
  • McCloud
  • McMillan
  • NBC Mystery Movie
  • Police Story
  • The Practice
  • The Quest
  • Sanford and Son
  • Serpico
  • Van Dyke and Company

ReferencesEdit

  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.

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