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This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1977. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending their original runs are in italics.

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. On ABC, debuting news brief, airs all seven nights at 9:58, pm.

Fall Schedule Edit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries The Six Million Dollar Man The ABC Sunday Night Movie #20 20.8 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #4 (tied) 24.4 rating Rhoda #25 20.1 rating On Our Own #29 19.6 rating All in the Family #4 (tied) 24.4 rating Alice #8 23.2 rating Kojak
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney The Big Event #30 19.4 rating

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The San Pedro Beach Bums ABC NFL Monday Night Football #16 21.5 rating
CBS Young Dan'l Boone The Betty White Show Maude Rafferty
NBC Little House on the Prairie #7 24.1 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #15 21.7 rating

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Happy Days #2 31.4 rating Laverne & Shirley #1 31.6 rating Three's Company #3 28.3 rating Soap #13 22.0 rating Family #27 19.9 rating
CBS The Fitzpatricks M*A*S*H #9 23.2 rating One Day at a Time #10 23.0 rating Lou Grant
NBC The Richard Pryor Show Mulligan's Stew Police Woman

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Eight is Enough #12 22.2 rating Charlie's Angels #4 (tied) 24.4 rating Baretta
CBS Good Times Busting Loose The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams The Oregon Trail Big Hawaii

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Welcome Back, Kotter #28 19.9 rating What's Happening!! Barney Miller #18 21.4 rating Carter Country The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour
CBS The Waltons #21 20.8 rating Hawaii Five-O #23 20.4 rating Barnaby Jones #22 20.6 rating
NBC CHiPs Man from Atlantis Rosetti and Ryan

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The New Adventures of Wonder Woman Logan's Run Switch!
NBC The Sanford Arms Chico and the Man The Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.

Note: On CBS, The Incredible Hulk (TV series) (#26, 19.9 rating) replaced Switch effective March 10, 1978.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Fish Operation Petticoat Starsky and Hutch The Love Boat #14 21.9 rating
CBS The Bob Newhart Show We've Got Each Other The Jeffersons The Tony Randall Show The Carol Burnett Show
NBC The Bionic Woman NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Mid-season Schedule Edit

Summer Schedule Edit

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full Season PickupsEdit

ABC

  • Barney Miller
  • Carter Country
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Donny & Marie
  • Eight is Enough
  • Family
  • Happy Days
  • The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • The Love Boat
  • Monday Night Football
  • Operation Petticoat
  • Soap
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Three's Company
  • Welcome Back, Kotter
  • What's Happening!!

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • All in the Family (renewed in spite of Norman Lear's wishes to end the series)
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Dallas
  • Good Times
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Jeffersons
  • Lou Grant
  • M*A*S*H
  • One Day at a Time
  • Rhoda
  • The Waltons

NBC

  • The Big Event
  • CHiPs
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • The Rockford Files
  • The Wonderful World of Disney

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • Baretta
  • Fish
  • The Redd Foxx Comedy Hour
  • The San Pedro Beach Bums
  • The Six Million Dollar Man

CBS

  • The Betty White Show
  • The Bob Newhart Show
  • Busting Loose
  • The Carol Burnett Show
  • The Fitzpatricks
  • Kojak
  • Logan's Run
  • Maude
  • On Our Own
  • Rafferty
  • Switch!
  • The Tony Randall Show
  • We've Got Each Other
  • Young Dan'l Boone

NBC

  • Baa Baa Black Sheep
  • Big Hawaii
  • The Bionic Woman
  • Chico and the Man
  • CPO Sharkey
  • The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
  • The Man From Atlantis
  • Mulligan's Stew
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Police Woman
  • The Richard Pryor Show
  • Rosetti and Ryan
  • The Sanford Arms

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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