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This was the television schedule on all three commercial television networks in the United States for the fall season beginning in September 1978. 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 highest-rated shows are colored in magenta.[1]

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station. On ABC, its news brief, airs all seven nights at 9:58, pm.


Fall ScheduleEdit

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 The Hardy Boys Battlestar Galactica The ABC Sunday Night Movie #15 22.6 rating
CBS official 60 Minutes #6 25.5 rating Mary All in the Family #9 24.9 rating Alice #13 23.2 rating Kaz
follow-up (Oct. 15) All in the Family Alice Kaz Dallas
NBC official The Wonderful World of Disney The Big Event Lifeline
follow-up (Dec.) Centennial Lifeline Sword of Justice

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Welcome Back, Kotter Operation Petticoat ABC NFL Monday Night Football #28 19.8 rating
follow-up Lucan
CBS official WKRP in Cincinnati People M*A*S*H #7 25.4 rating One Day at a Time #18 21.6 rating Lou Grant #30 19.7 rating
follow-up The White Shadow
NBC Little House on the Prairie #14 23.1 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #21 20.9 rating

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days #3 28.6 rating Laverne & Shirley #1 30.5 rating Three's Company #2 30.3 rating Taxi #10 24.9 rating Starsky and Hutch
CBS The Paper Chase The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Grandpa Goes to Washington The Big Event

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight is Enough #11 24.8 rating Charlie's Angels #12 24.4 rating Vega$ #23 20.6 rating
CBS official The Jeffersons In the Beginning The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Dec. 13) Good Times
NBC Dick Clark's LIVE Wednesday NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Mork and Mindy #3 28.6 rating What's Happening!! #29 19.8 rating Barney Miller #16 22.6 rating Soap #19 21.3 rating Family
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC official Project UFO Quincy, M.E. W.E.B.
follow-up (Nov. 2) David Cassidy: Man Under Cover

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Donny & Marie The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The New Adventures of Wonder Woman The Incredible Hulk Flying High
NBC official The Waverly Wonders Who's Watching the Kids The Rockford Files The Eddie Capra Mysteries
follow-up (Nov. 3) Diff'rent Strokes #27 19.9 rating

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Carter Country Apple Pie The Love Boat #17 22.1 rating Fantasy Island #22 20.8 rating
follow-up (October 7) Welcome Back, Kotter Carter Country
CBS official Rhoda Good Times The American Girls Dallas
follow-up (Nov. 18) The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC official CHiPs #25 20.3 rating Various Sword of Justice
follow-up (Nov.) Weekend

Mid-Season ScheduleEdit

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 Donny & Marie Battlestar Galactica The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes All in the Family Alice The CBS Sunday Night Movie
follow-up (March 4) One Day at a Time Alice Stockard Channing in Just Friends #26 20.2 rating The Mary Tyler Moore Hour
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney The Big Event Weekend

Notes: The one and only airing of Co-Ed Fever was February 4 on CBS at 10:30 P.M. Mr. Dugan was supposed to premiere on CBS March 11 but it was pulled due to complaints from black members of the U.S. Congress.

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Salvage 1 How the West Was Won
CBS official Billy Flatbush M*A*S*H WKRP in Cincinnati Lou Grant
follow-up (March 5) The White Shadow
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Taxi Starsky and Hutch
follow-up (March 20) The Ropers #8 25.2 rating 13 Queens Boulevard
CBS The Paper Chase The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Cliffhangers The Big Event

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight is Enough Charlie's Angels Vega$
CBS official Married: The First Year One Day at a Time The Jeffersons Kaz
follow-up (March 28) The Jeffersons Miss Winslow and Son Dear Detective
NBC official Supertrain NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies
follow-up (April 18) Real People

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Mork and Mindy Angie #5 26.7 rating Barney Miller Soap Family
follow-up (April 5) Carter Country
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC official Little Women Quincy, M.E. Mrs. Columbo
follow-up (March 15) Harris and Company
follow-up (April 12) Whodunnit! (4/12-5/17)

Hizzoner (5/17-6/14)

Highridge Manor (4/12-5/17)

Specials (5/17-6/14)

Presenting Susan Anton

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Makin' It What's Happening!! The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Apr. 6) The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes Of Hazzard #20 21.0 rating Dallas
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes Joe & Valerie The Rockford Files The Eddie Capra Mysteries
follow-up (Jan. 26) Brothers and Sisters Turnabout Hello, Larry Sweepstakes
follow-up (Feb.) Hello, Larry Brothers and Sisters Turnabout
follow-up (Apr. 6) The Rockford Files The Duke

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Delta House Welcome Back, Kotter The Love Boat Fantasy Island
follow-up What's Happening!! Delta House
CBS official The White Shadow The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (March 24) The Bad News Bears Billy
NBC official CHiPs B.J. and the Bear Weekend
follow-up (Feb. 10) The Rockford Files
follow-up (Apr. 14) Supertrain

Summer ScheduleEdit

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 The Hardy Boys Battlestar Galactica The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes All in the Family One Day at a Time Alice Stockard Channing in Just Friends Moses the Lawgiver (repeats)
follow-up (Jul. 29) The Jeffersons Kaz
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney The Big Event Prime Time Sunday

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Monday Night Baseball
CBS The White Shadow M*A*S*H WKRP in Cincinnati Lou Grant
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Taxi Having Babies
follow-up (Jul. 3) Detective School Starsky and Hutch
CBS The New Adventures of Wonder Woman The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC The Runaways The Big Event

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight is Enough Charlie's Angels Vega$
CBS official The Jeffersons Good Times The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Aug. 8) Dorothy Hanging In
NBC Real People NBC Wednesday Night at the Movies

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Mork and Mindy Angie Barney Miller Carter Country 20/20
CBS The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC Project UFO Quincy, M.E. David Cassidy: Man Under Cover

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Operation Petticoat Welcome Back, Kotter The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Aug. 24) Fantasy Island
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes Of Hazzard Dallas
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes Hello, Larry The Rockford Files The Eddie Capra Mysteries
follow-up (Aug. 24) The Facts of Life

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Battlestar Galactica The Love Boat Fantasy Island
follow-up (Aug. 18) Carol Burnett and Company Hart to Hart (debut August 25)
CBS official The White Shadow The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (March 24) The Bad News Bears Billy
NBC official CHiPs B.J. and the Bear Weekend
follow-up (Feb. 10) The Rockford Files
follow-up (Apr. 14) Supertrain

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full Season PickupsEdit

ABC

  • Angie
  • Barney Miller
  • Battlestar Galactica (mid-season)
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Detective School
  • Eight is Enough
  • Family (mid-season)
  • Fantasy Island
  • Happy Days
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • The Love Boat
  • Monday Night Football
  • Mork and Mindy
  • The Ropers
  • Salvage 1 (mid-season)
  • Soap
  • Taxi
  • Three's Company
  • Vega$

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • The Bad News Bears
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Jeffersons
  • Lou Grant
  • M*A*S*H
  • One Day at a Time
  • The Waltons
  • WKRP in Cincinnati
  • The White Shadow

NBC

  • B.J. and the Bear
  • The Big Event
  • CHiPs
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Hello, Larry
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • Prime Time Sunday
  • Real People
  • The Rockford Files
  • The Wonderful World of Disney

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • Apple Pie
  • Carol Burnett and Company
  • Carter Country
  • Delta House
  • Donny & Marie
  • The Hardy Boys
  • How the West Was Won
  • Lucan
  • The Mackenzies of Paradise Cove
  • Makin' It
  • Operation Petticoat
  • Starsky and Hutch
  • Welcome Back, Kotter
  • What's Happening!!

CBS

  • All in the Family (would transform into Archie Bunker's Place the following season)
  • The American Girls
  • Billy
  • Co-Ed Fever (aired once)
  • Dear Detective
  • Dorothy
  • Flying High
  • Good Times
  • Hanging In
  • Husbands, Wives and Lovers
  • In the Beginning
  • Kaz
  • Married: The First Year
  • Mary
  • Miss Winslow and Son
  • Mr. Dugan (cancelled before airing)
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Hour
  • The Paper Chase (would return on Showtime in 1983)
  • People
  • Rhoda
  • Stockard Channing in Just Friends
  • Wonder Woman

NBC

  • Brothers and Sisters
  • Cliffhangers
  • Dick Clark's Live Wednesday
  • The Eddie Capra Mysteries
  • Grandpa Goes to Washington
  • Harris and Company
  • Hizzoner
  • Joe and Valerie
  • Lifeline
  • Little Women
  • Project UFO
  • The Runaways
  • Supertrain
  • Sword of Justice
  • Turnabout
  • W.E.B.
  • The Waverly Wonders
  • Weekend
  • Whodunnit!
  • Who's Watching the Kids

Technically Part of Next SeasonEdit

ABC

  • Hart to Hart (early premiere)

NBC

  • The Facts of Life (four-week tryout run)

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.
  • Shapiro, Mitchell E (1989). "Television Network Prime-Time Programming, 1948-1988". Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-89950-412-4.

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