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This was the television schedule for the three United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1980. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

The highest-rated show for the year is highlighted in lime. The top ten most watched programs are highlighted in yellow. The top 20 most watched programs are highlighted in cyan. The top 30 most watched programs are highlighted in magenta. Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1][2]

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

Note: An actors' strike hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. The shows in the schedule were the first to air new episodes in their respective time periods as they bowed in between late August and December 31, 1980. Some of the new shows intended for a fall launch did not debut until 1981 or 1982, if at all.

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 Those Amazing Animals Specials and Political Programs 

Charlie's Angels (Nov. 30)

The ABC Sunday Night Movie #24 19.4 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #3 27.0 rating Archie Bunker's Place #13 21.4 rating One Day at a Time #11 22.0 rating Alice #7 22.9 rating The Jeffersons #6 23.5 rating Trapper John, M.D. #18 20.7 rating
NBC Disney's Wonderful World CHiPs #25 19.4 rating The Big Event

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC That's Incredible! #22 20.5 rating ABC NFL Monday Night Football #20 20.6 rating
CBS Flo Ladies' Man (debut October 27) M*A*S*H #4 25.7 rating House Calls #8 22.4 rating Lou Grant #27 19.1 rating
NBC Little House on the Prairie #10 22.1 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #29 18.8 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 #15 20.8 rating Laverne & Shirley #21 20.6 rating Three's Company #9 22.4 rating Too Close for Comfort (debut November 11) #16 20.8 rating Hart to Hart #23 19.9 rating
CBS Political programming 

The White Shadow (Nov.)

The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Lobo Local The Steve Allen Comedy Hour (Oct.)

Note: On NBC, NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies aired from 8–10 p.m. from September to November.

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 Taxi Soap Vega$
CBS Enos (debut November 5) The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Real People #12 21.5 rating Diff'rent Strokes #19 20.7 rating The Facts of Life #26 19.3 rating Quincy, M.E.

Note: NBC's Movie of the Week aired from 9–11 p.m. between September and November.

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 Bosom Buddies (debut November 27) Barney Miller It's a Living (debut October 30) 20/20
CBS The Waltons #30 18.6 rating Magnum, P.I. (debut December 11) #14 21.0 rating Knots Landing #28 19.0 rating
NBC Games People Play NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Note: The CBS Thursday Movie Special aired from 9–11 p.m. from September till the end of November.

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Benson I'm a Big Girl Now (debut October 31) The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard #2 27.3 rating Dallas #1 34.5 rating
NBC Marie (debut December 12) Number 96 (debut December 10) NBC Magazine with David Brinkley

Note: NBC Friday Night at the Movies aired from 8–10 p.m. through October and November.

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Breaking Away (debut November 29) The Love Boat #5 24.3 rating Fantasy Island #17 20.7 rating
CBS WKRP in Cincinnati The Tim Conway Show Freebie and The Bean (debut December 6) Secrets of Midland Heights (debut December 6)
NBC Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters (debut November 18) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Notes: The CBS Saturday Night Movies aired from 9–11 p.m. through the end of November. Walking Tall and Hill Street Blues were intended to premiere in the fall of 1980 but were delayed because of the SAG strike.

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 official Those Amazing Animals Charlie's Angels The ABC Sunday Night Movie
follow-up The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC Disney's Wonderful World CHiPs The Big Event

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official That's Incredible! Dynasty Foul Play
follow-up (Mar. 16) Soap
CBS official The White Shadow M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
follow-up (Apr. 6) Private Benjamin The Two of Us
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

TuesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Too Close for Comfort Hart to Hart
CBS official That's My Line The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 17) Palmerstown, U.S.A.
NBC official Lobo B.J. and the Bear Flamingo Road
follow-up (Mar. 24) Hill Street Blues Walking Tall
follow-up (May 5) Nero Wolfe

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Eight is Enough Aloha Paradise Vega$
follow-up (Mar. 18) The Greatest American Hero
follow-up (May 6) American Dream
CBS Enos The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Real People Diff'rent Strokes The Facts of Life Quincy, M.E.

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 Bosom Buddies Barney Miller Taxi 20/20
CBS official The Waltons Magnum, P.I. Knots Landing
temporary (Apr. 9-Apr. 30) Checking In Park Place
NBC official Buck Rogers in the 25th Century NBC Thursday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Apr. 23) NBC Magazine with David Brinkley

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Benson I'm a Big Girl Now The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC official Harper Valley PTA Sanford (Jan. 9-30, returns Apr. 24)  

The Brady Brides (Feb. 6-Apr. 17)

Nero Wolfe NBC Magazine with David Brinkley
follow-up (Apr. 24) Specials The Gangster Chronicles

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Charlie's Angels The Love Boat Fantasy Island
follow-up (Mar. 7) 240-Robert (Mar. 7-21)

Eight is Enough (from Mar. 28)

CBS official WKRP in Cincinnati The Tim Conway Show Freebie and The Bean Secrets of Midland Heights
follow-up (Feb. 7) Flo Ladies' Man Concrete Cowboys
follow-up (Mar. 14) Flo Concrete Cowboys (to Mar. 21) 

That's My Line (from Mar. 28)

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NBC official Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Walking Tall Hill Street Blues
follow-up (Feb. 21) The Gangster Chronicles
follow-up (April) B.J. and the Bear Walking Tall

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 official Roots: The Next Generations (Repeats) The ABC Sunday Night Movie
follow-up Those Amazing Animals The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC Disney's Wonderful World CHiPs The Big Event

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC That's Incredible! Monday Night Baseball/ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS WKRP in Cincinnati The Tim Conway Show M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

TuesdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Too Close for Comfort Hart to Hart
CBS Universe Flo The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Lobo Hill Street Blues Nero Wolfe

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Charlie's Angels Vega$ Dynasty
CBS The White Shadow The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Real People Diff'rent Strokes The Facts of Life Quincy, M.E.

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 Bosom Buddies Barney Miller Taxi 20/20
CBS The Waltons Magnum, P.I. Knots Landing
NBC NBC Magazine with David Brinkley  

Games People Play

NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Benson I'm a Big Girl Now The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (8/7) The Krypton Factor (to 9/4)  

It's a Living (9/11-10/2)

CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC Harper Valley PTA Comedy Theatre NBC Friday Night at the Movies

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight is Enough (to 8/29)  

240-Robert (9/5-19)

The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS Enos The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters B.J. and the Bear Games People Play

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full Season PickupsEdit

ABC

  • Barney Miller
  • Benson
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Dynasty
  • Fantasy Island
  • The Greatest American Hero
  • Happy Days
  • It's A Living
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • The Love Boat
  • Monday Night Football
  • Mork and Mindy
  • Taxi
  • That's Incredible!
  • Three's Company
  • Too Close For Comfort
  • Hart to Hart

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • Archie Bunker's Place
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • House Calls
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Jeffersons
  • Knots Landing
  • Lou Grant
  • M*A*S*H
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Private Benjamin
  • Trapper John, M.D.
  • The Two of Us
  • WKRP in Cincinnati
  • Universe (returns in summer)

NBC

  • Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters
  • CHiPs
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • The Facts of Life
  • Flamingo Road
  • Harper Valley PTA
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • NBC Magazine With David Brinkley
  • Quincy
  • Real People

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • 240-Robert
  • Aloha Paradise
  • American Dream
  • Breaking Away
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Eight is Enough
  • I'm A Big Girl Now
  • The Krypton Factor
  • Soap
  • Those Amazing Animals
  • Vega$

CBS

  • Checking In
  • Concrete Cowboys
  • Enos
  • Flo
  • Freebie and the Bean
  • Ladies Man
  • Palmerstown, U.S.A.
  • Park Place
  • Secrets of Midland Heights
  • That's My Line
  • The Tim Conway Show
  • The Waltons
  • The White Shadow

NBC

  • B.J. and the Bear
  • The Big Event
  • The Brady Brides
  • Games People Play
  • The Gangster Chronicles
  • Lobo
  • Marie
  • Nero Wolfe
  • Number 96
  • Sanford
  • The Steve Allen Comedy Hour
  • Walking Tall

Changes of Network AffiliationEdit

  • Disney's Wonderful World: from NBC to CBS under the new name Walt Disney

ReferencesEdit

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