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This was the schedule for the United States' three commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1982. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

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

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

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

Fall ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Matt Houston The ABC Sunday Night Movie #26 17.6 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #1 25.5 rating Archie Bunker's Place #23 18.3 rating Gloria #18 18.7 rating The Jeffersons #12 20.0 rating One Day at a Time #16 19.1 rating Trapper John, M.D. #19 18.7 rating
NBC Voyagers! CHiPs NBC Sunday Night at the Movies

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 18.3 rating The ABC Monday Night Movie (9/27-11/15) #24 18.0 rating/ABC NFL Monday Night Football (started 11/22 due to players' strike) #11 20.1 rating
CBS Square Pegs Private Benjamin M*A*S*H #3 22.6 rating Newhart #13 20.0 rating Cagney & Lacey
NBC Little House: A New Beginning #29 17.4 rating 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 Happy Days #28 17.4 rating Laverne and Shirley #25 17.8 rating Three's Company #6 21.2 rating 9 to 5 #15 19.3 rating Hart to Hart #17 18.9 rating
CBS Bring 'Em Back Alive The CBS Tuesday Night Movies #27 17.5 rating
NBC Father Murphy Gavilan St. Elsewhere

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Tales of the Gold Monkey The Fall Guy #14 19.4 rating Dynasty #5 22.4 rating
CBS official Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Alice Filthy Rich Tucker's Witch
follow-up (Nov. 17) The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Real People #30 17.2 rating The Facts of Life Family Ties Quincy, M.E.

Note: On CBS, a sitcom called Mama Malone was supposed to have aired from 9:30–10 p.m., but was delayed when CBS decided to place Filthy Rich into the schedule. Mama Malone did not actually air until the spring of 1984.

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Joanie Loves Chachi Star of the Family Too Close for Comfort It Takes Two 20/20
CBS Magnum, P.I. #4 22.6 rating Simon and Simon #7 21.0 rating Knots Landing #20 18.6 rating
NBC Fame Cheers Taxi Hill Street Blues #21 18.4 rating

Note: Mama's Family was supposed to have aired on NBC from 9:30–10 p.m., but was pushed back to January 22 when NBC picked up Taxi from ABC.

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Benson The New Odd Couple The Greatest American Hero The Quest
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas #2 24.6 rating Falcon Crest #8 20.7 rating
NBC The Powers of Matthew Star Knight Rider Remington Steele

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC T.J. Hooker The Love Boat #9 20.3 rating Fantasy Island
CBS Walt Disney The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons Gimme a Break! Love, Sidney The Devlin Connection

Mid-Season ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Matt Houston The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes Archie Bunker's Place Gloria The Jeffersons One Day at a Time (to Mar. 6)/Newhart (from Mar. 13) Trapper John, M.D.
follow-up (Apr. 3) Goodnight, Beantown Newhart Alice (from Apr. 18)
NBC official Voyagers! CHiPs NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
follow-up (March) CHiPs Specials

On NBC, The A-Team premiered January 23, 1983 at 8:00 p.m.

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! The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS official Square Pegs Filthy Rich/Small & Frye (Mar. 7-21) M*A*S*H/Alice (Mar. 7-Apr. 11) Newhart Cagney & Lacey
follow-up (Mar. 28) Archie Bunker's Place Foot in the Door One Day at a Time
NBC official Little House: A New Beginning NBC Monday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Mar. 28) Love, Sidney Family Ties

Note: February 28, 1983 was the final episode of M*A*S*H. It is still the highest-rated single program in U.S. history.

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Laverne and Shirley Three's Company 9 to 5 Hart to Hart
CBS official Walt Disney The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 15) Ace Crawford, Private Eye Gun Shy
follow-up (Apr. 26) Bring 'Em Back Alive
NBC The A-Team #10 20.1 rating Bare Essence (to Mar. 8)/Remington Steele (from Mar. 15) St. Elsewhere

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Tales of the Gold Monkey/High Performance (Mar. 2-23) The Fall Guy Dynasty
follow-up (Apr. 6) The Fall Guy Ryan's Four (to Apr. 27)/Tales of the Gold Monkey (from May 3)
CBS official Seven Brides for Seven Brothers The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Apr. 6) Zorro and Son Square Pegs
NBC Real People The Facts of Life Family Ties (to Mar. 16)/Taxi (Mar. 23-May 24) 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 official The Greatest American Hero Too Close for Comfort It Takes Two 20/20
follow-up (Feb. 10) Condo Amanda's
follow-up (Mar. 31) Benson Condo
follow-up (May) Condo The New Odd Couple
CBS Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
NBC Fame Gimme a Break! Cheers Hill Street Blues

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Benson The New Odd Couple (to Feb. 25)/At Ease (debut March 4) The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Apr. 1) Baby Makes Five At Ease Renegades Tales of the Gold Monkey
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest

The Mississippi (Mar. 25-May 6)

NBC The Powers of Matthew Star Knight Rider Remington Steele (to Mar. 11)/Gavilan (Mar. 18)/Bare Essence (from Mar. 25)

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC T.J. Hooker The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS Bring 'Em Back Alive/Wizards and Warriors (debut February 26) The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons Mama's Family Taxi The Family Tree
follow-up (Feb. 12) Teachers Only The Family Tree (to Mar. 5)/Monitor (debut March 12)

Summer ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Matt Houston The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes Alice One Day at a Time The Jeffersons Newhart Trapper John, M.D.
follow-up (Aug.) Goodnight, Beantown
NBC official Voyagers! CHiPs NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Aug. 7) The Powers of Matthew Star Knight Rider

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! The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS official Square Pegs Private Benjamin M*A*S*H Archie Bunker's Place Cagney & Lacey
follow-up (Aug.) Newhart
NBC Love, Sidney Family Ties NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Note: CBS aired Archie Bunker's Place twice a week in June and July.

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Joanie Loves Chachi Three's Company 9 to 5 Hart to Hart
CBS On the Road with Charles Kuralt Our Times with Bill Moyers The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC The A-Team Remington Steele St. Elsewhere

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Tales of the Gold Monkey/High Performance (Mar. 2-23) The Fall Guy Dynasty
follow-up (Apr. 6) The Fall Guy Tales of the Gold Monkey (to Jul. 20)/The Hamptons (debuts July 27)
CBS Archie Bunker's Place Gloria The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC official Real People The Facts of Life Buffalo Bill The News is the News Taxi
follow-up (Aug. 3) The Family Tree

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official The ABC Thursday Night Movie It Takes Two 20/20
follow-up (Aug. 4) Eye On Hollywood Too Close for Comfort Reggie
CBS Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
NBC Fame Gimme a Break! Cheers Hill Street Blues

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Benson At Ease The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC The Powers of Matthew Star Knight Rider Eischied (repeats)

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC T.J. Hooker The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS Walt Disney The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons Quincy, M.E. Monitor/Casablanca (Aug.)

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full-Season PickupsEdit

ABC

  • 9 to 5
  • 20/20
  • Benson
  • The Fall Guy
  • Fantasy Island
  • Happy Days
  • Hart to Hart
  • The Love Boat
  • Monday Night Football
  • Matt Houston
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  • T.J. Hooker
  • Three's Company

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • Cagney & Lacey (originally cancelled, but after protests it was brought back in mid-season)
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Falcon Crest
  • Goodnight, Beantown
  • The Jeffersons
  • Knots Landing
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • The Mississippi
  • Newhart
  • One Day at a Time
  • Simon & Simon
  • Trapper John, M.D.

NBC

  • Buffalo Bill
  • Cheers
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • The Facts of Life
  • Family Ties
  • Gimme A Break!
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Knight Rider
  • Mama's Family
  • Monitor (re-named First Camera)
  • Real People
  • Remington Steele
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Silver Spoons

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • At Ease
  • Baby Makes Five
  • The Greatest American Hero
  • The Hamptons
  • High Performance
  • It Takes Two
  • Joanie Loves Chachi
  • Laverne and Shirley
  • The New Odd Couple
  • The Quest
  • Reggie
  • Renegades
  • Ryan's Four
  • Star of the Family
  • Tales of the Gold Monkey

CBS

  • Ace Crawford, Private Eye
  • Archie Bunker's Place
  • Bring 'Em Back Alive
  • Filthy Rich
  • Foot in the Door
  • Gloria
  • Gun Shy
  • M*A*S*H
  • On the Road with Charles Kuralt
  • Our Times with Bill Moyers
  • Private Benjamin
  • Seven Brides For Seven Brothers
  • Small & Frye
  • Square Pegs
  • Tucker's Witch
  • Walt Disney (to return on ABC in 1986 as The Disney Sunday Movie)
  • Zorro and Son

NBC

  • Bare Essence
  • Casablanca
  • CHiPs
  • The Devlin Connection
  • The Family Tree
  • Father Murphy
  • Gavilan
  • Little House: A New Beginning
  • Love, Sidney
  • The Powers of Matthew Star
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • Taxi
  • Teachers Only
  • Voyagers!

Changes of Network AffiliationEdit

ReferencesEdit

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