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This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1983. 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. The top 40 rated programs are highlighted in orange. The top 50 rated programs are highlighted in silver. Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

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

All ratings data courtesy of TVTango.com's ratings database

Fall Schedule Edit

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! #68 12.56 rating Hardcastle and McCormick #15 18.71 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #12 20.52 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #2 24.35 rating Alice #30 16.93 rating One Day at a Time #47 15.35 rating The Jeffersons #19 18.50 rating Goodnight, Beantown #32 16.72 rating Trapper John, M.D. #31 16.81 rating
NBC First Camera Knight Rider #25 17.56 rating 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! #58 14.14 rating Monday Night Football #21 18.21 rating
CBS Scarecrow and Mrs. King #17 18.55 rating AfterM*A*S*H #10 20.59 rating Newhart #24 18.03 rating Woman to Woman
NBC Boone #83 10.53 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #22 18.21 rating

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Just Our Luck #65 13.10 rating Happy Days #55 14.47 rating Three's Company #35 16.64 rating Oh, Madeline #52 15.01 rating Hart to Hart #41 15.68 rating
CBS The Mississippi #60 13.71 rating The CBS Tuesday Night Movies #28 17.30 rating
NBC The A-Team #4 24.16 rating Remington Steele #33 16.65 rating Bay City Blues #88 10.00 rating

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Fall Guy #13 20.05 rating Dynasty #3 24.08 rating Hotel #27 17.32 rating
CBS Whiz Kids #76 11.07 rating The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC Real People #39 15.94 rating The Facts of Life #24 17.46 rating Family Ties #43 15.62 rating St. Elsewhere #64 13.41 rating

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Trauma Center #69 12.35 rating 9 to 5 #75 11.12 rating It's Not Easy #81 10.60 rating 20/20
follow-up (Nov. 3) Specials

Automan #62 13.63 rating (debut December 15)

Trauma Center
CBS Magnum, P.I. #7 22.62 rating Simon and Simon #3 24.27 rating Knots Landing #9 20.85 rating
NBC Gimme a Break! #49 15.20 rating Mama's Family #59 13.71 rating We Got It Made #56 14.32 rating Cheers #34 16.64 rating Hill Street Blues #29 17.20 rating

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Benson #37 16.31 rating Webster #26 17.47 rating Lottery! #70 12.17 rating Matt Houston #42 15.65 rating
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard #46 15.44 rating Dallas #1 25.63 rating Falcon Crest #8 22.13 rating
NBC official Mr. Smith #87 10.04 rating Jennifer Slept Here #85 10.40 rating Manimal #84 10.47 rating For Love and Honor #89 9.77 rating
follow-up (Nov. 11) 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 T.J. Hooker #40 15.90 rating The Love Boat #14 19.54 rating Fantasy Island #48 15.31 rating
CBS Cutter to Houston #91 8.86 rating The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes #50 15.07 rating Silver Spoons #53 14.94 rating The Rousters #90 9.03 rating The Yellow Rose #82 10.58 rating
follow-up (Dec. 3) Manimal

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hardcastle and McCormick The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes The Four Seasons #72 11.65 rating One Day at a Time The Jeffersons Alice Trapper John, M.D.
follow-up (Mar. 4) Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs #51 15.05 rating The Four Seasons
follow-up (Apr. 22) AfterM*A*S*H
NBC official First Camera Knight Rider NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Apr. 8) Father Murphy (repeats)

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! The ABC Monday Night Movie #11 20.52 rating
follow-up (Mar. 5) Automan (to Apr. 2)

Blue Thunder #57 14.31 rating (Apr. 9-30)

CBS official Scarecrow and Mrs. King AfterM*A*S*H Newhart Woman to Woman
follow-up (Mar. 19) Kate & Allie #20 18.42 rating Cagney & Lacey #10 23.02 rating
NBC TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes #18 18.52 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 official Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders #66 12.88 rating Happy Days Three's Company Oh, Madeline Hart to Hart
follow-up (Mar. 6) A.K.A. Pablo #54 14.78 rating Shaping Up #38 16.06 rating
CBS official The Mississippi The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 27) The American Parade #79 10.77 rating
NBC The A-Team Riptide #14 18.56 rating Remington Steele

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Fall Guy Dynasty Hotel
CBS official Domestic Life #63 13.60 rating Empire #77 10.85 rating The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 7) One Day at a Time Mama Malone #78 10.78 rating
NBC official Real People The Facts of Life Night Court #44 15.53 rating St. Elsewhere
follow-up Double Trouble #61 13.69 rating

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Automan Masquerade #71 11.97 rating 20/20
follow-up (Feb. 2) The ABC Thursday Night Movie
follow-up (Mar) Two Marriages #73 11.63 rating Lottery!
follow-up (May 3) The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
NBC official Gimme a Break! Family Ties Cheers Buffalo Bill #67 12.84 rating Hill Street Blues
follow-up The Duck Factory #74 11.43 rating

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Benson Webster Blue Thunder Matt Houston
follow-up (Mar. 30) Masquerade
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC official Legmen #93 8.06 rating The Master #86 10.29 rating The New Show #94 7.81 rating
follow-up (Feb.) The Master Legmen The New Show
follow-up (Mar. 23) 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 T.J. Hooker The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS Whiz Kids Airwolf #45 15.47 rating Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #36 16.53 rating
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons We Got It Made Mama's Family The Yellow Rose
follow-up (Mar.) People are Funny #80 10.68 rating

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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hardcastle and McCormick The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS official 60 Minutes AfterM*A*S*H The Four Seasons The Jeffersons Alice Trapper John, M.D.
follow-up (Jul.) Goodnight, Beantown
follow-up (Aug. 5) One Day at a Time Goodnight, Beantown
NBC Summer Sunday USA Knight Rider 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 Monday Night Baseball
CBS Scarecrow and Mrs. King Newhart Kate & Allie Cagney & Lacey
NBC TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes 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 Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders Three's Company Hotel Hart to Hart
follow-up (Aug. 7) The ABC Tuesday Night Movie
CBS AfterM*A*S*H Domestic Life The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC The A-Team Riptide Remington Steele

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official The Fall Guy The ABC Wednesday Night Movie
follow-up (Aug. 8) Dynasty Hotel
CBS Crossroads The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC official Real People The Facts of Life The Duck Factory St. Elsewhere
follow-up (Jul. 11) Double Trouble Jennifer Slept Here

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Specials Lottery! 20/20
CBS Magnum, P.I. Simon and Simon Knots Landing
NBC Gimme a Break! Family Ties Cheers Night Court 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 Webster Blue Thunder Matt Houston
CBS official The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas Falcon Crest
follow-up (Aug. 17) Comedy Zone #92 8.45 rating
NBC The Master 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 T.J. Hooker The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS official Mama Malone Specials The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (Jul. 28) Airwolf
NBC official Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons Mama's Family People are Funny The Rousters
follow-up (Jul. 28) Bosom Buddies (repeats) Boone

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

Full-Season PickupsEdit

ABC

  • 20/20
  • Benson
  • Dynasty
  • The Fall Guy
  • Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders"
  • Hardcastle and McCormick
  • Hotel
  • The Love Boat
  • Matt Houston
  • Ripley's Believe It Or Not!
  • T.J. Hooker
  • Webster

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • AfterMASH
  • Alice
  • Cagney & Lacey
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Falcon Crest
  • The Jeffersons
  • Kate & Allie
  • Knots Landing
  • Magnum, P.I.
  • Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
  • Newhart
  • Scarecrow and Mrs. King
  • Simon and Simon
  • Trapper John, M.D.

NBC

  • The A-Team
  • Cheers
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Double Trouble
  • The Facts of Life
  • Family Ties
  • Gimme A Break!
  • Hill Street Blues
  • Knight Rider
  • Night Court
  • Remington Steele
  • Riptide
  • St. Elsewhere
  • Silver Spoons

Cancellations and EndingsEdit

ABC

  • 9 to 5 (to return in first-run syndication in 1986)
  • A.K.A. Pablo
  • Automan
  • Blue Thunder
  • Fantasy Island
  • Happy Days
  • Hart to Hart
  • It's Not Easy
  • Just Our Luck
  • Lottery!
  • Oh, Madeline
  • Shaping Up
  • That's Incredible!
  • Three's Company (would transform into Three's A Crowd the following season)
  • Trauma Center

CBS

  • The American Parade (Crossroads)
  • Comedy Zone
  • Cutter to Houston
  • Domestic Life
  • Empire
  • The Four Seasons
  • Goodnight, Beantown
  • Mama Malone
  • The Mississippi
  • One Day at a Time
  • Suzanne Pleshette is Maggie Briggs
  • Whiz Kids
  • Woman To Woman

NBC

  • Bay City Blues
  • Boone
  • Buffalo Bill
  • The Duck Factory
  • First Camera
  • For Love and Honor
  • Jennifer Slept Here
  • Mama's Family (to return in first-run syndication in 1986)
  • Manimal
  • Mr. Smith
  • People Are Funny
  • Real People
  • The Rousters
  • Summer Sunday USA
  • We Got It Made (to return in first-run syndication in 1987)
  • The Yellow Rose

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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