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The following is the 1989–90 United States network television schedule, the broadcast television schedule of the four United States television networksABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC—for the fall season beginning in September 1989. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football. PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but its schedule varied by local station.

New series are highlighted in bold. 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 programs are highlighted in orange. The top 50 programs are highlighted in silver.

Fall schedule Edit

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 official Life Goes On #84 9.49 rating Free Spirit #86 9.29 rating Homeroom #106 7.20 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #49 13.1 rating
follow-up (Jan. 14) America's Funniest Home Videos #4 20.95 rating Various Programs
CBS 60 Minutes #7 19.7 rating Murder, She Wrote #10 18.59 rating The CBS Sunday Movie #29 14.8 rating
Fox official Booker #111 5.67 rating America's Most Wanted #85 9.35 rating Totally Hidden Video #98 8.06 rating Married... with Children #40 13.69 rating Open House #104 7.71 rating The Tracey Ullman Show #113 4.70 rating It's Garry Shandling's Show #115 3.31 rating
follow-up (Dec. 17) The Simpsons #27 14.87 rating
NBC The Magical World of Disney #90 9.09 rating Sister Kate #75 10.43 rating My Two Dads #65 11.07 rating NBC Sunday Night Movie #35 14.1 rating

Note: On ABC, America's Funniest Home Videos (#4, 20.95 rating) premiered as a series at 8:00 on January 14, 1990 and the first episode of Twin Peaks aired at 8:30 on April 8, 1990.

On Fox, The Simpsons (#27, 14.87 rating) premiered as a series at 8:30 on January 14, 1990 after airing its Christmas special on December 17, 1989 in the same time slot. On March 25, 1990, The Outsiders (4.38 rating) premiered at 9:30, before moving to 7:00 the following week.

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC MacGyver #53 12.55 rating Monday Night Football #12 18.05 rating
CBS Major Dad #46 13.45 rating The People Next Door #56 12.22 rating Murphy Brown #25 15.16 rating The Famous Teddy Z #67 10.79 rating Designing Women #21 15.68 rating Newhart #39 13.73 rating
Fox 21 Jump Street #109 5.77 rating Alien Nation #110 5.67 rating Local
NBC ALF #37 13.84 rating The Hogan Family #43 13.52 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #33 14.4 rating

Note: City (#88, 9.14 rating) premiered on CBS on January 29 at 8:30. The ABC Monday Night Movie (#36, 13.90 rating) premiered at 9:00 on January 8. On CBS, Doctor, Doctor (#64, 11.18 rating) premiered its second season at 10:30 on November 13, 1989, while its replacement His & Hers (#100, 7.98 rating) premiered in the same slot on March 5, 1990.

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Who's the Boss? #13 18.05 rating The Wonder Years #9 19.17 rating Roseanne #1 23.1 rating (tied with The Cosby Show) Chicken Soup #11 18.16 rating thirtysomething #51 12.58 rating
follow-up (Nov. 21) Coach #18 17.08 rating
CBS Rescue 911 #54 12.44 rating Wolf #82 9.65 rating Island Son #74 10.48 rating
NBC Matlock #19 16.78 rating In the Heat of the Night #17 17.15 rating Midnight Caller #41 13.68 rating

Note: On ABC, Coach (#18, 17.08 rating) aired its second season at 9:30 beginning on November 21, 1989 as a replacement for Chicken Soup (#11, 18.16 rating), which declined in audience numbers each week and lost much of the lead-in audience of the #1 hit, Roseanne.

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Growing Pains #22 15.64 rating Head of the Class #30 14.80 rating Anything but Love #57 11.91 rating Doogie Howser, M.D. #28 14.85 rating China Beach #59 11.58 rating
CBS A Peaceable Kingdom #96 8.31 rating Jake and the Fatman #45 13.50 rating Wiseguy #66 10.84 rating
NBC official Unsolved Mysteries #14 18.0 rating Night Court #31 14.55 rating Nutt House #48 13.22 rating Quantum Leap #71 10.55 rating
follow-up (Jan. 17) Dear John #20 16.45 rating

Note: On NBC, the sitcom Dear John (#20, 16.45 rating) moved to 9:30 on January 17, 1990, and on March 28, 1990, FM (#61, 11.38 rating) aired the rest of its run at 9:30. On July 5, 1989, Seinfeld premiered at 9:30 p.m. On CBS, Beauty and the Beast (#93, 8.87 rating) premiered its final season at 8:00 on December 13, 1989, while Grand Slam (#91, 9.07 rating) premiered at 8:00 on January 31, 1990, and on March 21, 1990, two shows, Normal Life (#112, 5.39 rating) and Sydney (#97, 8.17 rating) premiered at 8:00 and 8:30 respectively. On March 28, 1990, Equal Justice (#69, 10.59 rating) premiered its first season at 10:00 on ABC.

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Mission: Impossible #94 8.41 rating The Young Riders #70 10.57 rating Primetime Live #92 9.05 rating
CBS 48 Hours #76 10.35 rating Top of the Hill #78 9.95 rating Knots Landing #34 14.36 rating
NBC official The Cosby Show #1 23.1 rating (tied with Roseanne) A Different World #5 20.48 rating Cheers #3 23.09 rating Dear John #20 16.45 rating L.A. Law #15 17.99 rating
follow-up Grand #16 17.56 rating

Note: Father Dowling Mysteries (#63, 11.32 rating) premiered its second season on ABC at 8:00 on January 4, 1990. On NBC, the sitcom Grand (#16, 17.56 rating) premiered at 9:30 on January 18, 1990. ABC premiered the Twin Peaks pilot on April 8, 1990 in the Sunday 9pm time slot for The ABC Sunday Night Movie; regular episodes of Twin Peaks (#42, 13.61 rating) began airing on Thursdays starting April 12, 1990, replacing The Young Riders for the rest of the season.[1] On NBC, the first season of Seinfeld aired at 9:30 p.m. over the summer.

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Full House #23 15.35 rating Family Matters #38 13.73 rating Perfect Strangers #47 13.27 rating Just the Ten of Us #52 12.57 rating 20/20 #44 13.5 rating
CBS Snoops #102 7.86 rating Dallas #55 12.38 rating Falcon Crest #81 9.89 rating
NBC Baywatch #73 10.53 rating Hardball #79 9.94 rating Mancuso, F.B.I. #68 10.78 rating

Note: On CBS, The Bradys (#80, 9.92 rating) premiered at 8:00 on February 9, Bagdad Cafe (#58, 11.75 rating) premiered at 9:00, and Sugar & Spice (#89, 9.13 rating) at 9:30, both on March 30. On NBC, Nasty Boys (#72, 10.54 rating) debuted on March 2 at 9:00, and True Blue (#62, 11.38 rating) premiered at 9:00 on December 8.

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Mr. Belvedere #105 7.29 rating Living Dolls #99 8.04 rating The ABC Saturday Mystery: B.L. Stryker, Columbo, Kojak, Christine Cromwell #83 9.57 rating
CBS Paradise #77 10.13 rating Tour of Duty #101 7.94 rating Saturday Night with Connie Chung #103 7.79 rating
Fox COPS #107 6.78 rating The Reporters #114 4.64 rating Beyond Tomorrow #116 3.14 rating Local
NBC 227 #60 11.53 rating Amen #32 14.45 rating The Golden Girls #6 20.30 rating Empty Nest #8 19.18 rating Hunter #26 15.06 rating

Note: A Family for Joe (#87, 9.21 rating) premiered at 8:00 on March 24. Carol and Company (#24, 15.32 rating) premiered at 9:30 on March 31. Down Home (#50, 12.68 rating) premiered at 10:30 on April 7. 13 East (#95, 8.40 rating) premiered its second season on April 14, all on NBC. On ABC, H.E.L.P. (#108, 6.48 rating) premiered at 8:00 on March 3, 1990.

By networkEdit

ABCEdit

Returning Series:

  1. 20/20
  2. Anything Buy Love
  3. China Beach
  4. Coach
  5. Full House
  6. Growing Pains
  7. Head of The Class
  8. Just The Ten of Us
  9. MacGyver
  10. Mission: Impossible
  11. Monday Night Football
  12. Mr. Belvedere
  13. Perfect Strangers
  14. Roseanne
  15. thirtysomething
  16. Who's The Boss
  17. The Wonder Years

New Series:

  1. The ABC Saturday Mystery
  2. America's Funniest Home Videos
  3. B.L. Stryker
  4. Chicken Soup
  5. Christine Cromwell
  6. Colombo
  7. Doogie Howser, M.D.
  8. Equal Justice
  9. Family Matters
  10. Free Spirit
  11. Homeroom
  12. Kojak
  13. Life Goes On
  14. Living Dolls
  15. Primetime Live
  16. Twin Peaks (as of April 1990)
  17. The Young Riders

Not Returning From Last Season

  1. Dynasty
  2. Hooperman
  3. Incredible Sunday
  4. Knightwatch
  5. Moonlighting
  6. Murphy's Law
  7. Police Story

CBSEdit

Returning Series:

  1. 48 Hours
  2. 60 Minutes
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Dallas
  5. Designing Women
  6. Doctor, Doctor
  7. Falcon Crest
  8. Jake and The Fatman
  9. Knots Landing
  10. Murphy Brown
  11. Murder, She Wrote
  12. Newhart
  13. Paradise
  14. Tour of Duty
  15. Wiseguy

New Series:

  1. Bagdad Cafe
  2. City
  3. The Famous Teddy Z
  4. His and Hers
  5. Island Son
  6. Major Dad'
  7. A Peaceable Kingdom
  8. The People Next Door
  9. Rescue 911
  10. Saturday Night with Connie Chung
  11. Small Talk
  12. Snoops
  13. Sugar & Spice
  14. Top of The Hill
  15. Wolf

Not Returning From Last Season

  1. Almost Grown
  2. Annie McGuire
  3. The Cavanaughs
  4. Coming of Age
  5. Dirty Dancing
  6. The Equalizer
  7. High Risk
  8. Kate and Allie
  9. Live with Dick Clark! (Dick Clark Presents)
  10. Raising Miranda
  11. Simon & Simon
  12. This Is America, Charlie Brown
  13. TV 101
  14. The Van Dyke Show
  15. West 57th

FoxEdit

Returning Series:

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. America's Most Wanted
  3. Beyond Tomorrow
  4. COPS
  5. It's Garry Shandling's Show
  6. Married... with Children
  7. The Reporters
  8. Totally Hidden Video
  9. The Tracy Ullman Show

New Series:

  1. Alien Nation
  2. Booker
  3. In Living Color
  4. Molloy
  5. Open House
  6. The Simpsons

Not Returning From Last Season

  1. Duet

NBCEdit

Returning Series:

  1. 227
  2. ALF
  3. Amen
  4. Cheers
  5. The Cosby Show
  6. Dear John
  7. A Different World
  8. Empty Nest
  9. The Golden Girls
  10. The Hogan Family
  11. Hunter
  12. In The Heat of The Night
  13. L.A. Law
  14. The Magical World of Disney
  15. Matlock
  16. Midnight Caller
  17. My Two Dads
  18. Night Court
  19. Nutt House
  20. Unsolved Mysteries

New Series:

  1. Baywatch
  2. Carol and Company
  3. Down Home
  4. A Family for Joe
  5. FM
  6. Grand
  7. Hardball
  8. Mancuso, F.B.I.
  9. Nasty Boys
  10. Normal Life
  11. Seinfeld
  12. Sister Kate
  13. Sydney
  14. True Blue
  15. Wings

Not Returning From Last Season

  1. Baby Boom
  2. Day By Day
  3. Family Ties
  4. Highway to Heaven
  5. The Jim Henson Hour
  6. Miami Vice
  7. Nearly Departed
  8. Something Is Out There
  9. Tattinger's (Nick and Hillary)

Pickups and showsEdit

Full season showsEdit

ABC

  1. 20/20
  2. The ABC Saturday Mystery
  3. America's Funniest Home Videos
  4. Anything Buy Love
  5. B.L. Stryker
  6. Chicken Soup
  7. China Beach
  8. Christine Cromwell
  9. Coach
  10. Columbo
  11. Doogie Howser, MD
  12. Equal Justice
  13. Family Matters
  14. Father Downling Mysteries
  15. Free Spirit
  16. Full House
  17. Growing Pains
  18. H.E.L.P.
  19. Head of the Class
  20. Homeroom
  21. Just The Ten Of Us
  22. Kojak
  23. Living Dolls
  24. MacGyver
  25. Mission: Impossible
  26. Monday Night Football
  27. Mr. Belvedere
  28. Perfect Strangers
  29. Primetime Live
  30. Roseanne
  31. thirtysomething
  32. Twin Peaks
  33. Who's The Boss?
  34. The Wonder Years
  35. The Young Riders

CBS

  1. 48 Hours
  2. 60 Minutes
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. The Bradys
  5. City
  6. Dallas
  7. Designing Women
  8. Doctor, Doctor
  9. Falcon Crest
  10. The Famous Teddy Z
  11. His and Hers
  12. Island Son
  13. Jake and the Fatman
  14. Knots Landing
  15. Major Dad
  16. Murphy Brown
  17. Murder, She Wrote
  18. Newhart
  19. Paradise
  20. A Peaceable Kingdom
  21. The People Next Door
  22. Rescue 911
  23. Saturday Night With Connie Chung
  24. Small Talk
  25. Snoops
  26. Sugar & Spice
  27. Top Of The Hill
  28. Tour of Duty
  29. Wiseguy
  30. Wolf

Fox

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. Alien Nation
  3. America's Most Wanted
  4. Beyond Tomorrow
  5. Booker
  6. Cops
  7. In Living Color
  8. It's Garry Shandling's Show
  9. Married… With Children
  10. Molloy
  11. Open House
  12. The Outsiders
  13. The Reporters
  14. The Simpsons
  15. Totally Hidden Video
  16. The Tracey Ullman Show

NBC

  1. 227
  2. ALF
  3. Amen
  4. Baywatch
  5. Carol and Company
  6. Cheers
  7. The Cosby Show
  8. Dear John
  9. A Different World
  10. Down Home
  11. Empty Nest
  12. A Family for Joe
  13. FM
  14. The Golden Girls
  15. Grand
  16. Hardball
  17. The Hogan Family
  18. Hunter
  19. In The Heat Of The Night
  20. L.A. Law
  21. The Magical World of Disney
  22. Mancuso, F.B.I.
  23. Matlock
  24. Midnight Caller
  25. My Two Dads
  26. Nasty Boys
  27. Night Court
  28. Normal Life
  29. Nutt House
  30. Quantum Leap
  31. Seinfeld
  32. Sister Kate
  33. Sydney
  34. True Blue
  35. Unsolved Mysteries
  36. Wings

ReferencesEdit

General references: Template:Refbegin Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research:

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