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This was the United States television schedule on all four commercial broadcast television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1993. 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 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]

Note: This is the first season in which Fox commenced television broadcasts on every night of the week from the beginning of the season onward.

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

New series highlighted in bold.

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

Fall scheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos #57 10.11 rating The New America's Funniest People #71 9.22 rating Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman #60 10.02 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #29 12.75 rating
CBS 60 Minutes #1 20.90 rating Murder, She Wrote #11 16.19 rating The CBS Sunday Night Movies #10 16.39 rating
Fox Townsend Television #105 3.97 rating Martin #69 9.29 rating Living Single #61 10.00 rating Married... with Children #46 10.77 rating Daddy Dearest #87 7.56 rating Local
NBC I Witness Video #91 6.75 rating seaQuest DSV #51 10.53 rating NBC Sunday Night Movie #33 12.26 rating

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Day One #62 9.89 rating ABC's Monday Night Football #8 16.69 rating
CBS Evening Shade #26 13.36 rating Dave's World #20 13.86 rating Murphy Brown #9 16.49 rating Love & War #13 14.67 rating Northern Exposure #14 14.57 rating
Fox Fox Night at the Movies #94 6.24 rating Local
NBC The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air #21 13.86 rating Blossom #31 12.52 rating NBC Monday Night Movie #23 13.76 rating

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Full House #16 14.37 rating Phenom #22 13.86 rating Roseanne #4 19.33 rating Coach #6 17.61 rating NYPD Blue #18 14.06 rating
CBS Rescue 911 #27 13.36 rating The CBS Tuesday Night Movies #25 13.46 rating
Fox Roc #102 5.10 rating Bakersfield P.D. #104 4.26 rating America's Most Wanted #95 6.23 rating Local
NBC Saved by the Bell: The College Years #83 7.82 rating Getting By #92 6.51 rating The John Larroquette Show #68 9.43 rating The Second Half #85 7.75 rating Dateline NBC #44 10.83 rating

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Thea #45 10.78 rating Joe's Life #47 10.64 rating Home Improvement #2 20.64 rating Grace Under Fire #5 17.91 rating Moon Over Miami #63 9.74 rating
CBS Hearts Afire #64 9.71 rating The Nanny #65 9.52 rating The CBS Wednesday Night Movies #54 10.35 rating
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 #43 11.40 rating Melrose Place #55 10.24 rating Local
NBC Unsolved Mysteries #36 11.99 rating Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric #52 10.52 rating Law & Order #40 11.88 rating

Note: On ABC, the sitcom Thunder Alley (#12, 15.18 rating), starring Ed Asner, premiered at 8:30 on March 9, 1994. Also on ABC, the news program Turning Point (#32, 12.46 rating) premiered in 1994 at 10:00. On CBS, the first casualty of the season, The Trouble with Larry (#90, 7.03 rating), was replaced by the return of Hearts Afire in October, while The Nanny did not debut till November. As well, South of Sunset (#97, 6.10 rating) aired only once, on its debut date of October 27, and was replaced by movies until January. Also on ABC, The Critic (#76, 8.60 rating) premiered at 8:30 on January 26, 1994.

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Missing Persons #70 9.24 rating Matlock #35 12.12 rating Primetime Live #17 14.17 rating
CBS In the Heat of the Night #48 10.63 rating Eye to Eye with Connie Chung #56 10.18 rating Angel Falls #72 9.20 rating
Fox The Simpsons #42 11.73 rating The Sinbad Show #74 9.09 rating In Living Color #78 7.98 rating Herman's Head #96 6.18 rating Local
NBC Mad About You #30 12.69 rating Wings #19 14.06 rating Seinfeld #3 19.63 rating Frasier #7 17.00 rating L.A. Law #37 11.98 rating

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Family Matters #28 12.91 rating Boy Meets World #39 11.89 rating Step By Step #34 12.15 rating Hangin' with Mr. Cooper #38 11.92 rating 20/20 #15 14.47 rating
CBS The CBS Friday Night Movies #53 10.45 rating Picket Fences #66 9.49 rating
Fox The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. #99 5.54 rating The X-Files #89 7.11 rating Local
NBC Against the Grain #98 5.75 rating NBC Friday Night at the Movies #77 8.43 rating

Note: On CBS, Good Advice (#86, 7.64 rating) was to have returned on this night at 9 p.m., followed by Bob (#84, 7.78 rating) at 9:30 p.m. Late changes resulted in Bob beginning at 9 p.m., Family Album (#93, 6.43 rating) moving to 9:30 p.m. in mid-October, It Had to Be You (#79, 7.95 rating) being canceled at the same time, and Good Advice not returning till the following May. Additionally, Diagnosis: Murder (#50, 10.53 rating) premiered in late October to fill the 8–9 p.m. hour.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC George #73 9.16 rating Where I Live #100 5.43 rating The Paula Poundstone Show #101 5.25 rating The Commish #49 10.61 rating
CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman #24 13.46 rating Harts of the West #75 9.03 rating Walker, Texas Ranger #41 11.74 rating
Fox COPS #80 7.87 rating COPS 2 #81 7.87 rating Front Page #103 4.64 rating Local
NBC The Mommies #82 7.86 rating Café Americain #88 7.23 rating Empty Nest #67 9.46 rating Nurses #59 10.06 rating Sisters #58 10.11 rating

Note: On ABC, George debuted in November.

Pickups and showsEdit

Full season showsEdit

ABC

  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • America's Funniest People
  • Boy Meets World
  • Coach
  • The Commish
  • The Critic
  • Day One
  • Dinosaurs
  • Family Matters
  • Full House
  • George
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Hangin' With Mr. Cooper
  • Home Improvement
  • Joe's Life
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman
  • Matlock
  • Missing Persons
  • Monday Night Football
  • Moon Over Miami
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Paula Poundstone Show
  • Phenom
  • Primetime Live
  • Roseanne
  • Sister, Sister
  • Step By Step
  • Thea
  • Thunder Alley
  • The Trouble With Larry
  • Turning Point
  • Where I Live

CBS

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • Angel Falls
  • Bob
  • Dave's World
  • Diagnosis: Murder
  • Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
  • Evening Shade
  • Eye To Eye With Connie Chung
  • Good Advice
  • Family Album
  • Harts of the West
  • Hearts Afire
  • In The Heat Of The Night
  • It Had to Be You
  • Love & War
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Murphy Brown
  • The Nanny
  • Northern Exposure
  • Picket Fences
  • Rescue 911
  • South of Sunset
  • Walker, Texas Ranger

Fox

  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
  • America's Most Wanted
  • Bakersfield, P.D.
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • The Chevy Chase Show
  • Comic Strip Live
  • Cops
  • Daddy Dearest
  • Encounters: The Hidden Truth
  • Front Page
  • Herman's Head
  • In Living Color
  • Living Single
  • Married… With Children
  • Martin
  • Melrose Place
  • Roc
  • Sightings
  • The Simpsons
  • The Sinbad Show
  • Townsend Television
  • The X-Files

NBC

  • Against The Grain
  • Blossom
  • Café Americain
  • Dateline NBC
  • Empty Nest
  • Frasier
  • The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air
  • Getting By
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • I Witness Video
  • The John Larroquette Show
  • L.A. Law
  • Law & Order
  • Mad About You
  • The Mommies
  • Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric
  • Nurses
  • Saved By The Bell: The College Years
  • SeaQuest DSV
  • The Second Half
  • Seinfeld
  • Sisters
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Wings

ReferencesEdit

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