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This was the United States broadcast television schedule on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1997. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

New series 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 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.

For new series debuting during the season, it would ultimately prove to be one of the weakest in television history, as only seven shows would be picked up for a second season. Of those seven, only Dharma & Greg and Ally McBeal would last beyond three seasons, and would both end their runs at the end of the 2001-02 season just five years later.

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 The Wonderful World of Disney #30 (tied) 13.5 million (7.9/13) ABC Sunday Night Movie #38 (tied) 12.8 million (8.5/13)
CBS 60 Minutes #8 19.8 million (13.9/24) Touched by an Angel #5 21.8 million (14.4/22) CBS Sunday Movies #9 19.4 million (13.3/21)
Fox The World's Funniest! #93 9.5 million (6.5/11) The Simpsons #17 (tied) 15.3 million (9.3/15) King of the Hill #15 16.3 million (10.3/16) The X-Files #11 17.1 million (10.8/16) Local
NBC Dateline Sunday #71 10.8 million (7.7/13) Men Behaving Badly #97 (tied) 9.1 million (6.5/10) Jenny #92 9.7 million (7.0/10) NBC Sunday Night Movie #22 (tied) 14.2 million (9.5/15)
WB Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher #152 (tied) 2.8 million (1.9/3) The Parent 'Hood #149 3.4 million (2.3/4) The Jamie Foxx Show #143 (tied) 3.9 million (2.7/4) Unhappily Ever After #145 (tied) 3.8 million (2.7/4) The Tom Show #152 (tied) 2.8 million (2.1/3) Alright Already #156 (tied) 2.7 million (2.0/3) Local

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Timecop #120 6.7 million (4.9/7) Monday Night Football #6 21.0 million (15.0/26)
CBS Cosby #28 13.8 million (9.5/15) Everybody Loves Raymond #33 13.3 million (9.2/14) Cybill #67 11.2 million (8.3/13) George & Leo #63 (tied) 11.3 million (8.2/12) Brooklyn South #94 9.3 million (6.9/12)
Fox Melrose Place #80 10.2 million (7.5/11) Ally McBeal #59 (tied) 11.4 million (8.1/12) Local
NBC Suddenly Susan #71 (tied) 10.8 million (7.9/13) Fired Up #78 (tied) 10.3 million (7.5/11) Caroline in the City #51 (tied) 11.7 million (8.4/13) The Naked Truth #74 (tied) 10.7 million (7.8/12) Dateline Monday #16 15.4 million (11.4/19)
UPN In the House #141 (tied) 4.0 million (2.8/4) Malcolm & Eddie #140 4.3 million (3.0/5) Good News #143 (tied) 3.9 million (2.8/4) Sparks #145 (tied) 3.8 million (2.6/4) Local
WB 7th Heaven #131 5.8 million (3.8/6) Buffy the Vampire Slayer #133 5.2 million (3.5/6) Local

Note: On the WB, Three premiered on February 2, 1998 as a midseason replacement for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, when Buffy moved to Tuesdays on January 20, 1998.

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Various repeats Soul Man #29 13.6 million (9.1/14) Home Improvement #10 18.4 million (12.0/18) Hiller and Diller #30 (tied) 13.5 million (9.3/15) NYPD Blue #19 (tied) 15.0 million (10.8/18)
CBS JAG #36 (tied) 12.9 million (8.9/14) Michael Hayes #82 (tied) 10.0 million (7.3/11) Dellaventura #94 (tied) 9.3 million (6.8/12)
Fox Fox Tuesday Night Movie #96 9.2 million (6.2/10) Local
NBC Mad About You #32 13.4 million (9.7/16) NewsRadio #68 11.0 million (8.0/14) Frasier #13 (tied) 16.7 million (12.0/18) Just Shoot Me! #12 17.0 million (12.0/19) Dateline Tuesday #17 (tied) 15.3 million (11.5/20)
UPN Clueless #148 3.6 million (2.6/4) Moesha #141 (tied) 4.0 million (2.9/5) Hitz #151 3.1 million (2.3/4) Head Over Heels #156 (tied) 2.7 million (2.1/3) Local

Note: On January 20, 1998, the WB launched its "New Tuesday" line up with Buffy the Vampire Slayer at 8 p.m., and a new series, Dawson's Creek, at 9 p.m.

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Spin City #47 12.0 million (8.4/14) Dharma & Greg #25 (tied) 13.9 million (9.5/15) The Drew Carey Show #13 (tied) 16.7 million (11.1/17) Ellen #42 12.4 million (8.8/14) Primetime Live #22 (tied) 14.2 million (10.8/18)
CBS The Nanny #56 (tied) 11.5 million (8.3/14) Murphy Brown #86 (tied) 9.9 million (7.8/12) Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel #82 (tied) 10.0 million (7.4/12) Chicago Hope #45 (tied) 12.1 million (8.9/15)
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 #59 (tied) 11.4 million (8.3/14) Party of Five #56 (tied) 11.5 million (8.2/13) Local
NBC The Tony Danza Show #112 7.9 million (5.7/9) Michelle #13 6.2 million (4.4/7) 3rd Rock from the Sun #43 (tied) 12.3 million (8.5/13) Working #59 (tied) 11.4 million (8.0/12) Law & Order #24 14.1 million (10.1/17)
UPN The Sentinel #147 3.7 million (2.7/4) Star Trek: Voyager #132 5.4 million (3.9/6) Local
WB Sister, Sister #139 4.7 million (3.0/5) Smart Guy #136 (tied) 5.0 million (3.4/5) The Wayans Bros. #134 (tied) 5.1 million (3.5/5) The Steve Harvey Show #134 (tied) 5.1 million (3.4/5) Local

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Nothing Sacred #127 6.1 million (4.7/8) Cracker #129 (tied) 5.9 million (4.7/7) 20/20 Thursday #71 (tied) 10.8 million (8.5/14)
CBS Promised Land #35 13.1 million (8.9/14) Diagnosis: Murder #25 (tied) 13.9 million (9.8/15) 48 Hours #69 (tied) 10.9 million (8.1/13)
Fox Living Single #117 7.0 million (5.0/8) Between Brothers #118 (tied) 6.8 million (4.7/8) 413 Hope St. #129 (tied) 5.9 million (4.5/7) Local
NBC Friends #4 24.0 million (16.4/27) Union Square #7 19.9 million (13.6/21) Seinfeld #1 34.9 million (22.0/33) Veronica's Closet #3 24.4 million (16.8/26) ER #2 30.2 million (20.7/34)

Note: On FOX, World's Wildest Police Videos premiered on April 2, 1998 at 8 p.m.

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Sabrina, the Teenage Witch #63 11.3 million (7.4/14) Boy Meets World #55 11.6 million (7.5/14) You Wish #69 (tied) 10.9 million (7.0/13) Teen Angel #76 10.6 million (6.8/12) 20/20 Friday #19 (tied) 15.0 million (10.9/20)
CBS Family Matters #99 8.9 million (5.9/11) Meego #109 (tied) 8.0 million (5.6/11) The Gregory Hines Show #104 (tied) 8.2 million (5.7/10) Step By Step #102 8.4 million (5.8/10) Nash Bridges #51 (tied) 11.7 million (7.9/15)
Fox The Visitor #114 7.5 million (5.2/10) Millennium #104 (tied) 8.2 million (5.5/10) Local
NBC Players #113 7.8 million (5.4/10) Dateline Friday #34 13.2 million (9.5/15) Homicide: Life on the Street #74 (tied) 10.7 million (7.7/14)

NOTE: Meego was canceled October 24, 1997, and The Gregory Hines Show was canceled February 27, 1998.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC C-16 #124 6.4 million (4.5/8) Total Security #125 6.3 million (4.5/8) The Practice #82 (tied) 10.0 million (7.3/13)
CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman #51(tied) 11.7 million (7.7/15) Early Edition #48 (tied) 11.9 million (7.8/14) Walker, Texas Ranger #21 14.4 million (9.5/17)
Fox COPS #100 8.7 million (5.7/11) COPS 2 #82 (tied) 10.0 million (6.5/12) America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back #91 9.8 million (6.4/12) Local
NBC Sleepwalkers #104 (tied) 8.2 million (5.5/10) The Pretender #59 (tied) 11.4 million (7.4/13) Profiler #86 (tied) 9.9 million (6.8/13)

Pickups and ShowsEdit

Full Season ShowsEdit

ABC

  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Boy Meets World
  • C-16
  • Cracker
  • Dharma & Greg
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Ellen
  • Grace Under Fire
  • Hiller and Diller
  • Home Improvement
  • Monday Night Football
  • Nothing Sacred
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Practice
  • Primetime
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • Something So Right
  • Soul Man
  • Spin City
  • Teen Angel
  • Timecop
  • Total Security
  • Turning Point
  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
  • The Wonderful World of Disney
  • You Wish

CBS

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • Brooklyn South
  • Chicago Hope
  • Cosby
  • Dellaventura
  • Diagnosis Murder
  • Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Early Edition
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Family Matters
  • George and Leo
  • The Gregory Hines Show
  • JAG
  • Meego
  • Michael Hayes
  • Murphy Brown
  • The Nanny
  • Nash Bridges
  • Promised Land
  • Public Eye with Bryant Gumbel
  • Step by Step
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Unsolved Mysteries
  • Walker, Texas, Ranger

Fox

  • 413 Hope St.
  • Ally McBeal
  • America's Most Wanted
  • Ask Harriet
  • Between Brothers
  • Beverly Hills, 90210
  • Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction
  • COPS
  • Damon
  • King of the Hill
  • Living Single
  • Melrose Place
  • Millennium
  • New York Undercover
  • Party of Five
  • Significant Others
  • The Simpsons
  • The Visitor
  • World's Wildest Police Videos
  • The X-Files

NBC

  • 3rd Rock from The Sun
  • Built To Last
  • Caroline In The City
  • Dateline NBC
  • ER
  • Fired Up
  • Fraiser
  • Friends
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jenny
  • Just Shoot Me!
  • Law and Order
  • Mad About You
  • Men Behaving Badly
  • Michelle
  • The Naked Truth
  • NewsRadio
  • Players
  • The Pretender
  • Profiler
  • Seinfeld
  • Suddenly Susan
  • The Tony Danza Show
  • Union Square
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Working

UPN

  • Clueless
  • Good News
  • Head Over Heels
  • Hitz
  • In The House
  • The Love Boat: The Next Wave
  • Malcolm and Eddie
  • Moesha
  • The Sentinel
  • Sparks
  • Star Trek: Voyager
  • Sweet Valley High

The WB

  • 7th Heaven
  • Alright Already
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Dawson's Creek
  • The Jamie Foxx Show
  • Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher
  • The Parent 'Hood
  • The Tom Show
  • Sister, Sister
  • Smart Guy
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Three
  • Unhappily Ever After
  • The Wayans Bros.

ReferencesEdit

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