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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 1998. 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.

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Wonderful World of Disney #45 11.9 million 20/20 Sunday #46 11.8 million The Practice #34 12.7 million
CBS 60 Minutes #8 18.7 million Touched by an Angel #6 19.5 million CBS Sunday Movies #9 17.3 million
Fox The World's Funniest! #107 (tied) 7.2 million Holding the Baby #122 (tied) 4.9 million The Simpsons #25 13.5 million That '70s Show #49 11.7 million The X-Files #12 15.3 million Local
NBC Dateline Sunday #81 9.5 million (tied) NBC Sunday Night Movie #23 (tied) 13.6 million
UPN Local
WB 7th Heaven Beginnings #131 (tied) 3.7 million Sister, Sister #133 3.6 million Smart Guy #127 (tied) 4.0 million Unhappily Ever After #137 (tied) 3.3 million The Army Show #142 2.7 million Local

Note: On Fox, Family Guy premiered after The Simpsons on April 11, 1999, and The PJ's premiered at 7:00 p.m. on January 11, 1999.

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Monday Night Football #5 19.6 million
CBS Cosby #35 (tied) 12.5 million The King of Queens #35 (tied) 12.5 million Everybody Loves Raymond #14 The Brian Benben Show #77 (tied) 9.6 million L.A. Doctors #71 (tied) 10.0 million
Fox Melrose Place #95 (tied) 8.4 million Ally McBeal #20 (tied) 13.8 million Local
NBC Suddenly Susan #81 (tied) 9.5 million Conrad Bloom #97 (tied) 8.3 million Caroline in the City #91 8.8 million Will & Grace #40 12.3 million Dateline Monday #30 (tied) 13.0 million
UPN Guys Like Us #148 (tied) 2.3 million DiResta #154 1.9 million The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer #155 1.8 million Malcolm & Eddie #148 (tied) 2.3 million Local
WB 7th Heaven #106 7.6 million Hyperion Bay #140 2.9 million Local

Note: On CBS, the sitcom Becker premiered at 9:30 (replacing the short-lived The Brian Benben Show) on November 2, 1998.[2]

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Home Improvement #10 The Hughleys #37 (tied) 12.4 million Spin City #28 (tied) 13.1 million Sports Night #65 10.5 million NYPD Blue #15 (tied) 14.4 million
CBS JAG #17 14.2 million CBS Tuesday Movies #27 13.4 million
Fox King of the Hill #104 (tied) 7.9 million Costello #116 (tied) 5.6 million Guinness World Records Primetime #85 (tied) 9.1 million Local
NBC Mad About You #85 (tied) 9.1 million Encore! Encore! #99 (tied) 8.1 million Just Shoot Me! #37 (tied) 12.4 million Working #81 (tied) 9.5 million Dateline Tuesday #30 (tied) 13.0 million
UPN Moesha #137 (tied) 3.3 million Clueless #141 2.8 million Mercy Point #151 2.1 million Local
WB Buffy the Vampire Slayer #120 5.3 million Felicity #124 4.4 million Local

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Dharma & Greg #25 13.5 million Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place #44 12.0 million The Drew Carey Show #13 14.9 million The Secret Lives of Men #51 11.5 million 20/20 Wednesday #11 15.4 million
CBS The Nanny #84 9.3 million Maggie Winters #92 8.6 million To Have & to Hold #104 7.9 million Chicago Hope #73 9.9 million
Fox Beverly Hills, 90210 #75 9.7 million Party of Five #70 10.1 million Local
NBC Dateline Wednesday #41 12.2 million 3rd Rock from the Sun #77 (tied) 9.6 million NewsRadio #77 (tied) 9.6 million Law & Order #20 (tied) 13.1 million
UPN Seven Days #135 (tied) 3.4 million Star Trek: Voyager #122 (tied) 4.9 million Local
WB Dawson's Creek #118 (tied) 5.4 million Charmed #118 (tied) 5.4 million Local

Note: The Norm Show premiered March 24, 1999 on ABC at 9:30

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Vengeance Unlimited #109 (tied) 7.1 million ABC Thursday Night Movie #93 (tied) 8.5 million
CBS Promised Land #51 (tied) 11.5 million Diagnosis: Murder #32 12.9 million 48 Hours #62 (tied) 10.7 million
Fox World's Wildest Police Videos #77 9.6 million Fox Files #103 8.0 million Local
NBC Friends #2 23.5 million Jesse #4 20.1 million Frasier #3 22.5 million Veronica's Closet #7 19.3 million ER #1 25.4 million
UPN UPN Thursday Night at the Movies #145 2.5 million Local
WB The Wayans Bros. #134 3.5 million The Jamie Foxx Show #129 (tied) 3.8 million The Steve Harvey Show #125 (tied) 4.1 million For Your Love #131 (tied) 3.7 million Local

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Two of a Kind #60 (tied) 10.8 million Boy Meets World #58 (tied) 10.9 million Sabrina, the Teenage Witch #41 (tied) 12.2 million Brother's Keeper #62 (tied) 10.7 million 20/20 Friday #22 13.7 million
CBS Kids Say the Darndest Things #55 (tied) 11.1 million Candid Camera #53 (tied) 11.2 million Buddy Faro #97 (tied) 8.3 million Nash Bridges #37 (tied) 12.4 million
Fox Living in Captivity #127 (tied) 4.0 million Getting Personal #129 (tied) 3.8 million Millennium #111 6.5 million Local
NBC Dateline Friday #23 (tied) 13.6 million Trinity #99 (tied) 8.1 million Homicide: Life on the Street #66 (tied) 10.3 million
UPN Legacy #155 (tied) 1.8 million Love Boat: The Next Wave #152 (tied) 2.0 million Local
WB Local

Note: On Fox, the one-hour drama Brimstone premiered at 8:00 on October 23, 1998. On NBC, the drama Providence premiered at 8:00 on January 8, 1999.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC America's Funniest Home Videos #109 (tied) 7.1 million Fantasy Island #113 6.0 million Cupid #114 (tied) 5.8 million
CBS Early Edition #69 10.2 million Martial Law #57 11.0 million Walker, Texas Ranger #15 (tied) 14.4 million
Fox COPS #93 (tied) 8.5 million COPS 2 #74 9.8 million America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back #85 (tied) 9.1 million Local
NBC Wind on Water #114 (tied) 5.8 million The Pretender #71 (tied) 10.0 million Profiler #89 (tied) 8.9 million
UPN Local
WB Local

Pickups and ShowsEdit

Full Season ShowsEdit

ABC

  • 20/20
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • Boy Meets World
  • Brother's Keeper
  • Cupid
  • Dharma & Greg
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • Fantasy Island
  • Home Improvement
  • The Hughleys
  • Monday Night Football
  • The Norm Show
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Practice
  • Primetime
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • The Secret Lives Of Men
  • Spin City
  • Sports Night
  • Strange World
  • Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
  • Two of a Kind
  • Vengeance Unlimited
  • Whose Line Is It, Anyway?
  • The Wonderful World of Disney

CBS

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • 60 Minutes II
  • Becker
  • The Brian Benben Show
  • Buddy Faro
  • Candid Camera
  • Chicago Hope
  • Cosby
  • Diagnosis: Murder
  • Early Edition
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Kids Say the Darndest Things
  • The King of Queens
  • L.A. Doctors
  • Maggie Winters
  • Martial Law
  • Nash Bridges
  • The Nanny
  • Promised Land
  • To Have & to Hold
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Walker, Texas, Ranger

Fox

  • Ally McBeal
  • America's Most Wanted
  • Beverly Hills 90210
  • Beyond Belief: Fact Or Fiction
  • Brimstone
  • COPS
  • Costello
  • Family Guy
  • Fox Files
  • Futurama
  • Getting Personal
  • Guinness World Records Primetime
  • Holding the Baby
  • King of the Hill
  • Living in Captivity
  • Melrose Place
  • Millennium
  • Party of Five
  • The PJ's
  • Significant Others
  • The Simpsons
  • Thats '70s Show
  • The World's Funniest!
  • World's Wildest Police Videos
  • The X-Files

NBC

  • 3rd Rock From The Sun
  • Caroline in the City
  • Conrad Bloom
  • Dateline NBC
  • Encore! Encore!
  • ER
  • Frasier
  • Friends
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jesse
  • Just Shoot Me
  • Law and Order
  • Mad About You
  • NewsRadio
  • The Pretender
  • Profiler
  • Providence
  • Suddenly Susan
  • Trinity
  • Veronica's Closet
  • Will & Grace
  • Wind on Water
  • Working

UPN

  • America's Greatest Pets
  • Between Brothers
  • Clueless
  • DiResta
  • Guys Like Us
  • In The House
  • Legacy
  • Lost Souls
  • Love and Boat: The Next Wave
  • Malcolm & Eddie
  • Mercy Point
  • Moesha
  • Power Play
  • The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer
  • The Sentinel
  • Seven Days
  • Star Trek: Voyager

The WB

  • 7th Heaven
  • The Army Show
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Charmed
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Felicity
  • For Your Love
  • Hyperion Bay
  • The Jamie Foxx Show
  • The Parent 'Hood
  • Sister, Sister
  • Smart Guy
  • The Steve Harvey Show
  • Unhappily Ever After
  • The Wayans Bros.

ReferencesEdit

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