1987–88 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 1987–88 network television schedule for the four major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 1987 through August 1988. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 1986–87 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football .

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Note: This is the first fall season for Fox, and the first year since 1958-59 that a fourth commercial television network (NTA) was broadcasting. Fox would air only two days a week until 1989.

PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

New series are highlighted in bold.

All times given are in U.S. Eastern Time and Pacific Time (except for some live events or specials). Subtract one hour for Central and Mountain times. From February 13 to 28, 1988, all of ABC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research. [1]

  Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.
  Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.
  Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.

Sunday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Disney Sunday Movie Spenser: For Hire Dolly Buck James
Winter The Disney Sunday Movie The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Spring The Disney Sunday Movie Supercarrier
Follow-upSpecials
Summer MacGyver
CBS 60 Minutes (#8/20.6) Murder, She Wrote (#9/20.2) CBS Sunday Movie (#18/17.2)
Fox Fall 21 Jump Street Married... with Children Various programs The Tracey Ullman Show Mr. President Local Programming
Follow-up Werewolf Married... with Children Duet
Spring It's Garry Shandling's Show The Tracey Ullman Show Local programming
Follow-up America’s Most Wanted Werewolf
NBC Fall Our House Family Ties (#17/17.3) My Two Dads (#20/16.9)
(Tied with Valerie's Family )
NBC Sunday Night at the Movies (#23/16.7)
(Tied with Head of the Class )
Spring Day by Day (#28/16.2)
Summer Rags to Riches My Two Dads (#20/16.9)
(Tied with Valerie's Family )

Monday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver Monday Night Football (#16/17.4)
Mid-seasonThe ABC Monday Night Movie
Summer Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Frank's Place Kate & Allie Newhart (#25/16.5) Designing Women Cagney & Lacey
Follow-up Kate & Allie Frank's Place
Mid-season Designing Women Frank's Place Wiseguy
Spring Eisenhower and Lutz
Follow-up Cagney & Lacey
Summer Blue Skies Kate & Allie Designing Women Wiseguy
NBC ALF (#10/18.8)
(Tied with The Wonder Years )
Valerie's Family (#20/16.9)
(Tied with My Two Dads )
NBC Monday Night at the Movies (#26/16.4)

Tuesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who's the Boss? (#6/21.2) Growing Pains (#5/21.3) Moonlighting (#12/18.3)
(Tied with L.A. Law )
thirtysomething
Mid-season The Wonder Years (#10/18.8)
(Tied with ALF )
Spring Just the Ten of Us
Summer Perfect Strangers
Follow-up Full House
CBS Fall Houston Knights Jake and the Fatman The Law & Harry McGraw
Mid-season 48 Hours Cagney & Lacey
Spring My Sister Sam Trial and Error Frank's Place Coming of Age
Follow-up Houston Knights The CBS Tuesday Night Movie
Summer CBS Summer Playhouse
NBC Fall Matlock (#14/17.8) J.J. Starbuck Crime Story
Follow-up Hunter (#28/16.1)
Spring In the Heat of the Night (#19/17.0)
Follow-upNBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
Summer J.J. Starbuck NBC Summer Showcase
Follow-up In the Heat of the Night (#19/17.0)

Note: The Dictator was supposed to premiere March 15, 1988 at 8:30-9:00 on CBS, but My Sister Sam replaced it at the last minute due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike.

Wednesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Perfect Strangers Head of the Class (#23/16.7)
(Tied with The NBC Sunday Night Movie)
Hooperman The Slap Maxwell Story Dynasty
Mid-season Growing Pains (#5/21.5)
Spring HeartBeat
Follow-up Just in Time
Follow-up China Beach
Summer Just the Ten of Us The Slap Maxwell Story Spenser: For Hire
CBS Fall The Oldest Rookie Magnum, P.I. The Equalizer
Mid-season The Law & Harry McGraw
SpringThe Smothers Brothers Show Jake and the Fatman
Summer Jake and the Fatman The Equalizer Wiseguy
NBC Fall Highway to Heaven A Year in the Life St. Elsewhere
Spring Aaron's Way (#30/16.0) Highway to Heaven A Year in the Life
Follow-up A Year in the Life The Bronx Zoo
Follow-up Highway to Heaven St. Elsewhere
Summer Highway to Heaven The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Sara The Bronx Zoo
Follow-up Night Court The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd St. Elsewhere

Note: Sara consisted entirely of reruns of the 1985 series.

Thursday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Sledge Hammer! The Charmings The ABC Thursday Night Movie
Mid-season The Charmings Growing Pains
Spring Probe Hotel Buck James
Follow-up Max Headroom
SummerThe ABC Thursday Night Movie Hothouse
CBS Fall Tour of Duty Wiseguy Knots Landing
Mid-season Simon & Simon
Spring 48 Hours
Summer Cagney & Lacey
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (#1/27.8) A Different World (#2/25.0) Cheers (#3/23.4) Night Court (#7/20.8) L.A. Law (#12/18.3)
(Tied with Moonlighting )
Spring The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
Follow-up Night Court (#7/20.8)

Friday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Full House I Married Dora Max Headroom 20/20
Follow-up Mr. Belvedere Pursuit of Happiness
Winter Mr. Belvedere The Thorns Sledge Hammer!
Follow-up Perfect Strangers Full House Mr. Belvedere The Thorns
Spring Family Man
Summer I Married Dora
CBS Fall Beauty and the Beast Dallas (#22/16.8) Falcon Crest
SummerCBS Friday Movie
NBC Fall Rags to Riches Miami Vice Private Eye
Winter Night Court Family Ties Sonny Spoon
Spring The Highwayman
Follow-up Night Court (#7/20.8) Beverly Hills Buntz Miami Vice
Midseason TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes The Highwayman
Summer Sonny Spoon
Follow-up Blacke's Magic

Note: Full House premiered Tuesday September 22, 1987 at 8:30 pm on ABC.

Saturday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Once a Hero Ohara Hotel
Follow-up Sable
Follow-up Ohara Sable
Winter Dolly Ohara Spenser: For Hire
Summer Hotel
CBS Fall My Sister Sam Everything's Relative Leg Work West 57th
Follow-upThe CBS Saturday Night Movie
Winter High Mountain Rangers Houston Knights
Follow-up Tour of Duty
Summer Kate & Allie Frank's Place
Fox Fall Werewolf The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Second Chance Duet Local Programming
Follow-up Mr. President Women in Prison The New Adventures of Beans Baxter Second Chance
Winter Boys Will Be Boys Mr. President
Spring Family Double Dare Boys Will Be Boys Werewolf Werewolf
Follow-upDirty Dozen: The Series
Summer Family Double Dare
Follow-up The Reporters Mr. President Women in Prison
NBC Fall The Facts of Life 227 (#27/16.3) The Golden Girls (#4/21.8) Amen (#15/17.5) Hunter (#29/16.1)
Follow-up J.J. Starbuck
Spring Hunter (#28/16.1)

By network

ABC

An ^ indicates a show that came back in first-run syndication after a network cancellation.

CBS

Fox

NBC

Note: The * indicates that the program was introduced in midseason.

+ These shows returned as "backup" programming in midseason

@ Formerly Valerie.

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References

  1. Highest-rated series is based on the annual top-rated programs list compiled by Nielsen Media Research and reported in: Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN   978-0-345-49773-4.