1989–90 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 1989–90 network television schedule for the four major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 1989 through August 1990. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 1988–89 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football .

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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.

This is the first season to feature entirely closed captioning programs on the Big Three networks.

This was the first time that two programs were tied for the no. 1 spot in the Nielsen ratings.

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.

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.
  Blue-grey indicates a news program.
  Light green indicates a sports program.
  Orange indicates a movie.

Sunday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Life Goes On Free Spirit Homeroom The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-season America's Funniest Home Videos (#5/20.9) Elvis
Summer Mr. Belvedere
Follow-up Tim Conway's Funny America
CBS 60 Minutes (#7/19.7) Murder, She Wrote (#13/17.7)
(Tied with Chicken Soup )
CBS Sunday Movie (#24/14.9)
(Tied with Hunter )
Fox Fall Booker America's Most Wanted Totally Hidden Video Married... with Children Open House The Tracey Ullman Show It's Garry Shandling's Show
Winter The Simpsons (#28/14.5)
(Tied with Night Court and Doogie Howser, M.D. )
Spring The Outsiders Booker
NBC Fall Brand New Life Sister Kate My Two Dads NBC Sunday Night Movie
Winter The Magical World of Disney
Follow-up Ann Jillian Sister Kate
SpringVarious programs
Follow-up 227 ALF
Summer The Magical World of Disney

NOTE: In Living Color premiered Sunday April 15 at 9:30 PM on Fox.

Monday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall MacGyver Monday Night Football (#10/18.1)
WinterThe ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring China Beach Capital News
Follow-up The Young Riders The ABC Monday Night Movie
Summer MacGyver
CBS Fall Major Dad The People Next Door Murphy Brown (#27/14.7) The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Full House )
Newhart
Follow-up The Famous Teddy Z Designing Women (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Full House )
Newhart Doctor Doctor
Winter City
Spring His & Hers
Follow-up Newhart Various programs
Summer Sydney Newhart The Dave Thomas Comedy Show
Follow-up Major Dad Doctor Doctor
Fox 21 Jump Street Alien Nation Local Programming
NBC Fall ALF The Hogan Family NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Spring My Two Dads
Follow-up Working Girl Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Shannon's Deal
Follow-upVarious programs
Summer ALF The Hogan Family NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Follow-up Working Girl

Tuesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who's the Boss? (#12/17.9) The Wonder Years (#8/19.2) Roseanne (#1/23.1)
(Tied with The Cosby Show )
Chicken Soup (#13/17.7)
(Tied with Murder, She Wrote )
Thirtysomething
Follow-up Coach (#18/17.0)
CBS Fall Rescue 911 Wolf Island Son
Follow-upCBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Fall Matlock (#20/16.6) In the Heat of the Night (#19/16.9) Midnight Caller
Summer Real Life with Jane Pauley

Wednesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Growing Pains (#21/15.4) Head of the Class (#26/14.8) Doogie Howser, M.D. (#28/14.5)
(Tied with The Simpsons and Night Court )
Anything but Love China Beach
SpringThe Marshall Chronicles Equal Justice
Follow-up Brewster Place
Summer Anything but Love China Beach
CBS Fall A Peaceable Kingdom Jake and the Fatman Wiseguy
Follow-up Beauty and the Beast
Winter Grand Slam
Spring Normal Life Sydney
Follow-up Sydney Normal Life Knots Landing
Summer This Is America, Charlie Brown
Follow-up Newhart His & Hers Top Cops
NBC Fall Unsolved Mysteries (#11/18.0) Night Court (#28/14.5)
(Tied with The Simpsons and Doogie Howser, M.D. )
The Nutt House Quantum Leap
Follow-up My Two Dads
Winter Dear John (#17/17.2)
Spring FM
Summer Dear John (#17/17.2)

Note: FM premiered Thursday, August 17 on NBC.

Thursday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mission: Impossible The Young Riders Primetime Live
Mid-season Father Dowling Mysteries
Spring Twin Peaks
CBS Fall 48 Hours Top of the Hill Knots Landing (29/14.3) [2]
Winter Island Son
Spring Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Follow-up Falcon Crest
Summer Wiseguy Wolf
Follow-up Northern Exposure The Eddie Capra Mysteries
NBC Fall The Cosby Show (#1/23.1)
(Tied with Roseanne )
A Different World (#4/21.1) Cheers (#3/22.7) Dear John (#17/17.2) L.A. Law (#16/17.4)
Winter Grand (#15/17.6)
Spring Wings
Summer Seinfeld
Follow-up Grand (#15/17.6)

NOTE: The Eddie Capra Mysteries , which CBS aired from July 26 to August 30, consisted of reruns of episodes from the 1978-79 NBC series.

Friday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall
(through Jul 27)
Full House (#22/15.3)
(Tied with Designing Women )
Family Matters Perfect Strangers Just the Ten of Us 20/20
Late summer New Attitude
CBS Fall Snoops Dallas Falcon Crest
Winter Max Monroe: Loose Cannon
Follow-up The Bradys
SpringVarious programs Bagdad Cafe Sugar and Spice Dallas
follow-upSmall Talk City
Summer Falcon Crest CBS Friday Movie
Follow-up Candid Camera Bagdad Cafe Newhart Wish You Were Here Room for Romance
NBC Fall Baywatch Hardball Mancuso, F.B.I.
Winter True Blue
Follow-up Nasty Boys
Spring Hardball
Follow-up Mancuso, F.B.I.
Summer Bret Maverick The Yellow Rose Midnight Caller

Saturday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mr. Belvedere Living Dolls The ABC Saturday Mystery Movie
(B.L. Stryker/Columbo/Kojak/ Christine Cromwell )
Winter Mission: Impossible
Spring H.E.L.P.
Late spring Sunset Beat
Follow-up Elvis Growing Pains
Summer Super Jeopardy! Monopoly
CBS Fall Paradise Tour of Duty Saturday Night with Connie Chung
Winter
Spring
Summer Beauty and the Beast Tour of Duty
Fox Fall COPS The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow Local Programming
Winter Totally Hidden Video The Reporters
Spring In Living Color The Tracey Ullman Show
NBC Fall 227 Amen The Golden Girls (#6/20.1) Empty Nest (#9/18.9) Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Spring ALF
Follow-up A Family for Joe 13 East Carol and Company Down Home
Follow-up13 East Amen
Summer 227 Singer & Sons Hunter (#24/14.9)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)

By network

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CBS

Fox

NBC

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

+ These shows returned as "backup" programming in midseason

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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.
  2. "1989-90 Ratings History -- ABC Claws Closer to 1st Place NBC as FOX Finds Its Next Hit - The TV Ratings Guide". March 18, 2018. Archived from the original on March 18, 2018.