1995–96 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 1995–96 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 1995 through August 1996. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 1994–95 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football .

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New series highlighted in bold.

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.

Other Legend

Note: This is the first fall season for The WB and UPN. The schedules of either network would not be constant until fall 1999, when the WB decided to air shows from Sunday through Friday and UPN would air Monday through Friday. This is also the first television season to officially end in the month of May. From July 19 to August 4, 1996, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

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

Sunday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall America's Funniest Home Videos Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman The ABC Sunday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Muppets Tonight America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#9/14.2) Cybill Almost Perfect CBS Sunday Movie (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order , The Naked Truth and Can't Hurry Love )
Spring The Bonnie Hunt Show
Follow-up Murder, She Wrote
Mid-Summer Touched By An Angel
Fox Fall Space: Above and Beyond The Simpsons Too Something Married... with Children Misery Loves Company Local Programming
Follow Up Martin What's So Funny?
SpringThe Show Local Heroes
Summer New York Daze The Crew
Mid-Summer Party of Five Married... with Children New York Undercover
NBC Fall Brotherly Love Minor Adjustments Mad About You Hope and Gloria NBC Sunday Night Movie (#21/12.2)
Winter Various Repeats / Specials NewsRadio
Spring Dateline NBC
Mid-Summer 3rd Rock from the Sun Boston Common
The WB Fall Pinky and the Brain Sister, Sister (Repeats) Kirk Simon Cleghorne! First Time Out Local Programming
Follow Up Kirk Sister, Sister (Repeats) Cleghorne! First Time Out Simon
Winter Simon Kirk Savannah
Spring The Parent 'Hood (Repeats)
Mid-Summer Kirk Brotherly Love The Parent 'Hood Sister, Sister Unhappily Ever After The Parent 'Hood

Monday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Marshal Monday Night Football (#5/17.1)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie Murder One
February Second Noah Various Special
Spring High Incident
Summer The Marshal The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall The Nanny (#16/12.5)
(Tied with Roseanne )
Can't Hurry Love (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order , the CBS Sunday Movie and The Naked Truth )
Murphy Brown (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger and Primetime Live )
If Not for You Chicago Hope (#23/11.9)
Follow Up High Society
Spring Almost Perfect Good Company
Follow Up Dave's World Cybill
Mid-Summer Almost Perfect
Fox Fall Melrose Place Partners Ned and Stacey Local Programming
Winter Ned and Stacey Partners
Spring Profit
Summer Ned and Stacey The Last Frontier L.A. Firefighters
Mid-SummerFox Night at the Movies
NBC Fall The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air In the House The NBC Monday Movie (#14/12.9)
(Tied with Coach )
Spring Brotherly Love
Follow Up In the House
Summer The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
UPN Fall Star Trek: Voyager Nowhere Man Local Programming
Mid-Summer In the House In the House

Tuesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Roseanne (#16/12.5)
(Tied with The Nanny )
Hudson Street Home Improvement (#7/16.1) Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with the NBC Monday Movie)
NYPD Blue (#10/14.1)
Winter Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with the NBC Monday Movie)
Champs
Follow Up Home Improvement (Repeats)
Spring The Dana Carvey Show (#30/11.2)
Summer The Drew Carey Show Coach (#14/12.9)
(Tied with the NBC Monday Night Movie)
CBS Fall The Client CBS Tuesday Movie
Mid-Summer Rescue 911
Fox Fox Tuesday Night MovieLocal Programming
NBC Fall Wings NewsRadio Frasier (#11/13.6)
(Tied with 20/20 )
The Pursuit of Happiness Dateline NBC (#28/11.3)
Follow Up The John Larroquette Show
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun (#22/12.1)
Spring 3rd Rock from the Sun (#22/12.1) Wings
Summer NewsRadio Wings
Mid-Summer Mad About You Caroline in the City
UPN Fall Deadly Games Live Shot Local Programming
Winter Moesha Minor Adjustments Deadly Games
SpringThe Paranormal Borderline

Wednesday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Ellen The Drew Carey Show Grace Under Fire (#13/13.2) The Naked Truth (#24/11.4)
(Tied with Law & Order , the CBS Sunday Movie and Can't Hurry Love )
Primetime Live (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Walker, Texas Ranger and Murphy Brown )
Winter The Faculty Buddies
Spring The Drew Carey Show The Faculty
June Hudson Street
July The Faculty Champs
August The Drew Carey Show
CBS Fall Bless This House Dave's World Central Park West Courthouse
Follow Up Dave's World Bless This House CBS Wednesday Movie
Winter Matt Waters American Gothic
Follow Up The Louie Show CBS Wednesday Movie
April My Guys
MayVarious Specials
June Picket Fences Central Park West
July Dave's World Can't Hurry Love American Gothic American Gothic
August The Nanny Dave's World CBS Wednesday Movie
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local Programming
Spring Kindred: The Embraced
Summer Party of Five
NBC Fall seaQuest 2032 Dateline NBC (#28/11.3) Law & Order (#24/11.4)
(Tied with the CBS Sunday Movie, The Naked Truth and Can't Hurry Love )
WinterVarious Specials and National Geographic Specials
Spring JAG
August Wings The John Larroquette Show
UPN Spring
(Starting in mid-March)
The Sentinel Swift Justice Local Programming
August Star Trek: Voyager
The WB Sister, Sister The Parent 'Hood The Wayans Bros. Unhappily Ever After

Thursday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Charlie Grace The Monroes Murder One
Follow UpThe ABC Thursday Night Movie
WinterMix of Various Specials & Movies, America's Funniest Home Videos (Reruns)
and The Commish
February World's Funniest Videos Before They Were Stars The ABC Thursday Night Movie / Various Specials & Turning Point
Mid-Summer High Incident The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS Fall Murder, She Wrote New York News 48 Hours
Winter Rescue 911
Mid-SummerCBS Thursday Night Movie
Fox Fall Living Single The Crew New York Undercover Local Programming
Spring Martin
Summer Martin The Show
Follow Up Living Single
NBC Fall Friends (#3/18.7) The Single Guy (#6/16.7) Seinfeld (#2/21.2) Caroline in the City (#4/18.0) ER (#1/22.0)
Spring Boston Common (#8/15.6)
Follow Up The Single Guy (#6/16.7)

Friday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Family Matters Boy Meets World Step by Step Hangin' with Mr. Cooper 20/20 (#11/13.6)
(Tied with Frasier )
March Muppets Tonight Aliens in the Family Step by Step
Follow Up Step by Step Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
April Boy Meets World
CBS Fall Dweebs The Bonnie Hunt Show Picket Fences American Gothic
Winter Due South Diagnosis: Murder Picket Fences
Spring Nash Bridges
Summer Central Park West
Mid-Summer Nash Bridges
Fox Fall Strange Luck The X-Files Local Programming
March Sliders
April Space: Above and Beyond
Follow Up Sliders
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Dateline NBC Homicide: Life on the Street

Saturday

Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Jeff Foxworthy Show Maybe This Time ABC Saturday Night at the Movies
February Hudson Street
Spring ABC Saturday Night at the Movies & Various Specials
Summer Second Noah ABC Saturday Night at the Movies
CBS Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Touched by an Angel Walker, Texas Ranger (#18/12.3)
(Tied with Primetime Live and Murphy Brown )
Fox Fall Martin The Preston Episodes COPS America's Most Wanted Local Programming
Follow Up COPS America's Most Wanted
November Encounters: The Hidden Truth
December COPS
NBC Fall JAG The John Larroquette Show The Home Court Sisters
Winter Hope and Gloria
Spring Malibu Shores
June Hope and Gloria The Home Court NBC Saturday Night Movie
July JAG
Late Summer NBC Coverage of the 1996 Summer Olympics
Follow UpVarious SpecialsNBC Saturday Night Movie

Note: JAG was on Saturdays until February 3, 1996; then, on March 13, 1996, NBC moved the show to Wednesdays.

By network

ABC

CBS

Fox

NBC

UPN

The WB

Note: The * indicates that the program was introduced 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.