This was the television schedule on all three United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1975. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football. This was the first season since 1971 in which a four-hour Sunday night schedule was implemented.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending their original runs are in italics.

The highest-rated show for the year is colored in lime. The top ten highest-rated shows are colored in yellow. The top 20 highest-rated shows are colored in cyan. The top 30 most-watched programs are colored in magenta.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station.

Fall Schedule Edit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Swiss Family Robinson The Six Million Dollar Man #9 24.3 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #13 23.0 rating
CBS Three for the Road Cher Kojak #20 21.8 rating Bronk
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney The Family Holvak The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie: Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / McCoy

Note: On CBS, 60 Minutes replaced Three for the Road, effective December 7, 1975.

Monday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Barbary Coast ABC NFL Monday Night Football
CBS Rhoda #8 24.4 rating Phyllis #6 24.5 rating All in the Family #1 30.1 rating Maude #4 25.0 rating Medical Center
NBC The Invisible Man NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Note: On ABC, the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (#2, 28.0 rating) took the 10:00 time slot after the end of the 1975 NFL season from February 2 through March 12. It premiered its first two installments on February 1, 1976.

Tuesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Happy Days #11 23.9 rating Welcome Back, Kotter #18 22.1 rating The Rookies Marcus Welby, M.D.
CBS Good Times #24 21.0 rating Joe and Sons Switch Beacon Hill
NBC Movin' On Police Story Joe Forrester

Note: On ABC, Welcome Back, Kotter moved to Thursdays in January to replace On the Rocks, forcing the latter to move to Mondays to replace Barbary Coast. Laverne & Shirley, (#3, 27.5 rating), filled the 8:30 time slot when it premiered on January 27. On CBS, One Day at a Time ,(#12, 23.1 rating) premiered in the 9:30 time slot in December.

Wednesday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC When Things Were Rotten That's My Mama Baretta #22 21.3 rating Starsky and Hutch #16 22.5 rating
CBS Tony Orlando and Dawn Cannon Kate McShane
NBC Little House on the Prairie Doctors' Hospital Petrocelli

NOTE: On ABC, The Bionic Woman ,(#5, 24.9 rating) premiered in the 8-9 p.m. time slot in January.

Thursday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Barney Miller On the Rocks The Streets of San Francisco #28 20.7 rating Harry O
CBS The Waltons #14 22.9 rating The CBS Thursday Night Movies
NBC The Montefuscos Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story

Friday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Mobile One The ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Big Eddie M*A*S*H #15 22.9 rating Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC Sanford and Son #7 24.4 rating Chico and the Man #25 20.8 rating The Rockford Files Police Woman #30 20.2 rating

NOTE: On ABC, Donny & Marie (#27, 20.7 rating) premiered in the 8-9 p.m. time slot in January.

Saturday Edit

PM 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell S.W.A.T. Matt Helm
CBS The Jeffersons #21 21.5 rating Doc The Mary Tyler Moore Show #19 21.9 rating The Bob Newhart Show #26 20.7 rating The Carol Burnett Show #29 20.5 rating
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

There are a number of other programs (such as Space: 1999, King of Kensington, Funny Farm and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) that premiered this season without being picked up by the major networks.

Mid-season schedule Edit

Summer Schedule Edit

Pickups and Cancellations Edit


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