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This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1979. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending their original runs are highlighted 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 highest-rated shows are colored in magenta. Ranking determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station. On ABC, its news brief, airs all seven nights at 9:58, pm.

Fall Schedule[]

Sunday[]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Out of the Blue A New Kind of Family Mork & Mindy #27 20.2 rating The Associates The ABC Sunday Night Movie #30 20.0 rating
follow-up (Oct. 28) Salvage 1
follow-up (Nov. 18) specials Out of the Blue
CBS 60 Minutes #1 28.4 rating Archie Bunker's Place #11 22.9 rating One Day at a Time #10 23.0 rating Alice #4 25.3 rating The Jeffersons #8 24.3 rating Trapper John, M.D. #19 21.2 rating
NBC official Disney's Wonderful World The Big Event Prime Time Sunday
follow-up (Dec. 30) Eischied

Monday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 240-Robert ABC NFL Monday Night Football
CBS official The White Shadow M*A*S*H #5 25.3 rating WKRP in Cincinnati #22 20.7 rating Lou Grant
follow-up (Dec. 17) WKRP in Cincinnati The Last Resort House Calls #14 22.1 rating
NBC Little House on the Prairie #16 21.8 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Happy Days #17 21.7 rating Angie Three's Company #2 26.3 rating Taxi #13 22.4 rating The Lazarus Syndrome
follow-up (Oct. 16) Hart to Hart
CBS official California Fever The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
follow-up (Dec. 18) The White Shadow Hawaii Five-O Paris
NBC The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies

Wednesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight Is Enough #12 22.8 rating Charlie's Angels #20 20.9 rating Vega$
CBS official The Last Resort (to Oct. 3) Struck By Lightning (to Oct. 3) The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Nov. 28) Young Maverick
NBC Real People #15 22.1 rating Diff'rent Strokes #26 20.3 rating Hello, Larry The Best of Saturday Night Live (repeats)

Thursday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Laverne & Shirley Benson #23 20.6 rating Barney Miller #21 20.9 rating Soap #25 20.5 rating 20/20
CBS official The Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
follow-up (Dec. 27) Barnaby Jones Knots Landing
NBC Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Quincy, M.E. Kate Loves A Mystery

Friday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Fantasy Island #28 20.1 rating The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Oct. 26) Specials
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard #9 24.1 rating Dallas #6 25.0 rating
NBC Shirley The Rockford Files Eischied

Saturday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official The Ropers Detective School The Love Boat #24 20.6 rating Hart to Hart
follow-up (Oct. 13) Fantasy Island
follow-up (Dec. 1) A New Kind of Family
CBS official Working Stiffs The Bad News Bears Big Shamus, Little Shamus Paris
follow-up (Oct. 13) Specials The CBS Saturday Night Movies
NBC CHiPs #18 21.5 rating B. J. and the Bear A Man Called Sloane

Mid-Season Schedule[]

Sunday[]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Galactica 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe #29 20.0 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC official Disney's Wonderful World The Big Event
follow-up (March) CHiPs The Big Event

Monday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Laverne & Shirley Angie Stone Family
follow-up (Mar. 24) That's Incredible! (debut March 3) #3 25.8 rating Monday Night Baseball
CBS official WKRP in Cincinnati The Last Resort M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
follow-up (Mar. 24) The Stockard Channing Show Flo #7 24.4 rating
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Happy Days Goodtime Girls Three's Company Taxi Hart to Hart
follow-up (Mar. 4) Laverne & Shirley
CBS The White Shadow The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC official The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Mar. 4) The Big Show United States (debut March 11)

Wednesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight Is Enough Charlie's Angels Vega$
CBS official Specials/Beyond Westworld (debuts March 5) The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 26) Specials
NBC official Real People Diff'rent Strokes Hello, Larry The Best of Saturday Night Live (repeats)
follow-up (Mar. 12) From Here to Eternity

Thursday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Mork & Mindy Benson Barney Miller Soap 20/20
follow-up (Apr. 3) The Associates
follow-up (Apr. 24) The Ropers
CBS The Waltons

Palmerstown, U.S.A.'(Mar. 20-May 1)

Barnaby Jones Knots Landing
NBC official Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Quincy, M.E. Skag
follow-up (Mar.) The Rockford Files

Friday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official B.A.D. Cats The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Mar. 14) When the Whistle Blows
follow-up (May) Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC official Shirley NBC Friday Night at the Movies
follow-up (Mar. 14) Here's Boomer The Facts of Life Pink Lady The Best of Saturday Night Live (repeats)
follow-up (Apr. 11) NBC Friday Night at the Movies

Saturday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official One in a Million The Ropers The Love Boat Fantasy Island
follow-up (Mar. 22) Angie Goodtime Girls
CBS official The Chisholms The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (Mar. 15) The Tim Conway Show
NBC official CHiPs B. J. and the Bear Prime Time Saturday
follow-up (Mar. 15) B. J. and the Bear Sanford Me and Maxx (debut March 22) Prime Time Saturday
follow-up (Apr.) Joe's World

Summer Schedule[]

Sunday[]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Galactica 1980 When the Whistle Blows The ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS 60 Minutes Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice The Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC Disney's Wonderful World CHiPs The Big Event

Monday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC That's Incredible! Monday Night Baseball
CBS official WKRP in Cincinnati Phyl and Mikhy M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
follow-up (July 7) Flo WKRP in Cincinnati
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Taxi Hart to Hart
CBS The White Shadow The CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies

Wednesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Eight Is Enough Charlie's Angels Vega$
CBS Specials The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
NBC official Real People Diff'rent Strokes The Facts of Life Quincy, M.E.
follow-up (Aug 6.) Sanford

Thursday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Mork & Mindy Benson Barney Miller Semi-Tough 20/20
follow-up (Jun. 26) Nobody's Perfect
CBS The Waltons Barnaby Jones Knots Landing
NBC Buck Rogers in the 25th Century NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Friday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC official Tenspeed and Brown Shoe The ABC Friday Night Movie
follow-up (Jul. 4) Benson Goodtime Girls
CBS The Incredible Hulk The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC official Here's Boomer Me and Maxx The Rockford Files A Man Called Sloane
follow-up (Aug. 1) Specials The Facts of Life

Saturday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 240-Robert The Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS official The Bad News Bears The Stockard Channing Show The CBS Saturday Night Movies
follow-up (Jul. 5) 'Walter Cronkite's Universe The Bad News Bears
follow-up (Aug. 2) That's My Line
NBC official Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Sanford Joe's World Prime Time Saturday
follow-up (Aug. 2) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies Good Time Harry

Pickups and Cancellations[]

Full Season Pickups[]

ABC

  • 240-Robert (returns in mid-season)
  • Barney Miller
  • Benson
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Eight Is Enough
  • Fantasy Island
  • Happy Days
  • Hart to Hart
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • The Love Boat
  • Monday Night Football
  • Mork & Mindy
  • Soap
  • Taxi
  • That's Incredible!
  • Three's Company
  • Vega$

CBS

  • 60 Minutes
  • Alice
  • Archie Bunker's Place
  • Dallas
  • The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Flo
  • House Calls
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • The Jeffersons
  • Knots Landing
  • Lou Grant
  • M*A*S*H
  • One Day at a Time
  • Palmerstown, U.S.A." (returns in mid-season)
  • The Tim Conway Show
  • Trapper John, M.D.
  • The Waltons
  • The White Shadow

NBC

  • B.J. and the Bear
  • Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  • CHiPs
  • Diff'rent Strokes
  • Disney's Wonderful World
  • The Facts of Life
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo
  • Quincy, M.E.
  • Real People
  • Sanford

Cancellations and Endings[]

ABC

  • Angie
  • The Associates
  • B.A.D. Cats
  • Detective School
  • Family
  • Galactica 1980
  • Goodtime Girls
  • The Lazarus Syndrome
  • A New Kind of Family
  • Nobody's Perfect
  • One in a Million
  • Out of the Blue
  • The Ropers
  • Salvage 1
  • Stone
  • Tenspeed and Brown Shoe
  • When the Whistle Blows

CBS

  • The Bad News Bears
  • Barnaby Jones
  • Beyond Westworld
  • Big Shamus, Little Shamus
  • California Fever
  • The Chisholms
  • Hawaii Five-O
  • The Last Resort
  • Paris
  • Phyl and Mikhy
  • The Stockard Channing Show
  • Struck By Lightning
  • Working Stiffs
  • Young Maverick

NBC

  • The Big Show
  • Eischied
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Good Time Harry
  • Hello, Larry
  • Here's Boomer (to return in 1981-1982 season)
  • Joe's World
  • Kate Loves a Mystery
  • A Man Called Sloane
  • Me and Maxx
  • Pink Lady
  • Prime Time Sunday/Saturday
  • The Rockford Files
  • Shirley
  • The Six O'Clock Follies (irregularly scheduled)
  • United States

Technically Considered Part of Next Season[]

CBS

  • That's My Line
  • Universe

NBC

  • Speak Up, America

References[]

  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.
  • Shapiro, Mitchell E (1989). "Television Network Prime-Time Programming, 1948-1988". Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-89950-412-4.