1975–76 United States network television schedule

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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. The 22-hour weekly prime-time schedule (four hours on Sunday, three hours each on Monday through Saturday) remains in effect to this day. New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending their original runs are in italics, 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.

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

Sunday[edit]

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 The Swiss Family Robinson The Six Million Dollar Man (9/24.3) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (13/23.0)
CBS Fall Three for the Road Cher Kojak (20/21.8) Bronk
Winter 60 Minutes The Sonny & Cher Show (23/21.2)
Summer Johnny Cash and Friends Cannon
NBC Fall The Wonderful World of Disney The Family Holvak The NBC Mystery Movie: Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / McCoy
Winter Ellery Queen
  • As of the 2016–17 television season, since December 1975, 60 Minutes has continually aired at the same 7:00 PM ET (or after sporting event overrun) time slot on CBS.

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Barbary Coast ABC NFL Monday Night Football
Follow-up Mobile One
Winter On the Rocks Local The ABC Monday Night Movie (10/24.2)
Spring Good Heavens (16/22.5)
(Tied with Starsky and Hutch)
Local Rich Man, Poor Man (2/28.0)
Follow-up Good Heavens (16/22.5)
(Tied with Starsky and Hutch)
Monday Night Baseball
Summer Viva Valdez
CBS Rhoda (7/24.4)
(Tied with Sanford and Son)
Phyllis (6/24.5) All in the Family (1/30.1) Maude (4/25.0) Medical Center
NBC Fall The Invisible Man NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Winter The Rich Little Show Joe Forrester Jigsaw John
Summer The John Davidson Show

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Happy Days (11/23.9) Welcome Back, Kotter (18/22.1) The Rookies Marcus Welby, M.D.
Winter Laverne & Shirley (3/27.5)
Spring Family
CBS Fall Good Times (24/21.0) Joe and Sons Switch Beacon Hill
Winter Popi M*A*S*H (14/22.9)
(Tied with The Waltons)
One Day at a Time (12/23.1) Switch
Spring The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show Good Times (24/21.0)
Summer I've Got a Secret
Follow-up Popi
NBC Preliminary Movin' On Police Story Joe Forrester
Official Police Woman (30/20.2)
Winter City of Angels

Beginning March 9, Family was added onto ABC's lineup, replacing Marcus Welby, M.D..

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall When Things Were Rotten That's My Mama Baretta (22/21.3) Starsky and Hutch (16/22.5)
(Tied with Good Heavens)
Winter The Bionic Woman (5/24.9)
Spring Wonder Woman
CBS Fall Tony Orlando and Dawn Cannon Kate McShane
Winter The Blue Knight
Summer The Jacksons 'The Kelly Monteith Show
NBC Fall Little House on the Prairie Doctors' Hospital Petrocelli
Winter Chico and the Man (25/20.8) The Dumplings
Spring The Best of Sanford and Son Chico and the Man (25/20.8) Hawk

Note: The Best of Sanford and Son consisted of reruns of Sanford and Son from earlier seasons; Sanford and Son continued to air in its normal Friday 8:00-8:30 time slot during The Best of Sanford and Son's run. Hawk consisted of reruns of the 1966 television series.

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Barney Miller On the Rocks The Streets of San Francisco (26/20.7)
(Tied with The Bob Newhart Show and Donny & Marie)
Harry O
Winter Welcome Back, Kotter (18/22.1) Barney Miller
Summer What's Happening!!
CBS Fall The Waltons (14/22.9)
(Tied with M*A*S*H)
CBS Thursday Night Movie
Follow-up Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC Fall The Montefuscos Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story
Winter Grady The Cop and the Kid NBC Thursday Night at the Movies

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Mobile One The ABC Friday Night Movie
Follow-up Barbary Coast
Winter Donny & Marie (26/20.7)
(Tied with The Bob Newhart Show and The Streets of San Francisco)
CBS Fall Big Eddie M*A*S*H (14/22.9)
(Tied with The Waltons)
Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
Winter Sara The CBS Friday Night Movies
NBC Preliminary Sanford and Son (7/24.4)
(Tied with Rhoda)
Chico and the Man (25/20.8) The Rockford Files Police Woman (30/20.2)
Official Police Story
Winter The Practice

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell S.W.A.T. Matt Helm
Spring Almost Anything Goes! 'Bert D'Angelo/Superstar
CBS Fall The Jeffersons (21/21.5) Doc The Mary Tyler Moore Show (19/21.9) The Bob Newhart Show (26/20.7)
(Tied with Donny & Marie and The Streets of San Francisco)
The Carol Burnett Show (29/20.5)
Summer Ivan the Terrible
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

By network[edit]

ABC[edit]

CBS[edit]

NBC[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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.

Additional sources[edit]

  • 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.