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1981-82 Television Season

The top five shows of 1981-82 were Love Boat, Alice, Three's Company, Jeffersons, with the most popular being Dallas. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

Shows that started before 8:00 p.m. on Sundays and therefore not on our grid below include 60 Minutes, The Wonderful World of Disney, Here's Boomer and Code Red.

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Prime Time TV Schedule for 1981-1982
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC That's Incredible! Monday Night Football
CBS Private Benjamin Two of Us M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Too Close for Comfort Hart to Hart
CBS Simon & Simon CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Father Murphy Bret Maverick Flamingo Road
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Greatest American Hero Fall Guy Dynasty
CBS Mr. Merlin WKRP in Cincinnati Nurse Shannon
NBC Real People Facts of Life Love, Sidney Quincy, M.E.
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Mork & Mindy Best of the West Barney Miller Taxi 20-20
CBS Magnum P.I. Knots Landing Jessica Novak
NBC Games People Play Diff'rent Strokes Gimme a Break Hill Street Blues
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Benson Bosom Buddies Darkroom Strike Force
CBS Incredible Hulk Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC NBC Magazine McClain's Law [specials]
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Maggie Making a Living Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS Walt Disney CBS Saturday Movie
NBC Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters Nashville Palace Fitz and Bones
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Code Red / Today's F.B.I. ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice Jeffersons Trapper John, M.D.
NBC CHiPS NBC Sunday Night Movie
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Note: Television seasons have generally begun in September of each year. And new shows often do not last the entire season. The shows below began the new season but did not necessarily run all the way through to summer reruns.
Continued - Indicates show began before the time period indicated. 

1981-82 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. Dallas CBS 23,146,000
2. 60 Minutes CBS 22,575,500
3. Jeffersons CBS 19,071,000
4. Three's Company ABC 18,989,500
5. Alice CBS 18,500,500
6. Dukes of Hazzard CBS 18,419,000
7. Too Close for Comfort ABC 18,419,000
8. ABC Monday Night Movie ABC 18,337,500
9. M*A*S*H CBS 18,174,500
10. One Day at a Time CBS 17,930,000
11. Monday Night Football ABC 17,767,000
12. Archie Bunker's Place CBS 17,604,000
13. Falcon Crest CBS 17,441,000
14. Love Boat ABC 17,278,000
15. Hart to Hart ABC 17,196,500
16. Trapper John, M.D. CBS 17,196,500
17. Magnum, P.I. CBS 17,033,500
18. Happy Days ABC 16,789,000
19. Dynasty ABC 16,463,000
20. Laverne & Shirley ABC 16,218,500
21. Real People NBC 16,055,500
22. ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 15,892,500
23. House Calls CBS 15,648,000
24. Facts of Life NBC 15,566,500
25. Little House on the Prairie NBC 15,566,500
26. Fall Guy ABC 15,485,000
27. Hill Street Blues NBC 15,159,000
28. That's Incredible! ABC 14,996,000
29. T.J. Hooker ABC 14,996,000
30. Fantasy Island ABC 14,914,500
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