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1987-88 Television Season

Fox debuted a national weekend schedule in the fall of 1987. Though it aired in the 7:00 p.m. slot and thus is not on our grid, 21 Jump Street was one of Fox's few successes. Other shows that began before 8:00 p.m. on Sunday (and not on the grid below) also include 60 Minutes, Our House, and the Disney Sunday Movie.

The top five shows of 1987-88 were Growing Pains, Golden Girls, Cheers, Different World, with the most popular being Cosby Show. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in syndication in October. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1987-1988
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC MacGyver Monday Night Football
CBS Frank's Place Kate & Allie Newhart Designing Women Cagney & Lacey
NBC Alf Valerie's Family NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Who's The Boss Growing Pains Moonlighting Thirtysomething
CBS Houston Knights Jake and the Fatman Law and Harry McGraw
NBC Matlock JJ Starbuck Crime Story
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Perfect Strangers Head of the Class Hooperman Slap Maxwell Story Dynasty
CBS Oldest Rookie Magnum P.I. Equalizer
NBC Highway to Heaven A Year in the Life St. Elsewhere
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Sledge Hammer Charmings ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS Tour of Duty Wiseguy Knots Landing
NBC Cosby Show Different World Cheers Night Court L.A. Law
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Full House I Married Dora Max Headroom 20-20
CBS Beauty and the Beast Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC Rags to Riches Miami Vice Private Eye
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Once a Hero Ohara Hotel
CBS My Sister Sam Everything's Relative Leg Work West 57th
NBC  Facts of Life 227 Golden Girls Amen Hunter
FOX Mr. President Women in Prison New Adventures of Beans Baxter Second Chance [local]
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Spenser: For Hire Dolly Buck James
CBS Murder, She Wrote CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC Family Ties My Two Dads NBC Sunday Night Movie
FOX Werewolf Married With Children Tracey Ullman Duet [local]
    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. 

1987-88 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. The Cosby Show NBC 30,502,600
2. Family Ties NBC 28,579,800
3. Cheers NBC 23,772,800
4. Murder, She Wrote CBS 22,199,600
5. The Golden Girls NBC 21,413,000
6. 60 Minutes CBS 20,364,200
7. Night Court NBC 20,276,800
8. Growing Pains ABC 19,839,800
9. Moonlighting ABC 19,577,600
10. Who's the Boss? ABC 19,228,000
11. Dallas CBS 18,616,200
12. Newhart CBS 17,043,000
13. Amen NBC 16,955,600
14. 227 NBC 16,518,600
15. Matlock NBC 16,256,400
16. CBS Sunday Night Movie CBS 16,256,400
17. NBC Monday Night Movie NBC 16,256,400
18. Monday Night Football ABC 16,081,600
19. Kate & Allie CBS 15,994,200
20. NBC Sunday Night Movie NBC 15,906,800
21. L.A. Law NBC 15,207,600
22. My Sister Sam CBS 15,207,600
23. Falcon Crest CBS 15,120,200
24. Highway to Heaven NBC 15,032,800
25. Dynasty ABC 15,032,800
26. Knots Landing CBS 14,683,200
27. Miami Vice NBC 14,683,200
28. Alf NBC 14,421,000
29. Hunter NBC 14,421,000
30. Head of the Class ABC 14,333,600
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