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1988-89 Television Season

The top five shows of 1988-89 were Golden Girls, Cheers, Different World, Roseanne, with the most popular being Cosby Show. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

Programs that began before 8:00 p.m. on Sundays include Incredible Sunday, 60 Minutes, The Magical World of Disney, and 21 Jump Street. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories! Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1988-1989
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC MacGyver Monday Night Football
CBS Newhart Coming of Age CBS Monday Night Movie
NBC Alf Hogan Family NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Who's The Boss Roseanne Moonlighting Thirtysomething
CBS High Risk CBS Monday Movie
NBC Matlock In the Heat of the Night Midnight Caller
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Growing Pains Head of the Class Wonder Years Hooperman China Beach
CBS Van Dyke Show Annie McGuire Equalizer Wiseguy
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Night Court Baby Boom Tattingers
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Knightwatch Dynasty [specials]
CBS 48 Hours Paradise Knots Landing
NBC Cosby Show Different World Cheers Dear John L.A. Law
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Perfect Strangers Full House Mr. Belvedere Just the Ten of Us 20-20
CBS Beauty and the Beast Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC Sonny Spoon Something Is Out There Miami Vice
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Murphy's Law Police Story
CBS Dirty Dancing Raising Miranda Simon & Simon West 57th
NBC  227 Amen Golden Girls Empty Nest Hunter
FOX The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow [local]
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Mission- Impossible ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Murder, She Wrote CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC Family Ties Day by Day NBC Sunday Night Movie
FOX America's Most Wanted Married With Children It's Garry Shandling's Show 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. 

1988-89 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. The Cosby Show NBC 23,142,400
2. Roseanne ABC 21,515,200
3. A Different World NBC 20,792,000
4. Cheers NBC 20,159,200
5. 60 Minutes CBS 19,616,800
6. The Golden Girls NBC 19,345,600
7. Who's the Boss? ABC 18,803,200
8. Murder, She Wrote CBS 17,989,600
9. Empty Nest NBC 17,356,800
10. Anything But Love ABC 17,176,000
11. Dear John NBC 16,724,000
12. Matlock NBC 16,000,800
13. L.A. Law NBC 15,910,400
14. Growing Pains ABC 15,910,400
15. Alf NBC 15,820,000
16. Monday Night Football ABC 15,820,000
17. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 15,729,600
18. In the Heat of the Night NBC 15,639,200
19. Hunter NBC 15,548,800
20. Head of the Class ABC 15,458,400
21. Night Court NBC 15,277,600
22. The Hogan Family NBC 14,735,200
23. NBC Sunday Night Movie NBC 14,735,200
24. The Wonder Years ABC 14,735,200
25. Amen NBC 14,644,800
26. NBC Monday Night Movie NBC 14,644,800
27. Knots Landing CBS 14,554,400
28. CBS Sunday Movie CBS 14,554,400
29. ABC Mystery Movie ABC 13,921,600
30. Dallas CBS 13,921,600
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