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1989-90 Television Season

For the Fall 1989 season, Fox expanded its national lineup to include a pair of Monday night programs. In December, Fox spun off The Simpsons from The Tracy Ullman Show.

The top five shows of 1989-90 were America's Funniest Home Videos, Different World, Cheers, 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 Life Goes On, 60 Minutes, The Magical World of Disney, and Booker. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1989-1990
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC MacGyver Monday Night Football
CBS Major Dad Coming of Age Murphy Brown Famous Teddy Z Designing Women Newhart
NBC Alf Hogan Family NBC Monday Night Movie
FOX 21 Jump Street Alien Nation  
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Who's The Boss Wonder Years Roseanne Chicken Soup Thirtysomething
CBS Rescue 911 Wolf Island Son
NBC Matlock In the Heat of the Night Midnight Caller
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Growing Pains Head of the Class Doogie Howser MD. Anything But Love China Beach
CBS Peaceable Kingdom Jake and the Fatman Wiseguy
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Night Court Nutt House Quantum Leap
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Mission- Impossible Young Riders Primetime Live
CBS 48 Hours Top of the Hill Knots Landing
NBC Cosby Show Different World Cheers Dear John L.A. Law
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Full House Family Matters Perfect Strangers Just the Ten of Us 20-20
CBS Snoops Dallas Falcon Crest
NBC Baywatch Hardball Mancuso, FBI
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Mr. Belvedere Living Dolls [rotating]
Columbo / B.L. Stryker / Kojak / Christine Cromwell
CBS Paradise Tour of Duty Saturday Night with Connie Chung
NBC  227 Amen Golden Girls Empty Nest Hunter
FOX Cops The Reporters Beyond Tomorrow [local]
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Free Spirit Homeroom ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Murder, She Wrote CBS Sunday Night Movie
NBC Sister Kate My Two Dads NBC Sunday Night Movie
FOX America's Most Wanted Totally Hidden Video Married With Children Open House Tracey Ullman It's Garry Shandling's Show
    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. 

1989-90 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. The Cosby Show NBC 21,275,100
2. Roseanne ABC 21,275,100
3. Cheers NBC 20,906,700
4. A Different World NBC 19,433,100
5. America's Funniest Home Videos ABC 19,248,900
6. The Golden Girls NBC 18,512,100
7. 60 Minutes CBS 18,143,700
8. The Wonder Years ABC 17,683,200
9. Empty Nest NBC 17,406,900
10. Monday Night Football ABC 16,670,100
11. Unsolved Mysteries NBC 16,578,000
12. Who's the Boss? ABC 16,485,900
13. Murder, She Wrote CBS 16,301,700
14. Chicken Soup ABC 16,301,700
15. Grand NBC 16,209,600
16. L.A. Law NBC 16,025,400
17. Dear John NBC 15,749,100
18. Coach ABC 15,657,000
19. In the Heat of the Night NBC 15,564,900
20. Matlock NBC 15,288,600
21. Growing Pains ABC 14,183,400
22. Full House ABC 14,091,300
23. Designing Women CBS 14,091,300
24. CBS Sunday Night Movie CBS 13,722,900
25. Hunter NBC 13,722,900
26. Head of the Class ABC 13,630,800
27. Murphy Brown CBS 13,538,700
28. The Simpsons FOX 13,354,500
29. Night Court NBC 13,354,500
30. Doogie Howser, M.D. ABC 13,354,500
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