1983–84 United States network television schedule

This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1983. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series are highlighted in bold.

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.


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 Ripley's Believe It or Not! Hardcastle and McCormick (25/17.2) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (12/20.4)
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (2/24.2) Alice (25/17.2) One Day at a Time The Jeffersons (19/18.6) Goodnight, Beantown Trapper John, M.D. (30/17.0)
Winter The Four Seasons
Spring Maggie Briggs The Four Seasons Alice
NBC Fall First Camera Knight Rider (25/17.2) NBC Sunday Night at the Movies
Summer Summer Sunday U.S.A.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall That's Incredible! Monday Night Football (21/18.1)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie (12/20.4)
Spring Automan
Summer Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Scarecrow and Mrs. King (20/18.3) AfterMASH (15/20.1) Newhart (23/18.0) Emerald Point N.A.S.
Spring Kate & Allie (8/21.9) Cagney & Lacey (10/20.9)
NBC Fall Boone NBC Monday Night at the Movies (21/18.1)
Winter TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes (14/20.3)


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Just Our Luck Happy Days Three's Company Oh Madeline Hart to Hart
Winter Foul-Ups, Bleeps & Blunders
Spring a.k.a. Pablo Shaping Up
Follow-up Happy Days Oh Madeline
Summer Hotel
CBS Fall The Mississippi The CBS Tuesday Night Movies (25/17.2)
Spring The American Parade
NBC Fall The A-Team (4/24.0) Remington Steele Bay City Blues
Follow-up For Love and Honor
Winter Riptide (18/18.8) Remington Steele


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Fall Guy (16/19.9) Dynasty (3/24.1) Hotel (9/21.1)
Summer The ABC Wednesday Night Movie
Follow-up Dynasty Hotel
CBS Fall Whiz Kids The CBS Wednesday Night Movies
Winter Domestic Life Empire
Spring One Day at a Time Mama Malone
NBC Fall Real People The Facts of Life (24/17.3) Family Ties St. Elsewhere
Winter Night Court
Summer The Duck Factory


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Trauma Center 9 to 5 It's Not Easy 20/20
Winter Automan Masquerade
Spring Lottery!
Follow-up That's Incredible! Two Marriages
Summer Happy Days Busted Pilot Lottery!
CBS Magnum, P.I. (6/22.4) Simon & Simon (5/23.8) Knots Landing (11/20.8)
NBC Fall Gimme a Break! Mama's Family We Got It Made Cheers Hill Street Blues
Follow-up Buffalo Bill
Winter Family Ties Cheers
Spring The Duck Factory


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Benson Webster (25/17.2) Lottery! Matt Houston
Winter Blue Thunder
Spring Masquerade
CBS The Dukes of Hazzard Dallas (1/25.7) Falcon Crest (7/22.0)
NBC Fall Mr. Smith Jennifer Slept Here Manimal For Love and Honor
Winter Legmen The Master The New Show
Follow-up The Master Legmen

During midseason on ABC, Lottery! is replaced with Blue Thunder and later Masquerade.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC T. J. Hooker The Love Boat (17/19.0) Fantasy Island
CBS Fall Cutter to Houston The CBS Saturday Night Movies
Winter Whiz Kids Airwolf Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
NBC Fall Diff'rent Strokes Silver Spoons The Rousters The Yellow Rose
Winter We Got It Made Mama's Family
Spring Jennifer Slept Here People are Funny

Note: Starting January 7, 1984, Whiz Kids replaced Cutter to Houston at 8:00/7:00 CST due to the latter's cancellation. After airing the two-hour pilot episode of Airwolf on January 22, 1984, following Super Bowl XVIII, CBS ran Airwolf in its first season at 9:00 EST/8:00 CST Saturdays starting with the episode "Daddy's Gone A Hunt'n" on January 28, 1984. Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer starring Stacy Keach as Mike Hammer also premiered on CBS on January 28, 1984 at 10:00 EST/9:00 CST.

By network




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


  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.
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