1993–94 United States network television schedule

This was the United States television schedule on all four commercial broadcast television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1993. 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.
     Orange indicates the programs in the top 40 for the season.
     Silver indicates the programs in the top 50 for the season.

Note: This is the first season in which Fox commenced television broadcasts on every night of the week from the beginning of the season onward.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station. From February 12 to 27, 1994, all of CBS' primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.


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 America's Funniest Home Videos America's Funniest Home Videos Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman The ABC Sunday Night Movie (30/12.6)
CBS 60 Minutes (1/20.9) Murder, She Wrote (11/16.0) CBS Sunday Movie (10/16.2)
Fox Fall Townsend Television Martin (#64/9.2) Living Single (#56/9.3) Married... with Children (#46/10.7) Daddy Dearest Local
Winter The George Carlin Show
NBC I Witness Video seaQuest DSV NBC Sunday Night Movie


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Day One ABC's Monday Night Football (8/16.5)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Summer Monday Night Baseball
CBS Fall Evening Shade (27/13.2) Dave's World (21/13.7) Murphy Brown (9/16.3) Love & War (13/14.5) Northern Exposure (14/14.4)
Spring Dave's World (21/13.7) 704 Hauser Hearts Afire
Follow-up Evening Shade (27/13.2) Dave's World (21/13.7)
Summer Dave's World (21/13.7) Tom Love & War (13/14.5)
Follow-up The Nanny Dave's World (21/13.7)
Fox Fox Night at the Movies Local
NBC Fall The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (21/13.7) Blossom The NBC Monday Movie (23/13.6)
Spring Someone Like Me
Follow-up Blossom


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Full House (16/14.2) Phenom (27/13.2) Roseanne (4/19.1) Coach (6/17.4) NYPD Blue (18/13.9)
Summer She TV
CBS Rescue 911 (27/13.2) CBS Tuesday Movie (25/13.3)
Fox Fall Roc (#102/5.1) Bakersfield P.D. America's Most Wanted Local
Winter Monty Roc
Follow-up Front Page
Spring South Central
NBC Fall Saved by the Bell: The College Years Getting By The John Larroquette Show The Second Half Dateline NBC
Winter The Good Life Café Americain
Spring The Second Half Various programming


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Thea Joe's Life Home Improvement (2/20.4) Grace Under Fire (5/17.7) Moon Over Miami
Winter George Birdland
Follow-up The Critic
Spring Home Improvement (repeats) Thunder Alley (12/15.9) Turning Point (20/13.8)
Midseason These Friends of Mine
Summer Dinosaurs The Critic Grace Under Fire
CBS Fall Hearts Afire The Nanny Various 48 Hours
Follow-up The Nanny Hearts Afire
Winter In the Heat of the Night
Spring Tom
Summer Good Advice America Tonight
Follow-up Muddling Through
Fox Fall Beverly Hills, 90210 Melrose Place Local
Summer Models Inc.
NBC Unsolved Mysteries Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric Law & Order

Note: After airing only a single episode of South of Sunset on October 27, CBS cancelled the show and broadcast no further episodes.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Missing Persons Matlock Primetime Live (17/14.0)
Spring The Byrds of Paradise
CBS Fall In the Heat of the Night Eye to Eye with Connie Chung Angel Falls
Follow-up Second Chances
Winter How'd They Do That?
Spring Christy Traps
Summer One West Waikiki Hotel Malibu
Fox The Simpsons The Sinbad Show In Living Color Herman's Head Local
NBC Fall Mad About You Wings (18/13.9) Seinfeld (3/19.4) Frasier (7/16.8) L.A. Law
Winter Homicide: Life on the Street (24/13.5)
Follow-up L.A. Law


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Family Matters (30/12.6) Boy Meets World (37/11.8) Step By Step (35/12.0) Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (38/11.6) 20/20 (15/14.3)
Spring Sister, Sister (#32/12.4)
Follow-up Hangin' with Mr. Cooper
CBS Fall It Had to Be You Family Album The Building The Boys Picket Fences
Follow-up Diagnosis: Murder Bob Family Album
Winter Burke's Law
Fox The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The X-Files Local
NBC Fall Against the Grain The Second Half NBC Friday Night Mystery
Winter Viper

Note: On CBS, Good Advice was to have returned on this night at 9 p.m., followed by Bob at 9:30 p.m. Late changes resulted in Bob beginning at 9 p.m., Family Album moving to 9:30 p.m. in mid-October, It Had to Be You being canceled at the same time, and Good Advice not returning till the following May. Additionally, Diagnosis: Murder premiered in late October to fill the 8–9 p.m. hour.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall George Where I Live The Paula Poundstone Show The Commish
Follow-up The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (25/13.3) Harts of the West Walker, Texas Ranger
Spring The Road Home
Follow-up Harts of the West
Summer Muddling Through Hearts Afire
Fox COPS COPS 2 Front Page Local
NBC Fall The Mommies Café Americain Empty Nest Nurses Sisters
Winter Getting By
Spring Blossom The Mommies Winnetka Road
Follow-up Sisters
Summer The Mommies Getting By

Note: On ABC, George debuted in November.


  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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