1998–99 United States network television schedule

This was the United States broadcast television schedule on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1998. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New series highlighted in bold.

Each of the 50 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

     Lime indicates the #1 most watched program of the season.
     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.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation but the schedule was set by each local station.

Sunday [2]

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 The Wonderful World of Disney (#45/11.9 million) 20/20 Sunday (#46/11.8 million) The Practice (#34/12.7 million)
CBS 60 Minutes (#8/18.7 million) Touched by an Angel (#6/19.5 million) CBS Sunday Movie (#9/17.3 million)
FOX Fall The World's Funniest! Holding the Baby The Simpsons (#26/13.5 million) That '70s Show (#49/11.7 million) The X-Files (#12/15.3 million) Local
Spring The World's Funniest! Futurama
Follow-up Family Guy
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday NBC Sunday Night Movie (#24/13.6 million)
Mid-Season Dateline Sunday Basketball
The WB Fall Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher The Parent 'Hood Sister, Sister Smart Guy Unhappily Ever After The Army Show Local
Winter Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane Unhappily Ever After

Monday [2]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall NFL Monday Blast NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (#5/19.6 million)
Winter 20/20 The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Cosby (#35/12.5 million) The King of Queens (#36/12.5 million) Everybody Loves Raymond (#10/15.6 million) The Brian Benben Show L.A. Doctors
Follow-up Becker (#18/13.9 million)
FOX Melrose Place Ally McBeal (#20/13.8 million) Local
NBC Fall Suddenly Susan Conrad Bloom Caroline in the City Will & Grace (#40/12.3 million) Dateline Monday (#30/13.0 million)
Follow-up Caroline in the City Mad About You Conrad Bloom
Winter Working
Spring Law & Order repeats
UPN Fall Guys Like Us DiResta The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer Malcolm & Eddie Local
Follow-up Malcolm & Eddie Guys Like Us Malcolm & Eddie DiResta
Winter Dilbert DiResta The Sentinel
Spring Redhanded
Midseason Home Movies
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Hyperion Bay Local
Spring Rescue 77

Tuesday [2]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Home Improvement (#14/14.8 million) The Hughleys (#38/12.4 million) Spin City (#28/13.1 million) Sports Night NYPD Blue (#15/14.4 million)
Spring Strange World
Follow-up NYPD Blue (#15/14.4 million)
CBS JAG (#17/14.2 million) CBS Tuesday Movie (#27/13.4 million)
FOX Fall King of the Hill Costello Guinness World Records Primetime Local
Follow-up Various programming
Winter The PJs
Spring Futurama The PJs Various programming
NBC Fall Mad About You Encore! Encore! Just Shoot Me! (#37/12.4 million) Working Dateline Tuesday (#31/13.0 million)
Winter 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Will & Grace
Spring Various programming 3rd Rock from the Sun Everything's Relative
UPN Fall Moesha Clueless Mercy Point Local
Follow-up America's Greatest Pets Reunited
Winter Malcolm & Eddie Between Brothers
Spring Family Rules
The WB Buffy the Vampire Slayer Felicity Local

Wednesday [2]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dharma & Greg (#25/13.5 million) Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (#44/12.0 million) The Drew Carey Show (#13/14.9 million) Whose Line Is It Anyway? (#29/13.1 million) 20/20 Wednesday (#11/15.4 million)
Follow-up The Secret Lives of Men
Winter Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Spring It's Like, You Know... The Norm Show (#47/11.8 million)
CBS Fall The Nanny Maggie Winters To Have & to Hold Chicago Hope
Winter 60 Minutes II (#43/12.1 million)
Spring Various programming Payne
FOX Beverly Hills, 90210 Party of Five Local
NBC Fall Dateline Wednesday (#41/12.2 million) 3rd Rock from the Sun NewsRadio Law & Order (#21/13.8 million)
Follow-up Encore! Encore!
Winter LateLine
Spring World's Most Amazing Videos
UPN Seven Days Star Trek: Voyager Local
The WB Dawson's Creek Charmed Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Vengeance Unlimited ABC Thursday Night Movie
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Vengeance Unlimited
Follow-up Cupid Various programming
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos The Drew Carey Show repeats Spin City repeats
CBS Fall Promised Land Diagnosis: Murder (#32/12.9 million) 48 Hours
Winter Diagnosis: Murder (#32/12.9 million) Turks
Spring Promised Land
Follow-up Diagnosis: Murder (#32/12.9 million)
FOX World's Wildest Police Videos Fox Files Local
NBC Fall Friends (#2/15.7 million) Jesse (#5/13.7 million) Frasier (#3/15.6 million) Veronica's Closet (#5/13.7 million) ER (#1/17.8 million)
Spring Will & Grace (#40/12.3 million)
UPN UPN Thursday Night at the Movies Local
The WB The Wayans Bros. The Jamie Foxx Show The Steve Harvey Show For Your Love Local

Friday [2]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Two of a Kind Boy Meets World (#58/11.1) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (#42/12.2 million) Brother's Keeper 20/20 Friday (22/13.7 million)
Spring Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (#42/12.2 million) Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place
Follow-up Home Improvement repeats Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (#42/12.2 million)
CBS Fall Kids Say the Darndest Things Candid Camera Buddy Faro Nash Bridges
Winter The Magnificent Seven
Spring Unsolved Mysteries
FOX Fall Living in Captivity Getting Personal Millennium Local
Follow-up Brimstone
Spring Guinness World Records Primetime
NBC Fall Dateline Friday (#23/13.6 million) Trinity Homicide: Life on the Street
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Providence (#19/13.9 million) Dateline Friday (#23/13.6 million)
UPN Fall Legacy Love Boat: The Next Wave Local
Spring America's Greatest Pets America's Greatest Pets

Note: On Fox, the one-hour drama Brimstone premiered at 8:00 on October 23, 1998.

Saturday [2]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall America's Funniest Home Videos Fantasy Island Cupid
Winter The ABC Saturday Night Movie Fantasy Island
Follow-up Various programming
Spring The Big Moment The ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Early Edition Martial Law Walker, Texas Ranger (#16/14.4 million)
Spring Sons of Thunder (#47/11.8 million)
Follow-up Walker, Texas Ranger (#16/14.4 million)
FOX COPS COPS 2 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local
NBC Wind on Water The Pretender Profiler

Pickups and Shows

Full Season Shows






The WB


  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.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 http://web.archive.org/web/20091029011819/http://geocities.com/Hollywood/4616/ew0604.html
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