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1975-1976 Television Season

The top five shows of 1975-76 were The Bionic Woman, Maude, Laverne & Shirley, Rich Man, Poor Man, with the most popular being All in the Family for the fifth straight season. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

In January, Welcome Back, Kotter moved to Thursday to replace On the Rocks (which had indeed been on the rocks due to poor ratings) and to make way for Laverne & Shirley, which became an instant hit. Another popular show during this season was the syndicated Space: 1999.

Shows which began before 8:00 p.m. on Sundays, and therefore not on our grid below, included Swiss Family Robinson, Three for the Road, and The Wonderful World of Disney. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1975-1976
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC Barbary Coast Monday Night Football
CBS Rhoda Phyllis All in the Family Maude Medical Center
NBC Invisible Man NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Happy Days Welcome Back, Kotter Rookies Marcus Welby, M.D.
CBS Good Times Joe and Sons Switch Beacon Hill
NBC Movin' On Police Story Joe Forrester
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC When Things Were Rotten That's My Mama Baretta Starsky and Hutch
CBS Tony Orlando and Dawn Cannon Kate McShane
NBC Little House on the Prairie Doctors' Hospital Petrocelli
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Barney Miller On the Rocks Streets of San Francisco Harry-O
CBS Waltons CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBC Montefuscos Fay Ellery Queen Medical Story
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Mobile One ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Big Eddie M*A*S*H Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC Sanford & Son Chico and the Man Rockford Files Police Woman
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell S.W.A.T. Matt Helm
CBS Jeffersons Doc Mary Tyler Moore Bob Newhart Show Carol Burnett Show
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Six Million Dollar Man ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Cher Kojak Bronk
NBC Family Holvak [Sunday Mystery Movie (rotating)]
McCoy / McCloud / Columbo / McMillan & Wife
    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. 

1975-76 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. All in the Family CBS 20,949,600
2. Rich Man, Poor Man ABC 19,488,000
3. Laverne & Shirley ABC 19,140,000
4. Maude CBS 17,400,000
5. The Bionic Woman ABC 17,330,400
6. Phyllis CBS 17,052,000
7. Sanford and Son NBC 16,982,400
8. Rhoda CBS 16,982,400
9. The Six Million Dollar Man ABC 16,912,800
10. ABC Monday Night Movie ABC 16,843,200
11. Happy Days ABC 16,634,400
12. One Day at a Time CBS 16,077,600
13. ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 16,008,000
14. The Waltons CBS 15,938,400
15. M*A*S*H CBS 15,938,400
16. Starsky and Hutch ABC 15,660,000
17. Good Heavens ABC 15,660,000
18. Welcome Back, Kotter ABC 15,381,600
19. The Mary Tyler Moore Show CBS 15,242,400
20. Kojak CBS 15,172,800
21. The Jeffersons CBS 14,964,000
22. Baretta ABC 14,824,800
23. The Sonny & Cher Show CBS 14,755,200
24. Good Times CBS 14,616,000
25. Chico and The Man NBC 14,476,800
26. The Bob Newhart Show CBS 14,407,200
27. Donny and Marie ABC 14,407,200
28. The Streets of San Francisco ABC 14,407,200
29. The Carol Burnett Show CBS 14,268,000
30. Police Woman NBC 14,059,200
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