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1977-1978 Television Season

The top five shows of 1977-78 were All in the Family, Charlie's Angels, Three's Company, Happy Days, with the most popular being Laverne & Shirley. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

In January 1977 and again in September 1978, ABC ran the epic miniseries Roots to wide acclaim. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!


Prime Time TV Schedule for 1977-1978
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC San Pedro Beach Bums Monday Night Football
CBS Young Dan'l Boone Betty White Show Maude Rafferty
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Soap Family
CBS Fitzpatricks M*A*S*H One Day at a Time Lou Grant
NBC Richard Pryor Show Mulligan's Stew Police Woman
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Eight is Enough Charlie's Angels Baretta
CBS Good Times Busting Loose CBS Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Life and Times of Grizzly Adams Oregon Trail Big Hawaii
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Welcome Back, Kotter What's Happening Barney Miller Carter Country Redd Foxx
CBS Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC CHiPS Man from Atlantis Rosetti and Ryan
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Donny and Marie ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Wonder Woman Logan's Run Switch
NBC Sanford Arms Chico and the Man Rockford Files Quincy, M.E.
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Fish Operation Petticoat Starsky and Hutch Love Boat
CBS Bob Newhart Show We've Got Each Other Jeffersons Tony Randall Show Carol Burnett Show
NBC Bionic Woman NBC Saturday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Six Million Dollar Man ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Rhoda On Our Own All in the Family Alice Kojak
NBC ContinuedWonderful World of Disney Big Event
    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. 

1977-78 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. Laverne & Shirley ABC 23,036,400
2. Happy Days ABC 22,890,600
3. Three's Company ABC 20,630,700
4. 60 Minutes CBS 17,787,600
5. Charlie's Angels ABC 17,787,600
6. All in the Family CBS 17,787,600
7. Little House on the Prairie NBC 17,568,900
8. Alice CBS 16,912,800
9. M*A*S*H CBS 16,912,800
10. One Day at a Time CBS 16,767,000
11. How the West Was Won ABC 16,402,500
12. Eight is Enough ABC 16,183,800
13. Soap ABC 16,038,000
14. The Love Boat ABC 15,965,100
15. NBC Monday Night Movie NBC 15,819,300
16. Monday Night Football ABC 15,673,500
17. Fantasy Island ABC 15,600,600
18. Barney Miller ABC 15,600,600
19. Project U.F.O. NBC 15,454,800
20. ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 15,163,200
21. The Waltons CBS 15,163,200
22. Barnaby Jones CBS 15,017,400
23. Hawaii Five-O CBS 14,871,600
24. ABC Monday Night Movie ABC 14,798,700
25. Rhoda CBS 14,652,900
26. The Incredible Hulk CBS 14,507,100
27. Family ABC 14,507,100
28. Welcome Back, Kotter ABC 14,507,100
29. On Our Own CBS 14,288,400
30. The Big Event NBC 14,142,600
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