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1976-1977 Television Season

The top five shows of 1976-77 were Six Million Dollar Man, Charlie's Angels, M*A*S*H, Laverne & Shirley, with the most popular being Happy Days. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

Shows which began before 8:00 p.m. on Sundays, and therefore not on our grid below, included Cos, The Wonderful World of Disney, and 60 Minutes.

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Prime Time TV Schedule for 1976-1977
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC Captain and Tennille Show Monday Night Football
CBS Rhoda Phyllis Maude All's Fair Executive Suite
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II Family
CBS Tony Orlando and Dawn M*A*S*H One Day at a Time Switch
NBC Baa Baa Black Sheep Police Woman Police Story
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Bionic Woman Baretta Charlie's Angels
CBS Good Times Ball Four All in the Family Alice Blue Knight
NBC The Practice NBC Movie of the Week The Quest
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Welcome Back, Kotter Barney Miller Tony Randall Show Nancy Walker Show Streets of San Francisco
CBS Waltons Hawaii Five-O Barnaby Jones
NBC Gemini Man NBC Best Sellers Van Dyke and Company
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Donny and Marie ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Spencer's Pilots CBS Friday Night Movie
NBC Sanford & Son Chico and the Man Rockford Files Serpico
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Holmes and Yoyo Mr. T and Tina Starsky and Hutch Most Wanted
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 Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour Kojak Delvecchio
NBC [Sunday Mystery Movie (rotating)]
Quincy | Lanigan's Rabbi / McCloud / Columbo / McMillan & Wife
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. 

1976-77 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. Happy Days ABC 22,428,000
2. Laverne & Shirley ABC 22,000,800
3. ABC Monday Night Movie ABC 18,512,000
4. M*A*S*H CBS 18,440,800
5. Charlie's Angels ABC 18,369,600
6. The Big Event NBC 17,372,800
7. The Six Million Dollar Man ABC 17,230,400
8. ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 16,660,800
9. Baretta ABC 16,660,800
10. One Day at a Time CBS 16,660,800
11. Three's Company ABC 16,447,200
12. All in the Family CBS 16,304,800
13. Welcome Back, Kotter ABC 16,162,400
14. The Bionic Woman ABC 15,948,800
15. The Waltons CBS 15,877,600
16. Little House on the Prairie NBC 15,877,600
17. Barney Miller ABC 15,806,400
18. 60 Minutes CBS 15,592,800
19. Hawaii Five-0 CBS 15,592,800
20. NBC Monday Night Movie NBC 15,521,600
21. Rich Man, Poor Man, Book II ABC 15,379,200
22. Monday Night Football ABC 15,094,400
23. Eight is Enough ABC 15,023,200
24. The Jeffersons CBS 14,952,000
25. What's Happening ABC 14,880,800
26. Good Times CBS 14,596,000
27. Sanford and Son NBC 14,453,600
28. ABC Friday Night Movie ABC 14,382,400
29. The Tony Randall Show ABC 14,311,200
30. Alice CBS 14,240,000
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