|ABC||America's Funniest Home Videos||America's Funniest Home Videos||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||ABC Sunday Night Movie|
|CBS||60 Minutes||Touched by an Angel||CBS Sunday Movies|
|FOX||Big Deal||The Simpsons||Ned and Stacey||The X-Files||Local Programming|
|NBC||Dateline NBC||3rd Rock from the Sun||Boston Common||NBC Sunday Night Movie|
|WB||Kirk||Brotherly Love||The Parent 'Hood||The Steve Harvey Show||Unhappily Ever After||Life with Roger||Local Programming|
Note: On FOX, the animated television series, King of the Hill premiered January 12, 1997 at 8:30.
|ABC||Dangerous Minds||ABC Monday Night Football|
|CBS||Cosby||Ink||Murphy Brown||Cybill||Chicago Hope|
|FOX||Melrose Place||Party Girl||Lush Life||Local Programming|
|NBC||The Jeff Foxworthy Show||Mr. Rhodes||NBC Monday Night Movie|
|UPN||In the House||Malcolm and Eddie||Goode Behavior||Sparks||Local Programming|
|WB||7th Heaven||Savannah||Local Programming|
Note: On CBS, the debut of Ink was delayed by a month due to production problems, resulting in another new sitcom, Pearl, to air temporarily in its slot before moving to its own originally designated Wednesday time period in late October.
The WB premiered Buffy the Vampire Slayer on March 10, 1997 at 9 PM.
|ABC||Ellen||Life's Work||Home Improvement||Spin City||N.Y.P.D. Blue|
|CBS||Promised Land||CBS Tuesday Movies|
|FOX||Fox Tuesday Night Movie||Local Programming|
|NBC||Mad About You||Something So Right||Frasier||Caroline in the City||Dateline NBC|
|UPN||Moesha||Homeboys in Outer Space||The Burning Zone||Local Programming|
Note: On ABC, the David E. Kelley law drama, The Practice, had a 6-episode run from March 4, 1997 to April 8, 1997 at 10:00.
UPN premiered the short lived teenage sitcom Social Studies in March as a midseason replacement. The show lasted for six episodes.
|ABC||Roseanne||Townies||Grace Under Fire||The Drew Carey Show||Primetime Live|
|CBS||The Nanny||Pearl||Almost Perfect||Public Morals||EZ Streets|
|FOX||Beverly Hills 90210||Party of Five||Local Programming|
|NBC||Wings||The John Larroquette Show||NewsRadio||Men Behaving Badly||Law & Order|
|UPN||The Sentinel||Star Trek: Voyager||Local Programming|
|WB||Sister, Sister||Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher||The Wayans Bros.||The Jamie Foxx Show||Local Programming|
Note: On CBS, due to the effect of the debut delay of Ink on Monday, the first month of the new season on this night aired Almost Perfect at 8:30 p.m., followed by CBS Wednesday Movies at 9 p.m. The originally planned fall Wednesday lineup took shape at the end of October with Pearl taking over at 8:30 p.m., Almost Perfect moving to 9 p.m., Public Morals debuting at 9:30 p.m., and EZ Streets debuting at 10 p.m.
|ABC||High Incident||Murder One||Turning Point|
|CBS||Diagnosis: Murder||Moloney||48 Hours|
|FOX||Martin||Living Single||New York Undercover||Local Programming|
|NBC||Friends||The Single Guy||Seinfeld||Suddenly Susan||ER|
Note: On NBC, the sitcom The Naked Truth, cancelled by ABC in 1996, aired from January 16, 1997 to February 27, 1997 at 9:30, then later moved to Friday nights. Its season finale aired on Wednesday, May 14 1997. Also on NBC, the sitcom The Single Guy was moved to Wednesdays in March 1997 to make room for the sitcom Fired Up which aired at 8:30, beginning April 10, 1997.
|ABC||Family Matters||Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Clueless||Boy Meets World||20/20|
|CBS||Dave's World||Everybody Loves Raymond||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Nash Bridges|
|NBC||Unsolved Mysteries||Dateline NBC||Homicide: Life on the Street|
Note: Step by Step would debut in March on ABC.Saturday
|ABC||Second Noah||Coach||Common Law||Relativity|
|CBS||Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman||Early Edition||Walker, Texas Ranger|
|FOX||COPS||COPS||Married... with Children||Love and Marriage||Local Programming|
|NBC||Dark Skies||The Pretender||Profiler|