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1979-1980 Television Season

The 1979-1980 television season is the 34th network season in the United States television history. It began on Monday, September 17, 1979 and ended on Sunday, May 25, 1980. The effective start date of the 1979-80 season for the purposes of audience measurement was September 17, 1979 through October 26, 1980.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 1979-80 television season.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households76,300,000
Persons 2+224,322,000

Events

1980

January

  1. BET is launched.

March

  1. Nightline premieres on ABC.

June

  1. CNN is launched.

October

  1. TLC is launched as ACSN - The Learning Channel.

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