In 1976 I was 10 years old. Here’s the prime time schedule for the 1976 television season. It makes me feel vaguely ill to have lived through that.
The first “appointment viewing” I can remember was Wonder Woman, on Friday nights in the 70s, and Hill Street Blues, on Thursday nights in the 80s. And of course the endless reruns of WKRP that we watched every night at supper, twice (once of CKCO Kitchener and then 1/2 hour later on CFTO Toronto).
I missed most of the television between 1986 and 1992 because I didn’t have a TV where I was living. From 1992 to 1998 I watched a lot of CTV and CBC because we had a TV, but no cable. When we got cable in 1998 (they finally agreed to string the wire up 200 feet from the corner), there was no looking back.