I don't think New Years could be a throwaway night, since Christmas Day was for a lot of shows. They might pre-empt, but they wouldn't do two straight weeks of re-runs. It's January 1st, so there were bowl games. NBC ran the Orange Bowl. ABC had a Rona Barrett New Year's special (replacing 20/20) and a movie, which was normal for ABC on a Monday night after NFL season was over. The WKRP telecast on 10/30/1978 is interesting. I would have mentioned it, but I am using Ultimate70s.com as my primary reference. That site lists One Day At A Time in its normal 9:30 slot, but it does not list any episode information, which is unusual. The 8:00 hour was pre-empted for It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Puff The Magic Dragon. TV Tango, which is wildly inaccurate most of the time, lists WKRP in its normal 8:00 slot, Puff at 8:30, M*A*S*H at 9:00, and nothing at 9:30. Those Peanuts specials aired so often as we have seen, and it was always at 8:00. So I'm confident on the specials. Looking at the TV listings in the newspapers of the time, apparently there was a weekly listing for "late schedule changes" (something different than would have been in whatever your Sunday TV supplement was) and the change from One Day At A Time to WKRP is noted there. Obviously the WKRP producers lobbied hard, or someone in programming previewed that episode, because it really seems like a special case was made to get it on the air before the show's hiatus.