1962–63 United States network television schedule

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This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1962.

Television historians Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik (1982) state, "Despite all the promises of programming reform made by television executives in May, 1961, the 1962–63 schedule turned out to be business as usual". Castleman and Podrazik point out that although the three networks had added generally well-made public-affairs and news programs to their schedules, there were "too many of them and their sheer number diluted the audience and stretched resources far too thin to allow quality productions each week".[1] CBS aired CBS Reports and Eyewitness, NBC broadcast Chet Huntley Reporting and David Brinkley's Journal, while ABC had Bell and Howell Close-up and the Howard K. Smith show.[1]

New fall series are highlighted in bold. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[2]

     Yellow indicates the programs in the top 10 for the season.
     Cyan indicates the programs in the top 20 for the season.
     Magenta indicates the programs in the top 30 for the season.

Sunday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Father Knows Best (repeats) The Jetsons Hollywood Special The Voice of Firestone Howard K. Smith: News and Comment
CBS Lassie (19/23.3) Dennis the Menace The Ed Sullivan Show (14/25.3) The Real McCoys GE True Candid Camera (2/31.1) What's My Line? (13/25.6)
NBC Ensign O'Toole Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (24/22.3) Car 54, Where Are You? Bonanza (4/29.8) The Du Pont Show of the Week

Monday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Local Cheyenne The Rifleman Stoney Burke Ben Casey (7/28.7)
Winter The Dakotas
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News* To Tell the Truth (19/23.3) I've Got a Secret (16/24.9) The Lucy Show (4/29.8) The Danny Thomas Show (7/28.7) The Andy Griffith Show (6/29.7) The New Loretta Young Show Stump the Stars
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley-Brinkley Report* It's a Man's World Saints and Sinners The Price is Right David Brinkley's Journal Local

Tuesday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Local Combat! Hawaiian Eye The Untouchables Bell and Howell Closeup
CBS Fall 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Marshal Dillon The Lloyd Bridges Show The Red Skelton Hour (2/31.1) The Jack Benny Program (11/26.2) The Garry Moore Show (19/23.3)
Summer The Keefe Brasselle Show
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley-Brinkley Report Laramie Empire The Dick Powell Show Chet Huntley Reporting

Note: The CBS series Marshal Dillon consisted of reruns of episodes of Gunsmoke.

Wednesday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Local Wagon Train (25/22.0) Going My Way Our Man Higgins Naked City
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News CBS Reports The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis The Beverly Hillbillies (1/36.0) The Dick Van Dyke Show (9/27.1) Armstrong Circle Theatre/
The United States Steel Hour
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley-Brinkley Report The Virginian (26/21.7) Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall The Eleventh Hour

Thursday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Local The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Donna Reed Show Leave It to Beaver My Three Sons (28/21.0) McHale's Navy Alcoa Premiere
CBS Fall 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Mr. Ed Perry Mason (23/22.4) The Nurses The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Midseason The Twilight Zone The Nurses
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley-Brinkley Report The Wide Country Dr. Kildare (11/26.2) Hazel (15/25.1) The Andy Williams Show

Friday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Local The Gallant Men The Flintstones (30/20.5) I'm Dickens, He's Fenster 77 Sunset Strip Local
Spring Cheyenne
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Rawhide (22/22.8) Route 66 (27/21.3) Fair Exchange Eyewitness
NBC Fall 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley-Brinkley Report International Showtime Sing Along with Mitch Don't Call Me Charlie! The Jack Paar Program
Summer The Lively Ones


Saturday[edit]

Network 7:00 PM 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Beany and Cecil The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show Mr. Smith Goes to Washington The Lawrence Welk Show 10:00 The Fight of the Week / 10:45 Make That Spare
Spring Hootenanny
CBS Fall Local Jackie Gleason and his American Scene Magazine* (17/24.1) The Defenders (18/23.9) Have Gun – Will Travel (29/20.8) Gunsmoke (10/27.0)
Summer The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour
NBC Local Sam Benedict The Joey Bishop Show NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

(*) AKA The Jackie Gleason Show

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Castleman, Harry; Walter J. Podrazik (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 147–153. ISBN 0-07-010269-4. 
  2. ^ Highest-rated series is based on the annual top-rated programs list compiled by Nielsen Media Research and reported in: Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.