1970–71 United States network television schedule

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This was the television schedule on all three United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1970. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

     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.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation by October 1970; however, schedules were set by each affiliated station.

In April 1970, Congress passed a law banning the advertising of cigarettes on television and radio effective January 2, 1971.

This season would be the last one for the traditional 3½-hour prime time schedule.

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 The Young Rebels The F.B.I. (10/23.0) The ABC Sunday Night Movie (28/19.7)
CBS Fall Lassie Hogan's Heroes The Ed Sullivan Show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour The Tim Conway Comedy Hour
Winter Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners
NBC Wild Kingdom NBC's Wonderful World of Disney (13/22.4) The Bill Cosby Show Bonanza (9/23.9) The Bold Ones:
The New Doctors /
The Lawyers / The Senator

Note: The CBS series Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners consisted of reruns of hour-long episodes of The Honeymooners produced for The Jackie Gleason Show in the 1960s.

Monday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Young Lawyers The Silent Force Monday Night Football
Winter Let's Make a Deal The Newlywed Game The Reel Game The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring It Was a Very Good Year
CBS Gunsmoke (5/25.5) Here's Lucy (3/25.9) Mayberry R.F.D. (15/22.3) The Doris Day Show (20/20.7) The Carol Burnett Show (25/19.8)
NBC The Red Skelton Show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (13/22.4) NBC Monday Night at the Movies (25/19.8)

Tuesday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Mod Squad (11/22.7) ABC Movie of the Week (6/25.1) Marcus Welby, M.D. (1/29.6)
CBS Fall The Beverly Hillbillies Green Acres Hee Haw (16/21.4) To Rome With Love CBS News Hour / 60 Minutes
Winter All in the Family
NBC Fall The Don Knotts Show Julia NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies / First Tuesday
Winter Julia The Don Knotts Show

Wednesday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Courtship of Eddie's Father Danny Thomas in Make Room for Granddaddy Room 222 The Johnny Cash Show Dan August
Winter Room 222 The Smith Family (21/20.6) The Young Lawyers
Summer Love on a Rooftop The Immortal NFL Action
CBS Storefront Lawyers The Governor & J.J. Medical Center (8/24.5) Hawaii Five-O (7/25.0)
NBC The Men from Shiloh* (18/21.2) Kraft Music Hall Four in One: McCloud / San Francisco International Airport / Night Gallery / The Psychiatrist

(*) Formerly The Virginian.

Thursday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Matt Lincoln Bewitched Barefoot in the Park The Odd Couple The Immortal
Winter Alias Smith and Jones Danny Thomas in Make Room for Granddaddy Dan August Local
CBS Fall Family Affair The Jim Nabors Hour (29/19.5) The CBS Thursday Night Movies (30/19.3)
Summer Lancer
NBC Fall The Flip Wilson Show (2/27.9) Ironside (4/25.7) Nancy The Dean Martin Show (24/20.0)
Winter Adam 12
Summer The Dean Martin Summer Show Starring Your Host Vic Damone

Note: The Dean Martin Summer Show Starring Your Host Vic Damone consisted entirely of reruns of the show of the same name from the summer of 1967.

Friday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Brady Bunch Nanny and the Professor The Partridge Family (25/19.8) That Girl Love, American Style This Is Tom Jones
Winter The Odd Couple Love, American Style
CBS Fall The Interns The Headmaster The CBS Friday Night Movies
Winter The New Andy Griffith Show
Summer The Headmaster
NBC Fall The High Chaparral The Name of the Game Bracken's World
Winter Strange Report

Saturday[edit]

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Let's Make a Deal The Newlywed Game The Lawrence Welk Show The Most Deadly Game Local
Winter The Pearl Bailey Show
CBS Mission: Impossible My Three Sons (19/20.8) Arnie The Mary Tyler Moore Show (22/20.3) Mannix (17/21.3)
NBC The Andy Williams Show Adam-12 (12/22.6) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies (23/20.1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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.

Additional sources[edit]

  • 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 (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.