1973–74 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 1973. 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, but the schedule was set by each local station.

Sunday[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 F.B.I. The ABC Sunday Night Movie (23/20.7) Local
CBS The New Perry Mason Mannix Barnaby Jones (17/21.4) Local
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney (12/22.3) NBC Sunday Mystery Movie: Columbo / McCloud / McMillan and Wife / Hec Ramsey (90- & 120-min. episodes) (14/22.2) Local

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Rookies (25/20.3) ABC NFL Monday Night Football (19/21.2)
Winter ABC Monday Movie (26/20.2)
CBS Gunsmoke (15/22.1) Here's Lucy (29/20.0) The New Dick Van Dyke Show Medical Center
NBC Fall Lotsa Luck Diana NBC Monday Night at the Movies
Winter The Magician
Summer The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola (8:00) / Monday Night Baseball (8:15)

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Temperatures Rising ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week (21/21.0) Marcus Welby, M.D.
Winter Happy Days (16/21.5)
CBS Maude (6/23.5) Hawaii Five-O (5/24.0) The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies / Hawkins / Shaft
NBC Fall Chase The Magician Police Story
Winter Adam 12 Banacek

Wednesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice ABC Wednesday Movie of the Week Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
Follow-up Dick Clark Presents the Rock and Roll Years
Winter The Cowboys Doc Elliot
CBS Fall The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (7/23.3) Cannon (9/23.1) Kojak (7/23.3)
Summer The Hudson Brothers Show
NBC Adam-12 (23/20.7) NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie: Banacek / Tenafly / Faraday and Company / The Snoop Sisters Love Story

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Toma Kung Fu (27/20.1) The Streets of San Francisco (22/20.8)
Winter Chopper One Firehouse
CBS The Waltons (2/28.1) The CBS Thursday Night Movies (30/19.9)
NBC Fall The Flip Wilson Show Ironside NBC Follies
Winter Music Country USA
Summer The Dean Martin Comedy World

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Brady Bunch The Odd Couple Room 222 Adam's Rib Love, American Style
Winter The Six Million Dollar Man (11/22.7) The Odd Couple Toma
CBS Fall Calucci's Department Roll Out! The CBS Friday Night Movies (19/21.2)
Winter Dirty Sally Good Times (17/21.4)
NBC Fall Sanford and Son (3/27.5) The Girl with Something Extra Needles and Pins The Brian Keith Show* The Dean Martin Comedy Hour
Winter Lotsa Luck The Girl with Something Extra

(*) Formerly The Little People

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Partridge Family ABC Suspense Movie Griff
Winter Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
CBS Fall All in the Family (1/31.2) M*A*S*H (4/25.7) The Mary Tyler Moore Show (9/23.1) The Bob Newhart Show (12/22.3) The Carol Burnett Show (27/20.1)
Summer Barnaby Jones
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

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.