2003–04 United States network television schedule

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This was the United States broadcast television schedule on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 2003. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New 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]

The 2003-2004 season marked the final time that the major networks scheduled substantial original scripted drama series on Saturdays. After years of declining ratings on that particular evening, beginning with the 2004-2005 season the networks ceased scheduling original dramas on Saturdays, choosing instead to fill the schedule with non-fiction programming and reruns.

     Lime indicates the #1 most watched program of the season.
     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.


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 2003 America's Funniest Home Videos 10-8: Officers on Duty (12 eps.) Alias The Practice
2004 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
CBS 60 Minutes (18/14.0 millions) Cold Case (17/14.1 millions) CBS Sunday Movie
Oliver Beene King of the Hill The Simpsons The Bernie Mac Show Malcolm in the Middle Arrested Development Local
NBC 2003 Dateline NBC American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (20/13.1 millions) The Lyon's Den (6 eps.)
2004 Crossing Jordan (24/12.3 millions)
The WB 2003 Smallville Charmed Tarzan (8 eps.) Local
2004 The Surreal Life


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 Primetime Monday Monday Night Football (13/16.4 millions)
2004 ABC Monday Movie of the Week
CBS Yes, Dear Still Standing (28/11.8 millions) Everybody Loves Raymond (10/17.3 millions) Two and a Half Men (15/15.3 millions) CSI: Miami (9/18.0 millions)
Fox 2003 Joe Millionaire 2 Skin (3 eps.) Local
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Cracking Up (6 eps.) My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (6 eps.) (12/16.6 millions)
Forever Eden (7 eps.) / The Swan
NBC 2003 Fear Factor (19/13.5 millions) Las Vegas (27/11.8 millions) Third Watch / Average Joe
2004 Average Joe: Hawaii
The Restaurant
UPN The Parkers Eve Girlfriends Half & Half Local
The WB 7th Heaven Everwood Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 8 Simple Rules I'm with Her (22 eps.) According to Jim Less than Perfect NYPD Blue
2004 Line of Fire (11 eps.)
CBS 2003 Navy NCIS (26/11.8 millions) The Guardian Judging Amy
2004 Century City (9 eps.) / The Guardian
Fox 2003 American Juniors 24 Local
2004 American Idol (1/25.7 millions)
NBC 2003 Whoopi (22 eps.) Happy Family (22 eps.) Frasier Good Morning, Miami Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (21/12.7 millions)
2004 The Tracy Morgan Show (20 eps.) Whoopi Happy Family
Whoopi Happy Family Scrubs
UPN 2003 One on One All of Us Rock Me Baby (22 eps.) The Mullets (8 eps.) Local
2004 America's Next Top Model 2 / The Player (8 eps.)
The WB Gilmore Girls One Tree Hill Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 My Wife and Kids It's All Relative (22 eps.) The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (21/8.3) Karen Sisco
Extreme Makeover
2004 Celebrity Mole: Yucatán
CBS 2003 60 Minutes Wednesday The King of Queens Becker The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire (5 eps.)
2004 The Stones (3 eps.) / sitcom reruns 48 Hours Investigates
Fox 2003 That '70s Show A Minute with Stan Hooper (6 eps.) The O.C. Local
2004 American Idol (3/24.3 millions)
NBC Ed The West Wing (29/11.7 millions) Law & Order (14/15.9 millions)
UPN 2003 Star Trek: Enterprise Jake 2.0 (12 eps.) Local
2004 I'm Still Alive (5 eps.) / Amish in the City (9 eps.)
The WB Smallville Angel Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 Threat Matrix (14 eps.) Extreme Makeover Primetime Thursday
2004 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Reruns) Kingdom Hospital
CBS Survivor (Pearl Islands) (6/20.7 millions) & (All-Stars) (5/21.4 millions) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2/25.2 millions) Without a Trace (11/16.7 millions)
Fox Tru Calling reality show reruns / Forever Eden Local
NBC 2003 Friends (4/22.8 millions) Scrubs Will & Grace (16/15.2 millions) Coupling (4 eps.) ER (8/19.0 millions)
2004 Will & Grace (16/15.2 millions) The Apprentice (7/20.7 millions)
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local
The WB 2003 Steve Harvey's Big Time JKX What I Like About You Run of the House (16 eps.) Local
2004 All About the Andersons (16 eps.) JKX
Like Family (21 eps.) JKX


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 George Lopez Married to the Kellys (22 eps.) Hope & Faith Life with Bonnie 20/20
2004 The Big House (6 eps.)
CBS Joan of Arcadia JAG The Handler (14 eps.)
Fox 2003 Wanda at Large Luis (4 eps.) Boston Public Local
2004 Boston Public Wonderfalls (4 eps. broadcast)
NBC Miss Match (11 eps.) / various repeats Dateline NBC Boomtown / Third Watch
UPN UPN Movie Friday Local
The WB 2003 Reba Like Family Grounded for Life All About the Andersons Local
2004 What I Like About You Like Family
The Help (5 eps.)


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 The Wonderful World of Disney LA Dragnet
2004 ABC Saturday Movie of the Week drama repeats
CBS 2003 48 Hours Investigates Hack The District
2004 Star Search
CBS Saturday Night Movie
Fox COPS COPS 2 America's Most Wanted Local news
NBC NBC Saturday Night Movie


  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.