1965–66 United States network television schedule

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This was the year that ABC and CBS began televising a majority of their prime-time programs in color, while NBC placed their final two black-and-white shows in prime time — the war drama Convoy and the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, with the latter moving to color the following season.

This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1965. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

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.

Note: This is the first season in which a majority of prime time programs were broadcast in color. The TV shows that were in color are italicized.

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 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea The F.B.I. The ABC Sunday Night Movie (occasional black-and-white feature film)
CBS Lassie (27/21.8)
(Tied with I Dream of Jeannie)
My Favorite Martian The Ed Sullivan Show (17/23.2)
(Tied with Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color)
Perry Mason Candid Camera What's My Line?
NBC 6:30 The Bell Telephone Hour / Actuality Specials Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (17/23.2)
(Tied with The Ed Sullivan Show)
Branded Bonanza (1/31.8) The Wackiest Ship in the Army

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 Twelve O'Clock High The Legend of Jesse James A Man Called Shenandoah The Farmer's Daughter Ben Casey
Follow-up Peyton Place
Spring The Avengers
CBS Fall To Tell the Truth I've Got a Secret (19/22.4)
(Tied with The Lawrence Welk Show)
The Lucy Show (3/27.7) The Andy Griffith Show (6/26.9) Hazel The Steve Lawrence Show
Winter Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts
NBC Hullabaloo The John Forsythe Show Dr. Kildare The Andy Williams Show / Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (once a month) Run for Your Life

Note: Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts replaced The Steve Lawrence Show in December. The Avengers replaced Ben Casey in March.

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 Combat! McHale's Navy F Troop Peyton Place The Fugitive
CBS Fall Rawhide The Red Skelton Hour (4/27.6) Petticoat Junction (21/22.3) CBS News Hour / CBS Reports
Winter Daktari (14/23.9)
Summer The Hippodrome
NBC My Mother the Car Please Don't Eat the Daisies Dr. Kildare NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies

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 Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Patty Duke Show Gidget The Big Valley Amos Burke — Secret Agent*
Winter Batman (10/24.7) Blue Light The Long Hot Summer
CBS Fall Lost in Space The Beverly Hillbillies (7/25.9)
(Tied with Bewitched)
Green Acres (11/24.6) The Dick Van Dyke Show (16/23.6) The Danny Kaye Show
Summer The John Gary Show
NBC The Virginian (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Wild Wild West and The Jackie Gleason Show)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre / Chrysler Presents a Bob Hope Special I Spy

* formerly Burke's Law

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 Shindig! The Donna Reed Show O.K. Crackerby! Bewitched (7/25.9)
(Tied with The Beverly Hillbillies)
Peyton Place The Long Hot Summer
Winter Batman (5/27.0) Gidget The Double Life of Henry Phyfe The Baron
CBS The Munsters Gilligan's Island (22/22.1) My Three Sons (15/23.8) The CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBC Fall Daniel Boone (26/21.9) Laredo Mona McCluskey The Dean Martin Show
Spring Mickie Finn's
Summer The Dean Martin Summer Show

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 Flintstones Tammy The Addams Family Honey West Peyton Place The Jimmy Dean Show
Follow-up The Farmer's Daughter
Summer Court Martial
CBS Fall The Wild Wild West (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Jackie Gleason Show and The Virginian)
Hogan's Heroes (9/24.9) Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (2/27.8) The Smothers Brothers Show Slattery's People
Winter The Trials of O'Brien
Summer Wayne & Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At...
NBC Fall Camp Runamuck Hank Convoy Mister Roberts The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (13/24.0)
Winter The Sammy Davis Jr. Show
Summer Sing Along with Mitch

Note: The Farmer's Daughter took over the 9:30–10 time period on ABC, effective November 5, because many viewers were not home to watch Peyton Place on Fridays. Starting November 1, Peyton Place was seen Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. In the winter of 1966, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show replaced Convoy on its timeslot, which was transmitted live in color.

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 Shindig! The King Family Show The Lawrence Welk Show (19/22.4)
(Tied with I've Got a Secret)
The Hollywood Palace ABC Scope
Winter The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Donna Reed Show
CBS Fall The Jackie Gleason Show (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Wild Wild West and The Virginian)
The Trials of O'Brien The Loner Gunsmoke (30/21.3)
Winter Secret Agent
Summer Continental Showcase The Face is Familiar
NBC Flipper (29/21.6) I Dream of Jeannie (27/21.8)
(Tied with Lassie)
Get Smart (12/24.5) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Note: Even though ABC Scope was scheduled at 10:30 PM, not one major station (including WABC-TV New York, the network's flagship station) carried it in that time period, preferring to schedule local or syndicated programming in its place. Most affiliates aired it in "fringe time" during the weekend.

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 (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.