2001–02 United States network television schedule

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The 2001–2002 United States network television schedule is for United States broadcast television on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 2001. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

NOTE: The September 11 attacks hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. Although many series began their seasons in September and October as regularly scheduled, the television season officially did not begin until the month of November. From February 8 to 24, 2002, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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 is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.


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 Wonderful World of Disney Alias The Practice (#23/8.3)
(tied with NYPD Blue)
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#13/10.1) The Education of Max Bickford CBS Sunday Movie
Summer Touched by an Angel
Mid-Summer Everybody Loves Raymond Becker
Fox Futurama King of the Hill The Simpsons Malcolm in the Middle The X-Files Local programming
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday The Weakest Link Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Providence)
UC: Undercover
Spring NBA on NBC Various Programming
Summer Dateline Sunday Law & Order: Crime & Punishment
The WB Fall Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Steve Harvey Show Men, Women & Dogs Nikki Off Centre Local Programming
Follow Up Off Centre Nikki
December Nikki Men, Women & Dogs
Winter The Steve Harvey Show The Steve Harvey Show The Jamie Kennedy Experiment For Your Love
Spring No Boundaries The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Follow Up Flix From the Frog The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Off Centre
Summer Angel
Follow Up For Your Love For Your Love Charmed

NOTE: FOX aired 2 episodes of The Chamber in mid-January 2002. During the fall, Futurama and King of the Hill were preempted by overruns of NFL games. On The WB, Lost in the USA was supposed to air at 7-8, but it was cancelled due to 9/11 problems.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who Wants to Be a Millionaire NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (#7/11.5)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring My Wife and Kids repeats The Wayne Brady Show Various programming Once and Again
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos The Bachelor
CBS Fall The King of Queens (#19/8.9) Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Everybody Loves Raymond (#4/12.8) Becker (#11/10.7) Family Law (#30/7.7)
(Tied with 60 Minutes II)
Spring Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Baby Bob (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Friday)
Follow-up The King of Queens (#19/8.9) Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Various programming
Fox Fall Boston Public Ally McBeal Local Programming
Spring The American Embassy
Follow-up Ally McBeal
Mid-Summer Titus Titus
NBC Fall The Weakest Link Dateline NBC Crossing Jordan (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Yes, Dear)
Follow-up Third Watch
Winter Fear Factor (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Providence)
Summer Dog Eat Dog
Mid-Summer Meet My Folks
UPN The Hughleys One on One The Parkers Girlfriends Local Programming
The WB 7th Heaven Angel

Note: On ABC, The Runner was supposed to start when Monday Night Football concludes, but it was cancelled due to production problems.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dharma & Greg What About Joan? Bob Patterson Spin City Philly
Follow-up Spin City NYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
Winter The Chair
Spring Dharma & Greg Spin City
Follow-up The Court
Mid-Spring Philly
May Various Programming & ABC Specials NYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
Summer Spin City Spin City The Mole Houston Medical
Mid-Summer According to Jim According to Jim Monk Widows
CBS JAG (#14/9.9)
(Tied with Frasier)
The Guardian (#22/8.4) Judging Amy (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Inside Schwartz)
Fox Fall That '70s Show Undeclared Love Cruise Local Programming
Follow-up 24
Spring Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Summer Various FOX Comedy repeats American Idol
NBC Fall Emeril Three Sisters Frasier (#14/9.9)
(Tied with JAG)
Scrubs Dateline Tuesday
Winter Imagine That
Follow-up Encore programming
Spring Frasier repeats Watching Ellie
May Frasier repeats and NBC Specials
Summer Spy TV Spy TV
August The Rerun Show
UPN Fall Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roswell Local Programming
Spring As If The Random Years
Follow-up Various Programming
Late Spring Roswell
The WB Gilmore Girls Smallville

Note: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell moved to UPN from The WB this season.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall My Wife and Kids According to Jim The Drew Carey Show Whose Line is it Anyway? 20/20 Downtown
Mid October Bob Patterson
Follow-Up Whose Line is it Anyway?
Winter The Job
Spring George Lopez Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Follow-up According to Jim The Job
Mid-Summer My Wife and Kids The Drew Carey Show
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II (#30/7.7)
(Tied with Family Law)
The Amazing Race Wolf Lake
Winter CBS Wednesday Movie
Spring The Amazing Race 48 Hours
Summer CBS Wednesday Movie
Mid-Summer Big Brother 48 Hours
Fox Fall Malcolm in the Middle & That '70s Show repeats Grounded for Life The Bernie Mac Show Titus Local Programming
Winter That '80s Show
Spring Greg the Bunny
Summer Various FOX Comedy Repeats American Idol
Mid-Summer 30 Seconds to Fame Meet the Marks
Follow Up 30 Seconds to Fame
NBC Ed The West Wing (#8/11.4) Law & Order (#5/12.6)
UPN Fall Star Trek: Enterprise Special Unit 2 Local Programming
Spring Wolf Lake
Mid-Summer Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The WB Fall Dawson's Creek Felicity
Winter Glory Days
Spring Felicity
Summer WB Wednesday Movie

NOTES: 1. When ABC announced their 2001 Fall Schedule, originally the plan was for The Job to air after The Drew Carey Show starting in mid-September and NYPD Blue would air in the 10pm ET timeslot after 20/20 Downtown returned to Friday nights in late December.[2] However, after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, ABC decided to not air The Job until mid-season because the show was set in New York City. In October, when the sitcom Bob Patterson was not doing well in the ratings on Tuesday nights, they moved the show to the Wednesday 9:30pm ET timeslot and put NYPD Blue in the Tuesday 9pm ET timeslot.

2. That '80s Show premiered midseason on January 23 on FOX in the 8:00pm ET timeslot.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Primetime Thursday
Mid-Summer ABC Big Picture Show
CBS Fall Survivor (#6/11.8) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/14.5) The Agency
Winter CSI: Crime Scene Investigation repeats and CBS Special Presentations
Spring Survivor (#6/11.8)
Summer The Price is Right Salutes
Mid-Summer Big Brother
Fox Fall Family Guy The Tick Temptation Island Local Programming
February Family Guy repeats
Spring Various Repeats Various Repeats
Follow-Up FOX Thursday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Beyond Belief:Fact or Fiction The Pulse
NBC Fall Friends (#1/15.0) Inside Schwartz (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Judging Amy)
Will & Grace (#9/11.0)
(Tied with Leap of Faith)
Just Shoot Me! (#18/9.3) ER (#3/14.2)
Winter Leap of Faith (#9/11.0)
(Tied with Will & Grace)
Follow-up Friends repeats
Summer Scrubs
August The Rerun Show
UPN WWF SmackDown! Local Programming
The WB Fall Popstars Elimidate Deluxe Charmed
Follow-Up Popstars
Winter Various Repeats
March My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
Spring Various Repeats and Specials


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Mole II: The Next Betrayal Thieves Once and Again
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
December ABC Specials
Winter Once and Again Vanished
Follow-up Various programming 20/20
Mid-Summer Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway?
CBS Fall The Ellen Show Danny That's Life 48 Hours
Follow-up CBS Comedy Repeats
November CBS Comedy Repeats and CBS Specials The Ellen Show
January JAG repeats First Monday
Spring AFP: American Fighter Pilot
Follow Up Various programming
Summer 48 Hours CBS Friday Night Movie
Fox Fall Dark Angel Pasadena Local Programming
November 24 repeats
Winter Various programming Dark Angel
Summer Dark Angel The X-Files
Mid-Summer Invasion of the Hidden Cameras Invasion of the Hidden Cameras
NBC Fall Providence (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Dateline Friday (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Baby Bob)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#12/10.4)
Summer Dateline Friday
UPN Fall UPN's Night at the Movies Local Programming
Spring Under One Roof The Amazing Race repeats
Follow-up UPN's Night at the Movies
The WB Fall Sabrina the Teenage Witch Maybe It's Me Reba Raising Dad
Winter Raising Dad Maybe It's Me

NOTE: FOX aired The Chamber on January 25th, 2002 after two preview airings on past Sunday nights. The show was cancelled after its Friday night airing.


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Touched by an Angel Citizen Baines The District
Follow-up Various Drama Repeats and CBS Specials
Mid-summer Big Brother The District The Agency
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local programming
NBC Various NBC Saturday Night Movie

By network[edit]






The WB[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.
  2. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/16/arts/tv-notes-20-20-bouncing-and-vanishing.html