2001–02 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 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, 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 50 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

     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.
     Orange indicates the programs in the top 40 for the season.
     Silver indicates the programs in the top 50 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 The Wonderful World of Disney (#38/11.2 million) Alias The Practice (#26/12.9 million)
CBS 60 Minutes (17/14.9 million) The Education of Max Bickford (22 eps.) CBS Sunday Movie (#29/12.5 million)
Fox[2] Futurama King of the Hill The Simpsons (#30/12.4 million) Malcolm in the Middle (#25/13.0 million) The X-Files Local
NBC Dateline Sunday Weakest Link (#49/10.3 million) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#34/11.9 million) UC: Undercover (13 eps.)
The WB Ripley's Believe It or Not! (reruns) The Steve Harvey Show Men, Women & Dogs (9 eps.) Nikki Off Centre Local


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 (#48/10.5 million) NFL Monday Showcase (#19/14.5 million) Monday Night Football (#11/17.0 million))
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 Videos The Bachelor
CBS Fall The King of Queens (#21/13.9 millions) Yes, Dear (#22/13.9 millions) Everybody Loves Raymond (#6/20.0 millions) Becker (#13/16.3 millions) Family Law (#45/10.7 million)
Spring Yes, Dear (#22/13.9 millions) Baby Bob (#27/12.9 millions)
Follow-up The King of Queens (#21/13.9 millions) Yes, Dear (#22/13.9 millions) Various programming
Fox[2] Boston Public (#42/10.8 million) Ally McBeal Local
NBC Fall Fear Factor (#24/13.7 millions) Third Watch (#40/11.2 million) Crossing Jordan (#28/12.8 millions)
Summer Dog Eat Dog
UPN One on One The Hughleys The Parkers Girlfriends Local
The WB 7th Heaven Angel Local


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? (19 eps.) Bob Patterson Spin City Philly
Follow-up NYPD Blue (#31/12.3 million)
Winter The Chair
Spring Dharma & Greg Spin City
Follow-up The Court
Follow-up Philly
CBS JAG (#18/14.8 millions) The Guardian (#33/12.2 million) Judging Amy (#23/13.9 millions)
Fox[2] That 70s Show Undeclared 24 Local
NBC Fall Emeril (7 eps.) Three Sisters Frasier (#16/15.0 million) Scrubs (#39/11.2 million) Dateline Tuesday (#44/10.7 million)
Winter Imagine That (2 eps.) Watching Ellie
UPN Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roswell Local
The WB Gilmore Girls Smallville Local

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 (#41/11.0 million) According to Jim The Drew Carey Show Whose Line is it Anyway? 20/20 Downtown (#47/10.5 million)
Winter The Job
Spring George Lopez Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Follow-up According to Jim Various Programming
CBS Fall 60 Minutes Wednesday (#43/10.8 million) The Amazing Race Wolf Lake (9 eps.)
Winter CBS Wednesday Movie
Spring The Amazing Race 48 Hours
Fox[2] Malcolm in the Middle Grounded for Life The Bernie Mac Show Titus Local
NBC Ed The West Wing (#10/17.2 millions) Law & Order (#7/18.7 millions)
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise Special Unit 2 Local
The WB Dawson's Creek Felicity Local

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


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Primetime Thursday (#50/10.3 million)
CBS Survivor: Africa (#5/20.7 million) / Survivor: Marquesas (#4/20.8 million) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/23.7 million) The Agency
Fox Family Guy The Tick (9 eps.) Temptation Island Local
NBC Fall Friends (#1/24.5 million) Inside Schwartz (#15/15.1 million) Will & Grace (#9/17.3 million) Just Shoot Me (#20/14.4 million) ER (#3/22.1 million)
Winter Leap of Faith (#12/16.5 million)
Follow-up Friends (repeats) (#8/18.6 million)
UPN WWF SmackDown! Local
The WB Popstars Elimidate Deluxe (3 eps.) Charmed Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Mole: The Next Betrayal Thieves (8 eps.) Once and Again
Follow-up Various programming
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos Various programming
Winter Once and Again Various programming
Follow-up Various programming 20/20
CBS Fall The Ellen Show Danny (2 eps.) That's Life 48 Hours
Follow-up Various programming
Follow-up Various programming The Ellen Show
Winter Various programming First Monday
Spring AFP: American Fighter Pilot
Fox Dark Angel Pasadena Local
NBC Providence Dateline Friday Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#14/15.2 million)
UPN UPN Movie Friday Local
The WB Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Maybe It's Me (22 eps.) Reba Raising Dad (22 eps.) Local


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 (6 eps.) The District
Follow-up Various programming
Fox COPS COPS 2 America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local
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.
  2. ^ a b c d http://www.fox.com/schedule/schedule_2001.htm Archived December 18, 2007 at the Wayback Machine