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 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.


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 60 Minutes (#13/10.1) The Education of Max Bickford (22 eps.) CBS Sunday Movie
Fox Futurama King of the Hill The Simpsons Malcolm in the Middle The X-Files Local
NBC Dateline Sunday Weakest Link Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Providence)
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 NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (#7/11.5)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring Encore programming The Wayne Brady Show Encore 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 (#22/13.9 millions) 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)
Encore programming
Fox Fall Boston Public Ally McBeal Local
Spring The American Embassy
Follow-up Ally McBeal
NBC Fall 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 Encore programming Dog Eat Dog Encore programming
UPN The Hughleys One on One The Parkers Girlfriends Local
The WB 7th Heaven Angel


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 Spin City NYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
Winter The Chair
Spring Dharma & Greg Spin City
Follow-up The Court
Follow-up Philly
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
Follow-up 24
Spring Andy Richter Controls the Universe
NBC Fall Emeril (7 eps.) Three Sisters Frasier (#14/9.9)
(Tied with JAG)
Scrubs Dateline Tuesday
Winter Imagine That (2 eps.)
Follow-up Encore programming
Spring Watching Ellie
UPN Fall Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roswell Local
Spring As If (2 eps.) The Random Years (4 eps.)
Follow-up 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
Winter The Job
Spring George Lopez Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Follow-up According to Jim Encore programming
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II (#30/7.7)
(Tied with Family Law)
The Amazing Race Wolf Lake (9 eps.)
Winter CBS Wednesday Movie
Spring The Amazing Race 48 Hours
Fox Fall Malcolm in the Middle Grounded for Life The Bernie Mac Show Titus Local
Follow-up Encore programming
Winter That '80s Show
Spring Greg the Bunny
NBC Ed The West Wing (#8/11.4) Law & Order (#5/12.6)
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise Special Unit 2 Local
The WB Fall Dawson's Creek Felicity
Winter Glory Days
Spring Felicity

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? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Primetime Thursday
CBS Fall Survivor (#6/11.8) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/14.5) The Agency
Fox Family Guy The Tick (9 eps.) Temptation Island Local
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
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 Encore programming
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos Encore programming
Winter Once and Again Encore programming
Follow-up Encore programming 20/20
CBS Fall The Ellen Show Danny (2 eps.) That's Life 48 Hours
Follow-up Encore programming
Follow-up Encore programming The Ellen Show
Winter Encore programming First Monday
Spring AFP: American Fighter Pilot
Midseason Encore programming
Fox Fall Dark Angel Pasadena Local
Follow-up Encore programming
Winter Encore programming Dark Angel
NBC 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)
UPN Fall UPN Friday Movie Local
Spring Under One Roof The Amazing Race repeats
Follow-up UPN Friday Movie
The WB Fall Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Maybe It's Me (22 eps.) Reba Raising Dad (22 eps.)
Winter Raising Dad Maybe It's Me


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 Encore programming
Fox COPS 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.