2002–03 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 2002. 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]

     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.

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 Fall The Wonderful World of Disney Alias The Practice
Winter L.A. Dragnet
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#17/9.6) Becker Bram & Alice CBS Sunday Movie
Follow-up Various CBS Comedy Repeats
Spring My Big Fat
Greek Life
(#28/8.0)
Becker
Summer Becker Various CBS Comedy Repeats
Fox Fall Futurama The Simpsons
repeats
The Simpsons King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle Malcolm
in the Middle

repeats
Local Programming
Winter[2] King of the Hill Andy Richter
Controls the Universe
Spring Oliver Beene The Pitts
Summer King of the Hill Oliver Beene
Mid Summer Banzai! Various FOX Comedy Repeats
Follow Up Banzai! King of the Hill
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#19/9.4)
(Tied with Still Standing)
Boomtown
Winter Kingpin
Spring Boomtown
Summer Law & Order: Crime & Punishment
Mid-Summer The Restaurant
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls: Beginnings Charmed Angel Local Programming
Winter High School Reunion
Spring Black Sash
Follow Up Charmed repeats
Summer Boarding House: North Shore
Follow Up Charmed repeats

NOTE: The Fox network was to have aired Oliver Beene and The Grubbs on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., respectively, but instead made last-minute changes by postponing Oliver Beene to the following spring and canceling The Grubbs. In their places, reruns of King of the Hill and Malcolm in the Middle were slotted.

Monday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Drew Carey Show Whose Line Is It Anyway? NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (#10/11.4)
Follow-up Various programming
December Monk
Winter Veritas: The Quest The Practice Miracles
Spring Various Programming
Follow Up The Practice
Summer 4 back-to-back episodes of various ABC comedies Primetime Live: Special Edition
CBS Fall The King of Queens (#25/8.5) Yes, Dear (#24/8.6) Everybody Loves Raymond (#7/11.9)
(Tied with Survivor)
Still Standing (#19/9.4)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
CSI: Miami (#11/11.0)
(Tied with Will & Grace)
Summer Yes, Dear (#24/8.6) Still Standing (#19/9.4)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
The King of Queens (#25/8.5)
Fox Fall Boston Public Girls Club Local Programming
Follow-up FOX Special Presentations
Winter Joe Millionaire (#3/13.3)
Spring Married by America
Mid-season Mr. Personality
Summer Anything for Love Stupid Behavior Caught on Tape Paradise Hotel
NBC Fall Fear Factor (#30/7.7) Third Watch Crossing Jordan
Summer For Love or Money Meet My Folks
Follow-up Who Wants to Marry My Dad?
UPN The Parkers One on One Girlfriends Half & Half Local Programming
The WB 7th Heaven Everwood

Tuesday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter According to Jim Life with Bonnie Less than Perfect NYPD Blue (#29/7.8)
Spring According to Jim Lost at Home
Follow Up Less than Perfect
Summer 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
Mid-Summer Life with Bonnie
CBS Fall JAG (#22/8.9) The Guardian (#27/8.3) Judging Amy (#18/9.5)
Mid-Summer Big Brother Cupid
Fox Fall That '70s Show Grounded For Life 24 Local Programming
Follow Up That '70s Show
December Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Winter American Idol (#5/12.6)
Summer American Juniors Keen Eddie
Mid-Summer The O.C.
Late Summer Performing As...
NBC Fall Just Shoot Me! In-Laws Frasier (#26/8.4) Hidden Hills Dateline Tuesday
Winter NBC Special Presentations A.U.S.A. Kingpin
March Let's Make a Deal Dateline Tuesday
Follow Up NBC Specials and Reruns Watching Ellie
Summer Dog Eat Dog Last Comic Standing
Mid-Summer Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
UPN Fall Buffy the Vampire Slayer Haunted Local Programming
November Various UPN repeats
Winter Abby Various UPN sitcom reruns
Spring Platinum
Follow Up America's Next Top Model
Summer America's Next Top Model
Mid-Summer One on One Abby Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The WB Gilmore Girls Smallville

NOTE: Grounded for Life was also originally scheduled to run on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX, but it was pulled after two new episodes in September, and one in early December. The show moved to The WB network in the spring in 2003.

Wednesday[edit]

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 George Lopez The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (#16/9.9) MDs
December Extreme Makeover
January The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (#16/9.9) The Mole
Mid-February I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Various Programming
Spring The Bachelor/The Bachelorette (#16/9.9) All American Girl
Late April Extreme Makeover
Summer The Drew Carey Show The Drew Carey Show The Dating Experiment
Mid-Summer George Lopez The Family
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II The Amazing Race Presidio Med
Winter Star Search 60 Minutes II 48 Hours Investigates
Summer CBS Special Presentations
Mid-Summer 60 Minutes II Big Brother
Fox Fall The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents Fastlane Local Programming
Winter That '70s Show American Idol (#6/12.5) The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents
Spring American Idol (#6/12.5) Wanda at Large
Follow Up American Idol (#6/12.5) The Bernie Mac Show
Summer American Juniors Paradise Hotel
NBC Fall Ed The West Wing (#21/9.0) Law & Order (#9/11.7)
Spring Dateline NBC
Summer Fame Law & Order
Mid-Summer Race to the Altar The West Wing (#21/9.0)
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise The Twilight Zone Local Programming
The WB Fall Dawson's Creek Birds of Prey
Winter Angel
Summer Boarding House: North Shore The Jamie Kennedy Experiment The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Mid-Summer Smallville Pepsi Smash

Thursday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Monk Push, Nevada Primetime Thursday
December Dinotopia ABC Specials
January ABC Specials, Movies and Repeats
Mid-February Profiles from the Front Line Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People
Spring Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Various Programming
Follow Up The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS Fall Survivor (#7/11.9)
(Tied with Everybody Loves Raymond)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#1/16.3) Without a Trace (#15/10.0)
January Star Search
Mid-February Survivor (#7/11.9)
(Tied with Everybody Loves Raymond)
Summer The Amazing Race
Fox Fall 30 Seconds to Fame 30 Seconds to Fame Various FOX Specials Local Programming
December FOX Thursday Night Movie
January Joe Millionaire repeats The Pulse
Spring Various FOX Specials
NBC Friends (#2/13.9) Scrubs (#13/10.3) Will & Grace (#11/11.0)
(Tied with CSI: Miami)
Good Morning, Miami (#23/8.7) ER (#4/13.1)
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local Programming
The WB Fall Family Affair Do Over The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Off Centre
Follow Up The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Winter High School Reunion Surreal Life The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Spring Sabrina the Teenage Witch Various Repeats The Jamie Kennedy Experiment On the Spot
Summer The O'Keefes The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Follow Up WB Thursday Night Movie

NOTE: Movies, baseball games, reruns, and specials comprised most of the programming Thursday nights on FOX. Septuplets was supposed to air at 9-10, but it was cancelled at the last minute.

Friday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall America's Funniest Home Videos That Was Then 20/20
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
November Whose Line is it Anyway? The Drew Carey Show
Spring 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter Regular Joe
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
Summer Whose Line is it Anyway? Whose Line is it Anyway?
CBS Fall 48 Hours Hack Robbery Homicide Division
January Presidio Med Queens Supreme
Follow Up Star Search 48 Hours
Spring Various Repeats
Summer Baby Bob Yes, Dear 48 Hours
Mid-Summer Big Brother JAG
Fox Fall Firefly John Doe Local Programming
Winter Fastlane
Mid-Summer The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show Boston Public
Follow Up Wanda at Large
NBC Fall Providence Dateline Friday Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#14/10.1)
Winter Mister Sterling
Spring America's Most Talented Kid Ed
Follow-up Dateline Friday
UPN UPN's Night at the Movies Local Programming
The WB Fall What I Like About You Sabrina the Teenage Witch Reba Greetings from Tucson
March Grounded for Life
April Greetings from Tucson

Saturday[edit]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC ABC Saturday Movie of the Week / Various Specials
CBS Touched by an Angel The District The Agency
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted Local Programming
NBC Fall NBC Saturday Night Movie
Winter Law & Order repeats Law & Order: Criminal Intent repeats Law & Order: Special Victims Unit repeats
Spring Hunter Law & Order repeats Law & Order: Special Victims Unit repeats
Summer NBC Saturday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Just Shoot Me! Just Shoot Me! Various NBC Specials and Repeats

By network[edit]

ABC[edit]

CBS[edit]

Fox[edit]

NBC[edit]

UPN[edit]

The WB[edit]

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.
  2. ^ http://www.fox.com/schedule/schedule_2002.htm