2005–06 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 2005–06 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 2005 through May 2006. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2004–05 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

This would be the final season of broadcasting for both UPN and The WB. They would merge to form The CW next season. The famous Monday Night Football would move to ESPN from ABC after the 2005 NFL season ended with Super Bowl XL

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, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but is not included because the schedule was set by each local station.

From February 10 to 26, 2006, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.



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 America's Funniest Home Videos Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (19/14,7) Desperate Housewives (4/22,2) Grey's Anatomy (5/19,9)
CBS 60 Minutes (26/13,6) Cold Case (20/14,5) CBS Sunday Movie
Fox Fall Malcolm in the Middle King of the Hill The Simpsons The War at Home Family Guy American Dad! Local
Midseason Free Ride
American Dad!
NBC Dateline NBC The West Wing Law & Order: Criminal Intent #39 11 million Crossing Jordan #40 10,9 million
The WB Fall Reba Beginnings Reba Beginnings Charmed Blue Collar TV Blue Collar TV Local
Midseason Supernatural encores


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Wife Swap Monday Night Football (12/16)
Winter Emily's Reasons Why Not Jake in Progress The Bachelor: Paris
Spring Supernanny Miracle Workers
Follow-up What About Brian
CBS Fall The King of Queens #49 10 million How I Met Your Mother Two and a Half Men (17/15,1) Out of Practice (32/11,6) CSI: Miami (9/18,1)
Winter Courting Alex #35 11,2 millions
Spring The New Adventures of Old Christine (29/12,5)
Fox Fall Arrested Development Kitchen Confidential Prison Break Local
Winter Skating with Celebrities #34 11,4 million 24 (24/13,8)
Spring Prison Break
NBC Fall Surface Las Vegas #44 10,7 million Medium #37 11,2 million
Spring Deal or No Deal (13/15,8) The Apprentice #38 11 million
UPN One on One All of Us Girlfriends Half & Half Local
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Just Legal
Follow-up Related
Spring Everwood


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall According to Jim Rodney Commander in Chief (28/12,7) Boston Legal #46 10,3 million
Midseason Sons & Daughters Sons & Daughters
Less than Perfect Hope & Faith
CBS Fall NCIS (16/15,3) The Amazing Race #42 10,8 million Close to Home #45 10,4 million
Follow-up The Unit (14/15,5) Threshold
Winter Love Monkey
Follow-up The Amazing Race
Fox Fall Bones House (10/17,3) Local
Midseason American Idol (1/31,2)
NBC Fall The Biggest Loser My Name Is Earl The Office Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (25/13,8)
Midseason Most Outrageous Moments Joey Scrubs #43 10,8 million Scrubs #43 10,8 million
Scrubs (Reruns) Teachers
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model (Reruns) Sex, Love & Secrets Local
Follow-up comedy reruns
Winter Repeats Get This Party Started
Spring America's Next Top Model Veronica Mars
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls Supernatural Local
Midseason Pepper Dennis


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall George Lopez Freddie Lost (15/15,5) Invasion
Winter Alias
Spring The Evidence
Follow-up Invasion
CBS Fall Still Standing Yes, Dear Criminal Minds (27/12,8) CSI: NY (22/14,2)
Winter Courting Alex Out of Practice
Spring The Amazing Race
Fox Fall That '70s Show Stacked Head Cases Local
Follow-up Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
Winter American Idol (2/30,2) Bones
Spring Bones American Idol Unan1mous (23/13,8)
NBC Fall The Apprentice: Martha Stewart E-Ring Law & Order #36 11,2 million
Winter Deal or No Deal (21/14,4) Dateline NBC Law & Order
Spring Law & Order Heist
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model 5 Veronica Mars Local
Winter South Beach
Spring America's Next Top Model 6
The WB Fall One Tree Hill Related Local
Winter various repeats
Spring The Bedford Diaries


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Alias Night Stalker Primetime
Midseason Dancing with the Stars (7/18,6) Crumbs
American Inventor (Reruns) American Inventor Commander in Chief
CBS Fall Survivor: Guatemala (11/16,8) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (3/25,2) Without a Trace (6/18,7)
Midseason Survivor: Panama - Exile Island (11/16,8)
Fox Fall The O.C. Reunion Local
Winter That '70s Show That '70s Show repeats The O.C.
Spring The Loop
Follow-up That '70s Show
NBC Fall Joey Will & Grace The Apprentice #38 11 million ER (30/12,3)
Winter Will & Grace Four Kings My Name Is Earl #41 10,9 million The Office
Spring Various programming
UPN Everybody Hates Chris Love, Inc. Eve Cuts Local
The WB Fall Smallville Everwood Local
Midseason Beauty and the Geek


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Supernanny Hope & Faith Hot Properties 20/20
Winter Dancing with the Stars results show (18/14,8) In Justice
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos
CBS Fall Ghost Whisperer #47 10,2 million Threshold Numbers #31 11,7 million
Follow-up Close to Home
Fox Fall The Bernie Mac Show Malcolm in the Middle Killer Instinct Local
Winter Bernie Mac Show repeats Trading Spouses
Spring Nanny 911
Follow-up The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show
NBC Fall Dateline NBC Three Wishes Inconceivable
Winter Most Outrageous Moments Most Outrageous Moments Dateline NBC The Book of Daniel
Spring Deal of No Deal Las Vegas Conviction
UPN WWE Friday Night SmackDown! Local
The WB Fall What I Like About You Twins Reba Living with Fran Local
Follow-up various repeats Twins
Winter Living with Fran
Spring Modern Men
Midseason Survival of the Richest Various programming


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 Commander in Chief (Reruns)
The Wonderful World of Disney
ABC Saturday Movie of the Week
CBS Crimetime Saturday (Reruns) Crimetime Saturday (Reruns) 48 Hours Mystery
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted Local
NBC Law & Order (Reruns) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Reruns) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Reruns)

By network[edit]






The WB[edit]

Renewals and cancellations[edit]




The CW



Cancellations and series endings[edit]






The WB


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