2002–03 United States network television schedule

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]

     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 Fall The Wonderful World of Disney Alias The Practice
Winter L.A. Dragnet
CBS Fall 60 Minutes (#22/13.4 million) Becker Bram & Alice CBS Sunday Movie
Follow-up Encore programming
Spring My Big Fat Greek Life (#31/12.6 million) Becker
Fox Fall Futurama The Simpsons repeats The Simpsons (#21/13.5 million) King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle (#44/10.7 million) Malcolm in the Middle repeats Local
Winter[2] King of the Hill Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Spring Oliver Beene The Pitts
NBC Fall Dateline Sunday American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#18/14.3 millions) Boomtown
Winter Kingpin
Spring Boomtown
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls: Beginnings Charmed Angel Local
Midseason Black Sash

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.


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 (#9/16.9)
Follow-up Encore programming
Winter Veritas: The Quest The Practice Miracles
Spring Encore programming
CBS The King of Queens (#24/13.1 million) Yes, Dear (#23/13.3 million) Everybody Loves Raymond (#8/18.4 million) Still Standing (#17/14.4 million) CSI: Miami (#13/16.5 million)
Fox Fall Boston Public Girls Club Local
Follow-up Encore programming
Winter Joe Millionaire (#2/22.8 million)
Spring Married by America
Mid-season Mr. Personality (5 eps.)
Summer Anything for Love Various programming Paradise Hotel
NBC Fall Fear Factor (#25/13.1 million) Third Watch (#36/11.5 million) Crossing Jordan (#47/10.6 million)
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
The WB 7th Heaven Everwood Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2002 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (#43/10.8 million) According to Jim (#49/10.6 million) Life with Bonnie Less than Perfect NYPD Blue (#38/11.3 million)
2003 Lost at Home
Less than Perfect
CBS JAG (#26/13.0 million) The Guardian (#37/11.4 million) Judging Amy (#30/12.7 million)
Fox 2002 That '70s Show That '70s Show / Andy Richter Controls the Universe 24 (#35/11.5 million) Local
2003[2] American Idol (#4/21.0 million)
NBC Fall Just Shoot Me! In-Laws Frasier (#32/12.5 million) Hidden Hills Dateline Tuesday
Winter Various programming A.U.S.A. Kingpin
Spring Let's Make a Deal Dateline Tuesday
Follow-up Various reruns Watching Ellie
UPN 2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Haunted Local
2003 Abby UPN sitcom reruns
America's Next Top Model
The WB Gilmore Girls Smallville Local

Note: Grounded for Life was also originally scheduled to run on Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m., but it too was pulled at the last minute, returning the following spring on the WB network and filled in by reruns of That 70s Show.


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 (#39/11.3 million) George Lopez (#50/10.4 million) The Bachelor (#20/13.9 million) MDs
Winter The Bachelorette (#12/16.6 million) The Mole
Follow-up I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Spring The Bachelor All American Girl
CBS Fall 60 Minutes Wednesday (#48/10.6 million) The Amazing Race Presidio Med
Winter Star Search (#42/10.9 million) 60 Minutes Wednesday (#48/10.6 million) 48 Hours Investigates
Fox Fall The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents Fastlane Local
Winter That '70s Show American Idol (#7/19.6 million) The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents
Spring Boston Public Married by America
Mid-season That '70s Show American Idol Wanda at Large
Follow-up American Idol The Bernie Mac Show
NBC Fall Ed The West Wing (#29/12.9 million) Law & Order (#10/16.9 million)
Spring Dateline NBC
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise The Twilight Zone Local
The WB Fall Dawson's Creek Birds of Prey Local
Winter Angel


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2002 Dinotopia Push, Nevada Primetime Thursday
2003 The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS 2002 Survivor: Thailand (#5/20.7 million) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#1/26.1 million) Without a Trace (#15/15.1 million)
2003 Survivor: Amazon (#5/20.7 million)
Fox 2002 30 Seconds to Fame 30 Seconds to Fame Various specials Local
2003[2] Various movies and specials
NBC Friends (#3/21.8 million) Scrubs (#14/15.9 million) Will & Grace (#11/16.8 million) Good Morning, Miami (#27/13.0 million) ER (#6/20.0 million)
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local
The WB 2002 Family Affair (14 eps.) Do Over The Jamie Kennedy Experiment Off Centre / On the Spot Local
2003 High School Reunion Surreal Life

Note: Movies, World Series baseball games, reruns, and specials comprised Thursday nights on Fox, but the night also included three weeks of 30 Seconds to Fame in double airings at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


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 Various programming
Spring 8 Simple Rules Regular Joe
Follow-up Various programming
CBS 2002 48 Hours Hack Robbery Homicide Division
2003 Star Search (#19/14.3 million) Queens Supreme
Fox Fall Firefly John Doe Local
Winter Fastlane
NBC Fall Providence (#45/10.7 million) Dateline Friday (#46/10.7 million) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#16/14.8 millions)
Winter Mister Sterling
Spring America's Most Talented Kid Ed
Follow-up Dateline Friday
UPN UPN Movie Friday Local
The WB 2002 What I Like About You Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Reba Greetings from Tucson Local
2003 Grounded for Life


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC ABC Big Picture Show
CBS Touched by an Angel The District The Agency
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted Local
NBC 2002 NBC Saturday Night Movie
2003 NBC Saturday Night Movie Hunter (4 eps.)


  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. 1 2 3 http://www.fox.com/schedule/schedule_2002.htm
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