This was the television schedule on all three United States commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1970. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

The highest-rated show for the year is colored in lime. The top ten highest-rated shows are colored in yellow. The top 20 highest-rated shows are colored in cyan. The top 30 highest-rated shows are colored in magenta.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation by October 1970; however, schedules were set by each affiliated station.

In April 1970, Congress passed a law banning the advertising of tobacco products on television and radio effective January 2, 1971.

This season would the last one for the traditional 3½-hour prime time schedule.

Fall Schedule Edit

Sunday Edit

PM 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Young Rebels The F.B.I. #10 23.0 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #28 19.7 rating
CBS Lassie Hogan's Heroes The Ed Sullivan Show The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour The Tim Conway Comedy Hour
NBC Wild Kingdom NBC's Wonderful World of Color #14 22.4 rating The Bill Cosby Show Bonanza #9 23.9 rating The Bold Ones:
The New Doctors /
The Lawyers / The Senator

Monday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Young Lawyers The Silent Force Monday Night Football
CBS Gunsmoke #5 25.5 rating Here's Lucy #3 26.1 rating Mayberry R.F.D. #15 22.3 rating The Doris Day Show #20 20.7 rating The Carol Burnett Show #25 19.8 rating
NBC The Red Skelton Show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In #13 22.4 rating NBC Monday Night at the Movies #27 19.8 rating

Tuesday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Mod Squad #11 22.7 rating ABC Movie of the Week #6 25.1 rating Marcus Welby, M.D. #1 29.6 rating
CBS Fall The Beverly Hillbillies Green Acres Hee Haw #16 21.4 rating To Rome With Love CBS News Hour / 60 Minutes
Follow-up All in the Family
NBC The Don Knotts Show Julia NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies / First Tuesday

Note : On CBS, the sitcom All in the Family premiered on January 12, 1971, at 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Courtship of Eddie's Father Make Room for Granddaddy Room 222 The Johnny Cash Show Dan August
CBS Storefront Lawyers The Governor & J.J. Medical Center #8 24.5 rating Hawaii Five-O #7 25.0 rating
NBC The Men from Shiloh</br> (formerly The Virginian) #18 21.2 rating Kraft Music Hall Four in One: McCloud / San Francisco International Airport / Night Gallery / The Psychiatrist

Thursday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Matt Lincoln Bewitched Barefoot in the Park The Odd Couple The Immortal
CBS Family Affair The Jim Nabors Hour #29 19.5 rating The CBS Thursday Night Movies #30 19.3 rating
NBC The Flip Wilson Show #2 27.9 rating Ironside #4 25.7 rating Nancy The Dean Martin Show #24 18.34 rating

Friday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC The Brady Bunch Nanny and the Professor The Partridge Family #26 19.8 rating That Girl Love, American Style This Is Tom Jones
CBS The Interns Headmaster The CBS Friday Night Movies
NBC The High Chaparral The Name of the Game Bracken's World

Saturday Edit

PM 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
ABC Let's Make a Deal The Newlywed Game The Lawrence Welk Show The Most Deadly Game Local
CBS Mission: Impossible My Three Sons #19 20.8 rating Arnie The Mary Tyler Moore Show #22 18.64 rating Mannix #17 21.3 rating
NBC The Andy Williams Show Adam-12 #12 22.6 rating NBC Saturday Night at the Movies #23 18.44 rating

Mid-season Schedule Edit

Summer Schedule Edit

Pickups and Cancellations Edit


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