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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.

New series are highlighted in bold.

The most watched show of the year is highlighted in lime. The top ten most watched programs are highlighted in yellow. The top 20 most watched programs are highlighted in cyan. The top 30 most watched programs are highlighted in magenta. The top 40 rated programs are highlighted in orange. The top 50 rated programs are highlighted in silver. Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research.[1]

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station.

Schedule[]

Sunday[]

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 2002 The Wonderful World of Disney Alias #72 8.92 million (5.3/8) The Practice #55 10.04 million (6.7/11)
2003 L.A. Dragnet #61 9.78 million (6.4/11)
CBS 2002 60 Minutes #22 13.43 million (9.2/16) Becker #51 10.43 million (7.1/11) Bram and Alice (4 eps.) #70 9.12 million (6.1/9) CBS Sunday Night Movie
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life (7 eps.) #31 12.58 million (8.3/13) Becker #51 10.43 million (7.1/11)
Fox 2002 Futurama #119 5.17 million (3.1/5) King of the Hill #65 9.61 million (5.4/9) The Simpsons #21 13.50 million (7.3/12) King of the Hill #65 9.61 million (5.4/9) Malcolm in the Middle #44 10.73 million (5.9/9) Andy Richter Controls the Universe
2003[2] Oliver Beene #66 9.57 million (5.3/8) The Pitts (5 eps.) #91 7.47 million (4.2/7)
NBC 2002 Dateline Sunday #77 8.64 million (6.0/10) American Dreams #56 9.98 million (6.4/10) Law & Order: Criminal Intent #18 14.36 million (9.4/14) Boomtown #53 10.10 million (6.7/11)
2003 Kingpin (6 eps.) #34 11.85 million (7.5/12)
WB 2002 The Cop Ace Charmed #126 4.57 million (2.8/4) Angel #137 3.65 million (2.3/3) Local
2003 The Cop Ace Black Sash (6 eps.) #143 3.15 million (1.9/3)

Monday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2002 The Drew Carey Show #118 5.22 million (3.3/6) Whose Line Is It Anyway? #113 5.42 million (3.4/6) Monday Night Football #9 16.88 million (11.2/19)
2003 Veritas: The Quest (4 eps.) #97 7.08 million (4.8/7) Miracles #105 6.53 million (4.4/7)
The Practice #55 10.04 million (6.7/11)
CBS The King of Queens #24 13.07 million (8.5/13) Yes, Dear #23 13.33 million (8.6/13) Everybody Loves Raymond #8 18.39 million (11.8/17) Still Standing #17 14.41 million (9.4/14) CSI: Miami #12 16.45 million (11.2/18)
Fox 2002 Boston Public #69 9.20 million (6.0/9) Girls Club (2 eps.) #115 5.40 million (3.8/6) Local
2003 Joe Millionaire #2 22.84 million (13.3/19)
Married by America (6 eps.) #94 7.17 million (4.7/7)
Mr. Personality (5 eps.)
NBC Fear Factor #25 13.06 million (7.6/12) Third Watch #36 11.55 million (7.4/11) Crossing Jordan #47 10.63 million (7.2/12)
UPN One on One #130 4.16 million (2.6/4) The Parkers #136 3.74 million (2.4/4) Girlfriends #131 4.04 million (2.6/4) Half & Half #138 3.63 million (2.4/3) Local
WB 7th Heaven #106 6.53 million (4.2/6) Everwood #124 4.77 million (3.0/4) Local

Tuesday[]

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 10.85 million (7.0/11) According to Jim #49 10.60 million (6.7/10) Life with Bonnie #78 8.62 million (5.5/9) Less Than Perfect #85 8.06 million (5.4/8) NYPD Blue #38 11.32 million (7.6/12)
2003 Lost at Home #92 7.45 million (5.1/8)
Less Than Perfect #85 8.06 million (5.4/8)
CBS JAG #26 12.97 million (8.7/14) The Guardian #37 11.42 million (8.0/12) Judging Amy #30 12.67 million (9.1/15)
Fox 2002 That '70s Show #54 10.06 million (6.1/10) That '70s Show #54 10.06 million (6.1/10) / Andy Richter Controls the Universe #100 6.80 million (4.0/6) 24 #35 11.55 million (7.0/11) Local
2003[2] American Idol #4 21.03 million (12.3/19)
NBC 2002 In-Laws (14 eps.) #96 7.12 million (5.0/8) Just Shoot Me! #107 6.39 million (4.6/7) Frasier #32 12.48 million (8.3/13) Hidden Hills (13 eps.) #57 9.89 million (6.5/10) Dateline Tuesday #62 9.74 million (7.0/12)
2003 Just Shoot Me! #107 6.39 million (4.6/7) In-Laws #96 7.12 million (5.0/8) A.U.S.A. (8 eps.) #83 8.34 million (5.7/9) Kingpin (6 eps.) #80 8.53 (5.6/9)
Let's Make a Deal (5 eps.) #89 7.67 million (5.1/8) / various reruns Watching Ellie #79 8.55 million (5.9/9) Dateline Tuesday #62 9.74 million (7.0/12)
UPN 2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer #140 3.60 million (2.3/4) Haunted (7 eps.) #153 2.21 million (1.4/2) Local
2003 Abby (9 eps.) #156 1.76 million (1.2/2) Girlfriends
Platinum (6 eps.) #154 2.12 million (1.4/2)
WB Gilmore Girls #121 4.97 million (3.2/5) Smallville #108 6.30 million (3.7/6) Local

Wednesday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC My Wife and Kids #39 11.27 million (7.1/12) George Lopez #50 10.44 million (6.4/10) The Bachelor #20 13.93 million (9.2/14) / The Bachelorette #11 16.65 million (10.6/16) / The Bachelor #20 13.93 million (9.2/14) MDs #104 6.54 million (4.5/8) / TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
CBS 2002 60 Minutes Wednesday #48 10.62 million (7.4/11) The Amazing Race #71 8.98 million (5.6/9) Presidio Med (11 eps.) #95 7.15 million (5.2/9)
2003 Star Search #42 10.88 million (7.1/11) 60 Minutes Wednesday #48 10.62 million (7.4/11) 48 Hours Investigates #74 8.90 million (6.4/11)
Fox 2002 The Bernie Mac Show #64 9.68 million (5.8/9) Cedric the Entertainer Presents (18 eps.) #87 7.86 million (4.8/7) Fastlane (22 eps.) #111 5.74 million (3.7/6) Local
2003[2] That '70s Show #54 10.06 million (6.1/10) American Idol #7 19.63 million (11.3/17) The Bernie Mac Show #64 9.68 million (5.8/9) Cedric the Entertainer Presents #87 7.86 million (4.8/7)
Wanda at Large #33 12.20 million (7.1/11)
NBC Ed #52 10.12 million (6.9/11) The West Wing #29 12.88 million (8.6/13) Law & Order #10 16.87 million (11.4/19)
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise #132 3.94 million (2.6/4) The Twilight Zone (22 eps.) #150 2.51 million (1.7/3) Local
WB 2002 Dawson's Creek #139 3.60 million (2.5/4) Birds of Prey (13 eps.) #135 3.87 million (2.5/4) Local
2003 Angel #137 3.65 million (2.3/3)

Thursday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2002 TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes Push, Nevada (8 eps.) #133 3.90 million (2.8/4) / Dinotopia (6 eps.) #125 4.58 million (2.9/5) Primetime Thursday #81 8.47 million (6.0/10)
2003 The ABC Thursday Night Movie
CBS 2002 Survivor: Thailand #5 20.66 million (11.9/18) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation #1 26.12 million (16.1/24) Without a Trace #15 15.09 million (10.0/16)
2003 Survivor: Amazon #5 20.66 million (11.9/18)
Fox 2002 30 Seconds to Fame #123 4.83 million (3.1/5) 30 Seconds to Fame #123 4.83 million (3.1/5) Various specials Local
2003[2] Various movies and specials
NBC Friends #3 21.14 million (13.5/21) Scrubs #14 15.94 million (10.3/16) Will & Grace #13 16.27 million (10.7/16) Good Morning, Miami #27 12.97 million (8.7/13) ER #6 19.99 million (13.1/21)
UPN WWF/WWE SmackDown! #114 5.42 million (3.3/5) Local
WB 2002 Family Affair (14 eps.) #149 2.58 million (1.7/3) Do Over #152 2.22 million (1.5/2) The Jamie Kennedy Experiment #147 2.76 million (1.8/3) Off Centre / On the Spot #151 2.26 million (1.5/2) Local
2003 High School Reunion #134 3.90 million (2.3/3) Surreal Life #142 3.34 million (2.1/3)

Friday[]

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2002 America's Funniest Home Videos #59 9.81 million (5.9/11) That Was Then #129 4.25 million (2.8/5) 20/20 #76 8.83 million (6.1/11)
2003 8 Simple Rules (Reruns)
CBS 2002 48 Hours Hack #68 9.21 million (6.2/11) Robbery Homicide Division (13 eps.) #93 7.25 million (4.9/9)
2003 Star Search #73 8.91 million (5.9/11) Queens Supreme (3 eps.) #98 7.07 million (4.8/8)
Fox 2002 Firefly #128 4.48 million (2.9/5) John Doe (21 eps.) #110 5.96 million (3.7/6) Local
2003[2] Fastlane #111 5.74 million (3.7/6)
NBC 2002 Providence #45 10.73 million (7.5/14) Dateline Friday #46 10.70 million (7.5/13) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit #16 14.83 million (10.1/18)
2003 Mister Sterling (10 eps.) #58 9.83 million (6.7/12)
America's Most Talented Kid #63 9.70 million (6.2/11)
UPN UPN Movie Friday Local
WB 2002 What I Like About You #146 2.94 million (1.9/4) Sabrina, the Teenage Witch #145 2.97 million (1.9/3) Reba #127 4.48 million (2.9/5) Greetings from Tucson (22 eps.) #144 3.06 million (2.0/3) Local
2003 Grounded for Life #141 3.45 million (2.2/4)

Saturday[]

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 #90 7.61 million (5.1/9) The District #60 9.80 million (6.5/11) The Agency #82 8.38 million (5.6/10)
Fox COPS #102 6.78 million (4.3/8) America's Most Wanted #86 8.02 million (5.1/9) Local
NBC 2002 NBC Saturday Night Movie
2003 NBC Saturday Night Movie Hunter (4 eps.) #112 5.57 million (3.9/8)

Network[]

ABC[]

Returning series:

  • 20/20
  • ABC Big Picture Show
  • According to Jim
  • Alias
  • America's Funniest Home Videos
  • The Bachelor
  • The Drew Carey Show
  • George Lopez
  • Monday Night Football
  • My Wife and Kids
  • NYPD Blue
  • The Practice
  • Primetime
  • TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • The Wonderful World of Disney

New series:

  • 8 Simple Rules (2002-2005)
  • The Bachelorette (2003-present)
  • Dinotopia (2002)
  • L.A. Dragnet (2003-2004)
  • Less Than Perfect (2002-2006)
  • Life with Bonnie (2002-2004)
  • Lost at Home (2003)
  • MDs (2002)
  • Miracles (2003)
  • Push, Nevada (2002)
  • That Was Then (2002)
  • Veritas: The Quest (2003)

CBS[]

Returning series:

  • 48 Hours
  • 60 Minutes
  • The Agency
  • The Amazing Race
  • Becker
  • CBS Sunday Night Movie
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • The District
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • The Guardian
  • JAG
  • Judging Amy
  • The King of Queens
  • Survivor
  • Touched by an Angel
  • Yes, Dear

New series:

  • Bram and Alice (2002)
  • CSI: Miami (2002-2012)
  • Hack (2002-2004)
  • My Big Fat Greek Life (2003)
  • Presidio Med (2002-2003)
  • Queens Supreme (2003)
  • Robbery Homicide Division (2002-2003)
  • Star Search (2003-2004)
  • Still Standing (2002-2006)
  • Without a Trace (2002-2009)

Fox[]

Returning series:

  • 24
  • America's Most Wanted
  • American Idol
  • Andy Richter Controls the Universe
  • The Bernie Mac Show
  • Boston Public
  • COPS
  • Futurama
  • Jarian Mitchell
  • King of the Hill
  • Malcolm in the Middle
  • The Simpsons
  • That '70s Show
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New series:

  • 30 Seconds To Fame (2002-2003)
  • Cedric the Entertainer Presents (2002-2003)
  • Fastlane (2002-2003)
  • Firefly (2002)
  • Girls Club (2002)
  • Joe Millionaire (2003)
  • John Doe (2002-2003)
  • Married by America (2003)
  • Mr. Personality (2003)
  • Oliver Beene (2003-2004)
  • The Pitts (2003)
  • Wanda at Large (2003)

NBC[]

Returning series:

  • Crossing Jordan
  • Dateline NBC
  • Ed
  • ER
  • Fear Factor
  • Frasier
  • Friends
  • Just Shoot Me!
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • NBC Saturday Night Movie
  • Providence
  • Scrubs
  • Third Watch
  • Watching Ellie
  • The West Wing
  • Will & Grace
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New series:

  • A.U.S.A. (2003)
  • America's Most Talented Kid (2003-2006)
  • American Dreams (2002-2005)
  • Boomtown (2002-2003)
  • Good Morning, Miami (2002-2003)
  • Hidden Hills (2002-2003)
  • Hunter (2003)
  • In-Laws (2002-2003)
  • Let's Make a Deal (2003)
  • Kingpin (2003)
  • Mister Sterling (2003)

UPN[]

Returning series:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Girlfriends
  • One on One
  • The Parkers
  • Star Trek: Enterprise
  • UPN Movie Friday
  • WWE Smackdown
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New series:

  • Abby (2003)
  • Half & Half (2002-2006)
  • Haunted (2002)
  • Platinum (2003)
  • The Twilight Zone (2002-2003)

The WB[]

Returning series:

  • 7th Heaven
  • Angel
  • Charmed
  • Dawson's Creek
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Grounded for Life
  • The Jamie Kennedy Experiment
  • Off Centre
  • Reba
  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
  • Smallville
  • The Cop
  • Ace| valign="top" style="width:50%;" |

New series:

  • Birds of Prey (2002-2003)
  • Black Sash (2003)
  • Do Over (2002)
  • Everwood (2002-2006)
  • Family Affair (2002-2003)
  • Greetings from Tucson (2002-2003)
  • High School Reunion (2003-2005)
  • On the Spot (2003)
  • Surreal Life (2003-2004)
  • What I Like About You (2002-2006)

References[]