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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.


  • Sunday 1
  • Monday 2
  • Tuesday 3
  • Wednesday 4
  • Thursday 5
  • Friday 6
  • Saturday 7
  • References 8


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 The Practice
2003 L.A. Dragnet
CBS 2002 60 Minutes (#22/13.4 million) Becker Bram & Alice CBS Sunday Movie
2003 My Big Fat Greek Life (#31/12.6 million) Becker
Fox 2002 Futurama King of the Hill The Simpsons (#21/13.5 million) King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle (#44/10.7 million) Andy Richter Controls the Universe Local
2003[2] Oliver Beene The Pitts
NBC 2002 Dateline Sunday American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#18/14.3 millions) Boomtown
2003 Kingpin
The WB 2002 Gilmore Girls: Beginnings Charmed Angel Local
2003 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 2002 The Drew Carey Show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Monday Night Football (#9/16.9)
2003 Veritas: The Quest Miracles
The Practice
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 2002 Boston Public Girls Club Local
2003 Joe Millionaire (#2/22.8 million)
Married by America
Mr. Personality
NBC Fear Factor (#25/13.1 million) Third Watch (#36/11.5 million) Crossing Jordan (#47/10.6 million)
UPN One on One The Parkers 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 2002 In-Laws Just Shoot Me! Frasier (#32/12.5 million) Hidden Hills Dateline Tuesday
2003 Just Shoot Me! In-Laws A.U.S.A. Kingpin
Let's Make a Deal / various reruns Watching Ellie Dateline Tuesday
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 2002 My Wife and Kids (#39/11.3 million) George Lopez (#50/10.4 million) The Bachelor (#20/13.9 million) MDs / TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes
2003 The Bachelorette (#12/16.6 million)
CBS 2002 60 Minutes Wednesday (#48/10.6 million) The Amazing Race Presidio Med
2003 Star Search (#42/10.9 million) 60 Minutes Wednesday (#48/10.6 million) 48 Hours Investigates
Fox 2002 The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents Fastlane Local
2003[2] That '70s Show American Idol (#7/19.6 million) The Bernie Mac Show Cedric the Entertainer Presents
Wanda at Large
NBC Ed The West Wing (#29/12.9 million) Law & Order (#10/16.9 million)
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise The Twilight Zone Local
The WB 2002 Dawson's Creek Birds of Prey Local
2003 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 Survivor (Thailand & Amazon) (#5/20.7 million) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#1/26.1 million) Without a Trace (#15/15.1 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 WWF/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 2002 America's Funniest Home Videos That Was Then 20/20
2003 8 Simple Rules (Reruns)
CBS 2002 48 Hours Hack Robbery Homicide Division
2003 Star Search (#19/14.3 million) Queens Supreme
Fox 2002 Firefly John Doe Local
2003[2] Fastlane
NBC 2002 Providence (#45/10.7 million) Dateline Friday (#46/10.7 million) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#16/14.8 millions)
2003 Mister Sterling
America's Most Talented Kid
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. ^ a b c d e
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