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1965–66 United States network television schedule

1965–66 United States network television schedule

This was the year that ABC and CBS began televising a majority of their prime-time programs in color, while NBC placed their final two black-and-white shows in prime time — the war drama Convoy and the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, with the latter moving to color the following season.

This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1965. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

New fall 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.

Note: This is the first season in which a majority of prime time programs were broadcast in color. The TV shows that were in color are italicized.


Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCVoyage to the Bottom of the SeaThe F.B.I.The ABC Sunday Night Movie (occasional black-and-white feature film)
CBSLassie (27/21.8)
(Tied with I Dream of Jeannie)
My Favorite MartianThe Ed Sullivan Show (17/23.2)
(Tied with Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color)
Perry MasonCandid CameraWhat's My Line?
NBC6:30 The Bell Telephone Hour / Actuality SpecialsWalt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (17/23.2)
(Tied with The Ed Sullivan Show)
BrandedBonanza (1/31.8)The Wackiest Ship in the Army


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallTwelve O'Clock HighThe Legend of Jesse JamesA Man Called ShenandoahThe Farmer's DaughterBen Casey
Follow-upPeyton Place
SpringThe Avengers
CBSFallTo Tell the TruthI've Got a Secret (19/22.4)
(Tied with The Lawrence Welk Show)
The Lucy Show (3/27.7)The Andy Griffith Show (6/26.9)HazelThe Steve Lawrence Show
WinterArt Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts
NBCHullabalooThe John Forsythe ShowDr. KildareThe Andy Williams Show / Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (once a month)Run for Your Life

Note: Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts replaced The Steve Lawrence Show in December. The Avengers replaced Ben Casey in March.


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCCombat!McHale's NavyF TroopPeyton PlaceThe Fugitive
CBSFallRawhideThe Red Skelton Hour (4/27.6)Petticoat Junction (21/22.3)CBS News Hour / CBS Reports
WinterDaktari (14/23.9)
SummerThe Hippodrome
NBCMy Mother the CarPlease Don't Eat the DaisiesDr. KildareNBC Tuesday Night at the Movies


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallThe Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietThe Patty Duke ShowGidgetThe Big ValleyAmos Burke — Secret Agent*
WinterBatman (10/24.7)Blue LightThe Long Hot Summer
CBSFallLost in SpaceThe Beverly Hillbillies (7/25.9)
(Tied with Bewitched)
Green Acres (11/24.6)The Dick Van Dyke Show (16/23.6)The Danny Kaye Show
SummerThe John Gary Show
NBCThe Virginian (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Wild Wild West and The Jackie Gleason Show)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre / Chrysler Presents a Bob Hope SpecialI Spy
  • formerly Burke's Law


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallShindig!The Donna Reed ShowO.K. Crackerby!Bewitched (7/25.9)
(Tied with The Beverly Hillbillies)
Peyton PlaceThe Long Hot Summer
WinterBatman (5/27.0)GidgetThe Double Life of Henry PhyfeThe Baron
CBSThe MunstersGilligan's Island (22/22.1)My Three Sons (15/23.8)The CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBCFallDaniel Boone (26/21.9)LaredoMona McCluskeyThe Dean Martin Show
SpringMickie Finn's
SummerThe Dean Martin Summer Show


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallThe FlintstonesTammyThe Addams FamilyHoney WestPeyton PlaceThe Jimmy Dean Show
Follow-upThe Farmer's Daughter
SummerCourt Martial
CBSFallThe Wild Wild West (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Jackie Gleason Show and The Virginian)
Hogan's Heroes (9/24.9)Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (2/27.8)The Smothers Brothers ShowSlattery's People
WinterThe Trials of O'Brien
SummerWayne & Shuster Take An Affectionate Look At...
NBCFallCamp RunamuckHankConvoyMister RobertsThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. (13/24.0)
WinterThe Sammy Davis Jr. Show
SummerSing Along with Mitch

Note: The Farmer's Daughter took over the 9:30–10 time period on ABC, effective November 5, because many viewers were not home to watch Peyton Place on Fridays. Starting November 1, Peyton Place was seen Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. In the winter of 1966, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show replaced Convoy on its timeslot, which was transmitted live in color.


Network7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallShindig!The King Family ShowThe Lawrence Welk Show (19/22.4)
(Tied with I've Got a Secret)
The Hollywood PalaceABC Scope
WinterThe Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietThe Donna Reed Show
CBSFallThe Jackie Gleason Show (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Wild Wild West and The Virginian)
The Trials of O'BrienThe LonerGunsmoke (30/21.3)
WinterSecret Agent
SummerContinental ShowcaseThe Face is Familiar
NBCFlipper (29/21.6)I Dream of Jeannie (27/21.8)
(Tied with Lassie)
Get Smart (12/24.5)NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Note: Even though ABC Scope was scheduled at 10:30 PM, not one major station (including WABC-TV New York, the network's flagship station) carried it in that time period, preferring to schedule local or syndicated programming in its place. Most affiliates aired it in "fringe time" during the weekend.


Citation Linkopenlibrary.orgHighest-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.
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