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2001–02 United States network television schedule

2001–02 United States network television schedule

The 2001–2002 United States network television schedule is for United States broadcast television on all six commercial television networks for the fall season beginning in September 2001. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold.

NOTE: The September 11 attacks hindered the ability to start airing shows in a timely manner. Although many series began their seasons in September and October as regularly scheduled, the television season officially did not begin until the month of November. From February 8 to 24, 2002, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

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.

PBS is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.


Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCThe Wonderful World of DisneyAliasThe Practice (#23/8.3)
(tied with NYPD Blue)
CBSFall60 Minutes (#13/10.1)The Education of Max BickfordCBS Sunday Movie
SummerTouched by an Angel
Mid-SummerEverybody Loves RaymondBecker
FoxFuturamaKing of the HillThe SimpsonsMalcolm in the MiddleThe X-FilesLocal programming
NBCFallDateline SundayWeakest LinkLaw & Order: Criminal Intent (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Providence)
UC: Undercover
SpringNBA on NBCVarious Programming
SummerDateline SundayLaw & Order: Crime & Punishment
The WBFallRipley's Believe It or Not!The Steve Harvey ShowMen, Women & DogsNikkiOff CentreLocal Programming
Follow UpOff CentreNikki
DecemberNikkiMen, Women & Dogs
WinterThe Steve Harvey ShowThe Steve Harvey ShowThe Jamie Kennedy ExperimentFor Your Love
SpringNo BoundariesThe Jamie Kennedy Experiment
Follow UpFlix From the FrogThe Jamie Kennedy ExperimentOff Centre
Follow UpFor Your LoveFor Your LoveCharmed

NOTE: FOX aired 2 episodes of The Chamber in mid-January 2002. During the fall, Futurama and King of the Hill were preempted by overruns of NFL games. On The WB, Lost in the USA was supposed to air at 7-8, but it was cancelled due to 9/11 problems.


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallWho Wants to Be a MillionaireNFL Monday ShowcaseMonday Night Football (#7/11.5)
WinterThe ABC Monday Night Movie
SpringMy Wife and Kids repeatsThe Wayne Brady ShowVarious programmingOnce and Again
Follow-upAmerica's Funniest Home VideosThe Bachelor
CBSFallThe King of Queens (#19/8.9)Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Everybody Loves Raymond (#4/12.8)Becker (#11/10.7)Family Law (#30/7.7)
(Tied with 60 Minutes II)
SpringYes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Baby Bob (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Dateline NBC – Friday)
Follow-upThe King of Queens (#19/8.9)Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Various programming
FoxFallBoston PublicAlly McBealLocal Programming
SpringThe American Embassy
Follow-upAlly McBeal
NBCFallWeakest LinkDateline NBCCrossing Jordan (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Yes, Dear)
Follow-upThird Watch
WinterFear Factor (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Providence)
SummerDog Eat Dog
Mid-SummerMeet My Folks
UPNThe HughleysOne on OneThe ParkersGirlfriendsLocal Programming
The WB7th HeavenAngel

Note: On ABC, The Runner was supposed to start when Monday Night Football concludes, but it was cancelled due to production problems.


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallDharma & GregWhat About Joan?Bob PattersonSpin CityPhilly
Follow-upSpin CityNYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
WinterThe Chair
SpringDharma & GregSpin City
Follow-upThe Court
MayVarious Programming & ABC SpecialsNYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
SummerSpin CitySpin CityThe MoleHouston Medical
Mid-SummerAccording to JimAccording to JimMonkWidows
CBSJAG (#14/9.9)
(Tied with Frasier)
The Guardian (#22/8.4)Judging Amy (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Inside Schwartz)
FoxFallThat '70s ShowUndeclaredLove CruiseLocal Programming
SpringAndy Richter Controls the Universe
SummerVarious FOX Comedy repeatsAmerican Idol
NBCFallEmerilThree SistersFrasier (#14/9.9)
(Tied with JAG)
ScrubsDateline Tuesday
WinterImagine That
Follow-upEncore programming
SpringFrasier repeatsWatching Ellie
MayFrasier repeats and NBC Specials
SummerSpy TVSpy TV
AugustThe Rerun Show
UPNFallBuffy the Vampire SlayerRoswellLocal Programming
SpringAs IfThe Random Years
Follow-upVarious Programming
Late SpringRoswell
The WBGilmore GirlsSmallville

Note: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Roswell moved to UPN from The WB this season.


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallMy Wife and KidsAccording to JimThe Drew Carey ShowWhose Line is it Anyway?20/20 Downtown
Mid OctoberBob Patterson
Follow-UpWhose Line is it Anyway?
WinterThe Job
SpringGeorge LopezWednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Follow-upAccording to JimThe Job
Mid-SummerMy Wife and KidsThe Drew Carey Show
CBSFall60 Minutes II (#30/7.7)
(Tied with Family Law)
The Amazing RaceWolf Lake
WinterCBS Wednesday Movie
SpringThe Amazing Race48 Hours
SummerCBS Wednesday Movie
Mid-SummerBig Brother48 Hours
FoxFallMalcolm in the Middle & That '70s Show repeatsGrounded for LifeThe Bernie Mac ShowTitusLocal Programming
WinterThat '80s Show
SpringGreg the Bunny
SummerVarious FOX Comedy RepeatsAmerican Idol
Mid-Summer30 Seconds to FameMeet the Marks
Follow Up30 Seconds to Fame
NBCEdThe West Wing (#8/11.4)Law & Order (#5/12.6)
UPNFallStar Trek: EnterpriseSpecial Unit 2Local Programming
SpringWolf Lake
Mid-SummerBuffy the Vampire Slayer
The WBFallDawson's CreekFelicity
WinterGlory Days
SummerWB Wednesday Movie

NOTES: 1. When ABC announced their 2001 Fall Schedule, originally the plan was for The Job to air after The Drew Carey Show starting in mid-September and NYPD Blue would air in the 10pm ET timeslot after 20/20 Downtown returned to Friday nights in late December.[2] However, after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, ABC decided to not air The Job until mid-season because the show was set in New York City. In October, when the sitcom Bob Patterson was not doing well in the ratings on Tuesday nights, they moved the show to the Wednesday 9:30pm ET timeslot and put NYPD Blue in the Tuesday 9pm ET timeslot.

  1. That '80s Show premiered midseason on January 23 on FOX in the 8:00pm ET timeslot.


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallWhose Line Is It Anyway?Whose Line Is It Anyway?Who Wants to Be a MillionairePrimetime Thursday
Mid-SummerABC Big Picture Show
CBSFallSurvivor (#6/11.8)CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/14.5)The Agency
WinterCSI: Crime Scene Investigation repeats and CBS Special Presentations
SpringSurvivor (#6/11.8)
SummerThe Price is Right Salutes
Mid-SummerBig Brother
FoxFallFamily GuyThe TickTemptation IslandLocal Programming
FebruaryFamily Guy repeats
SpringVarious RepeatsVarious Repeats
Follow-UpFOX Thursday Night Movie
Mid-SummerBeyond Belief:Fact or FictionThe Pulse
NBCFallFriends (#1/15.0)Inside Schwartz (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Judging Amy)
Will & Grace (#9/11.0)
(Tied with Leap of Faith)
Just Shoot Me! (#18/9.3)ER (#3/14.2)
WinterLeap of Faith (#9/11.0)
(Tied with Will & Grace)
Follow-upFriends repeats
AugustThe Rerun Show
UPNWWF SmackDown!Local Programming
The WBFallPopstarsElimidate DeluxeCharmed
WinterVarious Repeats
MarchMy Guide to Becoming a Rock StarMy Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
SpringVarious Repeats and Specials


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCFallThe Mole II: The Next BetrayalThievesOnce and Again
Follow-upAmerica's Funniest Home Videos
DecemberABC Specials
WinterOnce and AgainVanished
Follow-upVarious programming20/20
Mid-SummerWhose Line Is It Anyway?Whose Line Is It Anyway?
CBSFallThe Ellen ShowDannyThat's Life48 Hours
Follow-upCBS Comedy Repeats
NovemberCBS Comedy Repeats and CBS SpecialsThe Ellen Show
JanuaryJAG repeatsFirst Monday
SpringAFP: American Fighter Pilot
Follow UpVarious programming
Summer48 HoursCBS Friday Night Movie
FoxFallDark AngelPasadenaLocal Programming
November24 repeats
WinterVarious programmingDark Angel
SummerDark AngelThe X-Files
Mid-SummerInvasion of the Hidden CamerasInvasion of the Hidden Cameras
NBCFallProvidence (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Dateline Friday (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Baby Bob)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#12/10.4)
SummerDateline Friday
UPNFallUPN's Night at the MoviesLocal Programming
SpringUnder One RoofThe Amazing Race repeats
Follow-upUPN's Night at the Movies
The WBFallSabrina the Teenage WitchMaybe It's MeRebaRaising Dad
WinterRaising DadMaybe It's Me

NOTE: FOX aired The Chamber on January 25th, 2002 after two preview airings on past Sunday nights. The show was cancelled after its Friday night airing.


Network8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABCABC Saturday Night Movie
CBSFallTouched by an AngelCitizen BainesThe District
Follow-upVarious Drama Repeats and CBS Specials
Mid-summerBig BrotherThe DistrictThe Agency
FoxCOPSCOPSAmerica's Most Wanted: America Fights BackLocal programming
NBCVariousNBC Saturday Night Movie

By network






The WB


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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