2001-02 United States Network Television Schedule
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2001%E2%80%9302 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.

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.

Impact on the September 11 attacks

During the week of September 11, 2001, the major television networks aired continuous news coverage of the September 11 attacks. The news coverage preempted the networks' primetime schedules between September 11 and September 14, with regular programming resuming on September 15. As a result of the preemptions, the programs that were set to begin airing new seasons in mid-September had their premieres delayed until late September and early October. The Amazing Race was the first program to premiere in the 2001-02 season; the show's first season premiered on September 5, but had its second episode postponed from September 12 to September 19 due to the aforementioned news coverage. As a result of the scheduling oddities that were necessitated by the news coverage, the 2001-02 season was the second of three instances where the start of the season was delayed due to issues outside of the control of the major television networks; the other instances were the 1988-89 season (due to the 1988 Writers Guild of America strike) and the 2020-21 season (due to a suspension of television productions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic). The next major disruption to the primetime television schedules of the major television networks would not occur until the 2007-08 season, which was affected by the 2007-08 Writers Guild of America strike.

The 53rd Primetime Emmy Awards, which were planned for September 16, were initially postponed to October 7, but news coverage of the United States invasion of Afghanistan prompted the awards to be postponed for a second time; the awards would be eventually held on November 4.

Sunday

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.

Monday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Who Wants to Be a Millionaire NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (#7/11.5)
Winter The ABC Monday Night Movie
Spring My Wife & Kids The Wayne Brady Show The Practice Once and Again
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos The Bachelor
CBS Fall The 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)
Spring Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
Baby Bob (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Dateline NBC)
Follow-up The King of Queens (#19/8.9) Yes, Dear (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
The Amazing Race
Fox Fall Boston Public Ally McBeal Local Programming
Spring The American Embassy
Follow-up Ally McBeal
Mid-Summer Family Guy Titus
NBC Fall The Weakest Link Dateline NBC Crossing Jordan (#20/8.8)
(Tied with Yes, Dear)
Follow-up Third Watch
Winter Fear Factor (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Providence)
Summer Dog Eat Dog
Mid-Summer Meet My Folks
UPN The Hughleys One on One The Parkers Girlfriends Local Programming
The WB 7th Heaven Angel

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

Tuesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Dharma & Greg What About Joan? Bob Patterson Spin City Philly
Follow-up Spin City NYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
Winter The Chair
Spring Dharma & Greg Spin City
Follow-up The Court
Mid-Spring Philly
May The Practice NYPD Blue (#23/8.3)
(Tied with The Practice)
Summer Spin City Spin City The Mole Houston Medical
Mid-Summer According to Jim According to Jim Monk Widows
CBS JAG (#14/9.9)
(Tied with Frasier)
The Guardian (#22/8.4) Judging Amy (#16/9.8)
(Tied with Inside Schwartz)
Fox Fall That '70s Show Undeclared Love Cruise Local Programming
Follow-up 24
Spring Andy Richter Controls the Universe
Summer Family Guy American Idol: The Search for a Superstar
NBC Fall Emeril Three Sisters Frasier (#14/9.9)
(Tied with JAG)
Scrubs Dateline Tuesday
Winter Imagine That
Follow-up Just Shoot Me
Spring Frasier (Repeats) Watching Ellie
May Dateline NBC
Summer Spy TV Just Shoot Me
August The Rerun Show
UPN Fall Buffy the Vampire Slayer Roswell Local Programming
Spring As If The Random Years
Follow-up Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Late Spring Roswell
The WB Gilmore Girls Smallville

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

Wednesday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall My Wife & Kids According to Jim The Drew Carey Show Whose Line is it Anyway? 20/20 Downtown
Mid October Bob Patterson
Follow-Up Whose Line is it Anyway?
Winter The Job
Spring George Lopez Wednesday 9:30 (8:30 Central)
Follow-up According to Jim The Job
Mid-Summer George Lopez According to Jim
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II (#30/7.7)
(Tied with Family Law)
The Amazing Race Wolf Lake
Winter CBS Wednesday Movie
Spring The Amazing Race 48 Hours
Summer CBS Wednesday Movie
Mid-Summer Big Brother 48 Hours
Fox Fall Malcolm in the Middle Grounded for Life The Bernie Mac Show Titus Local Programming
Winter That '80s Show
Spring Greg the Bunny
Summer Family Guy American Idol: The Search for a Superstar
Mid-Summer 30 Seconds to Fame Meet the Marks
Follow Up 30 Seconds to Fame
NBC Ed The West Wing (#8/11.4) Law & Order (#5/12.6)
UPN Fall Star Trek: Enterprise Special Unit 2 Local Programming
Spring Wolf Lake
Mid-Summer Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The WB Fall Dawson's Creek Felicity
Winter Glory Days
Spring Felicity
Summer WB 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.

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

Thursday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Whose Line Is It Anyway? Whose Line Is It Anyway? Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Primetime
Mid-Summer ABC Big Picture Show
CBS Fall Survivor: Africa (#6/11.8) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/14.5) The Agency
Winter CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Repeats) / CBS Special Presentations
Spring Survivor: Marquesas (#6/11.8)
Summer The Price is Right Salutes
Mid-Summer Big Brother
Fox Fall Family Guy The Tick Temptation Island Local Programming
February The Bernie Mac Show
Spring Family Guy The Bernie Mac Show
Follow-Up Fox Thursday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction The Pulse
NBC Fall Friends (#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)
Winter Leap of Faith (#9/11.0)
(Tied with Will & Grace)
Follow-up Watching Ellie
Summer Scrubs
August The Rerun Show
UPN WWF SmackDown Local Programming
The WB Fall Popstars Elimidate Deluxe Charmed
Follow-Up Popstars
Winter Dawson's Creek
March My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
Spring Gilmore Girls

Friday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Mole: The Next Betrayal Thieves Once and Again
Follow-up America's Funniest Home Videos
December The Practice
Winter Once and Again Vanished
Follow-up NYPD Blue 20/20
Mid-Summer Whose Line Is It Anyway? The Drew Carey Show
CBS Fall The Ellen Show Danny That's Life 48 Hours
Follow-up Yes Dear
November The King of Queens The Ellen Show
January JAG (Repeats) First Monday
Spring AFP: American Fighter Pilot
Follow Up Touched by an Angel
Summer 48 Hours CBS Friday Night Movie
Fox Fall Dark Angel Pasadena Local Programming
November 24 (Repeats)
Winter The X-Files Dark Angel
Summer Dark Angel The X-Files
Mid-Summer Invasion of the Hidden Cameras Invasion of the Hidden Cameras
NBC Fall Providence (#27/7.9)
(Tied with Fear Factor and Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
Dateline NBC (#25/8.1)
(Tied with Baby Bob)
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#12/10.4)
Summer Dateline Friday
UPN Fall UPN's Night at the Movies Local Programming
Spring Under One Roof The Amazing Race (Repeats)
Follow-up UPN's Night at the Movies
The WB Fall Sabrina the Teenage Witch Maybe It's Me Reba Raising Dad
Winter Raising Dad Maybe 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.

Saturday

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC ABC Saturday Night Movie
CBS Fall Touched by an Angel Citizen Baines The District
Follow-up Touched by an Angel
Mid-summer Big Brother The District The Agency
Fox COPS COPS America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back Local programming
NBC Various NBC Saturday Night Movie

By network

ABC

CBS

Fox

NBC

UPN

The WB

References

  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. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2001/05/16/arts/tv-notes-20-20-bouncing-and-vanishing.html

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