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2003–04 United States network television schedule

The following is the 2003–04 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 2003 through May 2004. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2002–03 season. 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]

The 2003-2004 season marked the final time that the major networks scheduled substantial original scripted drama series on Saturdays. After years of declining ratings on that particular evening, beginning with the 2004-2005 season the networks ceased scheduling original dramas on Saturdays, choosing instead to fill the schedule with non-fiction programming and reruns.

     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.

From August 13 to 29, 2004, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.



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 Fall America's Funniest Home Videos 10-8: Officers on Duty Alias The Practice
Winter Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (#41/10.63 million)
CBS 60 Minutes (#18/14.07 million) Cold Case (#17/14.18 million) CBS Sunday Movie (#32/11.45 million)
Fox Fall King of the Hill repeats King of the Hill The Simpsons (#42/10.59 million) The Bernie Mac Show Malcolm in the Middle Arrested Development Local
Winter King of the Hill Oliver Beene
Spring King of the Hill repeats King of the Hill
NBC Fall Dateline NBC American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (#20/13.12 millions) The Lyon's Den
Spring Crossing Jordan (#24/12.33 millions)
The WB Fall Smallville Charmed Tarzan (8 eps.) Local
Follow-up Various programming
Winter The Surreal Life
Spring High School Reunion


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 Primetime Monday Monday Night Football (#13/16.49 million)
2004 ABC Monday Movie of the Week
CBS Yes, Dear (#40/10.67 million) Still Standing (#28/11.82 million) Everybody Loves Raymond (#10/17.38 million) Two and a Half Men (#15/15.31 million) CSI: Miami (#9/18.06 million)
Fox 2003 Joe Millionaire 2 Skin Local
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Cracking Up My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (#12/16.64 millions)
Forever Eden / The Swan
NBC Fall Fear Factor (#19/13.59 million) Las Vegas (#27/11.83 million) Third Watch
Follow-up Average Joe (#22/12.59 million)
Winter Average Joe: Hawaii (#33/11.07 million)
Spring The Restaurant
UPN The Parkers Eve 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 Fall 8 Simple Rules (#50/9.98 million) I'm with Her According to Jim Less than Perfect NYPD Blue
Winter Line of Fire
Spring NYPD Blue
Midseason Various repeats
CBS Fall Navy NCIS (#26/11.84 million) The Guardian (#44/10.36 million) Judging Amy (#39/10.68 million)
Spring Century City
Midseason The Guardian
Fox 2003 American Juniors 24 (#45/10.30 million) Local
2004 American Idol (#1/25.73 million)
NBC Fall Whoopi Happy Family Frasier (#35/10.92 million) Good Morning, Miami Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#21/12.72 million)
Winter The Tracy Morgan Show Whoopi Happy Family
Follow-up Whoopi Happy Family Scrubs (#48/10.25 million)
Spring Various repeats Various repeats
UPN Fall One on One All of Us Rock Me Baby (22 eps.) The Mullets (8 eps.) Local
Follow-up Various repeats
Winter America's Next Top Model 2
Spring Rock Me Baby comedy repeats
The WB Gilmore Girls One Tree Hill Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall My Wife and Kids It's All Relative The Bachelor Karen Sisco
Follow-up The Bachelorette Extreme Makeover
Winter Celebrity Mole: Yucatán
Spring Various programming Extreme Makeover Kingdom Hospital
Follow-up The Bachelor Extreme Makeover
CBS Fall 60 Minutes Wednesday The King of Queens (#34/11.07 million viewers) Becker (#46/10.29 million) The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire
Follow-up 48 Hours Investigates
Winter Various programming
Spring The Stones (3 eps.)
Fox 2003 That '70s Show (#49/10.0 million) A Minute with Stan Hooper The O.C. Local
2004 American Idol (#3/24.31 million)
NBC Ed The West Wing (#29/11.78 million) Law & Order (#14/15.93 million)
UPN Fall Star Trek: Enterprise Jake 2.0 (12 eps.) Local
Winter Various programming
Spring I'm Still Alive (5 eps.)
The WB Smallville Angel Local


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Threat Matrix Extreme Makeover Primetime Thursday
Winter Various programming
Spring Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (Reruns) Kingdom Hospital
CBS 2003 Survivor: Pearl Islands (#6/20.72 million) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#2/25.27 million) Without a Trace (#11/16.74 million)
2004 Survivor: All-Stars (#5/21.49 million)
Fox Tru Calling reality show reruns / Forever Eden Local
NBC Fall Friends (#4/22.82 million) Scrubs (#48/10.25 million) Will & Grace (#16/15.20 million) Coupling ER (#8/19.04 million)
Follow-up Various programming Scrubs(#48/10.25 million)
Winter Will & Grace (16/15.2 millions) The Apprentice (#7/20.70 million)
Spring Various programming Will & Grace Scrubs
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local
The WB Fall Steve Harvey's Big Time JKX What I Like About You Run of the House (16 eps.) Local
Winter All About the Andersons JKX
Spring Like Family JKX


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall George Lopez Married to the Kellys (22 eps.) Hope & Faith Life with Bonnie 20/20
Spring The Big House (6 eps.) The D.A. (4 eps.)
Follow-up Married to the Kellys 20/20
CBS Joan of Arcadia JAG The Handler (14 eps.)
Fox 2003 Wanda at Large Luis (4 eps.) Boston Public Local
2004 Boston Public Wonderfalls (4 eps.)
NBC Fall Miss Match (11 eps.) Dateline NBC Boomtown
Follow-up Dateline NBC Miss Match Third Watch
Winter Ed
Mid-season Dateline NBC Third Watch
UPN UPN Friday Movie Local
The WB Fall Reba Like Family (21 eps.) Grounded for Life All About the Andersons Local
Winter What I Like About You Like Family
Spring Reba repeats The Help (5 eps.)


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2003 The Wonderful World of Disney LA Dragnet
2004 ABC Saturday Movie of the Week drama repeats
CBS 2003 48 Hours Investigates Hack The District
2004 Star Search
CBS Saturday Night Movie
Fox COPS America's Most Wanted Local news
NBC NBC Saturday Night Movie


  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.