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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.

     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, 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.



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
CBS 60 Minutes (#16/9.4) Cold Case (#17/9.3) CBS Sunday Movie (#23/7.8)
(Tied with The West Wing and Navy: NCIS)
Fox Fall King of the Hill repeats King of the Hill The Simpsons The Bernie Mac Show Malcolm in the Middle Arrested Development Local Programming
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 (#19/8.6)
(Tied with Crossing Jordan)
The Lyon's Den
Spring Crossing Jordan (#19/8.6)
(Tied with Law & Order: Criminal Intent)
The WB Fall Smallville Charmed Tarzan (8 eps.) Local Programming
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 Fall Primetime Monday Monday Night Football (#9/11.2)
(Tied with Everybody Loves Raymond)
Mid-season ABC Monday Movie of the Week
CBS Yes, Dear Still Standing (#26/7.7)
(Tied with Judging Amy)
Everybody Loves Raymond (#9/11.2)
(Tied with Monday Night Football)
Two and a Half Men (#14/9.9)
(Tied with My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance)
CSI: Miami (#8/11.9)
Fox Fall The Next Joe Millionaire Skin Local Programming
Mid-season The Bernie Mac Show Cracking Up My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance (#14/9.9)
(Tied with Two and a Half Men)
Forever Eden
The Swan
NBC Fall Fear Factor (#22/7.9) Las Vegas (#28/7.6) Third Watch
Late fall Average Joe (#29/7.4)
Spring The Restaurant
UPN The Parkers Eve Girlfriends Half & Half Local Programming
The WB 7th Heaven Everwood


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall 8 Simple Rules 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 (#23/7.8)
(Tied with The West Wing and The CBS Sunday Movie)
The Guardian Judging Amy (#26/7.7)
(Tied with Still Standing)
Spring Century City
Midseason The Guardian
Fox 2003 American Juniors 24 Local Programming
2004 American Idol (#2/14.9)
NBC Fall Whoopi Happy Family Frasier (#30/7.3)
(Tied with The King of Queens)
Good Morning, Miami Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (#18/8.7)
Winter The Tracy Morgan Show Whoopi Happy Family
Follow-up Whoopi Happy Family Scrubs
Spring Various repeats
UPN Fall One on One All of Us Rock Me Baby (22 eps.) The Mullets (8 eps.) Local Programming
Follow-up Various repeats
Winter America's Next Top Model 2
Spring Rock Me Baby Comedy repeats
The WB Gilmore Girls One Tree Hill


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/The Bachelorette (#21/8.3) Karen Sisco
Follow-up Extreme Makeover
Winter Celebrity Mole: Yucatán
Spring Various programming Extreme Makeover Kingdom Hospital
Follow-up The Bachelor Extreme Makeover
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II The King of Queens (#30/7.3)
(Tied with Frasier)
Becker The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire
Winter 48 Hours Investigates
Spring The Stones (3 eps.)
Fox 2003 That '70s Show A Minute with Stan Hooper The O.C. Local Programming
2004 American Idol (#3/14.1)
NBC Ed The West Wing (#23/7.8)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie and Navy: NCIS)
Law & Order (#12/10.8)
UPN Fall Star Trek: Enterprise Jake 2.0 (12 eps.) Local Programming
Winter Various programming
Spring I'm Still Alive (5 eps.)
The WB Smallville Angel


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 (#7/12.3) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (#1/15.9) Without a Trace (#11/11.1)
Fox Tru Calling Reality show reruns Local Programming
NBC Fall Friends (#4/13.6) Scrubs Will & Grace (#13/10.4) Coupling ER (#6/12.9)
Follow-up Various programming Scrubs
Winter Will & Grace (#13/10.4) The Apprentice (#5/13.0)
Spring Various programming Will & Grace (#13/10.4) Scrubs
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local Programming
The WB Fall Steve Harvey's Big Time JKX What I Like About You Run of the House (16 eps.)
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 Programming
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
UPN UPN Friday Movie Local Programming
The WB Fall Reba Like Family (21 eps.) Grounded for Life All About the Andersons
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 Programming
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.