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2004–05 United States network television schedule

The following is the 2004–05 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 2004 through May 2005. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2003–04 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

Beginning this season, the major networks were no longer producing original dramatic content for Saturday broadcast (an exception being ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney, although it often featured rebroadcast material). Saturday schedules consisted instead of nonfiction reality-based programming and rebroadcasts of dramatic series episodes from earlier in the week.

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]

     Yellow indicates the top ten most watched programs of the season.
     Cyan indicates the top 20 most watched programs of the season.
     Magenta indicates the top 30 most watched programs of the season.

Rankings determined by Nielsen Media Research.

PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, was in operation, but the schedule was set by each local station.





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 George Lopez According to Jim Rodney NYPD Blue
Spring Blind Justice
CBS Fall NCIS (22/8.8) Clubhouse Judging Amy (29/7.4)
(Tied with The West Wing)
Follow-up The Amazing Race (27/7.6)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Summer Fire Me...Please 48 Hours repeats Various programming
Follow-up Big Brother Rock Star
Fox Fall Trading Spouses The Next Great Champ Local
Follow-up The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best House, M.D. (23/8.3)
Winter American Idol (2/15.7)
NBC Fall Last Comic Standing Father of the Pride Scrubs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (16/9.2)
(Tied with 60 Minutes)
Follow-up The Biggest Loser
Winter Scrubs Committed
Spring Will & Grace repeats Scrubs repeats The Office
Summer Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back I Want To Be a Hilton
UPN All of Us Eve Veronica Mars Local
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls One Tree Hill
Follow-up High School Reunion
Winter One Tree Hill
Spring The Starlet


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Lost (13/9.8) The Bachelor Wife Swap
Midseason Alias Eyes
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II The King of Queens Center of the Universe CSI: NY (20/8.9)
(Tied with Law & Order)
Midseason Yes, Dear
Fox Fall That '70s Show Quintuplets The Bernie Mac Show Method & Red Local
Nanny 911
Midseason The Simple Life 3 Stacked American Idol (3/15.3) Life on a Stick
NBC Fall Hawaii The West Wing (29/7.4)
(Tied with Judging Amy)
Law & Order (20/8.9)
(Tied with CSI: NY)
Follow-up LAX
Winter Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Model Search
Spring American Dreams
Follow-up Dateline NBC Revelations
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model Kevin Hill Local
Midseason The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott
America's Next Top Model
The WB Fall Smallville The Mountain
Follow-up Jack & Bobby
Winter Big Man on Campus
Follow-up Jack & Bobby


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 2004 Extreme Makeover Life as We Know It Primetime Live
2005 Jake in Progress Extreme Makeover
CBS 2004 Survivor (7/12/0) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1/16.5) Without a Trace (6/12.3)
2005 Wickedly Perfect
Survivor (7/12/0)
Fox 2004 The O.C. North Shore Local
2005 Point Pleasant
Tru Calling
NBC 2004 Joey Will & Grace The Apprentice (14/9.7)
(Tied with Cold Case)
ER (12/10.4)
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local
The WB 2004 Blue Collar TV Drew Carey's Green Screen Show Various Drama Reruns
2005 The WB Thursday Night Movie


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall 8 Simple Rules Complete Savages Hope & Faith Less than Perfect 20/20
Winter Various programming
CBS Fall Joan of Arcadia JAG Dr. Vegas
Follow-up Various programming
Winter Numb3rs
Fox Fall Totally Outrageous Behavior World's Craziest Videos Renovate My Family Local
Winter The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show repeats Jonny Zero
NBC Fall Dateline NBC Third Watch Medical Investigation
Spring Law & Order: Trial by Jury
UPN Star Trek: Enterprise America's Next Top Model (Reruns) Local
The WB What I Like About You Grounded for Life Reba Blue Collar TV


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  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.