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2005–06 United States network television schedule

The following is the 2005–06 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 2005 through May 2006. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2004–05 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

This would be the final season of broadcasting for both UPN and The WB. They would merge to form The CW next season. The famous Monday Night Football would move to ESPN from ABC after the 2005 NFL season ended with Super Bowl XL

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 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 is not included because the schedule was set by each local station.

From February 10 to 26, 2006, all of NBC's primetime programming was preempted in favor of coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.




Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Wife Swap Monday Night Football (continued to game completion) (9/10.6)
(Tied with House)
Winter Emily's Reasons Why Not Jake in Progress The Bachelor: Paris
Spring Supernanny Miracle Workers
Follow-up What About Brian
CBS Fall The King of Queens How I Met Your Mother Two and a Half Men (13/9.7)
(Tied with The Unit)
Out of Practice (30/7.8) CSI: Miami (8/11.8)
Winter Courting Alex
Spring The New Adventures of Old Christine (25/8.3)
(Tied with Unan1mous)
Fox Fall Arrested Development Kitchen Confidential Prison Break Local Programming
Winter Skating with Celebrities 24 (28/8.1)
(Tied with ER)
Spring Prison Break
NBC Fall Surface Las Vegas Medium
Spring Deal or No Deal (15/9.6)
(Tied with Dancing with the Stars Results Show)
The Apprentice
UPN One on One All of Us Girlfriends Half & Half Local Programming
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Just Legal
Follow-up Related
Spring Everwood


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall According to Jim Rodney Commander in Chief (24/8.4) Boston Legal
Midseason Sons & Daughters Sons & Daughters
Less than Perfect Hope & Faith
CBS Fall NCIS (12/9.8) The Amazing Race Close to Home
Follow-up The Unit (13/9.7)
(Tied with Two and a Half Men)
Winter Love Monkey
Follow-up The Amazing Race
Fox Fall Bones House (9/10.6)
(Tied with Monday Night Football)
Local Programming
Midseason American Idol (1/17.6)
NBC Fall The Biggest Loser My Name Is Earl The Office Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (18/9.2)
(Tied with Lost and CSI: NY)
Midseason Most Outrageous Moments Joey Scrubs Scrubs
Scrubs (Reruns) Teachers
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model (Reruns) Sex, Love & Secrets Local Programming
Follow-up Comedy reruns
Winter Repeats Get This Party Started
Spring America's Next Top Model Veronica Mars
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls Supernatural
Midseason Pepper Dennis


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall George Lopez Freddie Lost (18/9.2)
(Tied with CSI: NY and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Winter Alias
Spring The Evidence
Follow-up Invasion
CBS Fall Still Standing Yes, Dear Criminal Minds (27/8.2) CSI: NY (18/9.2)
(Tied with Lost and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Winter Courting Alex Out of Practice (30/7.8)
Spring The Amazing Race
Fox Fall That '70s Show Stacked Head Cases Local Programming
Follow-up Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
Winter American Idol (2/17.2) Bones
Spring Bones American Idol (2/17.2) Unan1mous (25/8.3)
(Tied with The New Adventures of Old Christine)
NBC Fall The Apprentice: Martha Stewart E-Ring Law & Order
Winter Deal or No Deal (21/9.0)
(Tied with 60 Minutes)
Dateline NBC
Spring Law & Order Heist
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model 5 Veronica Mars Local Programming
Winter South Beach
Spring America's Next Top Model 6
The WB Fall One Tree Hill Related
Winter Various repeats
Spring The Bedford Diaries


Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Alias Night Stalker Primetime
Midseason Dancing with the Stars (7/12.0) Crumbs
American Inventor (Reruns) American Inventor Commander in Chief
CBS Fall Survivor (11/10.3) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (3/15.6) Without a Trace (6/12.3)
Fox Fall The O.C. Reunion Local Programming
Winter That '70s Show That '70s Show repeats The O.C.
Spring The Loop
Follow-up That '70s Show
NBC Fall Joey Will & Grace The Apprentice ER (28/8.1)
(Tied with 24)
Winter Will & Grace Four Kings My Name Is Earl The Office
Spring Various programming
UPN Everybody Hates Chris Love, Inc. Eve Cuts Local Programming
The WB Fall Smallville Everwood
Midseason Beauty and the Geek



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The WBEdit

Renewals and cancellationsEdit




The CW



Cancellations and series endingsEdit






The WB


  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.
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