1965–66 United States network television schedule

This was the year that ABC and CBS began televising a majority of their prime-time programs in color, while NBC placed their final two black-and-white shows in prime time — the war drama Convoy and the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, with the latter moving to color the following season.

This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1965. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

New fall 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.

Note: This is the first season in which a majority of prime time programs were broadcast in color. The TV shows that were in color are italicized.





Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Combat! McHale's Navy F Troop Peyton Place The Fugitive
CBS Fall Rawhide The Red Skelton Hour (4/27.6) Petticoat Junction (21/22.3) CBS News Hour / CBS Reports
Winter Daktari (14/23.9)
Summer The Hippodrome
NBC My Mother the Car Please Don't Eat the Daisies Dr. Kildare NBC Tuesday Night at the Movies




Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Flintstones Tammy The Addams Family Honey West Peyton Place The Jimmy Dean Show
Follow-up The Farmer's Daughter
Summer Court Martial
CBS Fall The Wild Wild West (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Jackie Gleason Show and The Virginian)
Hogan's Heroes (9/24.9) Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (2/27.8) The Smothers Brothers Show Slattery's People
Winter The Trials of O'Brien
Summer The Wayne and Shuster Show
NBC Fall Camp Runamuck Hank Convoy Mister Roberts The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (13/24.0)
Winter The Sammy Davis Jr. Show
Summer Sing Along with Mitch

Note: The Farmer's Daughter took over the 9:30–10 time period on ABC, effective November 5, because many viewers were not home to watch Peyton Place on Fridays. Starting November 1, Peyton Place was seen Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. In the winter of 1966, The Sammy Davis, Jr. Show replaced Convoy on its timeslot, which was transmitted live in color.


Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Shindig! The King Family Show The Lawrence Welk Show (19/22.4)
(Tied with I've Got a Secret)
The Hollywood Palace ABC Scope
Winter The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Donna Reed Show
CBS Fall The Jackie Gleason Show (23/22.0)
(Tied with The Wild Wild West and The Virginian)
The Trials of O'Brien The Loner Gunsmoke (30/21.3)
Winter Secret Agent
Summer Continental Showcase The Face is Familiar
NBC Flipper (29/21.6) I Dream of Jeannie (27/21.8)
(Tied with Lassie)
Get Smart (12/24.5) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Note: Even though ABC Scope was scheduled at 10:30 PM, not one major station (including WABC-TV New York, the network's flagship station) carried it in that time period, preferring to schedule local or syndicated programming in its place. Most affiliates aired it in "fringe time" during the weekend.


  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.

Additional sourcesEdit

  • Castleman, H. & Podrazik, W. (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television. New York: McGraw-Hill. 314 pp.
  • McNeil, Alex. Total Television. Fourth edition. New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  • Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.