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, or new episodes of series previously scheduled on other nights that had been de facto cancelled and were "burning off" unaired episodes.

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 is not included; member stations have local flexibility over most of their schedules and broadcast times for network shows may vary.

Contents

SundayEdit

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 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (18/9.1)
(Tied with Medium)
Desperate Housewives (4/14.5) Boston Legal (24/8.1)
Spring Grey's Anatomy (8/11.6)
Mid-Summer My Kind of Town Desperate Housewives
CBS 60 Minutes (16/9.2)
(Tied with Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)
Cold Case (14/9.7)
(Tied with The Apprentice)
CBS Sunday Movie (27/7.6)
(Tied with The Amazing Race)
Fox Fall King of the Hill Malcolm in the Middle The Simpsons Arrested Development My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss Local Programming
Winter Family Guy The Simpsons
Spring The Simpsons Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show
Follow Up The Simpsons Family Guy American Dad!
Summer Malcolm in the Middle King of the Hill
Mid-Summer The Princes of Malibu
Follow Up The Simpsons
NBC Fall Dateline NBC American Dreams Law & Order: Criminal Intent (25/7.9) Crossing Jordan (26/7.7)
Spring The Contender
Summer Dateline NBC
The WB Fall Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge Charmed Jack & Bobby Local Programming
Follow Up The Mountain
Winter Summerland Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge
Spring Charmed
Mid-Summer WB Sunday Movie

NOTES: At mid-season, Fox was supposed to start Sundays with Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show at 7:00, King of the Hill at 7:30, Malcolm in the Middle at 8:30, Arrested Development at 9, and American Dad! at 9:30, but it was changed at the last minute. On ABC, Alias was supposed to have aired mid-season in the time slot, but the network had to stick with Desperate Housewives at the last minute.

MondayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Benefactor NFL Monday Showcase Monday Night Football (10/10.8)
Follow Up Life of Luxury
Winter Extreme Makeover: Home Edition: How'd They Do That? The Bachelorette Supernanny
Spring The Bachelor
Summer The Scholar The ABC Monday Night Movie
Mid-Summer The ABC Monday Night Movie
CBS Fall Still Standing Listen Up! Everybody Loves Raymond (9/11.2) Two and a Half Men (11/10.6) CSI: Miami (5/12.4)
Summer Still Standing
Mid-Summer The King of Queens Everybody Loves Raymond Two and a Half Men Rock Star
Late Summer Two and a Half Men
Fox Fall North Shore Renovate My Family Local Programming
Follow Up Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy The Swan
Winter 24
Late Winter American Idol
Spring Nanny 911
Summer Hell's Kitchen
NBC Fall Fear Factor Las Vegas LAX
Follow Up $25 Million Dollar Hoax
Late fall Various Programming
Winter Medium (18/9.1)
(Tied with Extreme Makeover: Home Edition)
UPN Fall One on One Half & Half Girlfriends Second Time Around Local Programming
Winter Cuts Half & Half
Summer All of Us
The WB Fall 7th Heaven Everwood
Spring Summerland
Follow Up Everwood
Summer Summerland

NOTE: On Fox, Athens was supposed to have started the night at 8-9 at mid-season, but it was cancelled at the last minute.

TuesdayEdit

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
Mid-Summer Empire
Late Summer According to Jim (R) Rodney (R) Boston Legal (R)
CBS Fall NCIS (22/8.8) Clubhouse Judging Amy (29/7.4)
(Tied with The West Wing)
Late Fall The Amazing Race (27/7.6)
(Tied with The CBS Sunday Movie)
Summer Fire Me...Please 48 Hours
Mid-Summer Big Brother Rock Star
Fox Fall Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy The Next Great Champ Local Programming
Mid-Fall The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best House, M.D. (23/8.3)
Winter American Idol (2/15.7)
Summer Trading Spouses: Meet Your New Mommy
NBC Fall Last Comic Standing Father of the Pride Scrubs Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (16/9.2)
(Tied with 60 Minutes)
Late Fall The Biggest Loser
Winter The Biggest Loser Scrubs Committed
Mid-Winter Most Outrageous Moments / Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R)
Spring Will & Grace (R) Scrubs (R) The Office
Late Spring Most Outrageous Moments (R)
Summer Average Joe: The Joes Strike Back I Want To Be a Hilton
Mid-Summer Meet Mister Mom
Late Summer Various Programming Tommy Lee Goes to College The Office
UPN Fall All of Us Eve Veronica Mars Local Programming
Late Spring Britney and Kevin: Chaotic The Bad Girl's Guide
Summer Half & Half Girlfriends
Mid-Summer One on One All of Us Half & Half
Late Summer Eve R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli
The WB Fall Gilmore Girls One Tree Hill
Winter High School Reunion
Mid-Winter One Tree Hill
Spring The Starlet
Follow Up One Tree Hill

NOTES: On NBC, Average Joe was supposed to have started the night at 8-9, but it was delayed to summer, and The Contender was supposed to premiere in the timeslot on March 1, 2005, but it was delayed to March 9, 2005, before switching places with American Dreams and landed on its Sunday slot. On Fox, The Jury was supposed to have stayed on the night prior to November, but low ratings canned the show at a last minute.

WednesdayEdit

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
Late Fall ABC Special Presentation
Winter Alias
Spring Eyes
Summer Supernanny Dancing with the Stars Lost
Mid-Summer Brat Camp Brat Camp
CBS Fall 60 Minutes II CSI: Crime Scene Investigation / CSI: Miami (R) CSI: NY (20/8.9)
(Tied with Law & Order)
Follow Up The King of Queens Center of the Universe
Winter Yes, Dear
Mid-Summer The Cut Rock Star The King of Queens
Follow Up Still Standing Yes, Dear
Fox Fall That '70s Show Quintuplets The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show Local Programming
Follow Up Nanny 911
Winter The Simple Life American Idol (3/15.3)
Spring American Idol (3/15.3) Life on a Stick
Mid-Spring The Simple Life Stacked
Late Spring That '70s Show That '70s Show Stacked
Summer Stacked The Inside
Mid-Summer So You Think You Can Dance The Bernie Mac Show
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
Summer Psychic Detectives Law & Order
Mid-Summer Most Outrageous Moments
Late Summer Meet Mister Mom
UPN Fall America's Next Top Model Kevin Hill Local Programming
Winter The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott
Spring America's Next Top Model
Summer Eve Eve Veronica Mars
Mid-Summer R U the Girl with T-Boz and Chilli
The WB Fall Smallville The Mountain
Follow Up Jack & Bobby
Late Fall Big Man on Campus
Winter Jack & Bobby
Summer Beauty and the Geek Smallville
Mid-Summer One Tree Hill

NOTE: On Fox, Method & Red was supposed to have stayed at 9:30-10, but it was cancelled at the last minute due to low ratings of the show from last season and at midseason, Life on a Stick would've been aired at 8:30-9, and The Bernie Mac Show would've been concluded the night at 9:30-10, but it was changed at a last minute.

ThursdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall Extreme Makeover Life as We Know It Primetime Live
January Life as We Know It Extreme Makeover
Follow Up Extreme Makeover
Spring Jake in Progress Jake in Progress
Follow Up ABC Thursday Night Movie
Mid-Summer Extreme Makeover Hooking Up
CBS Fall Survivor (7/12.0) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (1/16.5) Without a Trace (6/12.3)
January Wickedly Perfect
February Survivor (7/12/0)
Summer The Cut
Mid-Summer Big Brother
Fox Fall The O.C. North Shore Local Programming
Winter Point Pleasant
Spring Tru Calling
Summer The O.C.
Mid-Summer That '70s Show That '70s Show
NBC Fall Joey Will & Grace The Apprentice (14/9.7)
(Tied with Cold Case)
ER (12/10.4)
June Hit Me Baby, One More Time
July Joey Will & Grace Will & Grace
Follow Up Will & Grace The Law Firm
August Scrubs Scrubs
UPN WWE SmackDown! Local Programming
The WB Fall Blue Collar TV Drew Carey's Green Screen Show One Tree Hill (R)
Follow Up The WB Thursday Night Movie
Spring Blue Collar TV Blue Collar TV Blue Collar TV Blue Collar TV
Summer Beauty and the Geek
Mid-Summer Smallville Everwood

NOTE: On Fox, Tru Calling would've supposed to have stayed at 9-10, but it was pushed up to spring and place North Shore at fall instead.

FridayEdit

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 8 Simple Rules
Spring America's Funniest Home Videos
Summer 8 Simple Rules Hope & Faith
CBS Fall Joan of Arcadia JAG Dr. Vegas
Follow Up Various programming
Winter Numb3rs
Summer JAG
Mid-Summer 60 Minutes II The Cut
Fox Fall The Complex: Malibu The Next Great Champ (R) Local Programming
Follow Up The Simpsons That '70s Show The Complex: Malibu
Late Fall Various Repeats and Specials Renovate My Family
December Various Repeats and Specials
Winter The Bernie Mac Show The Bernie Mac Show Jonny Zero
Spring Malcolm in the Middle Various Repeats
Follow Up FOX Friday Night Movie
Late Summer Arrested Development Arrested Development Arrested Development Arrested Development
NBC Fall Dateline NBC Third Watch Medical Investigation
Spring Medical Investigation Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Mid-Spring Third Watch
Summer Dateline NBC
Late Summer Crossing Jordan
UPN Fall Star Trek: Enterprise America's Next Top Model (R) Local Programming
Winter The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott
Spring America's Next Top Model (R)
Summer UPN's Night at the Movies
The WB Fall What I Like About You Grounded for Life Reba Blue Collar TV
Follow Up Reba
Late Fall Blue Collar TV
Winter Various Repeats
Spring Reba Living With Fran
Summer What I Like About You
Mid-Summer Blue Collar TV

NOTES: On Fox, The Jury was supposed to have remained on Fridays, and that The Next Great Champ was supposed to have started the night at 8-9, but due to low ratings of The Jury, it was cancelled, and The Complex: Malibu was signed on at the last minute, and at midseason, The Inside would've started the night at 8-9, followed by Jonny Zero. On The WB, Commando Nanny would've been aired at 9:30-10, but it was cancelled due to production difficulties.

SaturdayEdit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Fall The Wonderful World of Disney
Midseason ABC Saturday Movie of the Week Desperate Housewives (R)
CBS Fall Crimetime Saturday (R) 48 Hours Mystery
Mid-Summer Big Brother Crimetime Saturday (R)
Fox Cops Cops America's Most Wanted Local Programming
NBC Fall The Apprentice (R) The NBC Saturday Movie
Midseason Law & Order (R) Law & Order: Criminal Intent (R) Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (R)

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ReferencesEdit

  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.