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This was the television schedule on all three United States television networks for the fall season beginning in September 1972. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Series ending this season are highlighted in italics.

The highest-rated show for the year is colored in lime. The top ten highest-rated shows are colored in yellow. The top 20 highest-rated shows are colored in cyan. The top 30 most-watched programs are colored in magenta.

Note: This was the first full season in which all networks, on every day of the week except for Sunday, started airing programs at 8:00 instead of 7:30, as dictated by the FCC under its Prime Time Access Rule, intended to increase diversity in programming.

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

Fall ScheduleEdit

Sunday Edit

Network 7:30 PM 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Local Programming The F.B.I. #30 19.2 rating The ABC Sunday Night Movie #23 20.0 rating
CBS Anna and the King M*A*S*H The Sandy Duncan Show The New Dick Van Dyke Show Mannix Local Programming
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney #9 23.5 rating NBC Sunday Mystery Movie:
Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / Hec Ramsey #6 24.2 rating
Night Gallery Local Programming

Monday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Rookies #24 20.0 rating ABC NFL Monday Night Football #18 21.0 rating
CBS Gunsmoke #8 23.6 rating Here's Lucy #15 21.9 rating The Doris Day Show The New Bill Cosby Show
NBC Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC Monday Night at the Movies #28 19.3 rating

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Temperatures Rising ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week #17 21.5 rating Marcus Welby, M.D. #13 22.9 rating
CBS Maude #4 24.7 rating Hawaii Five-O #3 25.2 rating The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies
NBC Bonanza The Bold Ones: The New Doctors NBC Reports

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Paul Lynde Show ABC Wednesday Movie of the Week #27 19.9 rating The Julie Andrews Hour
CBS The Carol Burnett Show #22 20.3 rating Medical Center #21 20.6 rating Cannon #14 22.4 rating
NBC Adam-12 #11 23.3 rating NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie: Madigan / Cool Million / Banacek Search

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Mod Squad The Men: Assignment Vienna / The Delphi Bureau / Jigsaw Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
CBS The Waltons #20 20.6 rating The CBS Thursday Night Movies
NBC The Flip Wilson Show #12 23.1 rating Ironside #10 23.4 rating The Dean Martin Show

Friday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Brady Bunch The Partridge Family #19 20.6 rating Room 222 The Odd Couple Love, American Style
CBS The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour The CBS Friday Night Movies
NBC Sanford and Son #2 27.6 rating The Little People #26 19.9 rating Ghost Story Banyon

Note: Ghost Story became Circle Of Fear in January.


Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Alias Smith and Jones The Streets of San Francisco The Sixth Sense
CBS All in the Family #1 33.3 rating Bridget Loves Bernie #5 24.2 rating The Mary Tyler Moore Show #7 23.6 rating The Bob Newhart Show #16 21.8 rating Mission: Impossible
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night at the Movies

Mid-season ScheduleEdit

Summer ScheduleEdit

Pickups and CancellationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • 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 (1985). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1.

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