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This was the television schedule on all three networks for the fall season beginning in September 1973. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with a few exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. Programs ending their runs are highlited 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.

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

Schedule Edit

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 The F.B.I. The ABC Sunday Night Movie (24/20.7) Local Programming
CBS The New Adventures of Perry Mason Mannix Barnaby Jones (18/21.4) Local Programming
NBC The Wonderful World of Disney (13/22.3) NBC Sunday Mystery Movie: Columbo / McCloud / McMillan & Wife / Hec Ramsey (90- & 120-min. episodes) (14/22.2) 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 (25/20.3) ABC NFL Monday Night Football (19/21.2)
CBS Gunsmoke (15/22.1) Here's Lucy (29/20.0) The New Dick Van Dyke Show Medical Center
NBC Lotsa Luck Diana NBC Monday Night at the Movies

Tuesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC 1973 Temperatures Rising ABC Tuesday Movie of the Week (21/21.0) Marcus Welby, M.D.
1974 Happy Days (16/21.5)
CBS Maude (6/23.5) Hawaii Five-O (5/24.0) The New CBS Tuesday Night Movies / Hawkins / Shaft
NBC Chase The Magician Police Story

Wednesday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice ABC Wednesday Movie of the Week Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law
CBS The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour (8/23.3) Cannon (10/23.1) Kojak (7/23.3)
NBC Adam-12 (23/20.7) NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie: Banacek / Tenafly / Faraday and Company / The Snoop Sisters Love Story

Thursday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC Toma Kung Fu (28/20.1) The Streets of San Francisco (22/20.8)
CBS The Waltons (2/28.1) The CBS Thursday Night Movies (30/19.9)
NBC The Flip Wilson Show Ironside NBC Follies

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 Odd Couple Room 222 Adam's Rib Love, American Style
CBS 1973 Calucci's Department Roll Out! The CBS Friday Night Movies (20/21.2)
1974 Dirty Sally Good Times (17/21.4)
Your Hit Parade
NBC Sanford and Son (3/27.5) The Girl with Something Extra Needles and Pins The Brian Keith Show (formerly The Little People) The Dean Martin Show

Saturday Edit

Network 8:00 PM 8:30 PM 9:00 PM 9:30 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM
ABC The Partridge Family ABC Suspense Movie Griff
CBS All in the Family (1/31.2) M*A*S*H (4/25.7) The Mary Tyler Moore Show (9/23.1) The Bob Newhart Show (12/23.3) The Carol Burnett Show (27/20.1)
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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