1962–63 United States network television schedule

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The following is the 1962–63 network television schedule for the three major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 1962 through August 1963. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 1961–62 season.

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Television historians Harry Castleman and Walter Podrazik (1982) state, "Despite all the promises of programming reform made by television executives in May, 1961, the 1962–63 schedule turned out to be business as usual". Castleman and Podrazik point out that although the three networks had added generally well-made public-affairs and news programs to their schedules, there were "too many of them and their sheer number diluted the audience and stretched resources far too thin to allow quality productions each week". [1] CBS aired CBS Reports and Eyewitness, NBC broadcast Chet Huntley Reporting and David Brinkley's Journal, while ABC had Bell and Howell Close-up and the Howard K. Smith show. [1]

This was the first season that ABC aired some of their prime-time programs in color.

New fall series are highlighted in bold. All times are Eastern and Pacific.

Each of the 30 highest-rated shows is listed with its rank and rating as determined by Nielsen Media Research. [2]

  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.

Sunday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Father Knows Best (repeats) The Jetsons (Color) Hollywood Special (Sporadically in Color) The Voice of Firestone Howard K. Smith: News and Comment
Follow-upLocal
CBS Lassie (19/23.3)
(Tied with The Garry Moore Show and To Tell the Truth )
Dennis the Menace The Ed Sullivan Show (14/25.3) The Real McCoys GE True* Candid Camera (2/31.1)
(Tied with The Red Skelton Show )
What's My Line? (13/25.5)
NBC Ensign O'Toole Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (24/22.3) (Color) Car 54, Where Are You? Bonanza (4/29.8)
(Tied with The Lucy Show ) (Color)
The Du Pont Show of the Week

* formerly known as General Electric Theater* McKeever and the Colonel aired Sundays at 6:30-7 on NBC. * Password aired Sundays at 6:30-7 on CBS.

Monday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC FallLocal Cheyenne The Rifleman Stoney Burke Ben Casey (7/28.7)
(Tied with The Danny Thomas Show )
Winter The Dakotas
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News* To Tell the Truth (19/23.3)
(Tied with The Garry Moore Show and Lassie )
I've Got a Secret (16/24.9) The Lucy Show (4/29.8)
(Tied with Bonanza )
The Danny Thomas Show (7/28.7)
(Tied with Ben Casey )
The Andy Griffith Show (6/29.7) The New Loretta Young Show Stump the Stars
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley–Brinkley Report* It's a Man's World Saints and Sinners The Price is Right (Color) David Brinkley's Journal Local
WinterNBC Monday Night at the Movies (most in Color)The Art Linkletter Show

* In some areas, Walter Cronkite with the News and The Huntley-Brinkley Report aired at 6:45 p.m.(ET). Stump the Stars was formerly Pantomime Quiz .

Tuesday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Combat! Hawaiian Eye The Untouchables Bell and Howell Closeup
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Marshal Dillon The Lloyd Bridges Show The Red Skelton Show (2/31.1)
(Tied with Candid Camera )
The Jack Benny Show (11/26.2)
(Tied with Dr. Kildare )
The Garry Moore Show (19/23.3)
(Tied with To Tell the Truth and Lassie )
Summer The Keefe Brasselle Show
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley–Brinkley Report Laramie (Color) Empire (Color) The Dick Powell Show Chet Huntley Reporting

Note: The CBS series Marshal Dillon consisted of reruns of episodes of Gunsmoke .

Wednesday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local Wagon Train (25/22.0) Going My Way Our Man Higgins Naked City
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News CBS Reports The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis The Beverly Hillbillies (1/36.0) The Dick Van Dyke Show (9/27.1) Armstrong Circle Theatre/
The United States Steel Hour
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley–Brinkley Report The Virginian (26/21.7) (Color) Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (Color) The Eleventh Hour

Thursday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Local The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet The Donna Reed Show Leave It to Beaver My Three Sons (28/21.0) McHale's Navy Alcoa Premiere
CBS Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Mister Ed Perry Mason (23/22.4) The Nurses The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Mid-Season The Twilight Zone The Nurses
NBC 7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley–Brinkley Report Wide Country Dr. Kildare (11/26.2)
(Tied with The Jack Benny Show )
Hazel (15/25.1) (Color) The Andy Williams Show (Color)

Friday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC FallLocal The Gallant Men The Flintstones (30/20.5) (Color) I'm Dickens, He's Fenster 77 Sunset Strip Local
Follow-up The Valiant Years Father Knows Best (repeats)
Spring Cheyenne
CBS 7:00 Local / 7:15 Walter Cronkite with the News Rawhide (22/22.8) Route 66 (27/21.3) Fair Exchange Eyewitness
NBC Fall7:00 Local / 7:15 The Huntley–Brinkley Report International Showtime Sing Along with Mitch (Color) Don't Call Me Charlie! The Jack Paar Program (Color)
Winter The Price Is Right (Color)
Summer The Lively Ones

Saturday

Network7:00 PM7:30 PM8:00 PM8:30 PM9:00 PM9:30 PM10:00 PM10:30 PM
ABC Fall Beany and Cecil* (Color) The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show Mr. Smith Goes to Washington The Lawrence Welk Show 10:00 The Fight of the Week / 10:45 Make That Spare
Follow-up The Gallant Men
Spring Hootenanny
CBS FallLocal The Jackie Gleason Show (17/24.1) The Defenders (18/23.9) Have Gun – Will Travel (29/20.8) Gunsmoke (10/27.0)
Summer The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour
NBC Local Sam Benedict The Joey Bishop Show (Color) NBC Saturday Night at the Movies (Color)

By network

ABC

CBS

NBC

Note: The * indicates that the program was introduced in midseason.

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References

  1. 1 2 Castleman, Harry; Walter J. Podrazik (1982). Watching TV: Four Decades of American Television . New York: McGraw-Hill. pp.  147–153. ISBN   0-07-010269-4.
  2. 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.