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1972-1973 Television Season

The top five shows of 1972-73 were Bridget Loves Bernie, Maude, Hawaii Five-0, and Sanford and Son with the most popular once again being All in the Family. (See below for the list of the top 30 programs.)

This was the first season that all three networks stopped making a point of the fact that their programs were in color (since all were now in color). It is also the first season that weekday network programming began no earlier than 8:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific. Select a show below to read all about it and to share your memories!

Prime Time TV Schedule for 1972-1973
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Shows that aired on Mondays ABC Rookies Monday Night Football
CBS Gunsmoke Here's Lucy Doris Day Show New Bill Cosby Show
NBC Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Temperatures Rising Tuesday Movie of the Week Marcus Welby, M.D.
CBS Maude Hawaii Five-O New CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Bonanza New Doctors NBC Reports
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Paul Lynde Show Wednesday Movie of the Week Julie Andrews Hour
CBS Carol Burnett Show Medical Center Cannon
NBC Adam 12 [Wednesday Mystery Movie (rotating)]
Madigan / Cool Million / Banacek
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Mod Squad [The Men (rotating)]
Assignment Vienna / Jigsaw / Delphi Bureau
Owen Marshall
CBS Waltons CBS Thursday Night Movie
NBC Flip Wilson Show Ironside Dean Martin Show
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Brady Bunch Partridge Family Room 222 Odd Couple Love, American Style
CBS Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour New CBS Friday Night Movie
NBC Sanford & Son Little People (Brian Keith Show) Ghost Story Banyon
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Alias Smith & Jones Streets of San Francisco The Sixth Sense
CBS All in the Family Bridget Love Bernie Mary Tyler Moore Bob Newhart Show Mission: Impossible
NBC Emergency! NBC Saturday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC The FBI ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS M*A*S*H* Sandy Duncan Show New Dick Van Dyke Show Mannix [Local]
NBC ContinuedWonderful World of Disney [Sunday Mystery Movie (rotating)]
Hec Ramsey / McCloud / Columbo / McMillan & Wife
Night Gallery [Local]
    8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Note: Television seasons have generally begun in September of each year. And new shows often do not last the entire season. The shows below began the new season but did not necessarily run all the way through to summer reruns.
Continued - Indicates show began before the time period indicated.

1972-1973 Ratings

Rank Show Network Estimated
1. All in the Family CBS 21,578,000
2. Sanford and Son NBC 17,884,800
3. Hawaii Five-O CBS 16,329,600
4. Maude CBS 16,005,600
5. Bridget Loves Bernie CBS 15,681,600
6. The NBC Sunday Mystery Movie NBC 15,681,600
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show CBS 15,292,800
8. Gunsmoke CBS 15,292,800
9. The Wonderful World of Disney NBC 15,228,000
10. Ironside NBC 15,163,000
11. Adam 12 NBC 15,098,400
12. The Flip Wilson Show NBC 14,968,800
13. Marcus Welby, M.D. ABC 14,839,200
14. Cannon CBS 14,515,200
15. Here's Lucy CBS 14,191,200
16. The Bob Newhart Show CBS 14,126,400
17. Tuesday Movie of the Week ABC 13,932,000
18. Monday Night Football ABC 13,608,000
19. The Partridge Family ABC 13,348,800
20. The Waltons CBS 13,348,800
21. Medical Center CBS 13,348,800
22. The Carol Burnett Show CBS 13,154,400
23. ABC Sunday Night Movie ABC 12,960,000
24. The Rookies ABC 12,960,000
25. Barnaby Jones CBS 12,895,200
26. The Little People (Brian Keith Show) NBC 12,895,200
27. ABC Wednesday Movie of the Week ABC 12,895,200
28. NBC Monday Movie NBC 12,506,400
29. ABC Monday Movie ABC 12,441,600
30. The F.B.I. ABC 12,441,600
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