The following is the 2005–06 network television schedule for the six major English language commercial broadcast networks in the United States. The schedule covers primetime hours from September 2005 through May 2006. The schedule is followed by a list per network of returning series, new series, and series cancelled after the 2004–05 season. All times are Eastern and Pacific, with certain exceptions, such as Monday Night Football.
This would be the final season of broadcasting for both UPN and The WB. They would merge to form The CW next season. The famous Monday Night Football would move to ESPN from ABC after the 2005 NFL season ended with Super Bowl XL
New series are highlighted in bold.
- 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.
NOTE: On January 9, 2006, ABC aired Emily's Reasons Why Not and Jake in Progress at 9pm and 9:30pm ET. A few days later, ABC cancelled Emily's Reasons Why Not, took Jake in Progress off the schedule and replace the shows with the previous week's episode of The Bachelor: Paris.
|Network||8:00 PM||8:30 PM||9:00 PM||9:30 PM||10:00 PM||10:30 PM|
|ABC||Fall||ABC Saturday Night at the Movies / The Wonderful World of Disney|
|Summer||The Wonderful World of Disney||The Evidence (Repeats)|
|Mid-Summer||ABC Saturday Night at the Movies|
|CBS||Crimetime Saturday (Reruns)||48 Hours Mystery|
|FOX||COPS||COPS||America's Most Wanted||Local Programming|
|NBC||Fall||NBC Saturday Night Movie / Various NBC Repeats||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Reruns)|
|Late Winter||Dateline NBC||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Reruns)||Conviction (Reruns)|
|Late Spring||Law & Order: Criminal Intent (Reruns)|
Not returning from 2004–05:
Not returning from 2004–05:
Renewals and cancellations
- Boston Legal - renewed for a third season.
- Dancing with the Stars - renewed for a third and fourth season.
- Desperate Housewives - renewed for a third season.
- Extreme Makeover: Home Edition - renewed for a fourth season.
- Grey's Anatomy - renewed for a third season.
- Lost - renewed for a third season
- Close to Home - renewed for a second season.
- Criminal Minds - renewed for a second season.
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - renewed for a seventh season.
- CSI: Miami - renewed for a fifth season.
- CSI: NY - renewed for a third season.
- Ghost Whisperer - renewed for a second season.
- How I Met Your Mother - renewed for a second season.
- NCIS - renewed for a fourth season.
- The New Adventures of Old Christine - renewed for a second season.
- Numb3rs - renewed for a third season.
- Two and a Half Men - renewed for a fourth season.
- 7th Heaven - renewed for an eleventh season.
- America's Next Top Model - renewed for a seventh and eighth season.
- Gilmore Girls - renewed for a seventh season.
- One Tree Hill - renewed for a fourth season.
- Smallville - renewed for a sixth season.
- Supernatural - renewed for a second season.
- American Dad! - renewed for a second season.
- Bones - renewed for a second season.
- Family Guy - renewed for fifth season.
- House - renewed for a third season.
- Prison Break - renewed for a second season.
- The Simpsons - renewed for an eighteenth season.
- The War at Home - renewed for a second season.
- The Biggest Loser - renewed for a third season.
- ER - renewed for a thirteenth season.
- Law & Order: Criminal Intent - renewed for a sixth season.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - renewed for an eighth season.
- My Name Is Earl - renewed for a second season.
- Law & Order - renewed for a seventeenth season.
- The Office - renewed for a third season.
Cancellations and series endings
- Alias - On November 23, 2005, it was announced that the series would conclude in May 2006.
- Commander in Chief
- Emily's Reasons Why Not
- The Evidence
- Hope & Faith
- Hot Properties
- How to Get the Guy
- In Justice
- Jake In Progress
- Less than Perfect
- Master of Champions
- Miracle Workers
- Night Stalker
- The One: Making a Music Star
- One Ocean View
- Sons & Daughters
- Courting Alex
- CBS Sunday Movie - Cancelled on May 17, 2006.
- Gameshow Marathon
- Love Monkey
- Out of Practice
- Still Standing
- Tuesday Night Book Club
- Yes, Dear
- Arrested Development - In March 2006, it was revealed the series was cancelled. (Revived in 2013 on Netflix)
- The Bernie Mac Show
- Free Ride
- Head Cases
- Killer Instinct
- Kitchen Confidential
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Reunion - On November 29, 2005, it was announced Fox was not ordering any additional episodes, essentially cancelling it.
- Skating with Celebrities
- That '70s Show - It was announced on January 17, 2006, that the eighth season would be the last.
- The Book of Daniel
- Celebrity Cooking Showdown
- Fear Factor - Cancelled in May 2006 (revived in 2011 for one season).
- Four Kings
- Thick & Thin
- Three Wishes
- Treasure Hunters
- The West Wing
- Will & Grace a return was announced in January 2017 followed by a second revival year on August 3, 2017
- The Bedford Diaries
- Blue Collar TV
- Just Legal
- Living with Fran
- Modern Men
- Pepper Dennis
- Survival of the Richest
- What I Like About You
- 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.
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