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Each year, the Parents Television Council rates the best and the worst shows on primetime television on the seven major broadcast networks. The PTC Best and Worst list does not examine artistic quality.  Rather, it measures series' appropriateness for family audiences from a content perspective. It includes a quantitative analysis of the frequency of foul language, sexual content, and violence on each series, as well as the time slot, target audience, themes and plotlines of the programs.

The seven broadcast networks included in this listing are ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, ITV, UPN and the WB.  Primetime typically refers to the evening hours, generally between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. (ET/PT), when the largest television audience is available. 

TOP 10 BEST
TOP 10 WORST

1. Touched by an Angel
CBS/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Saturdays -- ranked #2 last season

1. C.S.I. (Crime Scene Investigation)
CBS/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Tuesday -- ranked #7 last season

2. Doc
ITV/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Sundays -- ranked #1 last season

2. Kingpin
NBC/ 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Sunday -- first season

3. Sue Thomas F. B. Eye
ITV/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Sundays -- first season

3. Fastlane
Fox/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Friday -- first season

4. 7th Heaven
WB/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Monday -- ranked #4 last season

4. NYPD Blue
ABC/ 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Tuesday -- not ranked last season

5. Life with Bonnie
ABC/
9:00 P.M. (ET/PT) Tuesdays -- first season

5. Fear Factor
NBC/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Monday -- not ranked last season

6. Smallville
WB/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Tuesdays -- ranked #6 last season

6. Angel
WB/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Sunday -- not ranked last season

7. Reba
WB/
9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Fridays -- ranked #7 last season

7. Girlfriends
UPN/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Monday -- not ranked last season

8. Star Search
CBS/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Wednesdays and Fridays -- first season

8. Will & Grace
NBC/ 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Thursday -- ranked #3 last season

9. George Lopez
ABC/ 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) Wednesdays -- ranked #9 last season

9. Friends
NBC/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Thursday -- ranked #4 last season

10. 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter
ABC/ 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Tuesdays -- first season

10. Big Brother 3
CBS/  8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) Thursday and Saturday; 9:00 (ET/PT) Wednesday -- ranked #6 last season

Descriptions of the Top 10 Best Shows

Descriptions of the Top 10 Worst Shows

 

 


Top 10 Best and Worst Shows for family viewing on prime time broadcast TV

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