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2002-2003 Television Season

The 2002-2003 television season is the 57th network season in the United States television history. It began on Saturday, September 21, 2002 and ended on Sunday, May 25, 2003. The effective start date of the 2002-03 season for the purposes of audience measurement was August 26, 2002 through August 31, 2003.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 2002-03 television season.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households106,700,000
Persons 2+272,040,000
Persons 2-1139,990,00014.7%
Persons 12-1724,840,0009.13%
Persons 18+207,210,00076.2%
Males 18+99,020,00036.4%
Females 18+108,190,00039.8%

Media Market Estimates

Top 10 designated market areas by number of television homes for the 2002-2003 season. See the complete 2002-2003 Nielsen DMA ranking.

RankMarketTV HomesShare
1New York7,282,32010.221%
2Los Angeles5,318,0407.464%
3Chicago3,351,3304.704%
4Philadelphia2,830,4703.973%
5San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose2,436,2203.419%
6Boston-Manchester2,353,5003.303%
7Dallas-Fort Worth2,195,5403.082%
8Washington-Hagerstown2,169,2303.045%
9Atlanta1,971,1802.767%
10Detroit1,899,9102.667%

Events

2002

November

  1. Around the Horn premieres on ESPN.

2003

  1. GalaNovelas is launched as TLNovelas.

January

  1. Bachelorette premieres on ABC.
  2. Jimmy Kimmel Live! premieres on ABC.

February

  1. Real Time with Bill Maher premieres on HBO.

April

  1. Sportsman Channel is launched.

May

  1. Tennis Channel is launched.

June

  1. Fox Business Tonight premieres on Fox Business.

July

  1. Fox Sports 2 is launched as Fuel TV.
  2. Hot Dog Eating Contest premieres on ESPN.
  3. Olympic Channel is launched as Bravo HD+.

September

  1. Anderson Cooper 360° premieres on CNN.

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