The only repeat winners were NBC's political drama "The West Wing" and "The Sopranos," the Home Box Office series about a mob family.
The only other program to have won the honor two years in a row was CBS's quirky "Northern Exposure," said Louise Benjamin, interim director of the Peabody Awards.
The annual awards are handed out by the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. A total of 34 winners were selected this year from nearly 1,100 entries.
- Anya Khait