CBS rebroadcast a sexually explicit episode of the series "Without a Trace" even after it made a deal with the Federal Communication Commission to drop tens of thousands of indeceny complaints resulting from the original airing.
In November, the FCC allowed CBS-parent Viacom to pay $3.5 million in exchange for wiping the slate clean.
But on Dec. 31, the network reran the controversial episode, which includes a graphic, extended teenage orgy scene.
American Family Association says its supporters filed more than 70,000 complaints against the show after the original broadcast.
According to the Parents Television Council, which protested the episode, "Without a Trace" is a Nielsen-ranked Top 10 show watched by hundreds of thousands of children.
The episode was subject to indecency enforcement action, the council said, because it aired at 9 p.m., prime time, in the Central and Mountain time zones. It is not subject to the FCC standards in the Eastern and Pacific time zones because it aired after 10 p.m.
FCC commissioner Michael Copps disagreed with the November deal, writing, "The totality of a broadcasters' record is pertinent and should be considered when licenses are renewed. Today's decision takes an entire part of the record off the table."
AFA President Tim Wildmon insisted the FCC has no right to make such deals, asserting Congress made the rules and the agency's job is to enforce them.
"The FCC has sold out the American public," Wildmon said. "The FCC can not continue wiping the record clean of thousands of complaints after the networks pay some pocket change, or there will never be any accountability."