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The fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks , ABC is often nicknamed as " The Alphabet Network ", as its initialism also represents the first three letters of the English alphabet , in order. It extended its operations to television in , following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC.

Leonard Goldenson , who had been the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series.

The television network has eight owned-and-operated and over affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting , which purchased the ABC Radio properties in however relaunched in In the s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies: The NBC Blue Network was created in for the primary purpose of testing new programs on markets of lesser importance than those served by NBC Red, which served the major cities, [4] and to test drama series.

Having no power over the networks themselves, the FCC established a regulation forbidding licenses to be issued for radio stations if they were affiliated with a network which already owned multiple networks [4] that provided content of public interest.

Storer in ; its parent company adopted the corporate name American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. While its radio network was undergoing reconstruction, ABC found it difficult to avoid falling behind on the new medium of television. In the fall of , ABC found itself in the position of an outsider, with less coverage than two of its competing networks, CBS and NBC, even though it was on par with them in some major cities and had a headstart over its third rival at the time, the DuMont Television Network.

Louis had only one, and still many others such as Denver and Portland did not yet have any television service. Supreme Court to become an independent entity, separating itself from Paramount Pictures. In , a rumor even mentioned that the network would be sold to CBS. Insofar as Paramount Pictures was already a shareholder in the DuMont Television Network, the FCC conducted a series of hearings to ensure whether Paramount was truly separated from United Paramount Theatres, and whether it was violating antitrust laws.

Goldenson added to the confusion when, in October , [46] he proposed a merger between UPT and the DuMont Television Network, which was also mired in financial trouble.

Goldenson sought to develop the ABC television network by trying to convince local stations to agree to affiliate with the network. At the same time he made attempts to help grow ABC, Goldenson had been trying since mid to provide content for the network by contacting his old acquaintances in Hollywood, with whom he had worked when UPT was a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. ABC's flagship productions at the time were The Lone Ranger , based on the radio program of the same title, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet , the latter of which at 14 seasons, running from to held the record for the longest-running prime time comedy in U.

Goldenson's efforts paid off, and on October 27, , the network launched a campaign ushering in the "New ABC", with productions from several studios, including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer , Warner Bros. Warner tried with mixed success to adapt some of its most successful films as ABC television series, and showcase these adaptations as part of the wheel series Warner Bros. Airing during the —56 season , it showcased television adaptations of the films Kings Row and Casablanca ; Cheyenne adapted from the film Wyoming Kid ; Sugarfoot a remake of the film The Boy from Oklahoma ; and Maverick.

Walt Disney and his brother Roy contacted Goldenson at the end of [49] for ABC to agree to finance part of the Disneyland project in exchange for producing a television program for the network.

When Disneyland opened on July 17, , ABC aired a special live broadcast commemorating the park's first day of operation, Dateline: By , all U. Most markets outside the largest ones were not large enough to support three full-time network affiliates. In some markets that were large enough for a third full-time affiliate, the only available commercial allocation was on the less-desirable UHF band. Until the All-Channel Receiver Act passed by Congress in mandated the inclusion of UHF tuning, most viewers needed to purchase a converter to be able to watch UHF stations, and the signal quality was marginal at best even with a converter.

Additionally, during the analog television era, UHF stations were not adequately receivable in rugged terrain. These factors made many prospective station owners skittish about investing in a UHF station, especially one that would have had to take on an affiliation with a weaker network. As a result, with the exception of the largest markets, ABC was relegated to secondary status on one or both of the existing stations, usually via off-hours clearances a notable exception during this time was WKST-TV in Youngstown, Ohio , now WYTV , despite the small size of the surrounding market and its close proximity to Cleveland and Pittsburgh even decades before the city's economic collapse.

According to Goldenson, this meant that an hour of ABC programming reported five times lower viewership than its competitors. Still, ABC's limited reach would continue to hobble it for the next two decades; several smaller markets would not grow large enough to support a full-time ABC affiliate until the s, with some very small markets having to wait as late as the s or even the advent of digital television in the s, which allowed stations like WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia to begin airing ABC programming on a digital subchannel after airing the network's programs outside of recommended timeslots decades before.

The DuMont Television Network ceased broadcasting on September 15, , [46] and went bankrupt the next year. ABC then found itself as the third U. That same year, Kintner was forced to resign due to disagreements between Noble and Goldenson, [18] a consequence of Goldenson's many interventions in ABC's management. It was not until the late s that the ABC network became a serious contender to NBC and CBS, and this was in large part due to the diverse range of programming that met the expectations of the public, such as westerns and detective series.

On September 3, , the Disneyland anthology series was retitled Walt Disney Presents [52] as it became disassociated with the theme park of the same name. The movement in westerns, which ABC is credited for having started, represented a fifth of all primetime series on American television in January , at which point detective shows were beginning to rise in popularity as well.

The series went on to quickly become "immensely popular". These kinds of programs presented ABC with an image of the "philosophy of counterprogramming against its competitors", offering a strong lineup of programs that contrasted with those seen on its rival networks, [64] which helped Goldenson give the network a continuum between film and television.

To captivate the network's audiences, short minute series were scheduled a half-hour before their hour-long competition. During the s, ABC continued on the same path that it began to take in the mids, by consolidating the network as part of its effort to gain loyalty from the public. The network's finances improved and allowed it to invest in other properties and programming. The s would be marked by the rise of family-oriented series in an attempt by ABC to counterprogram its established competitors, but the decade was also marked by the network's gradual transition to color.

Always in search of new programs that would help it compete with NBC and CBS, ABC's management believed that sports could be a major catalyst in improving the network's market share. Due to pressure from film studios wanting to increase their production, as the major networks began airing theatrically released films, [78] ABC joined CBS and NBC in broadcasting films on Sunday nights in , with the launch of the ABC Sunday Night Movie , which debuted a year behind its competitors and was initially presented in black-and-white.

That year also saw the premiere of The Fugitive on September 17 , [81] a drama series centering on a man on the run after being accused of committing a murder he did not commit. The —65 season was marked by the debuts of several classic series including Bewitched on September 17 [82] and The Addams Family on September Arledge's success with acquiring prime sports content was confirmed in when he was appointed vice-president of ABC Sports. It was not until the —66 season that color became the dominant format for the three broadcast television networks.

ABC, meanwhile, remained in third place and still needed money to grow itself into a major competitor. However, ABC's issues with its transition to color became secondary compared to the network's financial problems; in , the network found itself, as Goldenson later wrote in the book Beating the Odds: This was followed up in July by The Newlywed Game , featuring three recently married couples who guessed the responses to their partner's questions some of which were fairly risque.

This operation allowed for the conversion of the premises at 66th Street into production facilities for television and radio programs. Turner , head antitrust regulator for the United States Department of Justice , expressed doubts related to such issues as the emerging cable television market, [92] and concerns over the journalistic integrity of ABC and how it could be influenced by the overseas ownership of ITT.

In July , ABC continued its acquisitions in the amusement parks sector with the opening of ABC Marine World in Redwood City, California ; [99] that park was sold in and demolished in , with the land that occupied the park later becoming home to the headquarters of Oracle Corporation. Neal to develop a format to compete with the new progressive rock and DJ -helmed stations. On the television side, in September , ABC launched the Movie of the Week , a weekly showcase aimed at capitalizing on the growing success of made-for-TV movies since the early s.

In , the FCC voted to pass the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules , a set of regulations aimed at preventing the major networks from monopolizing the broadcast landscape by barring them from owning any of the prime time programming that they broadcast.

In the early s, Michael Eisner , who joined ABC in , became the network's program development manager. In the spring of , Fred Pierce, the newly appointed president of ABC Television, convinced Fred Silverman to become the first president and director of programming of the independent television production subsidiary ABC Entertainment, created from the network's namesake programming division.

That same year, the network made the decision to compete with NBC's morning news-talk program Today. Its first attempt at such competition was AM America ; however, that show's success was not straightforward. First premiering in as Good Morning! Also, in the summer of , ABC discovered that its Cleveland affiliate WEWS-TV was producing its own morning program The Morning Exchange , which debuted in and was now locally pre-empting AM America ; it was the first morning show to utilize a set modeled after a living room , and established a concept now commonplace among network morning shows in which news and weather updates were featured at the top and bottom of each hour.

Discovering that their formats seemed to appeal to their viewers, [] the network became the first to adopt them for a new national morning show, Good Morning America , which debuted on November 3, Charlie's Angels and Three's Company which debuted during the —77 season were two prime examples of a trend among the major networks during the s known as " jiggle TV ", featuring attractive, often buxom, women in main and guest roles. For its part, the television network produced a few new hits during January saw the premiere of Roots , a miniseries based on an Alex Haley novel that was published the previous year.

Roots went on to become one of the highest-rated programs in American television history, with unprecedented ratings for its finale. The success of Roots , Happy Days and The Love Boat allowed the network to take first place in the ratings for the first time in the —77 season.

Meanwhile, ABC News , which formed as a newly separate division, sought to become a global leader in television news. The company first constructed a new story building on land previously occupied by an abandoned warehouse on the corner of Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street; the facility that was built in its place is nicknamed "7 Lincoln Square" although it is actually located at Columbus Avenue.

Meanwhile, a former parking lot, located at 30 West 67th Street, was transformed into an impressive story building. Both buildings were completed in June Several flagship series debuted on the network during this time including Dynasty , an opulent drama from Aaron Spelling that became a hit when it premiered as a midseason series in , five months before Spelling's other ABC hit Charlie's Angels ended its run.

In December , Thomas S. Murphy , chief executive officer of Capital Cities Communications , contacted Leonard Goldenson about a proposal to merge their respective companies. The merger shocked the entertainment industry, as Capital Cities was some 4 times smaller than ABC was at the time.

In February , Thomas S. As far as programming is concerned, four of ABC's marquee shows of the s ended their runs during the mids: Following the initial success of these series, ABC revamped its Friday night schedule around family-friendly comedies in the late s, culminating in the debut of the " TGIF " block which promotions referenced stood for "Thank Goodness It's Funny".

The television network's restructuring program, launched in , helped with the purchases and exchanges of nearly 70 stations during the late s, and aided in increasing its ratings by more than 2 million viewers.

In , Thomas S. Murphy delegated his position as president to Daniel B. In September , the network premiered Home Improvement , a sitcom starring stand-up comic Tim Allen centering on the family and work life of an accident-prone host of a cable-access home improvement show. Lasting eight seasons, its success led ABC to greenlight additional sitcom projects helmed by comedians during the s including The Drew Carey Show ; Brett Butler vehicle Grace Under Fire ; and Ellen , which became notable for a episode which served as the coming out of series star Ellen DeGeneres as well as her character in the series as a lesbian.

In , the FCC repealed the Financial Interest and Syndication Rules, once again allowing networks to hold interests in television production studios. In , ABC premiered the Aaron Sorkin -created sitcom Sports Night , centering on the travails of the staff of a SportsCenter -style sports news program; despite earning critical praise and multiple Emmy Awards , the series was cancelled in after two seasons. Hosted throughout its ABC tenure by Regis Philbin , the program became a major ratings success throughout its initial summer run, which led ABC to renew Millionaire as a regular series, returning on January 18, At its peak, the program aired as much as six nights a week.

Millionaire ended its run on the network's primetime lineup after three years in , and in September of that year, Buena Vista Television relaunched the show as a syndicated program which throughout its run starred various hosts, of whom the first and longest-tenured, Meredith Vieira , became the first woman to win multiple Emmy Awards for hosting a game show. The network had earlier reached an eleventh-hour deal to renew its carriage agreement with the provider on December 31, Networks affiliates approved a two-year affiliate agreement in However, during the —05 season , the network experienced unexpected success with new series such as Desperate Housewives , Lost and Grey's Anatomy as well as reality series Dancing with the Stars , which helped ABC rise to second place, jumping ahead of CBS, but behind a surging Fox.

On October 19, , ABC announced the restructuring of the group into six divisions: Citadel eventually merged with Cumulus Media in September The Writers Guild of America strike that halted production of network programs for much of the —08 season affected the network in —08 and —09 , as various ABC shows that premiered in , such as Dirty Sexy Money , Pushing Daisies , Eli Stone and Samantha Who?

The program would become a minor success for the network during its initial six-episode run, which led ABC to renew Duel as a regular series starting in April However, Duel suffered from low viewership during its run as a regular series, and ABC canceled the program after sixteen episodes. In March , reports suggested that The Walt Disney Company was considering spinning off ABC into an independent company because "it [did not] add a lot of value to Disney's other divisions".

The network began running into some trouble in the ratings by That year, the sixth and final season of Lost became the drama's lowest-rated season since its debut in Ratings for the once instant-hit Ugly Betty collapsed dramatically after it was moved to Fridays at the start of its fourth season in the fall of ; an attempt to boost ratings by moving the dramedy to Wednesdays failed, with its ultimate cancellation by the network eliciting negative reaction from the public, and particularly the show's fanbase.

Among the few bright spots during this season were the midseason crime dramedy Castle as well as the success of two family sitcoms that anchored the network's revamped Wednesday comedy lineup, The Middle and Modern Family , the latter of which was both a critical and commercial success.

The network's troubles with sustaining existing series and gaining new hits spilled over into its —11 schedule: ABC's dramas during that season continued to fail, with the midseason forensic investigation drama Body of Proof being the only one that was renewed for a second season. Bill Gates calls for more global education assessments data Bill Gates is rallying behind school quality in developing nations with a push for more assessment data, a new initiative that links the Microsoft Renault-Nissan to use Android system in its dashboards The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, one of the world's top-selling auto groups, has decided to go with Google's Android operating system to run Will flying cars take off?

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Please, please, please bring it back. All I know is we do NOT need another news show! We hear enough news all morning and later afternoon. Pretty soon channel 7 will be news all day, every day and you will keep continuing to lose more and more viewers, just like ME!

Please bring back The Chew. I looked forward to that every week day. Ellen Why cancel two of your best shows? Deception and The Crossing. Deception was really fun and entertaining. The Crossing had interesting characters and lots of potential for new story lines. Finally some decent shows and poof — they are gone. Not much ABC in my future! No wonder your network is always last in the ratings!

Then to replace it with another hour of GMA is absolutely ridiculous!! Who ever is in charge of the programming should be fired. You will probably cancel GH hospital anyway to put on more news. You already have over 9 hours of news a day. I totally agree with you!! Dont cancel The Chew!!

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