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Founded 1939
President Nina Tassler
Company Paramount Global
Notable Series 60 Minutes
The Big Bang Theory
Big Brother

CBS is a national broadcast network in the USA. The acronym originally stood for Columbia Broadcasting System but since 1974 is no longer officially an acronym as the network no longer has an affiliation with the Columbia brand now owned by Sony. The TV side was founded by William S. Paley in 1939; CBS radio was founded in 1927 by Columbia Records.



In April of 1927 the Columbia Phonographic Manufacturing Company (also known as Columbia Records but not affiliated with Columbia Pictures until Sony purchased both in the late 1980s) purchased the start-up radio network United Independent Broadcasters and renamed it the Columbia Phonographic Broadcasting System. It went on the air September 18, 1927 on flagship station WOR in New Jersey and 15 affiliates. A week later unable to sell enough ad time Columbia sold the radio network to William S. Paley who dropped the Phonographic portion of the title arriving at the acronym still used today. Paley used finesse in attracting advertisers to the network, stars to its radio shows and lining up affiliates in a hurry. Ten years later CBS would buy its former investor Columbia Records outright (it would later sell Columbia Records to Sony in 1988).

The TV component started in a limited capacity, airing one hour a day on New York experimental station W2XAB (today flagship WCBS/channel 2). CBS had bought Hytron laboratories to develop a color TV system, but their process was turned down by the FCC in favor of RCA (NBC's parent company). CBS lagged behind DuMont and NBC in shoring up programming, starting up new affiliates nationwide once NBC made black-and-white broadcast universal. One of those new affiliates was Los Angeles' KTTV/channel 11, in which CBS owned a 50% stake. Due to a duopoly law with DuMont, CBS would sell its stake in KTTV, buy DuMont affiliate KTSL/channel 2 and move CBS there. It was renamed KNXT (after its radio counterpart KNX). Today it is west coast flagship KCBS.

In the 1950s as CBS began to pick up steam, the famous Eye logo came into the fold. It was designed in 1951 by William Golden and was inspired by a Shaker drawing and a Dutch hex sign in Pennsylvania. CBS was still behind NBC when it came to color broadcasting; RCA had developed approved color cameras and CBS was not going to co-op with the competition. CBS continued in black-and-white through the mid 60s, except where sponsors would pop for the occasional nighttime special. By 1965, CBS had graduated to color but only by necessity.

During the ensuing decades, CBS had been owned by Westinghouse and Paramount-Viacom. They had been self-owned, having been divested from Viacom earlier in the 2000s but both companies are still technically controlled by Sumner Redstone's National Amusements. On May 4, 2006 CBS started their online content delivery site, innertube. In 2006, CBS and Time-Warner jointly launched The CW, a small network which launched that fall. CBS and Time-Warner each own a handful of CW affiliates. On August 13, 2019, CBS's parent company CBS Corporation and Viacom announced they would officially re-merge. The merger was finalized on December 4, 2019. The company, in which CBS will have a majority stake is now branded as Paramount Global.


Primetime Shows (2023-2024 Season)


Current series
Midseason series
Summer series (2024)
  • TBA
Canceled or ended in 2022-23


Non-primetime news
Daytime dramas
Daytime talk / game / reality shows
Late night shows
Saturday morning children's shows (CBS Dream Team)

Current Primetime Schedule

new encore premiere finale movie or special live local
Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30
Monday The Neighborhood Bob Hearts Abishola NCIS NCIS: Hawai'i
Tuesday FBI FBI
Most Wanted
Wednesday Survivor FBI: True
Thursday Young Sheldon Ghosts So Help Me Todd SEAL Team
Friday S.W.A.T. Fire Country Blue Bloods
Saturday Crimetime I Crimetime II 48 Hours
Sunday 60 Minutes The Equalizer Tracker CSI: Vegas

Current Non-Primetime Schedule

fictional scripted program
reality or game show program
news program
talk show program
sports program
educational or informational program
original movies
repeat or varied programming


Day 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30
Weekday CBS Mornings Let's Make a Deal (morning feed) The Price Is Right
Saturday CBS Saturday Morning Lucky Dog The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca Mission Unstoppable Pet Vet Dream Team Hope in the Wild Best Friends Furever with Kel Mitchell
Sunday CBS News Sunday Morning Face the Nation

Afternoon and Evening

Day 12:30PM 1:00PM 1:30PM 2:00PM 2:30PM 3:00PM 3:30PM 4:00PM 4:30PM 5:00PM 5:30PM 6:00PM 6:30PM
Weekday The Young and the Restless The Bold and the Beautiful The Talk Let's Make a Deal (afternoon feed) CBS Evening with Norah O'Donnell
Weekend Various Sports CBS Evening News

Late Night

Day 11:00PM 11:35PM 12:05AM 12:35AM 1:05AM 1:35AM 2:30AM 2:30PM
Weekday The Late Show with Stephen Colbert After Midnight Up to the Minute

Paramount Global owned-and-operated stations

Paramount Global owns and operates the following television stations:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Network
1 New York City NY WCBS-TV 33 2 CBS
2 Los Angeles CA KCBS-TV 31 2
3 Chicago IL WBBM-TV 12 2
4 Philadelphia PA KYW-TV 30 3
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KTVT 11
6 San Francisco CA KPIX-TV 29 5
7 Boston MA WBZ-TV 30 4
11 Detroit MI WWJ-TV 21 62
15 Minneapolis/St. Paul MN WCCO-TV 32 4
16 Miami FL WFOR-TV 22 4
17 Denver CO KCNC-TV 35 4
20 Sacramento CA KOVR 25 13
23 Pittsburgh PA KDKA-TV 25 2
26 Baltimore MD WJZ-TV 13

Paramount Global owned stations

Paramount Global owns the following television stations:

DMA Location Call Digital Virtual Network
1 Riverhead NY WLNY-TV 29 55 Independent
2 Los Angeles CA KCAL-TV 9
4 Philadelphia PA WPSG 33 57
5 Dallas/Ft. Worth TX KTXA 18 21
6 San Francisco CA KPYX 26 44
7 Boston MA WSBK-TV 21 38 MyNetworkTV
9 Atlanta GA WUPA 36 69 Independent
11 Detroit MI WKBD-TV 14 50
12 Seattle WA KSTW 11
14 Tampa/St. Petersburg FL WTOG 19 44
16 Miami FL WBFS-TV 32 33 MyNetworkTV
20 Sacramento CA KMAX-TV 21 31 Independent
23 Pittsburgh PA WPCW 11 19
27 Indianapolis IN WBXI-CA N/A 47 MTV Tr3s

(Figure in parenthesis indicates RF channel station will move to as part of the spectrum auction.)

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External Sites

Official website for CBS