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The CW Plus
The CW Plus.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNational
(available only in smaller television markets)
NetworkThe CW
Affiliates(see section)
SloganDare To Defy
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i or 720p (HDTV)
(resolution varies depending on the affiliate)
Timeshift serviceThe CW Plus East
The CW Plus Mountain
The CW Plus Pacific (available as -1 timeshift for Alaska)
Ownership
OwnerThe CW Network, LLC[1]
(AT&T (via WarnerMedia) (50%)/
ViacomCBS (via CBS Entertainment Group) (50%))
History
LaunchedSeptember 18, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-09-18)
ReplacedThe WB 100+ Station Group (1998–2006)
Links
Websitecwplustv.com
Availability
Cable
Available through an OTA or cable-only affiliate in applicable marketsChannel assignments vary by local provider
Satellite
DirecTVChannel 394 (SD only)

The CW Plus is the national feed of The CW, owned by The CW Network, LLC (a joint venture between the WarnerMedia unit of AT&T and the CBS Entertainment Group unit of ViacomCBS, which each maintain a 50% ownership interest),[1] that is intended primarily for American television markets ranked #100 and above by Nielsen Media Research estimates. The service is primarily carried on digital subchannels and multichannel subscription television providers, although it maintains primary affiliations on full-power and low-power stations in certain markets serviced by the feed.

Along with airing the network's prime time, weekday daytime and Saturday morning programming, The CW Plus offers a master schedule of first-run, off-network and brokered programs available for syndication distribution that are acquired by The CW to occupy the remainder of the feed's weekly schedule. The CW handles programming and promotional services for The CW Plus at its corporate headquarters in Burbank, California (marketing services were handled through a separate division for the service until March 2008, when these operations were transferred to The CW's marketing department due to layoffs imposed by the network[2]); centralcasting operations for the CW Plus affiliates are hubbed at the California Video Center in Los Angeles.

Background

Pre-launch (The WB 100+ Station Group)

The CW Plus traces its existence to The WB 100+ Station Group (initially known as The WeB until March 1999), a similar national feed of CW co-predecessor, The WB Television Network, which began operations on September 21, 1998. Conceived under the same concept as Foxnet (developed by WB network co-founder and original president Jamie Kellner during his preceding tenure as the original president of the Fox Broadcasting Company), The WB 100+ was designed to distribute WB programming to small- and select medium-sized "white area" markets, primarily Designated Market Areas (DMA) ranked #100 and higher under annual Nielsen Market Universe estimates, that had five or fewer commercial television stations licensed within the designated market area through local cable providers (which owned affiliates of the feed individually or in consortiums, often entering into agreements with a local broadcast station to handle advertising and other management services for the WB 100+ outlet).[3][4][5]

By its design, the initial cable-only composition of The WB 100+ Station Group’s affiliate body acted as a workaround to issues that The WB had encountered since its December 1993 founding with securing broadcast affiliates; these difficulties resulted in The WB having to rely on the national superstation feed of Chicago affiliate WGN-TV (later WGN America, relaunched as NewsNation in March 2021) to distribute its programming to markets without existing over-the-air WB affiliates. (In certain “white area” markets, the only option for over-the-air carriage was to maintain a secondary affiliation with an existing network outlet, subjecting WB programs to being aired via tape delay outside of key timeslots.) Beginning in 2002, The WB 100+ added conventional broadcast affiliations in the few eligible markets that had at least five commercial stations; the feed continued to operate until The WB ended operations on September 17, 2006.

Development and concept

Logo for KDLH in Duluth, Minnesota. Similar logos are used by most CW Plus stations as well as some conventional CW affiliates.
Logo for KDLH in Duluth, Minnesota. Similar logos are used by most CW Plus stations as well as some conventional CW affiliates.

On February 24, 2006, one month after CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced the launch of the new network, The CW formally released a proposal to prospective affiliates announcing the creation of The CW Plus, a similar single-network feed for smaller markets – covering the same areas that were served by The WB 100+.[6][7] While there was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, most of them (particularly cable-only affiliates) ultimately did join the new service, and programming transitioned seamlessly from The WB 100+ to The CW Plus.

Since The WB 100+ was created before digital television was easily available in the United States, most WB 100+ stations were distributed exclusively via local cable television providers, with a few main channel affiliations on broadcast television stations.[3][5][8] With its launch, The CW (along with MyNetworkTV) became among the first conventional broadcast networks in the U.S. to fully utilize digital multicasting to gain over-the-air coverage in markets that did not have enough television stations to maintain a traditional main channel affiliation (Fox, The WB and fellow CW predecessor UPN had a few subchannel-only affiliates shortly before The CW launched, however over-the-air distribution in this manner was very limited at the time).[9] In several markets served by a CW Plus station, the current affiliate may not be the same as the prior WB 100+ affiliate. Some CW Plus affiliates are carried on a digital subchannel of a local broadcast station, whereas the prior affiliate of The WB 100+ was cable-exclusive. Certain cable-only affiliates of The WB 100+ have been replaced completely by either a subchannel or main channel broadcast affiliation when The CW launched or joined The CW Plus only for a broadcast station that managed or acquired it to begin carrying it over-the-air at some point after its launch.

As with The WB 100+, CW Plus programming is delivered through a data server network that originally digitally transmitted locally and national advertisements, promos, station identifications and customized logo bugs for each individual affiliate to headends within the master control facilities of a local station or the offices of the multichannel television provider operating the local affiliate. That was the case with The WB 100+, promotions for syndicated programs aired on The CW Plus omit affiliate references – either in the form of verbal identification or use of the affiliate's logo – in favor of network branding; the timeslot cards also only list airtimes based on Eastern and Central Time Zone scheduling, with the announcer being used to read the promo's airtime card only identifying that the program airs "[today/tonight/day of week] on The CW."

Programming is relayed to a wireless PC-based system that downloads (through a data feed distributed via satellite), stores and inserts advertising during program breaks controlled via a playlist over the satellite-delivered national feed to the individual affiliate's home market; the units also transfer program feeds via address headers disseminated to each affiliate based on their call letters, transmit advertisements and program promotions, and generate a log of ads that have previously aired. The cost of these units is partially reimbursed by The CW, with no more than 50% of the purchase cost paid by the affiliate. Affiliates sent log files of local advertisements over the Internet to a traffic management system located at The CW's corporate offices in Burbank, which handles trafficking, dissemination of the program feed and specified local insertion of advertisements and promotions to each affiliate. After The CW stopped providing support for the traffic system and commercial server in September 2009, responsibility for ad trafficking and insertion was transferred to The CW Plus' individual affiliates, although The CW continues to handle programming and transmission operations.

CW Plus stations are generally managed and promoted by a local affiliate of a larger over-the-air television station, which may produce some local programming (such as morning and/or prime time newscasts), telecasts of local sports events, or syndicated national sports broadcasts from either ESPN Regional Television or the ACC Network (or on some affiliates, from 2014 to 2016, the American Sports Network); some affiliates, however, are operated by a local cable provider.

CW Plus affiliates each have their own local branding, which is usually a combination of the CW name with either the parent station/cable franchise's city of license or a regional descriptor of the area (such as "Northland" for Duluth and northeastern Minnesota, as seen in the logo to the above left). Unlike its predecessor, The WB 100+ Station Group, The CW Plus does not use call signs used solely for branding and/or supplementary identification purposes in a widespread fashion; while many cable-only WB 100+-turned-CW Plus affiliates have stopped using fictional call signs (which were not assigned by the Federal Communications Commission, as the agency does not issue licenses to cable channels), a few have continued to use the ones they had used while part of The WB 100+ Station Group, mainly doing so merely for identification purposes in local Nielsen diary-tabulated ratings reports.

The CW Plus originally maintained a separate website featuring promotions for CW network programs, search maps for CW Plus affiliates, programming schedules customizable to an affiliate's local time zone, and still promotional ads for CW network shows and syndicated programs are seen on the CW Plus feed. In May 2014, YourCWTV.com was discontinued as a standalone website, redirecting to The CW's main website at CWTV.com. However, the websites of all CW Plus affiliates continue to be hosted on the YourCWTV.com domain, featuring much of the aforementioned content seen on the national website; as well as links to websites and social media pages operated by the affiliate or a parent over-the-air station, and links to the affiliate's contact information, advertising services and (where applicable) the main website of a parent broadcast affiliate. A separate website for the service was reinstated in September 2017, under the CWPlusTV.com domain.

Programming

The CW Plus operates three separate feeds for the Eastern, Mountain and Pacific Time Zones (the latter also acts as an hour-behind timeshift feed for the Alaska Time Zone with timeslot modifications for network daytime and certain syndicated weekend programs), and designs the master schedules of each feed so that The CW's broadcast affiliate feed aligns with the regional start time of the network's prime time programming slot; as such, The CW Daytime (which is scheduled to end in September 2021 as a trade-off to its affiliates tied to the planned expansion of its prime time lineup to Saturday nights beginning the following month[10]) and One Magnificent Morning blocks – which are designed to be tape-delayed – are aired an hour early, compared to their preferred scheduling, on affiliates in the Central and Alaska time zones. Syndicated programs broadcast on The CW Plus during non-network programming hours as of September 2020 include Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, Seinfeld, Black-ish, Family Guy, The Goldbergs, American Ninja Warrior, Schitt’s Creek, Bob's Burgers and Judge Jerry.

Like the predecessor WB 100+ Station Group, The CW Plus utilizes a dual programming structure differing from the traditional American broadcast programming model used by CW-affiliated stations in all but a couple of the Nielsen-ranked "top 100" television markets. To fill dayparts on The CW Plus not reserved to the main network feed, The CW – asserting programming acquisition duties traditionally handled by the local affiliate operator – purchases cash- and barter-sold programs distributed for first-run and off-network syndication to occupy most daytime and evening timeslots throughout the week, syndicated feature film packages to occupy afternoon and late access timeslots on Saturdays and Sundays, and paid programming purchased through time-buys with direct response infomercial production firms and teleministries to occupy overnight and some early afternoon timeslots.[6] The network's handling of these duties, along with the master schedule composition of the CW Plus feed, relieves the local affiliate's operator from needing to acquire and budget for syndicated programming to fill timeslots not occupied by The CW's designated network program blocks. Individual CW Plus affiliate operators handle advertising sales for local commercials inserted into the corresponding feed during designated ad breaks within network and syndicated programs aired on the service.

Prior to the debut of the Litton Entertainment-produced One Magnificent Morning block on the network in October 2014, the remaining two hours of programming that fulfill FCC educational programming guidelines which were not covered by The CW's predecessor children's program blocks – Kids' WB, The CW4Kids/Toonzai and Vortexx – was also taken care of by The CW Plus. However even after the debut of One Magnificent Morning, The CW Plus continued to offer syndicated educational programs on Saturday early afternoons immediately after the conclusion of the block, resulting the feed airing a net surplus of seven hours of E/I programming each week (five hours provided by The CW, and two hours supplied by The CW Plus) that far exceeded the FCC’s minimum three-hour requirement. The feed’s supplementary E/I content was reduced to just one half-hour in September 2015 (consisting solely of Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World) and was concurrently shifted to a Saturday late-night timeslot; the supplementary syndication E/I window was eliminated in September 2016, leaving the shows aired within the One Magnificent Morning block as the only educational programming offered by the feed.

Operators of local CW Plus affiliates (whether a parent broadcast station or cable franchisee) can substitute syndicated programs on the feed’s schedule with alternative programming if the local syndication rights to a particular program on the CW Plus master schedule are held by the parent station’s main channel (if it is not already affiliated with The CW Plus), by any additional subchannels offered by the parent station or by a competing station within the DMA. Optionally, CW Plus broadcast affiliates may offer programming from a multicast-originated network (such as MeTV, This TV or Antenna TV) on a part-time basis during the feed’s designated paid programming time, particularly if the network being sourced lacks an existing full-time affiliate within the DMA. (Monroe, Louisiana affiliate KCWL-LD – the only CW Plus affiliate to maintain a secondary affiliation with that service – has carried CW competitor MyNetworkTV in the subfeed’s late-night paid programming slot since 2017, as late-night slotting increasingly became a common fate for MyNetworkTV in the years since its 2009 conversion from a television network to a programming service.)

The CW Plus offers three designated "Live Local News Windows" – a weekday morning window from 7:00–8:00 a.m. in all time zones and half-hour evening windows scheduled, depending on the time zone, nightly at 10:00 or 9:00 p.m. and weekend evenings at 6:00 or 5:00 p.m. – as options for affiliates to air local newscasts (either produced by the parent station or a station co-managed with the local CW Plus outlet, or via a news share agreement with a competing network affiliate) at their discretion. Although The CW has never carried any national news programming of its own, The CW Plus had served as a national carrier of syndicated morning news/talk program The Daily Buzz, which aired on the feed from September 2006 until September 2014, eight months prior to the program's April 2015 cancellation. (The predecessor WB 100+ Station Group had originally acquired the national syndication rights for the program, which aired on that feed from September 2002 until its conversion into The CW Plus.[11][12])

Availability

A 2017 map of the network's national reach within the designated market areas served by it; from a map provided to the producers of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood announcing their airing on The CW Plus; the map has since been included in the "About Us" section of The CW Plus's website.
A 2017 map of the network's national reach within the designated market areas served by it; from a map provided to the producers of Championship Wrestling from Hollywood announcing their airing on The CW Plus; the map has since been included in the "About Us" section of The CW Plus's website.

As of 2021, The CW Plus has current and pending affiliation agreements with 123 television outlets encompassing 44 states and the U.S. territory of Guam, consisting of 121 broadcast affiliates (109 of which serve as subchannel-only affiliates and the remaining 18 being primary channel affiliations) and four cable-only affiliates. Counting mainly over-the-air affiliates of the service, The CW Plus covers an estimated national audience reach of 73,120,898 U.S. residents or 23.40% of all households with at least one television set.[13]

Availability of CW Plus stations through pay television services varies depending on the provider; while CW Plus outlets are usually carried by major cable, fiber optic and IPTV providers (including multiple-system and private cable operators) in markets served by a subchannel or cable-only affiliate of the service, some rural pay television franchises that do not carry a local CW Plus affiliate via an existing distribution agreement with a broadcast affiliate or through the absence of an agreement with the operator of a cable-only affiliate carry CW stations from adjacent larger markets.

In certain markets, satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network carry stations that maintain primary affiliations with The CW Plus – and in some cases, also carry a subchannel-only affiliate of the service – as part of their local station tiers; however in areas served by a cable-only or subchannel affiliate, subscribers of both providers can only receive out-of-market broadcast affiliates of The CW (DirecTV carries affiliates from neighboring markets that have main channel affiliations with the network in some smaller markets, with the provider's designated coastal network feeds – WDCW in Washington, D.C. (or KTLA in Los Angeles) – available in lieu of a local or nearby affiliate in others; Dish Network provides CW programming to its subscribers in smaller markets through Nexstar Media Group-owned affiliates KTLA/Los Angeles and KWGN-TV/Denver and Mission Broadcasting-owned/Nexstar-operated affiliate WPIX/New York City (all of which were previously owned by Tribune Broadcasting until the closure of Nexstar's acquisition of its corporate parent, Tribune Media, in September 2019), which are available as part of its a la carte superstation tier.

Since the conversion of the CW Plus feeds to a high definition schedule in June 2012, many of The CW Plus's stations have converted to carrying the high definition feed on an over-the-air signal, though it is usually transmitted in 720p rather than the network's 1080i master resolution due to technical considerations for their parent station's main network feed – except in the few markets where a CW Plus broadcast affiliate does not also have an affiliation with a major broadcast network – on their primary channel. Before that, the parent stations also carried the main CW signal in HD mixed with the CW Plus schedule to provide high definition programming from the network to local cable and satellite providers.

List of The CW Plus affiliates

Designated market area (DMA) rankings are based on Nielsen estimates for the 2020–21 television season.[14]

DMA Market Station[15] Nielsen
call letters
Year of
affiliation
Former affiliation Ownership
85 BrownsvilleMcAllenHarlingen, Texas KCWT-CD 21
KMBH (LD2) 67.21
KXFX (CD2) 67.21
XHRIO-TDT 15.11
N 2011
(KCWT-CD)
2006
(KMBH-LD2)
2016
(XHRIO)
Telefutura
(KCWT-CD)
The WB
(KMBH-LD2)
MundoMax
(XHRIO)
Entravision Communications
89 Charleston, South Carolina WCBD (DT2) 2.21 ECBD 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
91 Savannah, Georgia WSAV (DT2) 3.2 ESAV 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
95 Fort SmithFayetteville, Arkansas KHBS (DT2) 40.21
KHOG (DT2) 29.21
NHBS
NHOG
2008 none Hearst Television
96 Burlington, VermontPlattsburgh, New York WNNE 31 N 2018 NBC
(as semi-satellite of WPTZ)
Hearst Television
99 FlorenceMyrtle Beach, South Carolina WWMB (DT2) 21.2 1, 6 EWMB 2006 UPN Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated through local marketing agreement with the Sinclair Broadcast Group)
100 Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia
Johnson CityKingsport, Tennessee
served by WCYB (DT2); syndicated programming on the subchannel is supplied by WCYB owner Sinclair Broadcast Group
101 Boise, Idaho KYUU-LD 35.1 N 2011 RTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
102 GreenvilleNew Bern
Washington, North Carolina
WNCT (DT2) 12.21 ENCT 2006 Weather radar Nexstar Media Group
103 Davenport, IowaRock IslandMoline, Illinois served by KGCW; syndicated programming is supplied by KGCW owner Nexstar Media Group
104 Reno, Nevada KRNS-CD 46
KREN (DT2) 27.2
1
N 2009
(KRNS-CD)
2006
(KREN-TV,
affiliated with
DT1 until 2009)
The WB Entravision Communications
105 Lincoln-Hastings-
Grand Island-Kearney, Nebraska
KCWH-LD 18
KNHL (DT3) 5.31
N
ONHL (KNHL-DT3)
2018
(both stations)
NBC (KCWH-LD; as simulcast of KSNB-TV/Superior)
none (KNHL-DT3)
Gray Television
106 Evansville, Indiana served by WTVW; syndicated programming is supplied by WTVW operator Nexstar Media Group through owner Mission Broadcasting
107 Johnstown-Altoona-State College, Pennsylvania WJAC-TV (DT4) 6.41 HJAC 2019 TBD Sinclair Broadcast Group
108 Tallahassee, FloridaThomasville, Georgia WTLF 24
WTLH (DT2) 49.21
N 2006 The WB WTLF: MPS Media, LLC
WTLH-DT2: New Age Media
(both operated through master service agreements by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
109 Sioux FallsMitchell, South Dakota KSFY (DT2) 13.2 NSFY 2012 none Gray Television
110 TylerLongview, Texas
LufkinNacogdoches, Texas
KYTX (DT2) 19.2 MYTX 2012 MeTV Tegna
111 Fort Wayne, Indiana WISE-TV 33 N 2016 NBC Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
112 Augusta, Georgia WAGT (CD2) 26.21 EAGT 2016 none Gray Television
113 Eugene, Oregon KMTR (DT2) 16.21 NMTR 2006 The WB Roberts Media
(operated under shared services agreement by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
114 Fargo, North Dakota KXJB (LD2) 30.2/28.21 NXJB 2016 none Gray Television
115 Lansing, Michigan WLAJ (DT2) 53.21 NLAJ 2006 The WB Shield Media, LLC
(operated through shared services and joint sales agreements by Nexstar Media Group)
116 SpringfieldHolyoke, Massachusetts WWLP (DT2) 22.2
WFXQ (CD2) 22.23
EWLP 2015 none Nexstar Media Group
117 YakimaPasco
RichlandKennewick, Washington
KIMA (DT2) 29.2 1
KEPR (DT2) 19.21
NIMA
NEPR
2009 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
118 Traverse CitySault Ste. Marie, Michigan WFQX (DT2) 32.21,3 EQFX 2018 MeTV Cadillac Telecasting Company
(operated under shared services agreement with Heritage Broadcasting Group)
120 Macon, Georgia WMAZ (DT2) 13.21 EMAZ 2006 The WB Tegna
121 Santa BarbaraSanta Maria
San Luis Obispo, California
KSBY (DT2) 6.21 NSBY 2006 The WB E.W. Scripps Company
122 Lafayette, Louisiana KATC (DT2) 3.21 NATC 2010 none E.W. Scripps Company
123 PeoriaBloomington, Illinois WEEK (DT3) 25.31 GHOI 2016 none Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
124 MontereySalinas, California KION (DT2) 46.21
KMUV (LD2) 46.21
NION 2006 none News-Press & Gazette Company
125 Bakersfield, California KGET (DT2) 17.21 NGET 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
126 MontgomerySelma, Alabama WBMM 22 N 2006 Daystar Bahakel Communications
127 Columbus, Georgia WLTZ (DT2) 38.21 ELTZ 2006 The WB SagamoreHill Broadcasting
128 Wilmington, North Carolina WWAY (DT3) 3.31 GWAY 2017 Cozi TV Morris Multimedia
129 La CrosseEau Claire, Wisconsin WXOW (DT2) 19.2 1
WQOW (DT2) 181
EXOW
EQOW
2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Allen Media Group)
130 Corpus Christi, Texas KRIS (DT2) 6.21 NRIS 2006 The WB E.W. Scripps Company
131 Amarillo, Texas KVII (DT2) 7.2
KVIH (DT2) 12.2
1
NVII
NVIH
2006 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
132 ChicoRedding, California KHSL (DT2) 12.21 NHSL 2006 The WB Heartland Media
133 ColumbusTupelo, Mississippi WCBI (DT3) 4.3 GCBI 2006 The WB Morris Multimedia
134 MedfordKlamath Falls, Oregon KTVL (DT2) 10.21 NTVL 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
135 ColumbiaJefferson City, Missouri KOMU (DT3) 8.31 OOMU 2006 The WB University of Missouri
136 WausauRhinelander, Wisconsin WAOW (DT2) 9.2 1
WYOW (DT2) 341
EAOW
EYOW
2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Allen Media Group)
137 Salisbury, Maryland WMDT (DT2) 47.21 EMDT 2006 The WB Marquee Broadcasting, Inc.
138 MidlandOdessa-Big Spring, Texas KCWO-TV 4.1 N 2019 NBC (as satellite of KWES-TV) Gray Television
139 Rockford, Illinois WREX (DT2) 13.21 EREX 2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Allen Media Group)
140 Duluth, MinnesotaSuperior, Wisconsin KDLH 3.1 N 2016 CBS Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
141 BismarckMinotDickinson, North Dakota KXMA-TV 2.1
KXMB (DT2) 12.2
KXMC (DT2) 13.2
KXMD (DT2) 11.2
N
NXMB
NXMC
NXMD
2016 none Nexstar Media Group
142 Topeka, Kansas KTKA (DT3) 49.31 MTKA 2009 none Vaughan Media, LLC
(operated under shared services agreement with Nexstar Media Group)
143 Monroe, LouisianaEl Dorado, Arkansas KNOE (DT3) 8.31 N 2014 none Gray Television
144 BeaumontPort Arthur, Texas KFDM-TV (DT2) 6.21 NFDM 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
145 Lubbock, Texas KLCW-TV 22 N 2006 The WB Gray Television
146 Palm Springs, California KCWQ-LD 2
KESQ (DT3) 2.3
2
N 2006 The WB News-Press & Gazette Company
147 Anchorage, Alaska KYUR (DT2) 13.21 NYUR 2006 The WB Vision Alaska LLC
(operated under joint sales and shared services agreements by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC)
148 Sioux City, Iowa KTIV (DT2) 4.21 NTIV 2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
149 Wichita Falls, TexasLawton, Oklahoma KAUZ (DT2) 6.21 NAUZ 2006 none American Spirit Media
(operated under joint sales and shared services agreements with Gray Television)
150 Rochester, Minnesota KTTC (DT2) 10.21 NTTC 2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
151 Erie, Pennsylvania WSEE (DT2) 35.21 ESEE 2006 none Lilly Broadcasting
152 Joplin, MissouriPittsburg, Kansas KFJX (DT2) 14.21 NFJX 2018 none SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(operated under shared services and joint sales agreements by Morgan Murphy Media)
153 Panama City, Florida WJHG (DT2) 7.21 EJHG 2006 The WB Gray Television
154 Albany, Georgia WGCW-LD 36
WALB (DT4) 10.42
N 2019 none Gray Television
155 Bangor, Maine WABI (DT2) 5.21 EABI 2006 The WB Gray Television
156 Terre Haute, Indiana WTHI (DT3) 10.31 GTHI 2017 Ion Television Heartland Media
157 BiloxiGulfport, Mississippi WXXV (DT3) 25.3 GXXV 2015 none Morris Multimedia
158 Idaho FallsPocatello, Idaho KIFI (DT3) 8.31 OIFI 2009 none News-Press & Gazette Company
159 Sherman, TexasAdaArdmore, Oklahoma KTEN (DT2) 10.21, 3 NTEN 2006 none Lockwood Broadcast Group
160 Gainesville, Florida WCJB (DT2) 20.21 ECJB 2006 none Gray Television
161 Missoula, Montana KPAX (DT2) 8.21 NPAX 2006 none E.W. Scripps Company
162 Binghamton, New York WBNG (DT2) 12.21 EBNG 2007 none Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
163 Wheeling, West VirginiaSteubenville, Ohio "WBWO" 18
(cable only)
N 2006 The WB Turnpike Television
164 BluefieldBeckleyOak Hill, West Virginia WVVA (DT2) 6.21 EVVA 2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
165 AbileneSweetwater, Texas KTXS (DT2) 12.21 NTXS 2006 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
166 Yuma, ArizonaEl Centro, California KECY (DT3) 9.31 OECY 2010 none News-Press & Gazette Company
167 Billings, Montana KTVQ (DT2) 2.21 NTVQ 2006 none E.W. Scripps Company
168 HattiesburgLaurel, Mississippi WHLT-DT2) 22.2 EHLT 2018 Ion Television Nexstar Media Group
169 Rapid City, South Dakota KCLO (DT2) 3.21 NCLO 2018 Ion Television Nexstar Media Group
170 ClarksburgWeston, West Virginia WVFX (DT2) 10.2 EVFX 2006 none Gray Television
171 Utica, New York WKTV (DT3) 2.31 EKTV 2017 MeTV Heartland Media
172 Dothan, Alabama WRGX-LD2 23.21
WTVY-DT3 4.31
ETVY 2006 UPN Gray Television
173 Lake Charles, Louisiana KPLC (DT2) 7.21, 3 NPLC 2017 none Gray Television
174 Quincy, IllinoisKeokuk, Iowa WGEM (DT2) 10.21 EGEM 2006 The WB Quincy Media
(sale pending to Gray Television)
175 Jackson, Tennessee WNBJ (LD2) 39.21 NNBJ 2018 none SagamoreHill Broadcasting
176 Harrisonburg, Virginia WSVW (LD2) 30.21 ESVW 2019 none Gray Television
177 Charlottesville, Virginia WVIR (DT3) 29.21
WVIR (CD3) 29.21
GVIR 2006
2019
The WB Gray Television
178 ElmiraCorning, New York WENY (DT2) 36.2 GENY 2006 The WB Lilly Broadcasting
179 Bowling Green, Kentucky WBKO (DT3) 13.31 GBKO 2006 The WB Gray Television
180 Watertown, New York WWTI (DT2) 50.21 EWTI 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
181 Alexandria, Louisiana KALB (DT3) 5.3 OALB 2015 none Gray Television
182 Jonesboro, Arkansas KAIT (DT3) 8.31 OAIT 2018 none Gray Television
183 Marquette, Michigan WBKP 5.1
WBUP (DT2) 10.2
N
DBUP
2006 ABC (WBKP)
none (WBUP-DT2)
Marks Radio Group
184 Bend, Oregon KTVZ (DT2) 21.21 NTVZ 2006 none News-Press & Gazette Company
185 ButteBozeman, Montana KXLF (DT2) 4.21
KBZK (DT2) 7.2 1
NXLF
NBZK
2006 none E.W. Scripps Company
186 Laredo, Texas KYLX (LD2) 13.21 NYLX 2015 none Gray Television
187 Grand JunctionMontrose, Colorado KJCT-LP (DT2) 8.21 N/A 2014 none Gray Television
188 Lafayette, Indiana WLFI (DT2) 18.21 ELFI 2017 none Heartland Media
189 Twin Falls, Idaho KMVT (DT2) 11.21 NMVT 2006 none Gray Television
190 Lima, Ohio served by WBDT, Dayton, OH (cable only)
191 Meridian, Mississippi WTOK (DT3) 11.31 GTOK 2006 none Gray Television
192 Great Falls, Montana KRTV (DT2) 3.21 NRTV 2006 none E.W. Scripps Company
193 Eureka, California KECA-LD 291 N 2014 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
194 Parkersburg, West Virginia WOVA (LD2) 22.21 EOVA 2018 none Gray Television
195 CheyenneScottsbluff, Nebraska KGWN (DT3) 5.31 OGWN 2006–2008,
2011–
none Gray Television
196 GreenwoodGreenville, Mississippi "WBWD"
(cable only)
N 2006 The WB Suddenlink Communications
197 San Angelo, Texas KTXE (LD2) 38.2 NTXE 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
198 Casper, Wyoming KCWY (DT2) 13.21 NCWY 2015 none Gray Television
199 Mankato, Minnesota KMNF (LD2)1, 7 N 2019 none Gray Television
200 Ottumwa, Iowa-Kirksville, Missouri KYOU (DT4) 15.41 QYOU 2018 Escape American Spirit Media
(operated under shared services agreement by Gray Television)
201 St. Joseph, Missouri KNPG (LD2) 21.21, 3, 5 NNPG 2012 none News-Press & Gazette Company
202 Fairbanks, Alaska KATN (DT2) 2.31 OATN 2006 none Vision Alaska LLC
(operated under time brokerage agreement by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, LLC)
203 Zanesville, Ohio "Zanesville CW 13"
(cable only)
WBZV 2008 none Charter Spectrum
204 Victoria, Texas KVCT (DT3) 19.31 GVCT 2018 This TV SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(operated under local marketing agreement by Morgan Murphy Media)
205 Helena, Montana KTVH (DT2) 9.24 NTVH 2015 none E.W. Scripps Company
206 Presque Isle, Maine WAGM (DT3) 8.31 GAGM 2018 none Gray Television
207 Juneau, Alaska KJUD (DT2) 8.21 NJUD 2006 none Vision Alaska LLC
208 Alpena, Michigan "Alpena CW"
(cable only)
WBAE 2006 The WB Charter Spectrum
209 North Platte, Nebraska KIIT (CD2)
(simulcast of KCWH-LD/Lincoln)
NIIT 2018 None Gray Television
210 Glendive, Montana served by KBZK (DT2), Bozeman, MT (cable only)
N/A Tamuning, Guam KTKB-LD 26.1 N 2009–2011,
2012–
Independent KM Communications
  • N Call letters used by the Nielsen Company are the same as their FCC-licensed callsign or are used for a cable-only WB affiliate for identification and diary registration purposes.
  • 1 These stations carry The CW Plus on a digital subchannel. In some of these cases, the channel listed is the actual digital channel (e.g. "13", not a virtual channel such as "27.2", for WKYT).
  • 2 Cable channel already operational, but not yet broadcasting via a digital subchannel. See also note 1.
  • 3 Local affiliate formerly operated as a cable-only channel.
  • 4 Local affiliate formerly operated as the main channel affiliation.
  • 5 KCWE is available over-the-air in the St. Joseph market, as are other local stations originating from Kansas City; KNPG-LD formerly operated as cable-only "WBJO" from its 1998 sign-on as part of The WB 100+ Station Group until News-Press & Gazette Company took over operational and advertising control of the channel and added it to KNPN's third digital subchannel in June 2012; it was then spun off into a separately licensed station as KBJO-LD owned by News-Press & Gazette in April 2014.
  • 6 WWMB is the only CW Plus subchannel affiliate that also maintains a primary CW affiliation on its main channel, the latter of which maintains a separate schedule of syndicated programming outside of CW network programming hours.
  • 7 In the Mankato market, Consolidated Communications carries cable-only "KWYE" as the CW affiliate for that provider's subscribers, whereas Spectrum carries Quincy Media-owned CW affiliate KTTC-DT2/Rochester, Minnesota as the CW Plus outlet for its subscribers.

Former affiliates

Market Station Former
affiliation
(before The CW Plus)
Ownership Years of affiliation Status
Albany, Georgia WSWG-DT3 The WB Marquee Broadcasting 2006–2019 Replaced by WGCW-LD & WALB-DT4 on April 22, 2019
Augusta, Georgia WAGT-DT2 The WB Gray Television 2006–2017 Defunct, replaced by WAGT-CD2
BiloxiGulfport
Long Beach, Mississippi
"WBGP"
(cable-only)
The WB Morris Multimedia 2006–2015 The CW is affiliated with WXXV-DT3
Binghamton, New York "WBXI" The WB Gateway Communications/
Spectrum
(Gateway's interest later transferred to SJL Broadcasting in 2000, and Granite Broadcasting in 2006)
2006–2007 Replaced by WBNG-DT2 in September 2007
Bismarck, North Dakota "KWMK"
(cable-only)
The WB Midcontinent Communications 2006–2016 Cable only; replaced by the KX Television group of stations[16]
BrownsvilleMcAllenHarlingen, Texas KNVO (DT4) 48.4 none Entravision Communications 2006–2016 Affiliation moved to XHRIO-TDT in October 2016;
Now an Ion Television affiliate;
This translator was replaced by KXFX-CD2
Burlington, Vermont
Plattsburgh, New York
WPTZ (DT2) 5.2 NBC Weather Plus Hearst Television 2013–2018 Subchannel is now a MeTV affiliate; The CW is affiliated with sister station WNNE
CadillacTraverse City
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
"WBVC"
(cable-only)
NBC Weather Plus Spectrum 2013–2018 Affiliation moved to WFQX-DT2
Eureka, California KUVU-LP 9 The WB Sainte Partners II, L.P. 2006–2014 Defunct; The CW is affiliated with KECA-LD
Fort Smith
Fayetteville, Arkansas
"KCWA"
(cable-only)
The WB Cox Communications 2006–2008 Defunct; replaced by KHBS-DT2/KHOG-DT2 in April 2008
Glendive, Montana CW Glendive
(cable only, formerly KWZB)
The WB Mid-Rivers Communications 2006–2017 Defunct; The CW is carried on cable only via KBZK-DT2
Grand JunctionMontrose, Colorado KJCT (DT2) 8.2 none Gray Television 2006–2014 Replaced by KJCT-LD2;
Now a Cozi TV affiliate
Hattiesburg/Laurel, Mississippi "WBH" 59
(cable-only)
The WB Waypoint Media 2006–2012 The CW then affiliated with WHPM-LD2
WHPM-LD2 (DT2) None Waypoint Media 2012–2014 The CW moved to WHLT DT 2 in 2014, duplicating the feed on sister station WJTV
Helena, Montana KMTF 10 The WB Montana State University 2006–2015 Station went dark on July 2, 2015, after Gray Television donated the station (now KUHM-TV) to Montana State University for pending integration into the Montana PBS member network;[17][18]
The CW is affiliated with KTVH-DT2
Idaho Falls/Pocatello, Idaho KPIF 15 The WB KM Communications 2006–2009 Defunct; became an RTV after disaffiliating from The CW, station license deleted in February 2011;
The CW is affiliated with KIFI-DT3
Jackson, Tennessee "WBJK"
(cable-only)
The WB Charter Communications 2006–2018 Defunct; replaced by WNBJ-LD2 in August 2018
Jonesboro, Arkansas "KJOS"
(cable only)
The WB non-ownership
(various cable systems)
2006–2018 Defunct; replaced by KAIT-DT3 in September 2018
Joplin, MissouriPittsburg, Kansas "KSXF"
(cable-only)
The WB Cable One 2006–2018 Defunct; replaced by KFJX-DT2 in August 2018
Lafayette, Indiana "WBI"
(cable-only)
The WB non-ownership
(various cable systems)
2006–2017 Defunct; replaced by WLFI-DT2
Lafayette, Louisiana KLWB 50 The WB Wilderness Communications, LLC 2006–2010 Operating as a MeTV affiliate;
The CW is affiliated with KATC-DT2
Laredo, Texas "KTXW" 19 The WB SagamoreHill Broadcasting 2006–2010 Replaced by KGNS-DT2
KGNS-TV (DT2) 8 The WB Gray Television 2010–2014 Subchannel became an ABC affiliate, replaced by "Laredo CW 19"
"Laredo CW 19"
(cable-only)
None Spectrum 2014–2015 Defunct; replaced by KYLX-LD2
Lima, Ohio "WBOH"
(cable-only from 2008-2010)
The WB Spectrum 2006–2010 Also broadcast on WLIO-DT2 until September 17, 2008, when the station joined Fox and MyNetworkTV
Defunct; replaced by WBDT
Lincoln-Hastings-
Grand Island-Kearney, Nebraska
"KWBL"
(cable only)
The WB Spectrum 2006–2018 The CW is affiliated with KCWH-LD and simulcast on KNHL-DT3
Macon, Georgia "WBMN" 3
(cable-only)
The WB Cox Communications 2006–2013 The CW is affiliated with WMAZ-DT2
Madison, Wisconsin WBUW 57 The WB Byrne Acquisition Group 2006–2016 The CW is affiliated with WMTV-DT2
Mankato, Minnesota "KWYE" 19
(cable-only)
(alternately served by KTTC-DT2, Rochester, MN [cable only])
The WB Consolidated Communications 2006–2019 The CW is affiliated with KMNF-LD2
MidlandOdessa, Texas KWES-DT2 9.2 None Raycom Media 2013-2019 The CW is affiliated with Big Spring-based KCWO-TV, a former satellite station for KWES-TV.
North Platte, Nebraska "KWPL"
(cable only)
The WB non-ownership
(various cable systems)
2006–2018 The CW is affiliated with KIIT-CD2
Ottumwa, Iowa-Kirksville, Missouri "KWOT"
(cable only)
The WB Mediacom 2006–2018 Defunct, replaced by KYOU-DT4
Parkersburg, West Virginia "WCWP"
(cable only)
The WB Suddenlink Communications 2006–2018 The CW is affiliated with WOVA-LD2
Presque Isle, Maine "WBPQ"
(cable only)
The WB non-ownership
(various cable systems)
2006–2018 Defunct; replaced with WAGM-DT3
Rapid City, South Dakota KWBH-LP 27 The WB Rapid Broadcasting 2006–2018 The CW is affiliated with KCLO-DT2
Rio Grande Valley, Texas "KMHB"
(cable only)
The WB Unknown 2006–2007 Defunct; replaced by KFXV-LD
St. Joseph, Missouri "WBJO"
(cable-only)
The WB NPG Cablevision/
Suddenlink Communications
2006–2012 Defunct; replaced by KNPN-LD2 on June 2, 2012
KNPN-LD2 26.2 The WB News-Press & Gazette Company 2012–2013 Replaced by KNPG-LD2 on March 7, 2013;
KNPN-LD2 continued to simulcast CW Plus programming (via KBJO-LD) until November 1, 2016, when it was replaced with a simulcast of CBS affiliate KCJO-LD
KBJO-LD 21 None News-Press & Gazette Company 2013–2016 Station relaunched as NBC affiliate KNPG-LD on November 1, 2016
The CW is affiliated with KNPG-LD2
San Angelo, Texas "KWSA"
(cable only)
The WB Unknown 2006–2006 The CW is affiliated with KTXE-LD2
SpringfieldHolyoke, Massachusetts "WBQT"
(cable only)
The WB Unknown 2006–2015 NBC affiliate WWLP assumed operations of "WBQT" in March 2015
The CW is affiliated with WWLP-DT2/WFXS-CD2
Traverse CitySault Ste. Marie, Michigan "WBVC"
(cable-only)
The WB Tucker Broadcasting of Traverse City, Inc. 2006–2018 Defunct; replaced by WFQX-DT2
Utica, New York WKTV-DT2 2.2 The WB
(cable only as "WBU")
Heartland Media LLC 2006–2015 Joined CBS November 22, 2015
The CW is affiliated with WKTV-DT3
Victoria, Texas "KWVB" 10
(cable only)
The WB Suddenlink Communications 2006–2018 Defunct; replaced by KVCT-DT3
Wilmington, North Carolina "WBW" 29/WWAY-DT2 3.2 The WB
(cable only as "WBW")
Morris Multimedia 2006–2017 Cable-only until 2013, with a shift from DT2 to DT3 on January 1, 2017, to accommodate WWAY's new DT2 CBS subchannel
Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California KSWT-DT 13.2 The WB Pappas Telecasting Companies 2006–2010 Subchannel is now silent; The CW is affiliated with KECY-DT3
Zanesville, Ohio "WBZV"
(cable-only)
The WB WHIZ Media Group 2006–2008 Defunct; shut down in 2008 by WHIZ-TV,
later replaced by "Zanesville CW 13"

See also

  • The WB 100+ Station Group – a predecessor of The CW Plus; most of the remaining cable-only channels and some over-the-air stations that are outlets of The CW Plus formerly served as affiliates of The WB 100+ Station Group
  • CW-W – a standard definition-only feed of KTLA/Los Angeles for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
  • CW-E – a standard definition-only feed of WDCW/Washington, D.C. for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
  • WGN America – a general entertainment cable and satellite network in the United States, which originally served as the national superstation feed of former WB/CW affiliate WGN-TV/Chicago; it served as a de facto affiliate of CW predecessor The WB for U.S. markets without an over-the-air affiliate from January 1995 to October 1999
  • Foxnet – a similar cable-only network for markets without a Fox affiliate, that operated from 1991 to 2006
  • Univision – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
  • UniMás – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
  • Telemundo – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
  • Azteca América – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
  • Estrella TV – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
  • CTV 2 Alberta – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in the Canadian province of Alberta; formerly Access
  • CTV 2 Atlantic – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in Atlantic Canada; formerly the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) and A Atlantic
  • Citytv Saskatchewan – a similar cable-only affiliate of City in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan

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