ABC

The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American commercial broadcast television network that is owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, a subsidiary of Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered on Columbus Avenue and West 66th Street in Manhattan, with additional major offices and production facilities in New York City, Los Angeles and Burbank, California.

Since 2007, when ABC Radio (also known as Cumulus Media Networks) was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations almost exclusively to television. The fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world, ABC is often nicknamed as "the Alphabet Network", as its initialism also represent the first three letters of the English alphabet.

ABC originally launched on October 12, 1943 as a radio network, separated from and serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, which had been purchased by Edward J. Noble. It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC. In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that formerly operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, who had been the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series. In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80% interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's parent merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, and television and radio stations. In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company.

The television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. Most Canadians have access to at least one U.S.-based ABC affiliate, either over-the-air (in areas located within proximity to the Canada–United States border) or through a cable, satellite or IPTV provider; although most ABC programs are subject to simultaneous substitution regulations imposed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission that allow pay television providers to replace an American station's signal with the feed of a Canadian broadcaster to protect domestic programming rights and advertising revenue. ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007.

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  • Dancing with the Stars

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  • The Middle

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  • Modern Family

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  • American Idol

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  • Shark Tank

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  • Roseanne

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  • Fresh Off the Boat

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  • The Bachelorette

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  • Extreme Weight Loss

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  • The Bachelor

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  • Jimmy Kimmel Live

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  • 20/20

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  • Moment of Truth

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  • Celebrity Wife Swap

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  • Beyond the Tank

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  • Quantico

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  • Celebrity Family Feud

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  • Bachelor in Paradise

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  • Boston EMS

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  • Save My Life: Boston Trauma

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  • What Would You Do?

    What Would You Do?

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  • General Hospital

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  • America's Funniest Home Videos

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  • The View

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  • American Music Awards

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  • Country Music Association Awards

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  • Oscars

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  • Billboard Music Awards

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  • CMA Country Christmas

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  • Miss America

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  • Nightline

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  • The Chew

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  • CMA Music Festival

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  • Rock the Park

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  • My Diet is Better Than Yours

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  • Good Morning America

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  • American Athletic Conference Football Championship Game

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  • This Week with George Stephanopoulos

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  • Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People

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  • ABC World News Tonight with David Muir

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  • Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown

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  • Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin

    Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin

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  • American Housewife

    American Housewife

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  • The ESPYs

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  • America This Morning

    America This Morning

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  • To Tell the Truth

    To Tell the Truth

    Hosted by Anthony Anderson, To Tell the Truth is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved…

  • Match Game

    Match Game

    It's bawdy, irreverent and a whole lot of fun! The iconic panel game show returns to primetime, and…

  • ABC World News Now

    ABC World News Now

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  • Greatest Hits

    Greatest Hits

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  • People's List

    People's List

    The hour-long weekly program highlights the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle…

  • 72 Cutest Animals

    72 Cutest Animals

    What is the cutest animal in the world? Well that is a matter of opinion.Visually stunning and packe…

  • Good Morning America: Weekend Edition

    GMA Weekend expanded to seven days a week in September 2004, providing up-to-the-minute news, weathe…

  • Ten Days in the Valley

    Ten Days in the Valley

    Ten Days in the Valley follows Jane Sadler, an overworked television producer and single mother in t…

  • The Gong Show

    The Gong Show

    The Gong Show is an updated version of the original The Gong Show, created and produced by Chuck Bar…

  • The Good Doctor

    The Good Doctor

    Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life t…

  • The Toy Box

    The Toy Box

    The Toy Box is the ultimate toy-competition series, providing talented designers with the chance of…

  • Marvel's Inhumans

    Marvel's Inhumans

    Marvel's Inhumans explores the never-before-told epic adventure of the royal family including Black…

  • Steve Harvey's Funderdome

    Steve Harvey's Funderdome

    The inimitable Steve Harvey is hosting a new, groundbreaking show on ABC, Steve Harvey's Funderdome…

  • Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

    Kevin (Probably) Saves the World follows Kevin Finn, a cluelessly self-serving person who is on a da…

  • Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet

    Oscars Opening Ceremony: Live from the Red Carpet

    "Oscars® Opening Ceremony: Live From The Red Carpet," the ultimate opening event and highly anticipa…

  • Live From Hollywood: The After Party

    ABC announced today it will broadcast an Oscars® After Party, live, immediately following the 89th O…

  • People Icons

    People Icons

    ABC News and People are teaming up once again for a new limited primetime series titled People Icons…

  • Battle of the Network Stars

    Battle of the Network Stars

    Battle of the Network Stars is a new revival of the one-time staple, in which stars from across mult…

  • The Mayor

    The Mayor

    When an outspoken, idealistic rapper runs for office as a publicity stunt and actually gets elected…

  • The Off Season

    The Off Season

    Underwhelming and self-absorbed siblings Jack and Laurie think they've hit the jackpot when they inh…

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