List of former CBS television affiliates

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CBS (an initialism of its former name, the Columbia Broadcasting System) is an American broadcast television network that originated as a radio network in September 1927, and expanded into television in July 1941. Throughout its history, the network has had many owned-and-operated and affiliated stations.

This article is a table listing of former CBS owned-and-operated and affiliated stations, arranged alphabetically by state, and based on the station's city of license as well as its Designated Market Area; it is also accompanied by footnotes regarding the present network affiliation of the former CBS-affiliated station (if the station remains operational) and the current CBS affiliates in each of the listed markets, as well as any other notes including the reasons behind each station's disaffiliation from the network. There are links to and articles on each of the stations, describing their histories, local programming and technical information, such as broadcast frequencies.

The station's advertised channel number follows the call letters. In most cases, this is their virtual channel (PSIP) number, which may match the channel allocation that the station originally broadcast on during its prior affiliation with the network.

Former affiliate stations[edit]

Stations are listed in alphabetical order by city of license.

City of license/Market Station/Channel Years of affiliation Current affiliation Current CBS affiliate Notes
Abilene, Texas KRBC-TV 9 1953-1956 (secondary) NBC KTAB-TV 32 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KPAR-TV.
Sweetwater-Abilene, Texas KPAR-TV/KTXS-TV 12 1956-1979 ABC Part of the West Texas Broadcast Network, a group of CBS affiliates based at KDUB-TV/KLBK-TV in Lubbock. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KTAB-TV. KTXS-TV's secondary ABC affiliation (which it had been sharing with NBC affiliate KRBC-TV) then became its primary affiliation.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
Adams-Pittsfield, Massachusetts-Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
WROW-TV/WCDA/WTEN 41/10
WMGT/WCDC 74/19
1953-1977 (WTEN)
1954-1977 (WCDC)
ABC WRGB 6 (previously with CBS (secondary) from 1948-1953) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WAST as a result of an affiliation deal signed between ABC and WTEN/WCDC's incoming owners, Knight-Ridder.
Hagaman-Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York WCDB 29 1956-1957 Defunct Satellite of WCDA. Signed-off in 1957 when WCDA moved its transmitter from Herkimer to the hamlet of Vail Mills, rendering WCDB superfluous.
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York WAST 13 (now WNYT) 1977-1981 NBC Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WRGB, who were searching for stronger programming (at the time, NBC was in last place among the three major networks). WAST then changed its call letters to the current WNYT to reflect the new affiliation. The deal reunited CBS with its original Albany affiliate, since WRGB aired CBS programming on a secondary basis from 1948 to WTEN's sign-on in 1953.
Pittsfield, Massachusetts-Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York
WNYA 51
WNYA-CA 15 (now WEPT-CD)
2003-2007 (secondary) MyNetworkTV (WNYA)
AMGTV (WEPT-CD)
Secondary affiliation, with UPN (later MyNetworkTV) as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not aired by the network's existing affiliate WRGB, with whom it had a joint sales agreement. Disaffiliated from CBS in 2007 when WRGB ended its JSA with WNYA and delegated authority to air preempted CBS programming to CW affiliate WCWN, which it recently acquired from Tribune Broadcasting. (Note: WEPT-CD is now licensed to Newburgh, New York and is separate from WNYA, which was acquired by NBC affiliate WNYT in 2011.)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, New York TW3 (cable-only) 2005-2006 (secondary) Defunct Secondary affiliation (TW3 was an independent cable network); aired CBS Sports Labor Day coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships due to CBS's existing affiliate WRGB-TV airing the Jerry Lewis Labor Day MDA Telethon, and the inability of UPN (later MyNetworkTV) affiliate WNYA/WNYA-CA, with whom WRGB had a joint sales agreement, to air U.S. Open coverage due to new syndication debuts on that date.
Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico KOB 4 1948-1953 (secondary) NBC KRQE 13 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KGGM-TV.
Roswell-Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico KSWS-TV 8 (now KOBR) 1953-1956 (secondary) NBC (satellite of KOB) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KAVE-TV.
Carlsbad-Albuquerque-Santa Fe, New Mexico KAVE-TV 19 1956-1966 Defunct Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KBIM-TV. Subsequently became a satellite of ABC affiliate KMOM-TV in Monahans, Texas (now NBC affiliate KWES-TV in Midland, Texas). Eventually became a satellite of KOAT-TV (as KOCT) and ceased operations in 2011.
Santa Fe-Albuquerque, New Mexico KASA-TV 2 2006-2017 (secondary) Telemundo Secondary affiliation, with Fox as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by sister station and the network's existing affiliate KRQE. Disaffiliated from both Fox and CBS on January 18, 2017 upon the station's sale by current owners Media General to Ramar Communications, in one of several sales required by the FCC due to Nexstar Broadcasting Group's acquisition of Media General. KASA-TV took the market's Telemundo affiliation from new sister station KTEL-CD/KTEL-TV.
Alexandria, Louisiana KALB-TV 5 1954-1957 (secondary) NBC KALB-DT2 5.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1957; after that, CBS programming was provided on cable from KLFY-TV in Lafayette, KNOE-TV in Monroe, or WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge.
Ames-Des Moines, Iowa WOI-TV 5 (now WOI-DT) 1950-1955 ABC KCCI-TV 8 Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KRNT-TV due to KRNT radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network, leaving WOI-TV as a full-time ABC affiliate.
Atlanta, Georgia WAGA-TV 5 1949–1994 Fox (O&O) WGCL-TV 46 Disaffiliated from CBS in December 1994 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of WAGA-TV, and Fox.[1]
WJRJ-TV 17 (now WPCH-TV) 1969 (secondary) Independent Aired the CBS program Medical Center, which was being preempted by the network's then-affiliate WAGA-TV for a locally based movie.
WATL 36 1976-1983 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (WATL was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WAGA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1983.
WVEU 69 (now WUPA) 1985-1986 (secondary) The CW (O&O) Secondary affiliation (WVEU was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WAGA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 when the station began airing programs from the Home Shopping Network.
Rome-Atlanta, Georgia WAWA-TV/WTLK-TV 14 (now WPXA-TV) 1988-1994 (secondary) Ion Television (O&O) Secondary affiliation (WAWA-TV/WTLK-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WAGA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1994 when WTLK-TV became a country music video/infomercial-based station.
Augusta, Georgia WJBF 6 1953-1954 (secondary) ABC WRDW-TV 12 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WRDW-TV due to WRDW radio's long-time affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
Austin, Texas KTBC-TV 7 1952–1995 Fox (O&O) KEYE-TV 42 (O&O from 1999-2007) Swapped affiliations with Fox affiliate KBVO-TV in July 1995 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of KTBC-TV, and Fox.[1]
Bakersfield, California KJTV/KPWR-TV 17 (now KGET-TV) 1974–1984 NBC KBAK-TV 29 (previously with CBS from 1953-1974) Channel 17 originally began as an ABC affiliate, under the call letters of KLYD-TV. KLYD changed its calls to KJTV in 1969, and five years later, the station swapped network affiliations with KBAK-TV, with KJTV taking CBS. Over the course of its history, KGET is one of a handful of television stations in the United States (including crosstown KERO-TV), at one point or another, to have primary affiliations with all of the traditional Big Three networks.
KERO-TV 23 1984–1996 ABC Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KBAK-TV in September 1996, as a result of an affiliation deal between ABC and KERO's then-owner McGraw-Hill.[2]
Baltimore, Maryland WMAR-TV 2 1948–1981 ABC WJZ-TV 13 (O&O) Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WBAL-TV in 1981 over CBS' dissatisfaction with WMAR's frequent preemptions of network programs and the underperforming ratings of its newscasts.[3]
WBAL-TV 11 1981–1995 NBC Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995, and rejoined NBC (reuniting it with its original Baltimore affiliate) through a three-way network swap caused by E. W. Scripps Company's group affiliation agreement with ABC (which moved its affiliation from WJZ-TV to WMAR) and Group W's affiliation deal with CBS (which moved its affiliation from WBAL-TV to WJZ-TV).[4][5]
WBFF 45 1971-1986 (secondary) Fox Secondary affiliation (WBFF was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WMAR-TV (and later WBAL-TV). Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 to become a charter affiliate of Fox.
Bangor, Maine WTWO-TV/WLBZ-TV 2 (now WLBZ) 1955-1959 NBC WABI-TV 5 (previously with CBS (secondary) from 1953-1955) Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WABI-TV due to WLBZ-TV's association with WCSH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Portland.
Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas KBMT 31 (now on channel 12) 1954-1955 ABC KFDM 6 Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KFDM-TV. Ceased operations in 1956 due to the inability of television sets to tune to UHF channels without a converter, and returned to the air in 1961 on channel 12 as a full-time ABC affiliate.
Bend, Oregon KTVZ 21 1980-1997 (secondary) NBC KBNZ-LD 7 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1997 due to sufficient cable coverage for KOIN-TV, the CBS affiliate in nearby Portland (who had a translator in Bend that would itself become a separate CBS affiliate in 2008).
Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston, Alabama WAFM-TV/WABT/WAPI-TV 13 (now WVTM-TV) 1949–1954 (primary), 1961–1965 (joint), 1965-1970 (secondary) NBC WIAT 42 WAFM-TV/WABT was a primary affiliate during its first tenure with CBS (with a secondary ABC affiliation), and was jointly affiliated with NBC and CBS during its second tenure (as WAPI-TV). When WBMG signed-on in 1965 and took the CBS affiliation, CBS continued to allow WAPI-TV to "cherry-pick" its strongest programming until 1970 (when the Newhouse family signed an exclusive affiliation deal with NBC for WAPI-TV) due to its poor signal and because, at the time of WBMG's sign-on, UHF converters were still required to receive UHF television signals.
WBRC-TV 6 1954–1961 Fox (O&O 1996–2008) Disaffiliated from CBS due to an affiliation agreement signed between ABC and the station owners, Taft Broadcasting.
Tuscaloosa-Birmingham-Anniston, Alabama WCFT-TV 33 (now WSES) 1967–1996 (Secondary from 1967-1970) Heroes & Icons Disaffiliated from CBS in September 1996, and converted into a satellite station of W58CK (now WBMA-LD) through Allbritton Communications's group affiliation deal with ABC; station serves the Tuscaloosa area.
Anniston-Birmingham-Tuscaloosa, Alabama WHMA-TV/WJSU-TV 40 (now WGWW) 1969–1996 (Joint affiliation with NBC until 1970) Disaffiliated from CBS in September 1996, and converted into a satellite station of W58CK (now WBMA-LD) through Allbritton Communications's group affiliation deal with ABC; station serves the Anniston area.
Gadsden-Birmingham-Tuscaloosa-Anniston, Alabama WNAL-TV/WPXH-TV 44 1996-1999 Ion Television (O&O) Served as the CBS affiliate for northeast Alabama. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1999 to become an independent station, and eventually an O&O of station owner Paxson Communications' Pax TV network.
Bismarck, North Dakota KFYR-TV 5 1953-1955 (secondary) NBC (as part of NBC North Dakota) KXMB-TV 12 (Bismarck) / KXMA-DT2 2.2 (Dickinson) / KXMC-TV 13 (Minot) / KXMD-TV 11 (Williston) (as KX Television) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KBMB-TV.
Dickinson, North Dakota KDIX-TV/KNDX/KXMA-TV 2 1956-2016 The CW (via The CW Plus) Became a satellite of KOTA-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1966, and joined KX Television in 1970. Moved its CBS affiliation to its DT2 subchannel and joined the CW in 2016 to ensure must-carry status for the CW in Dickinson.
Williston, North Dakota KUMV-TV 8 1957-1969 (secondary) NBC (as part of NBC North Dakota) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation; eventually became part of the Meyer Television Network. Lost CBS affiliation when KXMC-TV signed-on semi-satellite KXMD-TV to serve the Williston area.
Boise, Idaho KUNB-LP 35 (now KYUU-LD 2008-2009 The CW KBOI-TV 2 Satellite of CBS's existing affiliate (and KUNB-LP's sister station) KBOI-TV. Broke from its KBOI-TV simulcast and disaffiliated from CBS in 2009 to become an affiliate of the Retro Television Network.
Boston, Massachusetts WNAC-TV/WNEV-TV/WHDH 7 1948–1961, 1972–1995 Independent WBZ-TV 4 (O&O) First disaffiliated from CBS in 1961, when it swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WHDH-TV. It rejoined the network in 1972 over CBS' complaints that WHDH's successors, WCVB-TV (which would eventually become an ABC affiliate), planned to heavily preempt CBS programming for local programming. Disaffiliated from CBS for good in January 1995, and swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WBZ-TV through an affiliation deal between WBZ-TV's owners, Westinghouse Broadcasting, and CBS.[6]
WHDH-TV 5 1961–1972 Defunct Ceased operations in 1972 as the result of a court order granting to Boston Broadcasters Incorporated a license to broadcast on channel 5, and underlying allegations of impropriety in the granting of the television license by the FCC. CBS refused to grant WCVB-TV an affiliation since it planned to heavily preempt CBS programming for local programming, and rejoined WNAC-TV. WCVB-TV subsequently joined ABC.
WIHS-TV/WSBK-TV 38 1966-1981 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (WSBK-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by CBS's then-affiliate WHDH-TV, and then by WNAC-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1981.
WQTV/WABU 68 (now WBPX-TV) 1979-1985, 1986-1987, 1993-1995 (secondary) Ion Television (O&O) Secondary affiliation (WQTV/WABU was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by CBS's then-affiliate WNAC-TV/WNEV-TV. As WQTV, disaffiliated from CBS in the fall of 1985, but rejoined the network in early 1986 due to financial problems. Disaffiliated from CBS again in April 1987 when the station was relaunched as a family-friendly independent station, but rejoined the network as WABU in 1993. Disaffiliated from CBS for good in 1995 as the result of an affiliation agreement between CBS and WBZ-TV owners Westinghouse Broadcasting, under which WBZ-TV would clear all CBS programming except in cases of breaking news.
Concord, New Hampshire-Boston, Massachusetts WNHT 21 1988-1989 Defunct Ceased operations March 31, 1989 due to low viewership and financial problems. Channel 21 allocation is now occupied by WPXG, a satellite of Ion Television O&O WBPX-TV.
Worcester-Boston, Massachusetts WHLL/WUNI 27 1987-1995 (secondary) Univision (O&O) Secondary affiliation; in later years Telemundo, and later Univision, was its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by CBS's then-affiliate WNEV-TV/WHDH. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 when WUNI became a full-time Univision affiliate. (Around that time, CBS signed an affiliation deal with WBZ-TV owners Westinghouse Broadcasting, under which WBZ-TV would clear all CBS programming except in cases of breaking news.)
Buffalo, New York WBUF-TV 17 1953-1954 (secondary) Defunct WIVB-TV 4 Secondary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation when WGR-TV signed-on and took WBEN-TV's secondary NBC affiliation, and WBEN-TV likewise became a full-time CBS affiliate. Channel 17 allocation is now occupied by PBS member station WNED-TV.
Butte, Montana KTVM-TV 6 1976-1984 (secondary) NBC KXLF-TV 4 (Butte) / KBZK 7 (Bozeman) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1984 as the result of an affiliation agreement between the network and Missoula's ABC affiliate KPAX-TV.
Casper, Wyoming KTWO-TV 2 1957-1980 (secondary from 1978-1980) ABC KGWC-TV 14/KGWL-TV 7/KGWR-TV 13 Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status and became a primary ABC affiliate in 1978, and disaffiliated entirely from CBS upon the sign-on of KCWY-TV.
Riverton-Casper, Wyoming KWRB-TV/KTNW 10 (now KFNE) 1957-1984 (secondary) Fox (satellite of KLWY, Cheyenne) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation; shared with CBS affiliate KTWO-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1984 and became a full-time ABC affiliate (CBS programming had already aired on KCWY-TV since 1980).
Charlotte, North Carolina WCCB 36/18 1964-1967 (secondary) The CW WBTV 3 Secondary affiliation (WCCB was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WBTV. Disaffiliated from CBS and became a full-time ABC affiliate in 1967 when rival NBC affiliate WSOC-TV (which shared ABC with WBTV and WCCB) signed a full-time contract with that network.
Chicago, Illinois WGN-TV 9 1948–1953 Independent WBBM-TV 2 (O&O) Shared with United Paramount Theaters-owned WBKB. Disaffiliated from CBS when WBKB was sold to the network as the result of UPT's merger with ABC. Subsequently moved its existing DuMont affiliation to primary status. Upon the demise of the DuMont network, WGN-TV became an independent station in 1956.
WFLD 32 1967-1970 (secondary) Fox (O&O) Secondary affiliation (WFLD-TV was an independent station); aired the final hour of CBS's Saturday morning lineup not cleared by the network's O&O WBBM-TV.
Cincinnati, Ohio WLWT 5 1948-1949 (secondary) NBC WKRC-TV 12 (previously with CBS from 1949-1961) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WKRC-TV due to WKRC radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
WCPO-TV 9 1961–1996 ABC Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WKRC-TV (which was previously affiliated with CBS from 1949 to 1961, thus reversing a 1961 switch between the two stations), as a result of an affiliation agreement between ABC and WCPO's owners, the E. W. Scripps Company.[4]
Cleveland, Ohio WEWS-TV 5 1947–1955 ABC WOIO 19 Disaffiliated from CBS after DuMont affiliate WXEL was sold to Storer Broadcasting, a company with strong ties to CBS. WEWS-TV's secondary ABC affiliation (which it had been sharing with WXEL) then became its primary affiliation.
WXEL/WJW/WJKW/WJW-TV 8 1955–1994 Fox (O&O 1997–2008) Swapped affiliations with Fox affiliate WOIO on September 3, 1994 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement with New World Communications, then-owner of WJW-TV, and Fox.[1]
Clovis-Portales, New Mexico-Amarillo, Texas KICA-TV/KFDW-TV 12 (now KVIH-TV) 1956-1979 ABC (satellite of KVII-TV) KFDA-TV 10 Satellite of CBS's existing affiliate KFDA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1979 when the station was sold to McAlister TV in Lubbock, and became a satellite of that city's ABC affiliate KAMC.
Elk City-Sayre, Oklahoma-Amarillo, Texas KSWB-TV/KFDO-TV 8 1961-1976 Defunct Initially licensed to Elk City; the station moved its city of license to Sayre when it became a satellite of Amarillo-based KFDA-TV. Sold to Stanley Marsh 3, owner of ABC affiliate KVII-TV, in 1976 and became a satellite of KVII-TV.
Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri KOMU-TV 8 1953-1955 (secondary) NBC KRCG 13 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KRCG.
Sedalia-Warrensburg-Columbia-Jefferson City, Missouri KMOS-TV 6 1961-1978 (secondary) PBS Satellite of KRCG. Broke from its KRCG simulcast, disaffiliated from CBS, and sold to Central Missouri State University in 1978, who converted the station to a non-commercial PBS member station in December 1979.
Columbia, South Carolina WCOS-TV 25 (now WOLO-TV) 4/1953-9/1953 (secondary) ABC WLTX 19 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WNOK-TV.
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas KDFW-TV 4 1949–1995 Fox (O&O) KTVT 11 (O&O) Disaffiliated from CBS in July 1995 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of KDFW-TV, and Fox. CBS then aligned with independent station KTVT as a result of an affiliation agreement between station owners Gaylord Broadcasting and the network.[1]
KTWS-TV/KDFI 27 1981-1995 (secondary) MyNetworkTV (O&O) Secondary affiliation (KTWS-TV/KDFI was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate KDFW. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 when the network affiliated with independent station KTVT.
Davenport, Iowa (Quad Cities) WOC-TV 5 (now KWQC-TV 6) 1949-1950 (secondary) NBC WHBF-TV 4 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WHBF-TV.
Decatur-Huntsville, Alabama WMSL-TV 23 (now WAFF 48) 1954-1963 (secondary) NBC WHNT-TV 19 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Shared in later years with ABC affiliate WAFG-TV. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WHNT-TV. (Note: WMSL-TV moved its city of license to Huntsville in 1969 and, as a condition, moved to its present channel 48 allocation.)
Huntsville-Decatur, Alabama WAFG-TV 31 (now WAAY-TV) 1959-1963 (secondary) ABC Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Shared with NBC affiliate WMSL-TV. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WHNT-TV.
Decatur-Springfield-Champaign-Urbana, Illinois WTVP 17 (now WAND) 1953-1959 (secondary) NBC WCIA 3 Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1959.
Springfield-Decatur-Champaign-Urbana, Illinois WICS 20 1953-1958 (secondary) ABC Carried a secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation, since WCIA's signal to Springfield (WICS' city of license) was marginal at best. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1958.
W49AA/WCFN 49 (now WCIX) 1967-2002 MyNetworkTV Satellite of CBS's existing affiliate WCIA; served the Springfield area. Broke from its WCIA simulcast and disaffiliated from CBS in 2002 to become a full-time UPN affiliate; a digital signal was then established with WCIA on DT2.
Denver, Colorado KFEL-TV 2 (now KWGN) 1952-1956 (secondary) The CW KCNC-TV 4 (O&O) Secondary affiliation, with DuMont as its primary affiliation; shared with KBTV. Disaffiliated from CBS when DuMont shut down in 1956 and became an independent station.
KBTV 9 (now KUSA) 1952 NBC Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KLZ-TV, due to KLZ radio's long-time affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
KLZ-TV/KMGH-TV 7 1952-1995 ABC Disaffiliated from CBS and joined ABC in September 1995, as part of a three-way affiliation swap between KMGH (CBS to ABC), NBC O&O KCNC-TV (NBC to CBS) and ABC affiliate KUSA (ABC to NBC) caused by a group affiliation deal between ABC and then-owner McGraw-Hill,[2] and a station trade between CBS and NBC tied to the purchase of NBC's purchase of Philadelphia O&O WCAU. CBS then sold majority control of KCNC to Westinghouse Broadcasting, with whom the network had an groupwide affiliation agreement. KCNC became a CBS owned-and-operated station when Westinghouse bought the network later in 1995.
Sterling-Denver, Colorado KTVS 3 (now KCDO-TV) 1963-1999 Independent Satellite of KFBC-TV/KYCU-TV/KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1999 when the station was sold to Newsweb Corporation, owners of UPN affiliate KTVD, and became a satellite of that station.
Detroit, Michigan WJBK-TV 2 1948–1994 Fox (O&O) WWJ-TV 62 (O&O) (previously with CBS (secondary) as WGPR-TV from 1975-1994) Disaffiliated from CBS in December 1994 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of WJBK-TV, and Fox.[1]
Mount Clemens-Detroit, Michigan WADL 38 1992-1994 (secondary) Independent Secondary affiliation (WADL was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not aired by the network's then-affiliate WJBK-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1994 when the network acquired WGPR-TV (who had also been airing network programming preempted by WJBK-TV) as a result of acquisitions stemming from a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of WJBK-TV, and Fox. (CBS had in fact approached WADL for an affiliation, but talks broke down when Adell Broadcasting, WADL's owners, made demands that CBS dubbed unreasonable.)
Duluth, Minnesota WFTV 38 1953-1954 Defunct KBJR-DT2 6.2 Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KDAL-TV due to KDAL radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
Superior, Wisconsin-Duluth, Minnesota WDSM-TV 6 (now KBJR-TV) 1954-1955 NBC Swapped affiliations with CBS affiliate KDAL-TV.
Duluth, Minnesota-Superior, Wisconsin KDLH 3 1955-2016 The CW Disaffiliated from CBS and moved its DT2 subchannel's affiliation with The CW to its main subchannel on August 1, 2016 as the result of a deal between Quincy Newspapers, incoming owners of KBJR, and SagamoreHill Broadcasting, incoming owners of KDLH (which KBJR was operating under a SSA), under which KBJR would wind up its SSA with KDLH within 9 months and exchange KDLH-DT2's CW affiliation to KDLH's main channel for that station's existing CBS affiliation.
Durham-Raleigh-Fayetteville, North Carolina WTVD 11 1958–1985 ABC (O&O) WNCN 17 Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WRAL-TV and became an ABC owned-and-operated-station as a result of the purchase of ABC by WTVD's then-owner Capital Cities Communications.
Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, North Carolina WRAL-TV 5 1985–2016 NBC Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WNCN due to the inability of WRAL-TV's owners, Capitol Broadcasting Company, to sign a new affiliation deal with CBS.
Fayetteville-Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina WKFT 40 (now WUVC-DT) 1989-1990 Univision (O&O) Simulcasted the entire schedule of CBS's then-affiliate WRAL-TV (including network programming) due to a severe ice storm which caused WRAL-TV's transmission tower to collapse. Broke from its simulcast with WRAL-TV, disaffiliated from CBS and returned to being an independent station in October 1990 when WRAL-TV finished construction on its new transmission tower.
Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville, North Carolina WRAZ 50 1995-2016 (secondary) Fox Secondary affiliation, with The WB (later Fox) as primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by then-CBS affiliate (and sister station) WRAL-TV in the event of breaking news, special events, etc. Disaffiliated from CBS in 2016 when WRAL-TV swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WNCN; WRAZ is now a secondary NBC affiliate.
Eau Claire-La Crosse, Wisconsin WEAU 13 1953-1958 (secondary) NBC WKBT-DT 8 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation when the Eau Claire market was collapsed into the La Crosse market, which already had a CBS affiliate (WKBT).
El Centro, California-Yuma, Arizona KECY-TV 9 1970–1982; 1985–1994 Fox KSWT 13 (previously with CBS from 1963-1970) Initially disaffiliated from CBS in 1982 to join ABC, but rejoined CBS in 1985. Disaffiliated again in 1994 as the result of a dispute between Robinson O. Everett (then-owner of KECY-TV) and the network, and joined Fox.
Erie, Pennsylvania WICU-TV 12 1949-1954 (secondary) NBC WSEE-TV 35 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WSEE-TV.
Eureka, California KIEM-TV 3 1953-1984 NBC KVIQ 19 Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KVIQ in 1987.
Evansville, Indiana WEHT 25 1953–1995 ABC WEVV-TV 44 Disaffiliated from CBS in December 1995, in a three-way network swap with WTVW (which switched from ABC to Fox) and WEVV (which switched from Fox to CBS).
Fairbanks, Alaska KTVF 11 1955–1996 NBC KXDF-CD 13 Disaffiliated from CBS and joined NBC when rival ABC affiliate KATN merged with Anchorage's KIMO and Juneau's KJUD to form "Alaska's Superstation" and dropped its secondary NBC affiliation.
KFXF 7 1996 (secondary) Defunct Carried a secondary CBS affiliation (with Fox as primary affiliation) from April to August 1996, while it was constructing K13XD to serve as a full-time CBS affiliate. On August 7, 1996, KFXF dropped its CBS affiliation when K13XD signed-on.
Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Arkansas KNAC-TV 5 1956-1958 Defunct KFSM-TV 5 (previously with CBS (secondary) from 1953-1956 and 1958-1971) Merged with rival NBC affiliate KFSA-TV (channel 22) in 1958. The new station operated using KFSA-TV's license, on KNAC-TV's channel 5 transmitter. (The station operated under the KNAC-TV call letters while the merger was being approved by the Federal Communications Commission.)
Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Arkansas KGTO-TV 36 1969-1973 (secondary) Defunct Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Ceased operations in 1973; channel 36 allocation is now occupied by KFFS-CD, a translator of MeTV affiliate KFDF-CD.
Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fayetteville-Fort Smith, Arkansas
KFPW-TV 40 (now KHBS)
KTVP 29 (now KHOG-TV)
1971–1978 (KFPW-TV)
1977-1978 (KTVP)
ABC Disaffiliated from CBS and became full-time ABC affiliates upon the sign-on of KLMN-TV.
Fort Smith-Fayetteville, Arkansas KLMN-TV 24 (now KFTA-TV) 1978–1980 Fox Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KFSM-TV, reuniting CBS with its original Fort Smith affiliate (KFSM-TV (as KFSA-TV) had previously been a secondary CBS affiliate from 1953 until the sign-on of KNAC-TV in 1956, and again from 1958 when the two stations merged to the sign-on of KFPW-TV in 1971).
Flint-Bay City-Saginaw, Michigan WKNX/WEYI-TV 25 1953–1995 NBC WNEM-TV 5 Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WNEM-TV through a three-station affiliation agreement with the Meredith Corporation tied to the renewal of CBS' affiliation with Kansas City affiliate KCTV.[7]
Fresno, California KMJ-TV 24 (now KSEE) 1953-1956 NBC KGPE 47 (previously with CBS from 1953-1956) Shared with future sister station KGPE. Disaffiliated from CBS and became a sole NBC affiliate upon the sign-on of KFRE-TV due to KFRE radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
KFRE/KFSN-TV 30 1956–1985 ABC (O&O) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KGPE and became an ABC owned-and-operated station as a result of the purchase of the ABC network by KFSN's then-owner Capital Cities Communications.
Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan WLAV-TV/WOOD-TV 7/8 1949-1960 (secondary) NBC WWMT 3 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1960 when the FCC combined the Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo markets (Kalamazoo already had WKZO-TV as a CBS affiliate).
Green Bay, Wisconsin WBAY-TV 2 1953–1992 ABC WFRV-TV 5 (O&O 1992–2007) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WFRV-TV as a result of CBS' purchase of WFRV-TV's owners, Midwest Radio and Television.
Greenwood-Greenville, Mississippi WABG-TV 6 1959 ABC WNBD-LD 15 Disaffiliated from CBS and became a full-time ABC affiliate due to complaints by WJTV in Jackson that WABG-TV was encroaching on its service area, since WABG-TV's signal reaches the far western fringes of the Jackson market. WJTV would remain the default CBS affiliate for the Mississippi Delta until WXVT signed-on in 1980.
Greenville-Greenwood, Mississippi WXVT 15 1980-2016 silent Signed-off the air when Northwest Broadcasting, which operated WXVT under a SSA, acquired the station from John Wagner. The WXVT intellectual unit, including CBS programming, was then moved to a digital subchannel of sister station and NBC affiliate WNBD-LD and mapped to WXVT's former channel 15.
Hagåtña, Guam KUAM-TV 8 1956-1995 (secondary) NBC KUAM-DT2 8.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Began sharing CBS when ABC affiliate KTGM when that station signed-on in 1987. Moved its CBS affiliation to a new low-power station in 1995 and became a full-time NBC affiliate.
KTGM 14 1987-1995 (secondary) ABC Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Shared with NBC affiliate KUAM-TV. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KUAM-LP.
KUAM-LP 20 1995-2013 Defunct Ceased operations in 2013 and absorbed into KUAM-DT2, which had simulcasted KUAM-LP since 2009.
Harrisonburg, Virginia WHSV-TV 3 1953-1963 (secondary) ABC WSVF-CD2 43.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1963; after that, WUSA in Washington, D.C. served as the default CBS affiliate for the Shenandoah Valley.
Hastings-Kearney-Grand Island, Nebraska
Hayes Center, Nebraska
KHOL-TV 13 (now KHGI-TV)
KHPL-TV 6 (now KWNB)
1953–1961 (KHOL-TV)
1956–1961 (KHPL-TV)
ABC KOLN 10 / KGIN 11 Disaffiliated from CBS to become full-time ABC affiliates (which KHOL-TV/KHPL-TV had been airing as a secondary affiliation), to make way for KGIN, a satellite of Lincoln-based CBS affiliate KOLN.
Houston, Texas KLEE-TV/KPRC-TV 2 1949-1953 (secondary) NBC KHOU 11 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KGUL-TV.
Alvin-Houston, Texas KTHT 67 (now KFTH-DT) 1986-1987 (secondary) Univision (O&O) Secondary affiliation (KTHT was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KHOU. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1987 to become a full-time Home Shopping Network affiliate as KHSH.
Katy-Houston, Texas KNWS-TV 51 (now KYAZ) 2005, 2008 (secondary) Azteca Carried CBS programming preempted by the network's existing affiliate KHOU, to allow that station to carry live coverage of Hurricanes Rita and Ike.
Huntington-Charleston, West Virginia WSAZ-TV 3 1949-1954 (secondary) NBC WOWK-TV 13 (previously with CBS from 1958-1962) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WCHS-TV.
Charleston, West Virginia WCHS-TV 8 1954–1958, 1962–1986 ABC Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WHTN (who would become WOWK-TV in 1975) in 1958. The swap was reversed in 1962 and WCHS remained with CBS for 24 years until 1986, when the two stations swapped affiliations again.
Indianapolis, Indiana WFBM-TV 6 (now WRTV) 1949–1956 ABC WTTV 4 / WTTK 29 Subsequently became an NBC affiliate (and would itself swap affiliations with ABC affiliate WTHR in 1979) after losing CBS to WISH-TV.
WISH-TV 8 1956–2014 The CW[8] Swapped affiliations with CW affiliate WTTV (and its satellite WTTK) on January 1, 2015, due to disagreements between the network and WISH station management over reverse retransmission consent compensation demands from its affiliates; WTTV assumed the affiliation through an affiliation renewal agreement with owner Tribune Broadcasting.[9]
Jackson, Mississippi WSLI 12 1953-1955 Defunct WJTV 12 Merged with NBC affiliate WJTV in 1955. WJTV's call sign and license was moved to WSLI's channel 12 allocation and took WSLI's CBS affiliation.
Jacksonville, Florida WJXT 4 1949–2002 independent WJAX-TV 47 Disaffiliated from CBS in July 2002 and became an independent station due to a dispute between Post-Newsweek Stations and CBS over the network's plan to require reverse compensation from its affiliates and demands for the station to limit network programming pre-emptions outside of breaking news and weather situations.[10] CBS moved to UPN affiliate WTEV-TV (now WJAX-TV),[11] while Fox affiliate (and eventual sister station) WAWS-TV (now WFOX-TV) picked up UPN programming on a secondary basis.
Johnstown-Altoona-State College, Pennsylvania WJAC-TV 6 1949-1953 (secondary) NBC WTAJ-TV 10 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WARD-TV.
WARD-TV/WJNL-TV 19 (now WPCW) 1953-1982 The CW (O&O) Disaffiliated from CBS in 1982 and became an independent station when the Johnstown market was collapsed into the Altoona/State College market, which already had a CBS affiliate (WTAJ-TV, which had long claimed Johnstown as part of its coverage area). (Note: Station is now licensed to Jeannette and serves as the Pittsburgh market's CW affiliate.)
Kansas City, Missouri WDAF-TV 4 1949-1953 (secondary) Fox (O&O from 1996-2008) KCTV 5 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KMBC-TV/WHB-TV.
WHB-TV 9 1953-1954 Defunct Shared the VHF channel 9 frequency with KMBC-TV through a time-sharing arrangement; KMBC-TV took over the allocation full-time in June 1954 when Cook Paint and Varnish, owners of WHB-TV, bought out Midland Broadcasting, owners of KMBC-TV.
KMBC-TV 9 1953–1955 ABC Initially shared with WHB-TV through a time-sharing arrangement, before KMBC-TV assumed the full-time allocation in June 1954. KMBC-TV swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KCTV the following year as compensation by CBS for KCMO-TV's owners Meredith Corporation losing its CBS affiliation on KPHO-TV in Phoenix, Arizona to KOOL-TV (now Fox O&O KSAZ-TV). (KPHO-TV would rejoin CBS in 1994.)
KCIT 50 (now KPXE-TV) 1969-1971 (secondary) Ion Television (O&O) Secondary affiliation (KCIT was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KCMO-TV. Signed-off in 1971 due to financial difficulties and increasing competition from KBMA-TV (now NBC affiliate KSHB-TV) and returned to the air in 1978 as religious independent station KYFC-TV.
Knoxville, Tennessee WBIR-TV 10 1956-1988 NBC WVLT-TV 8 (previously with CBS (as WTSK-TV/WTVK 26) from 1953-1956) Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate (and Knoxville's original CBS affiliate) WTVK on channel 26. Shortly after re-joining CBS, WTVK moved to channel 8 and became WKXT-TV.
Lafayette, Louisiana KADN-TV 15 1980-2005 (secondary) Fox KLFY-TV 10 Secondary affiliation; cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KLFY-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 2005.
K62DW/KLAF-LP/KLAF-LD 62/46 2000-2005 (secondary) NBC Secondary affiliation, with UPN as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KLFY-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 2005.
Lake Charles, Louisiana KTAG-TV 25 1953-1961 Defunct KSWL-LD 17 Ceased operations August 3, 1961 due to financial problems and the inability of television sets to receive UHF signals without the use of an adapter; after that, viewers were served by either KLFY in Lafayette or KFDM in Beaumont, Texas.
Lake City-Gainesville, Florida WBFL-LP/WLCF-LP 11 (now WMYG-LP) 2002-2006 MyNetworkTV WGFL 28 Repeater of the market's CBS affiliate WGFL in High Springs. Broke from its WGFL simulcast and disaffiliated from CBS in 2006 when The WB and UPN (with whom WGFL-DT2 had respective primary and secondary affiliations) merged to form The CW Television Network, and Fox formed MyNetworkTV to give affiliates not chosen by The CW an additional choice. WGFL decided to separate WLCF-LP and make it the market's MyNetworkTV affiliate (adopting its current call letters WMYG-LP in the process), while ABC affiliate WCJB-TV took the market's CW affiliation on a new second subchannel.
Lancaster-Lebanon-Harrisburg-York, Pennsylvania WGAL-TV 8 (now WGAL) 1949-1963 (secondary) NBC WHP-TV 21 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1963 when the Federal Communications Commission collapsed the Lancaster market into the Harrisburg-York market, who already had a CBS affiliate in the Keystone Network of WHP-TV, WLYH-TV, and WSBA.
WLYH-TV 15 (now WXBU) 1961–1995 Grit TV Served the Lancaster area as part of the Keystone Network, a semi-regional simulcast with WHP and WSBA (now WPMT) during the 1960s until both stations split from WHP and began maintaining separate program schedules, although all three stations carried common network and syndicated programs thereafter; disaffiliated from CBS in December 1995, and became a full-time UPN affiliate. Coincidentally, WLYH was operated alongside WHP from 1995 until 2016 under a local marketing agreement.
WSBA 43 (now WPMT) 1961–1983 Fox Served the York area as part of the Keystone Network semi-regional simulcast with WHP and WLYH during the 1960s until both stations split from WHP and began maintaining separate program schedules, although all three stations carried common network and syndicated programs thereafter. Disaffiliated from CBS, and became an independent station in 1983.
Laredo, Texas KHAD-TV/KGNS-TV 8 1956-1973 (secondary) NBC KYLX-LD 13 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KVTV.
KVTV 13 1973-2015 Defunct Ceased operations July 1, 2015 when Gray Television purchased the station's non-license assets (including its programming and CBS affiliation) from Eagle Creek Broadcasting of Texas and moved them to KNEX-LP (who had simulcast KVTV as part of its digital signal testing), which Gray had also purchased from Eagle Creek.
Lexington, Kentucky WLEX-TV 18 1955-1957, 1958-1968 (both secondary) NBC WKYT-TV 27 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WKXP-TV, but regained it when WKYT-TV relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status and became a primary ABC affiliate. Left CBS for good in 1968 when WBLG-TV signed-on and took WKYT-TV's ABC affiliation, leaving that station to become a full-time CBS affiliate.
Lima, Ohio WLOK-TV/WIMA-TV 73/35 (now WLIO 8) 1953-1972 (secondary) NBC WLMO-LP 38 / WOHL-CD2 35.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1972, shortly after the station was sold to Lima Communications Corporation (a joint venture of The Toledo Blade and Midwestern Broadcasting).
Little Rock, Arkansas KRTV 19 1953-1954 Defunct KTHV 11 Ceased operations in 1954 due to financial difficulties stemming from the loss of its CBS affiliation to KATV.
KATV 7 1953-1955 ABC Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KTHV due to KTHV's then-sister station KTHS's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network. KATV's secondary affiliation with ABC then became its primary affiliation.
Longview-Tyler, Texas KTVE 32 1953-1955 Defunct KYTX 19 Carried CBS programs on kinescopes. Ceased broadcasting on December 23, 1955, citing declining audiences and low profits.[12]
Tyler-Longview, Texas KLTV 7 1954-1984 ABC Also carried affiliations with NBC and ABC. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KLMG-TV.
Lufkin-Nacogdoches-Tyler-Longview, Texas KTRE 9 1955-1984 (secondary from 1955-1964) ABC (semi-satellite of KLTV) Initially a satellite of KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, with secondary CBS and ABC affiliations, KTRE broke from its KPRC-TV simulcast and became a semi-satellite of KLTV when the Lufkin market was collapsed into the Tyler market in 1964. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KLMG-TV.
Longview-Tyler, Texas KLMG-TV 51 (now KFXK-TV) 1984-1991 Fox Disaffiliated from CBS and joined Fox in 1991; CBS would not have an affiliate in Tyler-Longview until KLSB-TV, a full-time satellite of NBC affiliate KETK-TV, was converted to a stand-alone CBS affiliate in 2004.
Los Angeles, California KTTV 11 1949–1951 Fox (O&O) KCBS-TV 2 (O&O) Originally co-owned by CBS and the Los Angeles Times. KTTV disaffiliated from CBS and became a DuMont affiliate when the network sold its shares in KTTV to the Times in 1951, in order to purchase KTSL (now KCBS-TV). KTTV became an independent station in 1954 when DuMont affiliated with KHJ-TV (now KCAL-TV, sister station to KCBS-TV).
Louisville, Kentucky WAVE 3 1948-1950 (secondary) NBC WLKY-TV 32 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WHAS-TV.
WHAS-TV 11 1950–1990 ABC Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WLKY-TV because of concerns by ABC over WLKY-TV's ratings.
Madison, Wisconsin WKOW-TV 27 1953-1956 ABC WISC-TV 3 Disaffiliated from CBS and joined ABC when WISC-TV signed-on and took the CBS affiliation.
Marquette, Michigan WDMJ-TV/WLUC-TV 6 1956-1992 NBC WJMN-TV 3 (O&O from 1992-2007) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WJMN-TV due to CBS's acquisition of the station's owners, Midwest Radio and Television.
Medford, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
KBES-TV/KTVM/KOBI 5
KOTI 2
1953-1983 (secondary from 1978-1983) (KOBI)
1956-1983 (secondary from 1978-1983) (KOTI)
NBC KTVL 10 Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status in favor of ABC in 1978, and swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KTVL (which also had a secondary affiliation with CBS) in 1983.
Memphis, Tennessee WMCT 4/5 (now WMC-TV) 1948-1953 (secondary) NBC WREG-TV 3 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WHBQ-TV.
WHBQ-TV 13 1953-1956 Fox (O&O from 1995-2014) Lost CBS affiliation when WREC-TV signed-on and took the CBS affiliation (due to WREC radio's longtime affiliation with the CBS Radio Network). WHBQ-TV's secondary ABC affiliation then became a full-time affiliation.
WPTY-TV 24 (now WATN-TV) 1978-1990 (secondary) ABC Secondary affiliation (WPTY-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate WREG-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1990 when WPTY-TV joined Fox.
Meridian, Mississippi WTOK-TV 11 1953-1980 ABC WMDN 24 (previously with CBS (as WHTV/WTZH) from 1968-1970 (secondary) and 1980-1991 (primary)) Disaffiliated from CBS and joined ABC, who were looking for an affiliate that could clear its entire broadcast schedule. WHTV, then a satellite station of NBC affiliate WTVA, then became a stand-alone station and took the CBS affiliation.
Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida WTVJ 4 (now on channel 6) 1949–1989 NBC (O&O) WFOR-TV 4 (O&O) Disaffiliated from CBS as a result of NBC's purchase of that station from Wometco Enterprises; CBS purchased Fox affiliate WCIX (now WFOR-TV) from Taft Broadcasting subsequently afterward. NBC's former affiliate WSVN, in turn, joined Fox.
WDZL 39 (now WSFL-TV) 1992 The CW Temporarily simulcasted the entire schedule of CBS O&O WCIX as a result of Hurricane Andrew which caused WCIX's transmission tower to collapse. Disaffiliated from CBS and returned to its normal programming (as an independent station) when WCIX established an emergency transmitter on a borrowed tower.
Coral Springs-Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Florida W55BO 55 (now WLPH-CD) 1989-1997 (O&O from 1989-1996) Newsmax TV/Gun TV (translator of WHDT) Translator station of CBS O&O WCIX/WFOR-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1997 and moved to North Miami to serve as a translator for independent station WHDT.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin WTMJ-TV 3/4 1948-1953 (secondary) NBC WDJT-TV 58 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WCAN-TV.
WCAN-TV 25 1953–1955 defunct Ceased operations when CBS acquired independent station WXIX-TV (now CW affiliate WVTV), and WCAN-TV owner Lou Poller sold the station's facilities to the network.
WXIX-TV/WUHF-TV/WVTV 19/18 1955–1959 (O&O); 1960-1981 (secondary) The CW The station moved to UHF channel 18 in 1958; it became an independent station in 1959, after CBS sold the station (which it purchased as part of an experiment regarding the viability of UHF stations as network-owned outlets) and affiliated with WITI. It regained a CBS affiliation on a secondary basis the next year, and cleared network programming not cleared by either WITI or WISN-TV until 1981.
WITI 6 1959–1961, 1977–1994 Fox (O&O 1997–2008) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WISN-TV in 1961; the swap was reversed in 1977 through an affiliation deal between CBS and WITI's then-owner Storer Broadcasting. Disaffiliated from CBS for the second time in December 1994 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of WITI-TV, and Fox.[1]
WISN-TV 12 1961–1977 ABC Swapped affiliations with CBS's then affiliate WITI-TV in 1961, with WISN becoming a CBS affiliate and WITI joining ABC; the swap was reversed in 1977 through an affiliation deal between CBS and WITI's then-owner Storer Broadcasting.
WCGV-TV 24 1981-1995 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (WCGV-TV was an independent station before joining Fox as a charter affiliate in 1986); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WITI. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 when the network signed with Weigel Broadcasting-owned independent station WDJT-TV (WCGV-TV had in fact been approached by CBS, but the station declined as it was planning to join UPN).
WYTU-LP 63 (now WYTU-LD) 6/2009-12/2009 (analog signal only) Telemundo Simulcast CBS's existing affiliate (and sister station) WDJT-TV on its analog signal for the benefit of viewers not yet prepared for WDJT-TV's conversion to a digital signal. Broke from its WDJT-TV simulcast and disaffiliated from CBS at the end of 2009.
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota KTMA 23 (now WUCW) 1989-1992 (secondary) The CW WCCO-TV 4 (O&O) Secondary affiliation (KTMA was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by WCCO-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1992 when the station adopted a family-oriented programming format; around that same time CBS was in the process of acquiring Midwest Radio and Television, owners of WCCO-TV.
Missoula, Montana
Kalispell, Montana
KGVO-TV/KMSO-TV/KECI-TV 13
KCFW-TV 9
1954-1965 (primary); 1965-1966 and 1976-1984 (both secondary) (KECI-TV)
1976-1984 (secondary) (KCFW-TV)
NBC KPAX-TV 8 (Missoula) / KAJJ-CD 18 (Kalispell) Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status in favor of NBC in 1965. Initially disaffiliated from CBS in 1966 when the Missoula market was combined with the Butte market, but rejoined CBS on a secondary basis (shared with KPAX-TV) in 1976 when KPAX-TV became a primary ABC affiliate. Disaffiliated from CBS for good in 1984 when KPAX-TV returned to a primary CBS affiliation.
Mobile, Alabama-Pensacola, Florida WALA-TV 10 1953–1955 (secondary) Fox WKRG-TV 5 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WKRG-TV.
Pensacola, Florida-Mobile, Alabama WEAR-TV 3 1954-1955 ABC Served as the CBS affiliate for the Pensacola market, however shortly after the station's sign-on the Federal Communications Commission collapsed that market into the Mobile market. Disaffiliated from CBS and elevated its secondary ABC affiliation to full-time status upon the sign-on of Mobile-based WKRG-TV.
Montgomery, Alabama WCOV-TV 20 1953–1986 Fox WAKA 8 Disaffiliated from CBS after WSLA-TV in Selma, itself a CBS affiliate, received permission by the FCC to build a taller tower to serve Montgomery. Subsequently became an independent station.
Nashville, Tennessee WSM-TV 4 (now WSMV) 1950-1953 (secondary) NBC WTVF 5 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WSIX-TV.
WSIX-TV 8 (now WKRN-TV 2) 1953-1954 (secondary) ABC Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WLAC-TV due to WLAC radio's long-time affiliation with the CBS Radio Network. WSIX-TV's secondary ABC affiliation (which it had been sharing with WSM-TV) then became its primary affiliation.
New Haven-Hartford, Connecticut WNHC-TV 6/8 (now WTNH) 1948-1956 ABC WFSB 3 Lost CBS affiliation when the network purchased ABC/DuMont affiliate WGTH-TV from a joint venture between The Hartford Times and General Teleradio, and became a sole ABC affiliate.
New Britain-Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut WKNB-TV 30 (now WVIT) 1953-1955 (secondary) NBC (O&O) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1955 since channel 30's signal could not cover southern Connecticut, unlike CBS's affiliate in New Haven, WNHC-TV.
Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut WHCT 18 (now WUVN) 1956-1958 (O&O) Univision Disaffiliated from CBS when the network decided that it would be better for them to affiliate with a VHF station, even if it was only an affiliate (since television sets were not required to contain built-in UHF tuners, WHCT had suffered in the ratings). CBS then aligned with independent station WTIC-TV, while WHCT was sold to a group led by Edward Taddei and became an independent station.
WTIC-TV 61 1984-1986 (secondary) Fox Secondary affiliation (WTIC-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate WFSB-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 when the station became a charter affiliate of Fox.
New Orleans, Louisiana WDSU-TV 6 (now WDSU) 1948-1957 (secondary) NBC WWL-TV 4 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. When WJMR-TV signed-on in November 1953, WDSU-TV was allowed by CBS to continue "cherry-picking" its strongest programming due to the inability of television receivers to receive UHF stations without the use of UHF converters. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WWL-TV.
WJMR/WVUE-TV 61/20 (now WVUE-DT 8) 1953–1957 Fox Lost CBS affiliation upon sign-on of WWL-TV; its secondary affiliation with ABC then became its primary affiliation.
WWOM-TV/WGNO 26 1967–1980's (secondary) ABC Secondary affiliation (WWOM-TV/WGNO was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate WWL-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in the 1980's.
New York, New York WABD 5 (now WNYW) 1947 (secondary) Fox (O&O) WCBS-TV 2 (O&O) Simulcasted CBS Sports coverage of the 1947 World Series in which the New York Yankees played due to Major League Baseball regulations at the time allowing participating teams' television flagships to broadcast World Series games (WABD was the television flagship of the Yankees at the time).
Kingston-New York, New York WKNY-TV 66 1954-1956 Defunct Part of the New York City television market. Also carried affiliations with ABC, NBC and DuMont. Left the air in 1956.
New York, New York W53AA 53 (now WKOB-LD 42) 1970-1989 (O&O from 1970-1987; as translator of WCBS-TV) Ethnic independent Translator of CBS's flagship station, WCBS-TV. Sold by then-owners Accord Communications to Pan-Asian Communications in 1989, disaffiliated from CBS, and became an ethnic television station.
Oak Hill-Beckley-Bluefield, West Virginia WOAY-TV 4 (now on channel 50) 1959-early 1970's ABC WVNS-TV 59 Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Reduced its CBS affiliation to the CBS Evening News and Captain Kangaroo in 1967 when WOAY-TV became a full-time ABC affiliate, and disaffiliated entirely from CBS in the early 1970's; after that, WCHS-TV in Charleston served the Bluefield area on cable.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma WKY-TV 4 (now KFOR-TV) 1949–1953 (secondary) NBC KWTV-DT 9 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon sign-on of KWTV due to KWTV's sister radio station KOMA's long-time affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
Omaha, Nebraska WOW-TV/WOWT 6 1956-1986 NBC KMTV-TV 3 (previously with CBS (as KMTV) from 1949-1956) Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KMTV, reversing an affiliation swap that took place in 1956 and reuniting CBS with its original Omaha affiliate (KMTV was previously affiliated with CBS from 1949-1956).
Panama City, Florida WJDM-TV/WJHG-TV 7 1953-1961 (secondary) NBC WECP-LD 18 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1961; after that, future sister station WTVY in Dothan, Alabama served as the default CBS affiliate for the Panama City area.
Parkersburg, West Virginia-Marietta, Ohio WTAP-TV 15 1957-1970 (secondary) NBC WIYE-LD 47 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as primary affiliation. Dropped its secondary affiliations (including CBS) in 1970.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WCAU 10 1948–1995 (O&O 1958–1995) NBC (O&O) KYW-TV 3 (O&O) Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KYW-TV and sold to NBC (making WCAU a NBC O&O) as a result of Westinghouse Broadcasting's groupwide affiliation deal with CBS. This also resulted in a station swap between both networks where NBC traded its O&O's KUTV in Salt Lake City and KCNC in Denver to CBS/Westinghouse, and CBS and NBC swapped the transmitter facilities of their respective O&O's in Miami, WCIX (now WFOR-TV) and WTVJ. When Westinghouse bought CBS in late 1995, KYW became a CBS O&O.
Atlantic City, New Jersey-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WFPG-TV 46 1952-1954 (secondary) Defunct Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Ceased operations May 17, 1954 due to dwindling market share as a result of VHF stations in Philadelphia (including WCAU-TV, CBS's then-Philadelphia affiliate) increasing transmission power. (Shortly after the demise of WFPG-TV, the FCC collapsed Atlantic City into the Philadelphia market.)
Reading-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania WHUM-TV 61 1953-1956 Defunct Ceased operations in 1956 due to dwindling market share as a result of VHF stations in Philadelphia (including WCAU-TV, CBS's then-Philadelphia affiliate) increasing transmission power. (Channel 61 allocation is now occupied by Ion Television O&O WPPX-TV.)[13]
Phoenix, Arizona KOOL-TV/KTSP-TV/KSAZ-TV 10 1953–1994 Fox (O&O) KPHO-TV 5 (previously with CBS from 1949-1953) Disaffiliated from CBS in September 1994 and briefly became an independent station in the four months between CBS moving to KPHO (reuniting CBS with its original Phoenix affiliate) and Fox moving to KSAZ from incoming ABC affiliate KNXV-TV; station switched to Fox as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between the network and KSAZ's then-owner, New World Communications.[1]
KOY-TV 10 1953-1954 Defunct Shared operations on channel 10 with KOOL-TV. Sold its half of the channel 10 license to KOOL-TV in 1954.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania WPGH-TV 53 1974-1986 (secondary) Fox KDKA-TV 2 (O&O) Secondary affiliation (WPGH-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KDKA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 to become a charter affiliate of Fox.
WPTT-TV 22 (now WPNT) 1978-1991 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (WPTT-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KDKA-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1991 when WPTT-TV became a full-time Home Shopping Network affiliate.
Portland, Oregon KPTV 27 (now on channel 12) 1952-1953 (secondary) Fox (O&O from 2001-2002) KOIN 6 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KOIN-TV due to KOIN radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network.
Presque Isle, Maine WAGM-TV 8 1956-2006 (secondary from 1957-1959) Fox WAGM-DT2 8.2 Moved its CBS affiliation to its DT2 subchannel and joined Fox in response to the shutdown of the Foxnet national cable service.
Providence, Rhode Island-New Bedford, Massachusetts WJAR 11/10 1949-1955 (secondary) NBC (O&O from 1996-2006) WPRI-TV 12 (O&O from 9/1995-7/1996; previously with CBS from 1955-1977) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WPRO-TV.
New Bedford, Massachusetts-Providence, Rhode Island WTEV/WLNE-TV 6 1977–1995 ABC Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WPRI-TV in 1995 as a result of the network's purchase of WPRI-TV,[14] which it sold to Clear Channel Communications the following year due to its purchase of Boston affiliate WBZ-TV through its affiliation agreement with that station's then-owner Westinghouse (as FCC rules at the time prohibited common ownership of stations in adjacent markets with overlapping signals, with no consideration for a waiver for stations with large overlapping coverage areas).
Rapid City, South Dakota
Lead-Rapid City, South Dakota
KOTA-TV 3 (now KHME 23)
KHSD-TV 11 (now KQME 5)
1955–1970 (primary); 1976–1981 (secondary)
1966-1970 (primary); 1976–1981 (secondary)
MeTV KCLO 15 Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate KRSD-TV/KDSJ-TV due to complaints by NBC over its weak signal. (KOTA-TV/KHSD-TV thus became a joint primary of NBC and its existing ABC affiliation.) KOTA-TV/KHSD-TV rejoined CBS on a secondary basis (and left ABC in the process) in 1976 when the FCC stripped KRSD-TV/KDSJ-TV's license for the same reason. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1981 when the FCC approved a translator station for KPLO-TV in Reliance, a satellite of CBS' Sioux Falls affiliate KELO-TV.
KRSD-TV 7 (now KOTA-TV 3)
KDSJ-TV 5 (now KHSD-TV 11)
1970–1976 ABC Disaffiliated from CBS when the FCC stripped KRSD-TV/KDSJ-TV of its license due to unacceptable technical issues. Four months later, KEVN-TV/KIVV signed-on on KRSD-TV/KDSJ-TV's former channels. At the request of CBS' Sioux Falls affiliate, KELO-TV, the two stations took the ABC affiliation from KOTA-TV/KHSD-TV, while KELO-TV became the default CBS affiliate on cable and KOTA-TV/KHSD-TV took a secondary CBS affiliation for over-the-air viewers.
Reno, Nevada KZTV/KOLO-TV 8 1953-1972 ABC KTVN 2 Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KTVN due to a dispute between CBS and KOLO-TV.
Richmond, Virginia WRVA-TV 12 (now WWBT) 1956–1960 NBC WTVR-TV 6 (previously with CBS from 1955-1956) Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate WTVR due to concerns by CBS over WRVA-TV's low ratings.
Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia WSLS-TV 10 1952-1955 (secondary) NBC WDBJ-TV 7 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Shared in later years with ABC affiliate WLVA-TV. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WDBJ-TV.
WROV-TV 27 1952-1953 Defunct Ceased operations in early 1953; because television sets could not receive UHF channels without a converter, CBS allowed NBC affiliate WSLS-TV to "cherry-pick" the network's strongest programming. Channel 27 allocation is now occupied by Fox affiliate WFXR.
Lynchburg-Roanoke, Virginia WLVA-TV 13 (now WSET-TV) 1953-1955 (secondary from 1954-1955) ABC Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status (with ABC as its primary affiliation; shared with NBC affiliate WSLS-TV) when the Lynchburg market was collapsed into the Roanoke market, and disaffiliated from CBS entirely upon the sign-on of WDBJ-TV.
Rochester, New York WHEC-TV 10 1953–1989 NBC WROC-TV 8 Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WROC-TV as a result of NBC's dissatisfaction with WROC-TV's performance and constant pre-emptions of network programming.
WVET-TV 10 1953-1961 Defunct Shared operations on channel 10 with WHEC-TV. Sold its half of the channel 10 license to WHEC-TV and acquired NBC affiliate WROC-TV from Transcontinent Broadcasting on November 15, 1961.
Rockford, Illinois WREX 13 1953–1965 NBC WIFR-LD 23 Also carried programming from ABC and (until 1956) DuMont as secondary affiliations; became a full-time ABC affilIiate upon the sign-on of WCEE-TV (now WIFR-LD) in 1965.
Rome, Georgia-Chattanooga, Tennessee WROM-TV 9 (now WTVC) 1953-1954 (secondary) ABC WDEF-TV 12 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WDEF-TV. Station is now licensed to Chattanooga.
Sacramento-Stockton-Modesto, California KCCC 40 1953-1955 Defunct KOVR 13 (O&O) Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KBET. Channel 40 allocation is now occupied by Fox affiliate KTXL.
KBET/KXTV 10 1955–1995 ABC Disaffiliated from CBS to join ABC in September 1995 through a swap agreement between KXTV's then-owner Belo Corporation and KOVR's then-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group.[15][16]
St. Louis, Missouri KSD-TV 5 (now KSDK) 1947-1953 (secondary) NBC KMOV 4 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WTVI.
Belleville, Illinois-St. Louis, Missouri WTVI 54 (now KTVI) 1953–1954 Fox (O&O 1996–2008) Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KWK-TV. Subsequently elevated its secondary ABC affiliation to primary status. In 1955, the station reassigned its license to St. Louis from Belleville and modified its call letters to the current KTVI.
St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida WSUN-TV 38 1953-1955 (secondary from 1953-1954) Defunct WTSP 10 Lost its CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WTVT in April 1955. (Most of WSUN-TV's staff also moved to the new station.)
WTVT 13 1955–1994 Fox (O&O) Disaffiliated from CBS in December 1994 as a result of a groupwide affiliation agreement between New World Communications, then-owner of WTVT, and Fox.[1] CBS then aligned with ABC affiliate WTSP as a result of a group affiliation deal between CBS and Citicasters, while ABC joined former Fox affiliate WFTS-TV as a result of a group affiliation deal between ABC and the E. W. Scripps Company.
Sarasota-Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida WXLT-TV 40 (now WWSB) 1970's ABC Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WTVT.
Lakeland-Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida WTMV 32 (now WMOR-TV) 1988-1995 (secondary) Independent Secondary affiliation (WTMV was an independent station); cleared CBS programs not cleared by either its Orlando affiliate WCPX or its Tampa affiliate WTVT. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 when WTMV joined The WB.
St. Petersburg-Tampa, Florida WTTA 38 1991-1994 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (WTTA was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's then-affiliate WTVT. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1994 when WTTA acquired stronger programming as a result of former Fox affiliate WFTS-TV's affiliation deal with ABC.
Saint Thomas, Virgin Islands WBNB-TV 10 1961-1989 Defunct WMNS-LP 22/TV2 WBNB-TV was taken off the air in September 1989 when Hurricane Hugo destroyed the station's transmitter. For financial reasons, the station's owners, Benedek Broadcasting did not rebuild the facilities immediately. After a six-year wait, the Federal Communications Commission ordered Benedek to surrender WBNB-TV's license in 1995 on grounds of abandonment. CBS would not return to the Virgin Islands until 2001 when WVXF joined the network.
WVXF 17 2001-2009 This TV Disaffiliated from CBS and joined This TV July 1, 2009, shortly after the digital television transition. Local cable station TV2 then picked up the network, and entered into a LMA with Daystar affiliate WMNS-LP to serve over-the-air viewers.
Salinas-Monterey, California KSBW 8 1953-1969 (secondary) NBC KION-TV 46 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KMST.
Salt Lake City, Utah KSL-TV 5 1949–1995 NBC KUTV 2 (O&O from 1995-2008) Swapped affiliations with NBC O&O KUTV in September 1995, as a result of a station trade between CBS and NBC tied to the purchase of NBC's purchase of Philadelphia O&O WCAU. NBC also sold KUTV to CBS, who in turn sold majority control to Westinghouse Broadcasting (who had a groupwide affiliation deal with the network). When Westinghouse bought CBS in late 1995, KUTV became a CBS O&O.
St. George-Salt Lake City, Utah KUSG 12 (now KMYU) 1998-2008 (O&O from 1998-2007) MyNetworkTV Satellite of CBS affiliate (and from 1998-2007, O&O) KUTV. Broke from its KUTV simulcast and disaffiliated from CBS in 2008 to become a RTN affiliate.
San Antonio, Texas WOAI-TV 4 1949-1950 (secondary) NBC KENS 5 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of KEYL.
San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, California KSBY 6 1953-1969 (secondary) NBC KCOY-TV 12 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1969 when the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo markets were merged and KCOY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Santa Barbara, took the enlarged market's CBS affiliation, leaving KSBY as a full-time NBC affiliate and KEYT-TV in Santa Barbara as a full-time ABC affiliate.
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-San Luis Obispo, California KEYT-TV 3 1953-1969 (secondary) ABC Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1969 when the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo markets were merged. Santa Barbara's NBC affiliate KCOY-TV then took the enlarged market's CBS affiliation and San Luis Obispo's NBC affiliate KSBY (which aired CBS on a secondary basis) became a full-time NBC affiliate, in turn leaving KEYT-TV as a full-time ABC affiliate.
San Diego, California 4SD (cable-only) 2010 (secondary) Independent KFMB-TV 8 Secondary affiliation (4SD is an independent cable network); aired CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA college basketball game between the Connecticut Huskies and the Michigan Wolverines on January 17, 2010 due to CBS's existing affiliate KFMB-TV preempting the game to air a local pregame show for the San Diego Chargers' NFL playoff game against the New York Jets.
San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland, California KNTV 11 1955-1960 (secondary) NBC (O&O) KPIX-TV 5 (O&O) Secondary affiliation (KNTV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KPIX-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1960 when the station took an affiliation with ABC and began targeting the Monterey Bay market.
San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, California KEMO-TV/KTZO-TV/KOFY-TV 20 1974-1995 (secondary) Independent Secondary affiliation (KEMO-TV/KTZO-TV/KOFY-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programs not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KPIX-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 when KOFY-TV became a charter affiliate of The WB.
Seattle-Tacoma, Washington KRSC-TV/KING-TV 5 1948-1953 NBC KIRO-TV 7 (previously with CBS from 1958-1995) Lost CBS affiliation when KTNT-TV signed-on.
Tacoma-Seattle, Washington KTNT/KSTW 11 1953–1958, 1960-1962, 1995–1997 (primary); 1970's (secondary) The CW (O&O) KSTW had three stints as a CBS affiliate. As KTNT-TV, it lost the CBS affiliation and became an independent station in 1958 when KIRO-TV signed-on (due to KIRO radio's affiliation with the CBS Radio Network), but regained it two years later (shared with KIRO-TV) to settle an antitrust lawsuit filed by the station against CBS. The agreement ended in 1962, when it again became an independent station (but would clear CBS programs not cleared by KIRO-TV in the 1970's). KSTW rejoined CBS again in March 1995 through an affiliation deal tied to sister station KTVT's contract with the network, while KIRO became a charter affiliate of UPN;[17] KIRO rejoined CBS in June 1997, while KSTW assumed the UPN affiliation.[18]
Bellingham-Seattle-Tacoma, Washington-Vancouver-Victoria, British Columbia, Canada KVOS-TV 12 1955-1987 (secondary from 1979-1987) MeTV Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status in 1979 (and disaffiliated altogether in 1987, becoming an independent station) due to KIRO-TV claiming market exclusivity, as well as CRTC regulations seeking to increase Canadian content and reduce the number of American stations available on Canadian cable systems.
Tacoma-Seattle, Washington KTVW/KCPQ 13 1957-1958, 1980-1986 (both secondary) Fox Secondary affiliation (KTVW/KCPQ was an independent station); for the 1957-1958 season (as KTVW) it carried Douglas Edwards and the News, which was not cleared by CBS's then-affiliate KTNT-TV, and in the 1980s (as KCPQ) it cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KIRO-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 to become a charter affiliate of Fox.
Seattle-Tacoma, Washington KTZZ-TV 22 (now KZJO) 1988-1995 (secondary) MyNetworkTV Secondary affiliation (KTZZ-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KIRO-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1995 to become a charter affiliate of The WB.
Sioux City, Iowa KVTV 9 (now KCAU-TV) 1953-1967 ABC KMEG 14 Disaffiliated from CBS and became a full-time ABC affiliate when the station was sold to Forward Communications, who planned to make KCAU-TV the ABC affiliate for both Sioux City and nearby Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
KTIV 4 1965-1967 (secondary) NBC Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by its then-affiliate KVTV. Lost CBS affiliation when KVTV became KCAU-TV (a full-time ABC affiliate) in 1967, coupled three days later with the sign-on of KMEG-TV.
Spokane, Washington KXLY-TV 4 1953–1976 ABC KREM 2 Swapped affiliations with ABC affiliate KREM on August 8, 1976, as a result of an affiliation termination notice given by CBS to KXLY in February 1976 due to the station's constant pre-emption and time-shifting of network programming, and a related affiliation agreement signed with KREM that summer. The affiliation swap was timed so that KREM could air ABC Sports' entire coverage of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games before switching.
Springfield, Massachusetts WHYN 40 (now WGGB-TV) 1953-1959 ABC WSHM-LD 3.5 Disaffiliated from CBS amid concerns that the station would be unable to compete with WTIC-TV (now WFSB) in Hartford, Connecticut, which had just affiliated with the network. Subsequently affiliated with ABC.
St. Joseph, Missouri KFEQ-TV 2 (now KQTV) 1953-1969 ABC KCJO-LD 30 Disaffiliated from CBS and became a full-time ABC affiliate June 1, 1967 (KFEQ-TV previously aired ABC programs on a secondary basis from the end of its secondary DuMont affiliation in 1956 to the following year); after that, the St. Joseph area was served by KCTV in Kansas City.
Steubenville, Ohio-Wheeling, West Virginia WSTV-TV 9 (now WTOV-TV) 1953-1980 NBC WTRF-TV 7 Swapped affiliations with NBC affiliate WTRF-TV, who were searching for stronger programming (at the time, NBC was in last place among the three major networks).
Temple-Waco-Killeen, Texas KCEN-TV 6 1953-1955 (secondary) NBC KWTX-TV 10 (Waco); KBTX-TV 3 (Bryan/College Station) Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation when ABC affiliate KWTX-TV merged with CBS affiliate KANG-TV.
Waco-Temple-Killeen, Texas KANG-TV 34 1953-1955 Defunct Shut down in December 1955 and its assets were acquired by ABC affiliate KWTX-TV, who took a primary CBS affiliation with the merger.[19]
Texarkana, Texas-Shreveport, Louisiana KCMC-TV 6 (now KTAL-TV) 1953–1960 NBC KSLA 12 CBS disaffiliated from KCMC-TV citing that the signal of its Shreveport affiliate KSLA decently covered Texarkana. Fearing that it would have to make its secondary ABC affiliation its primary (since ABC was in last place among the three major networks at the time), KCMC-TV's owners successfully persuaded the FCC to collapse the Texarkana television market into the Shreveport market. KCMC-TV subsequently became a full-time NBC affiliate, while NBC's affiliate in Shreveport, KTBS-TV, became a full-time ABC affiliate.
Shreveport, Louisiana-Texarkana, Texas KMSS-TV 33 1985-1986 (secondary) Fox Secondary affiliation (KMSS-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KSLA. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1986 when KMSS-TV became a charter affiliate of Fox.
Toccoa-Atlanta-Augusta, Georgia-Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina-Asheville, North Carolina WNEG-TV 32 (now WGTA) 1995-2008 Heroes & Icons WSPA-TV 7 Disaffiliated from CBS in 2008 when the station was sold to the University of Georgia Research Foundation for use by the University's Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Toledo, Ohio WSPD-TV 13 (now WTVG) 1949-1958 (secondary) ABC (O&O from 1995-2011) WTOL 11 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Lost CBS affiliation upon the sign-on of WTOL-TV.
WDHO-TV 24 (now WNWO-TV) 1967-1970 (secondary) NBC Secondary affiliation (WDHO-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate WTOL. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1970 when the station became a full-time ABC affiliate.
Tulsa, Oklahoma KGCT-TV 41 (now KMYT-TV) 1984-1987 (secondary) MyNetworkTV KOTV-DT 6 Secondary affiliation (KGCT-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KOTV. Left the air in 1987 as a result of freezing rain which caused the tower KGCT-TV was using to collapse, and returned to the air in 1991 (as KTFO) without a CBS affiliation.
Utica, New York WKTV 13 (now on channel 2) 1949-1956 (secondary) NBC WKTV-DT2 2.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS as the result of a dispute between then-owners Copper City Broadcasting Corporation and the network; after that, WHEN-TV/WTVH in Syracuse claimed Oneida and Herkimer counties as part of their coverage area, while WNBF-TV/WBNG in Binghamton claimed Otsego County.
Valley City-Fargo-Grand Forks, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota KXJB-TV 4 (now KRDK-TV) 1954–2014 Cozi TV KVLY-DT2 11.2 / KXJB-LD 30 Disaffiliated from CBS and sold to Major Market Broadcasting due to growing FCC scrutiny towards "virtual duopolies", after it became known that Gray Television was planning to sell KXJB to the shell company Excalibur Broadcasting and operate KXJB under a shared services agreement. KXJB's programming was moved to KVLY-DT2, while the station itself was sold to Major Market Broadcasting.
Grand Forks-Fargo, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota KXJC-LP 35 2000-2003 Defunct Semi-satellite of KXJB-TV; served the Grand Forks area (Grand Forks is part of the Fargo market). Ceased operations April 2003.
Washington, D.C. WTVW/WMAL-TV 7 (now WJLA-TV) 1947-1949 (secondary from 1948-1949) ABC WUSA 9 Relegated its CBS affiliation to secondary status when ABC (with whom WMAL radio had an affiliation) began its television service, and disaffiliated from CBS entirely when WOIC signed-on.
West Monroe-Monroe, Louisiana-El Dorado, Arkansas KYAY-TV 39 (now KARD 14) 1970-1971 (secondary); 1981–1994 (primary) Fox KNOE-TV 8 Secondary affiliation (KYAY-TV was an independent station); cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliate KNOE-TV. Left the air in 1971 and returned to the air in 1974 as NBC affiliate KLAA on channel 14.
West Palm Beach, Florida WTVX 34 1966–1989 The CW (O&O 2006–2008) WPEC 12 Disaffiliated from CBS when the network signed an affiliation agreement with ABC affiliate WPEC. The agreement was signed to allow CBS to regain coverage in areas of northern Broward County lost as a result of their affiliation to Miami moving to WCIX (now WFOR-TV), whose signal was weaker than the other Miami VHF's north of the city. Subsequently became an independent station.
Wilmington, North Carolina WMFD-TV/WECT 6 1954-1970's (secondary) NBC WWAY-DT2 3.2 Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. Disaffiliated from CBS in the 1970's with the advent of cable television in the Wilmington area; after that, cable systems in the area piped in either WTVD in Durham, WNCT-TV in Greenville, or WBTW in Florence, South Carolina.
WJKA 26 (now WSFX-TV) 1984-1994 Fox Disaffiliated from CBS as a result of several disputes between then-owner Robinson O. Everett and the network. Subsequently affiliated with Fox.
WILM-LD 10
WILT-LD 24
2000-2017 (WILM-LD)
2015-2017 (WILT-LD)
Independent Disaffiliated from CBS January 1, 2017 and became an independent station due to the network's desire to affiliate with WWAY-DT2, a full-power station.
Yakima, Washington KNDO 23 1959-1965 (secondary) NBC KIMA-TV 29 (Yakima)
KEPR-TV 19 (Tri-Cities)
KLEW-TV 3 (Lewiston, ID)
Secondary affiliation, with ABC as its primary affiliation. Cleared CBS programming not cleared by the network's existing affiliates KIMA-TV, KEPR-TV or KLEW-TV. Disaffiliated from CBS in 1965 when KNDO became a primary NBC affiliate.
Zanesville, Ohio WHIZ-TV 50/18 1953-1966 (secondary) NBC none; served by WBNS-TV, Columbus Secondary affiliation, with NBC as its primary affiliation. WHIZ-TV dropped its secondary affiliations (including CBS) in 1966.
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