|Type||Free-to-air television network|
|Picture format||1080i HDTV master feed, can be downscaled to 480i SDTV|
|Owner||Start TV LLC|
Heroes & Icons
|Launched||September 3, 2018|
|List of affiliates|
|Service(s)||Frndly TV, Philo, Sling TV, YouTube TV|
Start TV is an American free-to-air television network owned as a joint venture between Weigel Broadcasting and the CBS News and Stations subsidiary of Paramount Global. Predominantly carried on the digital subchannels of its affiliated television station in most markets, it primarily airs classic television drama series from the 1980s through the 2000s, with a focus on women-led dramas, police and legal procedurals. The network originates from Weigel Broadcasting's headquarters on North Halsted Street in Chicago, Illinois.
On July 18, 2018, CBS Television Stations and Weigel Broadcasting announced the formation of Start TV, with plans to launch the network on Labor Day of that year (September 3). The network initially debuted on the subchannels of five of Weigel's TV stations, three stations owned by Bahakel Communications, 17 CBS TV stations, and three CW owned-and-operated stations.
Weigel indicated that CBS suggested the idea for the network to allow more modern programming not being carried by cable networks or streaming services to find a place to air. Start TV officially launched on September 3, 2018, at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time, with the pilot episode of Touched by an Angel ("The Southbound Bus") as its inaugural broadcast. Variety's 2019 Nielsen ratings list showed that Start TV averaged 114,000 viewers in prime time, up 65% from the 2018 average.
Similar to its male-targeted sister network Heroes & Icons (H&I), Start TV airs legal/police procedurals and various other dramas - but instead targeting a female audience, featuring shows led by/centered around women. The network features series from the 1980s to the 2000s, and runs a uniform programming schedule with shows airing mainly at the same time seven days a week. Start TV also has a one-hour block of E/I children's programming on Sunday mornings between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Eastern Time in order to fulfill FCC obligations.
- The Closer (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Cold Case (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Medium (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Profiler (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Touched by an Angel (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (September 3, 2018 – present)
- Crossing Jordan (January 1, 2019 – present)
- Unforgettable (January 1, 2019 – present)
- The Good Wife (January 1, 2019 – present)
- Ghost Whisperer (April 29, 2019 – present)
- In Plain Sight (October 14, 2019 – present)
- Any Day Now (August 31, 2020 – present)
- Major Crimes (August 31, 2020 – present)
- Rizzoli & Isles (January 4, 2021 – present)
- CSI: Cyber (December 27, 2021 – present)
- Beauty & the Beast (December 27, 2021 – present)
As of August 2018[update], Start TV has affiliation agreements with television stations in 27 media markets encompassing 20 states, covering 45.52% of the United States. The network is carried on the digital subchannels of television stations in most of its markets (with potential exceptions in certain areas where a future affiliate may opt to carry the network on its main feed), and is also carried on cable television providers through their digital tiers at the discretion of the affiliate's parent station in certain markets. The network initially launched primarily on subchannels of stations owned by Weigel Broadcasting and CBS Television Stations. (In many of the CBS markets, Start TV displaced Weigel and CBS's classic television network venture Decades, with Weigel assuming the local Decades affiliation rights on stations it owns in certain markets where CBS Television Stations owns a CBS and/or CW owned-and-operated station, such as Los Angeles and San Francisco.) Bahakel Communications also contributed stations to serve as charter affiliates.
In South Bend, Indiana (where Weigel Broadcasting owns ABC affiliate WBND-LD, CW affiliate WCWW-LD and MyNetworkTV affiliate WMYS-LD) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where Weigel owns CBS affiliate WDJT-TV, independent station WMLW, MeTV owned-and-operated station WBME-CD and Telemundo affiliate WYTU-LD), the network displaced This TV on WCWW-LD2 and WYTU-LD3, effectively leaving that network without an affiliate in either market. (Weigel – which was part-owner of that network from its founding in October 2008 – had continued to hold the This TV affiliation rights for the Milwaukee market after Tribune Broadcasting assumed Weigel's interest and operational responsibilities in the network in November 2013; Tribune's former Milwaukee station, WITI, never claimed the This TV affiliation in the market despite Weigel moving the This affiliation to lower-tier channel slots several times.)
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
|Physical channel||Primary affiliation||Owner||Date of affiliation||Replaced|
|Montgomery||WBMM||22.3||18||The CW||Bahakel Communications||September 3, 2018||Heartland|
|Phoenix||KUTP||45.5||26||MyNetworkTV||Fox Television Stations||2019|
|Bakersfield||KNXT-LD||53.4||6||MyNetworkTV||My Central Valley, LLC||2022|
|Los Angeles||KCBS-TV||2.2||31||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|San Francisco–Oakland–San Jose||KPIX-TV||5.2||29|
|Denver||KCNC-TV||4.2||35||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Hartford and New Haven||WHCT-LD||35.3||35||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||September 30, 2020|
District of Columbia
|Washington, D.C.||WTTG||5.3||36||Fox||Fox Television Stations||May 2022||MeTV|
|Tampa–St. Petersburg||WTOG||44.2||19||The CW||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Orlando||WKMG-TV||6.4||26||Graham Media Group||December 2018|
|West Palm Beach||WPTV-TV||5.4||12||NBC||E. W. Scripps Company||2020||Ion Mystery|
|Atlanta||WUPA||69.2||36||The CW||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Honolulu||KITV||4.3||20||ABC||Allen Media Broadcasting||October 2018|
|Boise||KRID-LD||22.6||22||Newsmax TV||Idaho TV 22||September 3, 2018||Untamed Sports TV|
|Chicago||WBBM-TV||2.2||12||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Rockford||WFBN-LD||35.3||35||Heroes & Icons|
|Fort Wayne||WISE-TV||33.5||34||The CW||Gray Television|
|Indianapolis||WBXI-CD||47.1||36||Primary||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|South Bend||WCWW-LD||25.2||25||The CW||Weigel Broadcasting||This TV|
|Davenport||KWQC-TV||6.5||17||NBC||February 1, 2019|
|Topeka||WIBW-TV||13.4||13||CBS||Gray Television||February 28, 2019|
|Wichita||KSCW-DT||33.4||12||The CW||Gray Television|
|Alexandria||KBCA||41.3||26||Heroes & Icons||Delta Media Corporation||May 7, 2021|
|Lafayette||KLWB||50.4||17||MeTV||Delta Media Corporation||May 7, 2021|
|Monroe||KMLU||11.4||11||MeTV||Legacy Broadcasting||February 2019|
|New Orleans||WVUE-DT||8.6||29||Fox||Gray Television||June 1, 2021|
|Shreveport||KPXJ||21.3||32||CW||KTBS, LLC||March 1, 2021|
|Boston||WBZ-TV||4.2||20||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Detroit||WWJ-TV||62.2||21||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Flint||WJRT||12.4||12||ABC||Allen Media Broadcasting||August 30, 2019|
|Lake City/Traverse City/Cadillac||WMNN-LD||26.2||17||NewsNet||Freelancer Television Broadcasting, Inc.||Antenna TV|
|Minneapolis–St. Paul||WCCO-TV||4.2||32||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|St. Louis||KNLC||24.6||14||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||September 3, 2018|
|Omaha||WOWT||6.5||22||NBC||Gray Television||February, 2019|
|Albuquerque||KASA-TV||15.2||15||MeTV||Telemundo Station Group
|June 1, 2020||New Subchannel|
|Albany||WNYT||13.3||12||NBC||Hubbard Broadcasting||June 1, 2019||Heroes & Icons|
|New York City||WCBS-TV||2.2||36||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Syracuse||WTVU-CD||22.4||25||Cornerstone TV||Rennard Comm. Corp.|
|Charlotte||WCCB||18.5||18||The CW||Bahakel Communications||September 3, 2018|
|Raleigh||WRAL-TV||5.3||17||NBC||Capitol Broadcasting Company||June 4, 2019|
|Cleveland||WBNX-TV||55.5||30||Independent||Winston Broadcasting Network||December 1, 2018|
|Cincinnati||WBQC-LD||25.10||28||Independent||Elliot Block||December 30, 2019||Heroes & Icons|
|Tulsa||KMYT-TV||41.3||34||MyNetworkTV||Imagicomm Communications||Moves from 41.5 on June 27, 2021||Grit|
|Philadelphia||KYW-TV||3.2||30||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Columbia||WOLO-TV||25.2||7||ABC||Bahakel Communications||September 3, 2018||This TV|
|Kingsport, Tennessee||WKPT-TV||19.5||19||Holston Valley Broadcasting Group||October, 2019|
|Lebanon/Nashville||WJFB||44.3||25||MeTV||Weigel Broadcasting||September 2020|
|Dallas–Fort Worth||KTVT||11.2||19||CBS||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Corpus Christi||KQSY-LD||30.2||30||Heartland||Channel 7 of Corpus Christi, Inc.||Fall 2020|
|Houston||KPRC-TV||2.2||35||NBC||Graham Media Group||December 1, 2018 (Originally on 2.4 until March 29, 2021)|
|San Antonio||KSAT-TV||12.5||12||ABC||January 2019|
|Belton/Killeen/Temple/Waco||KNCT||46.3||17||The CW||Gray Television||January 2, 2019|
|Cedar City, Utah (Salt Lake City)||KCSG||8.3||14||Heroes & Icons||Weigel Broadcasting||September 3, 2018|
|Burlington, Vermont||WCAX-TV||3.4||20||CBS||Gray Television||March 1, 2019|
|Roanoke/Lynchburg, Virginia||WSLS-TV||10.4||34||NBC||Graham Media Group||2019|
|Tacoma (Seattle)||KSTW||11.2||11||The CW||CBS News and Stations||September 3, 2018||Decades|
|Bellingham||KVOS-TV||12.5||35||Heroes & Icons||Weigel Broadcasting|
|Eau Claire||WEAU||13.5||38||NBC||Gray Television|
|Green Bay||WBAY-TV||2.5||23||ABC||February 1, 2019|
|Madison||WMTV||15.5||19||NBC||June 1, 2020|
|Milwaukee||WDJT-TV||58.5||29||CBS||Weigel Broadcasting||September 3, 2018|
|Market||Station||Channel||Current owner||Years of affiliation||Notes|
|WSCG||34.10||Tri-State Christian Television||2019-2020|
|KCRG-TV||9.5||Gray Television||2019-2021||Dropped due to lack of bandwidth when KCRG began broadcasting The CW in HD|
|New York City
|WLNY-TV||55.4||CBS News and Stations||2021||Replaced by HSN|
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