The CW Plus
(available only in smaller television markets)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
1080i or 720p (HDTV)
(resolution varies depending on the affiliate)
|Timeshift service||The CW Plus East|
The CW Plus Mountain
The CW Plus Pacific (available as -1 timeshift for Alaska)
|Owner||The CW Network, LLC|
(AT&T (via WarnerMedia) (50%)[N 1]/
ViacomCBS (via CBS Entertainment Group) (50%))
|Launched||September 18, 2006|
|Replaced||The WB 100+ Station Group (1998–2006)|
|Available through an OTA or cable-only affiliate in applicable markets||Channel assignments vary by local provider|
|DirecTV||Channel 394 (SD only)|
The CW Plus is the national feed of The CW, owned by The CW Network, LLC (a joint venture between the WarnerMedia unit of AT&T and the CBS Entertainment Group unit of ViacomCBS, which each maintain a 50% ownership interest), that is intended primarily for American television markets ranked #100 and above by Nielsen Media Research estimates. The service is primarily carried on digital subchannels and multichannel subscription television providers, although it maintains primary affiliations on full-power and low-power stations in certain markets serviced by the feed.
Along with airing the network's prime time and Saturday morning programming, The CW Plus offers a master schedule of first-run, off-network and brokered programs available for syndication distribution that are acquired by The CW to occupy the remainder of the feed's weekly schedule. The CW handles programming and promotional services for The CW Plus at its corporate headquarters in Burbank, California (marketing services were handled through a separate division for the service until March 2008, when these operations were transferred to The CW's marketing department due to layoffs imposed by the network); centralcasting operations for the CW Plus affiliates are hubbed at the California Video Center in Los Angeles.
Pre-launch (The WB 100+ Station Group)
The CW Plus traces its existence to The WB 100+ Station Group (initially known as The WeB until March 1999), a similar national feed of CW co-predecessor, The WB Television Network, which began operations on September 21, 1998. Conceived under the same concept as Foxnet (developed by WB network co-founder and original president Jamie Kellner during his preceding tenure as the original president of the Fox Broadcasting Company), The WB 100+ was designed to distribute WB programming to small- and select medium-sized "white area" markets, primarily Designated Market Areas (DMA) ranked #100 and higher under annual Nielsen Market Universe estimates, that had five or fewer commercial television stations licensed within the designated market area through local cable providers (which owned affiliates of the feed individually or in consortiums, often entering into agreements with a local broadcast station to handle advertising and other management services for the WB 100+ outlet).
By its design, the initial cable-only composition of The WB 100+ Station Group’s affiliate body acted as a workaround to issues that The WB had encountered since its December 1993 founding with securing broadcast affiliates; these difficulties resulted in The WB having to rely on the national superstation feed of Chicago affiliate WGN-TV (later WGN America, relaunched as NewsNation in March 2021) to distribute its programming to markets without existing over-the-air WB affiliates. (In certain “white area” markets, the only option for over-the-air carriage was to maintain a secondary affiliation with an existing network outlet, subjecting WB programs to being aired via tape delay outside of key timeslots.) Beginning in 2002, The WB 100+ added conventional broadcast affiliations in the few eligible markets that had at least five commercial stations; the feed continued to operate until The WB ended operations on September 17, 2006.
Development and concept
On February 24, 2006, one month after CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced the launch of the new network, The CW formally released a proposal to prospective affiliates announcing the creation of The CW Plus, a similar single-network feed for smaller markets – covering the same areas that were served by The WB 100+. While there was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, most of them (particularly cable-only affiliates) ultimately did join the new service, and programming transitioned seamlessly from The WB 100+ to The CW Plus.
Since The WB 100+ was created before digital television was easily available in the United States, most WB 100+ stations were distributed exclusively via local cable television providers, with a few main channel affiliations on broadcast television stations. With its launch, The CW (along with MyNetworkTV) became among the first conventional broadcast networks in the U.S. to fully utilize digital multicasting to gain over-the-air coverage in markets that did not have enough television stations to maintain a traditional main channel affiliation (Fox, The WB and fellow CW predecessor UPN had a few subchannel-only affiliates shortly before The CW launched, however over-the-air distribution in this manner was very limited at the time).
In several markets served by a CW Plus station, the current affiliate may not be the same as the prior WB 100+ affiliate. Many local CW Plus outlets located in markets where the predecessor WB 100+ affiliate was cable-exclusive are instead carried on a digital subchannel of a local broadcast station, usually an affiliate of a competing "Big Four" network (ABC, NBC, CBS or Fox). This distribution method resulted in an unusual quirk for The CW itself in Florence–Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in which WWMB programmed its main channel as a conventional CW outlet (airing the network’s base schedule, accompanied by syndicated and paid programs that were acquired and slotted by the station) while simultaneously offering the CW Plus feed (a byproduct of former WWMB owner SagamoreHill Broadcasting inheriting the assets of cable-only WB 100+ affiliate "WFWB”) over its DT2 subchannel. (WWMB’s main CW affiliation moved to the DT2 subchannel of ABC-affiliated sister WPDE-TV on September 20, 2021, with Dabl replacing CW network and syndicated programs previously shown on its main channel and TBD replacing The CW Plus on WWMB-DT2.) Certain cable-only affiliates of The WB 100+ have been replaced completely by either a subchannel or main channel broadcast affiliation when The CW launched or joined The CW Plus only for a broadcast station that managed or acquired it to begin carrying it over-the-air at some point after its launch.
As with The WB 100+, CW Plus programming is delivered through a data server network that originally digitally transmitted locally and national advertisements, promos, station identifications and customized logo bugs for each individual affiliate to headends within the master control facilities of a local station or the offices of the multichannel television provider operating the local affiliate. That was the case with The WB 100+, promotions for syndicated programs aired on The CW Plus omit affiliate references – either in the form of verbal identification or use of the affiliate's logo – in favor of network branding; the timeslot cards also only list airtimes based on Eastern and Central Time Zone scheduling, with the announcer being used to read the promo's airtime card only identifying that the program airs "[today/tonight/day of week] on The CW."
Programming is relayed to a wireless PC-based system that downloads (through a data feed distributed via satellite), stores and inserts advertising during program breaks controlled via a playlist over the satellite-delivered national feed to the individual affiliate's home market; the units also transfer program feeds via address headers disseminated to each affiliate based on their call letters, transmit advertisements and program promotions, and generate a log of ads that have previously aired. The cost of these units is partially reimbursed by The CW, with no more than 50% of the purchase cost paid by the affiliate. Affiliates sent log files of local advertisements over the Internet to a traffic management system located at The CW's corporate offices in Burbank, which handles trafficking, dissemination of the program feed and specified local insertion of advertisements and promotions to each affiliate. After The CW stopped providing support for the traffic system and commercial server in September 2009, responsibility for ad trafficking and insertion was transferred to The CW Plus' individual affiliates, although The CW continues to handle programming and transmission operations.
CW Plus stations are generally managed and promoted by a local affiliate of a larger over-the-air television station, which may produce some local programming (such as morning and/or prime time newscasts), telecasts of local sports events, or syndicated national sports broadcasts from either ESPN Regional Television or the ACC Network (or on some affiliates, from 2014 to 2016, the American Sports Network); some affiliates, however, are operated by a local cable provider.
CW Plus affiliates each have their own local branding, which is usually a combination of the CW name with either the parent station/cable franchise's city of license or a regional descriptor of the area (such as "Northland" for Duluth and northeastern Minnesota, as seen in the logo to the above left). Unlike its predecessor, The WB 100+ Station Group, The CW Plus does not use call signs used solely for branding and/or supplementary identification purposes in a widespread fashion; while many cable-only WB 100+-turned-CW Plus affiliates have stopped using fictional call signs (which were not assigned by the Federal Communications Commission, as the agency does not issue licenses to cable channels), a few have continued to use the ones they had used while part of The WB 100+ Station Group, mainly doing so merely for identification purposes in local Nielsen diary-tabulated ratings reports.
The CW Plus originally maintained a separate website featuring promotions for CW network programs, search maps for CW Plus affiliates, programming schedules customizable to an affiliate's local time zone, and still promotional ads for CW network shows and syndicated programs are seen on the CW Plus feed. In May 2014, YourCWTV.com was discontinued as a standalone website, redirecting to The CW's main website at CWTV.com. However, the websites of all CW Plus affiliates continue to be hosted on the YourCWTV.com domain, featuring much of the aforementioned content seen on the national website; as well as links to websites and social media pages operated by the affiliate or a parent over-the-air station, and links to the affiliate's contact information, advertising services and (where applicable) the main website of a parent broadcast affiliate. A separate website for the service was reinstated in September 2017, under the CWPlusTV.com domain.
The CW Plus operates three separate feeds for the Eastern/Central, Mountain and Pacific Time Zones (the latter also acts as an hour-behind timeshift feed for the Alaska Time Zone with timeslot modifications for network daytime and certain syndicated weekend programs), and designs the master schedules of each feed so that The CW's broadcast affiliate feed aligns with the regional start time of the network's prime time programming slot; as such, the One Magnificent Morning educational block – which is designed to be tape-delayed – airs one hour early, compared to its preferred scheduling, on affiliates in the Central and Alaska time zones. (The CW Daytime, which was also designed to be tape-delayed, had followed this scheduling as well until the block was discontinued on September 3, 2021, as a trade-off to the network's affiliates tied to its October 2 expansion of prime time programming to Saturdays.) Syndicated programs broadcast on The CW Plus during non-network programming hours as of September 2021[update] include Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, Nick Cannon, Black-ish, Family Guy, The Goldbergs, MacGyver, American Ninja Warrior, Schitt’s Creek, Bob's Burgers and Judge Jerry.
Like the predecessor WB 100+ Station Group, The CW Plus utilizes a dual programming structure differing from the traditional American broadcast programming model used by CW-affiliated stations in all but a couple of the Nielsen-ranked "top 100" television markets. To fill dayparts on The CW Plus not reserved to the main network feed, The CW – asserting programming acquisition duties traditionally handled by the local affiliate operator – purchases cash- and barter-sold programs distributed for first-run and off-network syndication to occupy most daytime and evening timeslots throughout the week, syndicated feature film packages to occupy afternoon and late access timeslots on Saturdays and Sundays, and paid programming purchased through time-buys with direct response infomercial production firms and teleministries to occupy overnight and some early afternoon timeslots. The network's handling of these duties, along with the master schedule composition of the CW Plus feed, relieves the local affiliate's operator from needing to acquire and budget for syndicated programming to fill timeslots not occupied by The CW's base network schedule. Individual CW Plus affiliate operators handle advertising sales for local commercials inserted into the corresponding feed during designated ad breaks within network and syndicated programs aired on the service.
Prior to the debut of the Litton Entertainment-produced One Magnificent Morning block on the network in October 2014, the remaining two hours of programming that fulfill FCC educational programming guidelines which were not covered by The CW's predecessor children's program blocks – Kids' WB, The CW4Kids/Toonzai and Vortexx – was also taken care of by The CW Plus. However even after the debut of One Magnificent Morning, The CW Plus continued to offer syndicated educational programs on Saturday early afternoons immediately after the conclusion of the block, resulting the feed airing a net surplus of seven hours of E/I programming each week (five hours provided by The CW, and two hours supplied by The CW Plus) that far exceeded the FCC’s minimum three-hour requirement. The feed’s supplementary E/I content was reduced to just one half-hour in September 2015 (consisting solely of Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World) and was concurrently shifted to a Saturday late-night timeslot; the supplementary syndication E/I window was eliminated in September 2016, leaving the shows aired within the One Magnificent Morning block as the only educational programming offered by the feed.
Operators of local CW Plus affiliates (whether a parent broadcast station or cable franchisee) can substitute syndicated programs on the feed’s schedule with alternative programming if the local syndication rights to a particular program on the CW Plus master schedule are held by the parent station’s main channel (if it is not already affiliated with The CW Plus), by any additional subchannels offered by the parent station or by a competing station within the DMA. Optionally, CW Plus broadcast affiliates may offer programming from a multicast-originated network (such as MeTV, This TV or Antenna TV) on a part-time basis during the feed’s designated paid programming time, particularly if the network being sourced lacks an existing full-time affiliate within the DMA. (Monroe, Louisiana affiliate KCWL-LD – the only CW Plus affiliate to maintain a secondary affiliation with that service – has carried CW competitor MyNetworkTV in the subfeed’s late-night paid programming slot since 2017, as late-night slotting increasingly became a common fate for MyNetworkTV in the years since its 2009 conversion from a television network to a programming service.)
The CW Plus offers three designated "Live Local News Windows" – a weekday morning window from 7:00–8:00 a.m. in all time zones and half-hour evening windows scheduled, depending on the time zone, nightly at 10:00 (ET/PT) or 9:00 p.m. (CT/MT/AT) and weekend evenings at 6:00 (ET/PT) or 5:00 p.m. (CT/MT/AT) – as options for affiliates to air local newscasts (either produced by the parent station or a station co-managed with the local CW Plus outlet, or via a news share agreement with a competing network affiliate) at their discretion. Although The CW has never carried any national news programming of its own, The CW Plus had served as a national carrier of syndicated morning news/talk program The Daily Buzz, which aired on the feed from September 2006 until September 2014, eight months prior to the program's April 2015 cancellation. (The predecessor WB 100+ Station Group had originally acquired the national syndication rights for the program, which aired on that feed from September 2002 until its conversion into The CW Plus.)
As of 2021[update], The CW Plus has current and pending affiliation agreements with 123 television outlets encompassing 44 states and the U.S. territory of Guam, consisting of 121 broadcast affiliates (109 of which serve as subchannel-only affiliates and the remaining 18 being primary channel affiliations) and four cable-only affiliates. Counting mainly over-the-air affiliates of the service, The CW Plus covers an estimated national audience reach of 73,120,898 U.S. residents or 23.40% of all households with at least one television set.
Availability of CW Plus stations through pay television services varies depending on the provider; while CW Plus outlets are usually carried by major cable, fiber optic and IPTV providers (including multiple-system and private cable operators) in markets served by a subchannel or cable-only affiliate of the service, some rural pay television franchises that do not carry a local CW Plus affiliate via an existing distribution agreement with a broadcast affiliate or through the absence of an agreement with the operator of a cable-only affiliate carry CW stations from adjacent larger markets.
In certain markets, satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network carry stations that maintain primary affiliations with The CW Plus – and in some cases, also carry a subchannel-only affiliate of the service – as part of their local station tiers; however in areas served by a cable-only or subchannel affiliate, subscribers of both providers can only receive out-of-market broadcast affiliates of The CW (DirecTV carries affiliates from neighboring markets that have main channel affiliations with the network in some smaller markets, with the provider's designated West Coast network feed KTLA in Los Angeles, which is available in lieu of a local or nearby affiliate in others; Dish Network provides CW programming to its subscribers in smaller markets through Nexstar Media Group-owned affiliates WDCW/Washington, D.C., KTLA/Los Angeles, KWGN-TV/Denver, E. W. Scripps Company-owned affiliate WSFL-TV/Miami, and Mission Broadcasting-owned/Nexstar-operated affiliate WPIX/New York City (all of which were previously owned by Tribune Broadcasting until the closure of Nexstar's acquisition of its corporate parent, Tribune Media, in September 2019), which are available as part of its a la carte superstation tier.
Since the conversion of the CW Plus feeds to a high definition schedule in June 2012, many of The CW Plus's stations have converted to carrying the high definition feed on an over-the-air signal, though it is usually transmitted in 720p rather than the network's 1080i master resolution due to technical considerations for their parent station's main network feed – except in the few markets where a CW Plus broadcast affiliate does not also have an affiliation with a major broadcast network – on their primary channel. Before that, the parent stations also carried the main CW signal in HD mixed with the CW Plus schedule to provide high definition programming from the network to local cable and satellite providers.
List of The CW Plus affiliates
|85||Brownsville–McAllen–Harlingen, Texas||KCWT-CD 21
KMBH (LD2) 67.21
KXFX (CD2) 67.21
|89||Charleston, South Carolina||WCBD (DT2) 2.21||ECBD||2006||The WB||Nexstar Media Group|
|91||Savannah, Georgia||WSAV (DT2) 3.2||ESAV||2006||The WB||Nexstar Media Group|
|95||Fort Smith–Fayetteville, Arkansas||KHBS (DT2) 40.21
KHOG (DT2) 29.21
|96||Burlington, Vermont–Plattsburgh, New York||WNNE 31||N||2018||NBC
(as semi-satellite of WPTZ)
Johnson City–Kingsport, Tennessee
|served by WCYB (DT2); syndicated programming on the subchannel is supplied by WCYB owner Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|101||Boise, Idaho||KYUU-LD 35.1||N||2011||RTV||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
Washington, North Carolina
|WNCT (DT2) 12.21||ENCT||2006||Weather radar||Nexstar Media Group|
|103||Davenport, Iowa–Rock Island–Moline, Illinois||served by KGCW; syndicated programming is supplied by KGCW owner Nexstar Media Group|
|104||Reno, Nevada||KRNS-CD 46
KREN (DT2) 27.21
DT1 until 2009)
|The WB||Entravision Communications|
Grand Island-Kearney, Nebraska
KNHL (DT3) 5.31
|NBC (KCWH-LD; as simulcast of KSNB-TV/Superior)
|106||Evansville, Indiana||served by WTVW; syndicated programming is supplied by WTVW operator Nexstar Media Group through owner Mission Broadcasting|
|107||Johnstown-Altoona-State College, Pennsylvania||WJAC-TV (DT4) 6.41||HJAC||2019||TBD||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|108||Tallahassee, Florida–Thomasville, Georgia||WTLF 24
WTLH (DT2) 49.21
|N||2006||The WB||WTLF: MPS Media, LLC|
WTLH-DT2: New Age Media
(both operated through master service agreements by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|109||Sioux Falls–Mitchell, South Dakota||KSFY (DT2) 13.2||NSFY||2012||none||Gray Television|
|KYTX (DT2) 19.2||MYTX||2012||MeTV||Tegna|
|111||Fort Wayne, Indiana||WISE-TV 33||N||2016||NBC||Gray Television|
|112||Augusta, Georgia||WAGT (CD2) 26.21||EAGT||2016||none||Gray Television|
|113||Eugene, Oregon||KMTR (DT2) 16.21||NMTR||2006||The WB||Roberts Media|
(operated under shared services agreement by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|114||Fargo, North Dakota||KXJB (LD2) 30.2/28.21||NXJB||2016||none||Gray Television|
|115||Lansing, Michigan||WLAJ (DT2) 53.21||NLAJ||2006||The WB||Shield Media, LLC|
(operated through shared services and joint sales agreements by Nexstar Media Group)
|116||Springfield–Holyoke, Massachusetts||WWLP (DT2) 22.2
WFXQ (CD2) 22.23
|EWLP||2015||none||Nexstar Media Group|
|KIMA (DT2) 29.2 1
KEPR (DT2) 19.21
|2009||none||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|118||Traverse City–Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan||WFQX (DT2) 32.21,3||EQFX||2018||MeTV||Cadillac Telecasting Company|
(operated under shared services agreement with Heritage Broadcasting Group)
|120||Macon, Georgia||WMAZ (DT2) 13.21||EMAZ||2006||The WB||Tegna|
|121||Santa Barbara–Santa Maria–
San Luis Obispo, California
|KSBY (DT2) 6.21||NSBY||2006||The WB||E.W. Scripps Company|
|122||Lafayette, Louisiana||KATC (DT2) 3.21||NATC||2010||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|123||Peoria–Bloomington, Illinois||WEEK (DT3) 25.31||GHOI||2016||none||Gray Television|
|124||Monterey–Salinas, California||KION (DT2) 46.21
KMUV (LD2) 46.21
|NION||2006||none||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|125||Bakersfield, California||KGET (DT2) 17.21||NGET||2006||The WB||Nexstar Media Group|
|126||Montgomery–Selma, Alabama||WBMM 22||N||2006||Daystar||Bahakel Communications|
|127||Columbus, Georgia||WLTZ (DT2) 38.21||ELTZ||2006||The WB||SagamoreHill Broadcasting|
|128||Wilmington, North Carolina||WWAY (DT3) 3.31||GWAY||2017||Cozi TV||Morris Multimedia|
|129||La Crosse–Eau Claire, Wisconsin||WECX-LD (LD1) 14.1 1
WEAU (DT5) 14.101
|130||Corpus Christi, Texas||KRIS (DT2) 6.21||NRIS||2006||The WB||E.W. Scripps Company|
|131||Amarillo, Texas||KVII (DT2) 7.2
KVIH (DT2) 12.21
|2006||none||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|132||Chico–Redding, California||KHSL (DT2) 12.21||NHSL||2006||The WB||Heartland Media|
|133||Columbus–Tupelo, Mississippi||WCBI (DT3) 4.3||GCBI||2006||The WB||Morris Multimedia|
|134||Medford–Klamath Falls, Oregon||KTVL (DT2) 10.21||NTVL||2006||The WB||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|135||Columbia–Jefferson City, Missouri||KOMU (DT3) 8.31||OOMU||2006||The WB||University of Missouri|
|136||Wausau–Rhinelander, Wisconsin||WSAW (DT4) 7.4 1
WYOW (DT1) 34.11
|The WB (WYOW)||Gray Television|
|137||Salisbury, Maryland||WMDT (DT2) 47.21||EMDT||2006||The WB||Marquee Broadcasting, Inc.|
|138||Midland–Odessa-Big Spring, Texas||KCWO-TV 4.1||N||2019||NBC (as satellite of KWES-TV)||Gray Television|
|139||Rockford, Illinois||WIFR-LD (LD5) 23.51||EIFR||2021||none||Gray Television|
|140||Duluth, Minnesota–Superior, Wisconsin||KDLH 3.1||N||2016||CBS||Gray Television|
|141||Bismarck–Minot–Dickinson, North Dakota||KXMA-TV 2.1
KXMB (DT2) 12.2
KXMC (DT2) 13.2
KXMD (DT2) 11.2
|2016||none||Nexstar Media Group|
|142||Topeka, Kansas||KTKA (DT3) 49.31||MTKA||2009||none||Vaughan Media, LLC|
(operated under shared services agreement with Nexstar Media Group)
|143||Monroe, Louisiana–El Dorado, Arkansas||KNOE (DT3) 8.31||N||2014||none||Gray Television|
|144||Beaumont–Port Arthur, Texas||KFDM-TV (DT2) 6.21||NFDM||2006||The WB||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|145||Lubbock, Texas||KLCW-TV 22||N||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|146||Palm Springs, California||KCWQ-LD 2
KESQ (DT3) 2.32
|N||2006||The WB||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|147||Anchorage, Alaska||KYUR (DT2) 13.21||NYUR||2006||The WB||Vision Alaska LLC|
(operated under joint sales and shared services agreements by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company LLC)
|148||Sioux City, Iowa||KTIV (DT2) 4.21||NTIV||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|149||Wichita Falls, Texas–Lawton, Oklahoma||KAUZ (DT2) 6.21||NAUZ||2006||none||American Spirit Media|
(operated under joint sales and shared services agreements with Gray Television)
|150||Rochester, Minnesota||KTTC (DT2) 10.21||NTTC||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|151||Erie, Pennsylvania||WSEE (DT2) 35.21||ESEE||2006||none||Lilly Broadcasting|
|152||Joplin, Missouri–Pittsburg, Kansas||KFJX (DT2) 14.21||NFJX||2018||none||SagamoreHill Broadcasting|
(operated under shared services and joint sales agreements by Morgan Murphy Media)
|153||Panama City, Florida||WJHG (DT2) 7.21||EJHG||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|154||Albany, Georgia||WGCW-LD 36
WALB (DT4) 10.42
|155||Bangor, Maine||WABI (DT2) 5.21||EABI||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|156||Terre Haute, Indiana||WTHI (DT3) 10.31||GTHI||2017||Ion Television||Heartland Media|
|157||Biloxi–Gulfport, Mississippi||WXXV (DT3) 25.3||GXXV||2015||none||Morris Multimedia|
|158||Idaho Falls–Pocatello, Idaho||KIFI (DT3) 8.31||OIFI||2009||none||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|159||Sherman, Texas–Ada–Ardmore, Oklahoma||KTEN (DT2) 10.21, 3||NTEN||2006||none||Lockwood Broadcast Group|
|160||Gainesville, Florida||WCJB (DT2) 20.21||ECJB||2006||none||Gray Television|
|161||Missoula, Montana||KPAX (DT2) 8.21||NPAX||2006||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|162||Binghamton, New York||WBNG (DT2) 12.21||EBNG||2007||none||Gray Television|
|163||Wheeling, West Virginia–Steubenville, Ohio||"WBWO" 18
|N||2006||The WB||Turnpike Television|
|164||Bluefield–Beckley–Oak Hill, West Virginia||WVVA (DT2) 6.21||EVVA||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|165||Abilene–Sweetwater, Texas||KTXS (DT2) 12.21||NTXS||2006||none||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|166||Yuma, Arizona–El Centro, California||KECY (DT3) 9.31||OECY||2010||none||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|167||Billings, Montana||KTVQ (DT2) 2.21||NTVQ||2006||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|168||Hattiesburg–Laurel, Mississippi||WHLT-DT2) 22.2||EHLT||2018||Ion Television||Nexstar Media Group|
|169||Rapid City, South Dakota||KCLO (DT2) 3.21||NCLO||2018||Ion Television||Nexstar Media Group|
|170||Clarksburg–Weston, West Virginia||WVFX (DT2) 10.2||EVFX||2006||none||Gray Television|
|171||Utica, New York||WKTV (DT3) 2.31||EKTV||2017||MeTV||Heartland Media|
|172||Dothan, Alabama||WRGX-LD2 23.21
|173||Lake Charles, Louisiana||KPLC (DT2) 7.21, 3||NPLC||2017||none||Gray Television|
|174||Quincy, Illinois–Keokuk, Iowa||WGEM (DT2) 10.21||EGEM||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|175||Jackson, Tennessee||WNBJ (LD2) 39.21||NNBJ||2018||none||SagamoreHill Broadcasting|
|176||Harrisonburg, Virginia||WSVW (LD2) 30.21||ESVW||2019||none||Gray Television|
|177||Charlottesville, Virginia||WVIR (DT3) 29.21
WVIR (CD3) 29.21
|The WB||Gray Television|
|178||Elmira–Corning, New York||WENY (DT2) 36.2||GENY||2006||The WB||Lilly Broadcasting|
|179||Bowling Green, Kentucky||WBKO (DT3) 13.31||GBKO||2006||The WB||Gray Television|
|180||Watertown, New York||WWTI (DT2) 50.21||EWTI||2006||The WB||Nexstar Media Group|
|181||Alexandria, Louisiana||KALB (DT3) 5.3||OALB||2015||none||Gray Television|
|182||Jonesboro, Arkansas||KAIT (DT3) 8.31||OAIT||2018||none||Gray Television|
|183||Marquette, Michigan||WBKP 5.1
WBUP (DT2) 10.2
|Marks Radio Group|
|184||Bend, Oregon||KTVZ (DT2) 21.21||NTVZ||2006||none||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|185||Butte–Bozeman, Montana||KXLF (DT2) 4.21
KBZK (DT2) 7.2 1
|2006||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|186||Laredo, Texas||KYLX (LD2) 13.21||NYLX||2015||none||Gray Television|
|187||Grand Junction–Montrose, Colorado||KJCT-LP (DT2) 8.21||N/A||2014||none||Gray Television|
|188||Lafayette, Indiana||WLFI (DT2) 18.21||ELFI||2017||none||Heartland Media|
|189||Twin Falls, Idaho||KMVT (DT2) 11.21||NMVT||2006||none||Gray Television|
|190||Lima, Ohio||served by WBDT, Dayton, OH (cable only)|
|191||Meridian, Mississippi||WTOK (DT3) 11.31||GTOK||2006||none||Gray Television|
|192||Great Falls, Montana||KRTV (DT2) 3.21||NRTV||2006||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|193||Eureka, California||KECA-LD 291||N||2014||none||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|194||Parkersburg, West Virginia||WOVA (LD2) 22.21||EOVA||2018||none||Gray Television|
|195||Cheyenne–Scottsbluff, Nebraska||KGWN (DT3) 5.31||OGWN||2006–2008,
|N||2006||The WB||Suddenlink Communications|
|197||San Angelo, Texas||KTXE (LD2) 38.2||NTXE||2006||The WB||Sinclair Broadcast Group|
|198||Casper, Wyoming||KCWY (DT2) 13.21||NCWY||2015||none||Gray Television|
|199||Mankato, Minnesota||KMNF (LD2)1, 7||N||2019||none||Gray Television|
|200||Ottumwa, Iowa-Kirksville, Missouri||KYOU (DT4) 15.41||QYOU||2018||Escape||American Spirit Media|
(operated under shared services agreement by Gray Television)
|201||St. Joseph, Missouri||KNPG (LD2) 21.21, 3, 5||NNPG||2012||none||News-Press & Gazette Company|
|202||Fairbanks, Alaska||KATN (DT2) 2.31||OATN||2006||none||Vision Alaska LLC|
(operated under time brokerage agreement by Coastal Television Broadcasting Company, LLC)
|203||Zanesville, Ohio||"Zanesville CW 13"
|204||Victoria, Texas||KVCT (DT3) 19.31||GVCT||2018||This TV||SagamoreHill Broadcasting|
(operated under local marketing agreement by Morgan Murphy Media)
|205||Helena, Montana||KTVH (DT2) 9.24||NTVH||2015||none||E.W. Scripps Company|
|206||Presque Isle, Maine||WAGM (DT3) 8.31||GAGM||2018||none||Gray Television|
|207||Juneau, Alaska||KJUD (DT2) 8.21||NJUD||2006||none||Vision Alaska LLC|
|208||Alpena, Michigan||"Alpena CW"
|WBAE||2006||The WB||Charter Spectrum|
|209||North Platte, Nebraska||KIIT (CD2)
(simulcast of KCWH-LD/Lincoln)
|210||Glendive, Montana||served by KBZK (DT2), Bozeman, MT (cable only)|
|N/A||Tamuning, Guam||KTKB-LD 26.1||N||2009–2011,
- N Call letters used by the Nielsen Company are the same as their FCC-licensed callsign or are used for a cable-only WB affiliate for identification and diary registration purposes.
- 1 These stations carry The CW Plus on a digital subchannel. In some of these cases, the channel listed is the actual digital channel (e.g. "13", not a virtual channel such as "27.2", for WKYT).
- 2 Cable channel already operational, but not yet broadcasting via a digital subchannel. See also note 1.
- 3 Local affiliate formerly operated as a cable-only channel.
- 4 Local affiliate formerly operated as the main channel affiliation.
- 5 KCWE is available over-the-air in the St. Joseph market, as are other local stations originating from Kansas City; KNPG-LD formerly operated as cable-only "WBJO" from its 1998 sign-on as part of The WB 100+ Station Group until News-Press & Gazette Company took over operational and advertising control of the channel and added it to KNPN's third digital subchannel in June 2012; it was then spun off into a separately licensed station as KBJO-LD owned by News-Press & Gazette in April 2014.
- 6 WWMB is the only CW Plus subchannel affiliate that also maintains a primary CW affiliation on its main channel, the latter of which maintains a separate schedule of syndicated programming outside of CW network programming hours.
- 7 In the Mankato market, Consolidated Communications carries cable-only "KWYE" as the CW affiliate for that provider's subscribers, whereas Spectrum carries Quincy Media-owned CW affiliate KTTC-DT2/Rochester, Minnesota as the CW Plus outlet for its subscribers.
(before The CW Plus)
|Ownership||Years of affiliation||Status|
|Albany, Georgia||WSWG-DT3||The WB||Marquee Broadcasting||2006–2019||Replaced by WGCW-LD & WALB-DT4 on April 22, 2019|
|Augusta, Georgia||WAGT-DT2||The WB||Gray Television||2006–2017||Defunct, replaced by WAGT-CD2|
Long Beach, Mississippi
|The WB||Morris Multimedia||2006–2015||The CW is affiliated with WXXV-DT3|
|Binghamton, New York||"WBXI"||The WB||Gateway Communications/
(Gateway's interest later transferred to SJL Broadcasting in 2000, and Granite Broadcasting in 2006)
|2006–2007||Replaced by WBNG-DT2 in September 2007|
|Bismarck, North Dakota||"KWMK"
|The WB||Midcontinent Communications||2006–2016||Cable only; replaced by the KX Television group of stations|
|Brownsville–McAllen–Harlingen, Texas||KNVO (DT4) 48.4||none||Entravision Communications||2006–2016||Affiliation moved to XHRIO-TDT in October 2016;|
Now an Ion Television affiliate;
This translator was replaced by KXFX-CD2
Plattsburgh, New York
|WPTZ (DT2) 5.2||NBC Weather Plus||Hearst Television||2013–2018||Subchannel is now a MeTV affiliate; The CW is affiliated with sister station WNNE|
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
|NBC Weather Plus||Spectrum||2013–2018||Affiliation moved to WFQX-DT2|
|Eureka, California||KUVU-LP 9||The WB||Sainte Partners II, L.P.||2006–2014||Defunct; The CW is affiliated with KECA-LD|
|Florence–Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||WWMB (DT2) 21.2||UPN||Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated through local marketing agreement with the Sinclair Broadcast Group)
|2006–2021||Now a TBD affiliate;|
CW affiliation (as originally and simultaneously carried on WWMB 21.1) moved to WPDE-DT2
|The WB||Cox Communications||2006–2008||Defunct; replaced by KHBS-DT2/KHOG-DT2 in April 2008|
|Glendive, Montana||CW Glendive
(cable only, formerly KWZB)
|The WB||Mid-Rivers Communications||2006–2017||Defunct; The CW is carried on cable only via KBZK-DT2|
|Grand Junction–Montrose, Colorado||KJCT (DT2) 8.2||none||Gray Television||2006–2014||Replaced by KJCT-LD2;|
Now a Cozi TV affiliate
|Hattiesburg/Laurel, Mississippi||"WBH" 59
|The WB||Waypoint Media||2006–2012||The CW then affiliated with WHPM-LD2|
|WHPM-LD2 (DT2)||None||Waypoint Media||2012–2014||The CW moved to WHLT-DT2 in 2014, duplicating the feed on sister station WJTV|
|Helena, Montana||KMTF 10||The WB||Montana State University||2006–2015||Station went dark on July 2, 2015, after Gray Television donated the station (now KUHM-TV) to Montana State University for pending integration into the Montana PBS member network;|
The CW is affiliated with KTVH-DT2
|Idaho Falls/Pocatello, Idaho||KPIF 15||The WB||KM Communications||2006–2009||Defunct; became an RTV after disaffiliating from The CW, station license deleted in February 2011;|
The CW is affiliated with KIFI-DT3
|The WB||Charter Communications||2006–2018||Defunct; replaced by WNBJ-LD2 in August 2018|
(various cable systems)
|2006–2018||Defunct; replaced by KAIT-DT3 in September 2018|
|Joplin, Missouri–Pittsburg, Kansas||"KSXF"
|The WB||Cable One||2006–2018||Defunct; replaced by KFJX-DT2 in August 2018|
(various cable systems)
|2006–2017||Defunct; replaced by WLFI-DT2|
|Lafayette, Louisiana||KLWB 50||The WB||Wilderness Communications, LLC||2006–2010||Operating as a MeTV affiliate;|
The CW is affiliated with KATC-DT2
|Laredo, Texas||"KTXW" 19||The WB||SagamoreHill Broadcasting||2006–2010||Replaced by KGNS-DT2|
|KGNS-TV (DT2) 8||The WB||Gray Television||2010–2014||Subchannel became an ABC affiliate, replaced by "Laredo CW 19"|
|"Laredo CW 19"
|None||Spectrum||2014–2015||Defunct; replaced by KYLX-LD2|
(cable-only from 2008-2010)
|The WB||Spectrum||2006–2010||Also broadcast on WLIO-DT2 until September 17, 2008, when the station joined Fox and MyNetworkTV|
Defunct; replaced by WBDT
Grand Island-Kearney, Nebraska
|The WB||Spectrum||2006–2018||The CW is affiliated with KCWH-LD and simulcast on KNHL-DT3|
|Macon, Georgia||"WBMN" 3
|The WB||Cox Communications||2006–2013||The CW is affiliated with WMAZ-DT2|
|Madison, Wisconsin||WBUW 57||The WB||Byrne Acquisition Group||2006–2016||The CW is affiliated with WMTV-DT2|
|Mankato, Minnesota||"KWYE" 19
(alternately served by KTTC-DT2, Rochester, MN [cable only])
|The WB||Consolidated Communications||2006–2019||The CW is affiliated with KMNF-LD2|
|Midland–Odessa, Texas||KWES-DT2 9.2||None||Raycom Media||2013-2019||The CW is affiliated with Big Spring-based KCWO-TV, a former satellite station for KWES-TV.|
|North Platte, Nebraska||"KWPL"
(various cable systems)
|2006–2018||The CW is affiliated with KIIT-CD2|
|Ottumwa, Iowa-Kirksville, Missouri||"KWOT"
|The WB||Mediacom||2006–2018||Defunct, replaced by KYOU-DT4|
|Parkersburg, West Virginia||"WCWP"
|The WB||Suddenlink Communications||2006–2018||The CW is affiliated with WOVA-LD2|
|Presque Isle, Maine||"WBPQ"
(various cable systems)
|2006–2018||Defunct; replaced with WAGM-DT3|
|Rapid City, South Dakota||KWBH-LP 27||The WB||Rapid Broadcasting||2006–2018||The CW is affiliated with KCLO-DT2|
|Rio Grande Valley, Texas||"KMHB"
|The WB||Unknown||2006–2007||Defunct; replaced by KFXV-LD|
|St. Joseph, Missouri||"WBJO"
|The WB||NPG Cablevision/
|2006–2012||Defunct; replaced by KNPN-LD2 on June 2, 2012|
|KNPN-LD2 26.2||The WB||News-Press & Gazette Company||2012–2013||Replaced by KNPG-LD2 on March 7, 2013;|
KNPN-LD2 continued to simulcast CW Plus programming (via KBJO-LD) until November 1, 2016, when it was replaced with a simulcast of CBS affiliate KCJO-LD
|KBJO-LD 21||None||News-Press & Gazette Company||2013–2016||Station relaunched as NBC affiliate KNPG-LD on November 1, 2016|
The CW is affiliated with KNPG-LD2
|San Angelo, Texas||"KWSA"
|The WB||Unknown||2006–2006||The CW is affiliated with KTXE-LD2|
|The WB||Unknown||2006–2015||NBC affiliate WWLP assumed operations of "WBQT" in March 2015|
The CW is affiliated with WWLP-DT2/WFXS-CD2
|Traverse City–Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan||"WBVC"
|The WB||Tucker Broadcasting of Traverse City, Inc.||2006–2018||Defunct; replaced by WFQX-DT2|
|Utica, New York||WKTV-DT2 2.2||The WB
(cable only as "WBU")
|Heartland Media LLC||2006–2015||Joined CBS November 22, 2015|
The CW is affiliated with WKTV-DT3
|Victoria, Texas||"KWVB" 10
|The WB||Suddenlink Communications||2006–2018||Defunct; replaced by KVCT-DT3|
|Wilmington, North Carolina||"WBW" 29/WWAY-DT2 3.2||The WB
(cable only as "WBW")
|Morris Multimedia||2006–2017||Cable-only until 2013, with a shift from DT2 to DT3 on January 1, 2017, to accommodate WWAY's new DT2 CBS subchannel|
|Yuma, Arizona/El Centro, California||KSWT-DT 13.2||The WB||Pappas Telecasting Companies||2006–2010||Subchannel is now silent; The CW is affiliated with KECY-DT3|
|The WB||WHIZ Media Group||2006–2008||Defunct; shut down in 2008 by WHIZ-TV,|
later replaced by "Zanesville CW 13"
- The WB 100+ Station Group – a predecessor of The CW Plus; most of the remaining cable-only channels and some over-the-air stations that are outlets of The CW Plus formerly served as affiliates of The WB 100+ Station Group
- CW-W – a standard definition-only feed of KTLA/Los Angeles for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
- CW-E – a standard definition-only feed of WDCW/Washington, D.C. for markets without a CW affiliate carried on DirecTV
- WGN America – a general entertainment cable and satellite network in the United States, which originally served as the national superstation feed of former WB/CW affiliate WGN-TV/Chicago; it served as a de facto affiliate of CW predecessor The WB for U.S. markets without an over-the-air affiliate from January 1995 to October 1999; it was relaunched as NewsNation in 2021
- Foxnet – a similar cable-only network for markets without a Fox affiliate, that operated from 1991 to 2006
- Univision – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
- UniMás – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
- Telemundo – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
- Azteca América – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
- Estrella TV – American Spanish-language network that offers a national cable/satellite feed for markets without a local affiliate
- CTV 2 Alberta – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV 2 in the Canadian province of Alberta; formerly Access
- CTV 2 Atlantic – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV 2 in Atlantic Canada; formerly the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) and A Atlantic
- Citytv Saskatchewan – a similar cable-only affiliate of Citytv in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan
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