The CW Plus

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The CW Plus
The CW Plus.png
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNational
(available only in smaller television markets)
NetworkThe CW
Affiliates(see section)
SloganDare To Defy
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i or 720p (HDTV)
(resolution varies depending on the affiliate)
Timeshift serviceThe CW Plus East
The CW Plus Mountain
The CW Plus Pacific
OwnerThe CW Network, LLC[1]
(WarnerMedia (50%)/
ViacomCBS (via CBS Entertainment Group) (50%))
LaunchedSeptember 18, 2006; 14 years ago (2006-09-18)
ReplacedThe WB 100+ Station Group (1998–2006)
DirecTVChannel 394 (SD only)

The CW Plus is the national feed of The CW, owned by The CW Network, LLC (a joint venture between WarnerMedia and the CBS Entertainment Group unit of ViacomCBS, which each maintain a 50% ownership interest),[1] that is primarily carried on digital subchannels and multichannel subscription television providers. The service is intended for areas ranked below the top 99 television markets in the United States designated by Nielsen Media Research. In addition to carrying CW network programming Monday through Friday and Sunday in daytime and prime time, as well as its Saturday morning educational programming block, The CW Plus runs a mix of syndicated and brokered programs.

The CW handles programming and promotional services for The CW Plus at its corporate headquarters in Burbank, California (marketing services were handled through a separate division for the service until March 2008, when these operations were transferred to The CW's marketing department due to layoffs imposed by the network[2]); centralcasting operations for the CW Plus affiliates are hubbed at the California Video Center in Los Angeles.


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

One of the predecessors of The CW, The WB Television Network had maintained a similar group of subscription-only affiliate stations in small- and select medium-sized markets called The WB 100+ Station Group,[3][4][5] which began operations on September 21, 1998 and continued to operate until The WB ended operations on September 17, 2006. On February 24, 2006, one month after CBS Corporation and Time Warner announced the launch of the new network, The CW formally released a proposal to prospective affiliates announcing the creation of The CW Plus, a similar single-network feed for smaller markets – covering the same areas that were served by The WB 100+.[6][7] While there was no guarantee that existing affiliates of The WB 100+ would automatically join The CW Plus, most of them (particularly cable-only affiliates) ultimately did join the new service, and programming transitioned seamlessly from The WB 100+ to The CW Plus.

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

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

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

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

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

The CW Plus originally maintained a separate website featuring promotions for CW network programs, search maps for CW Plus affiliates, programming schedules customizable to an affiliate's local time zone, and still promotional ads for CW network shows and syndicated programs are seen on the CW Plus feed. In May 2014, was discontinued as a standalone website, redirecting to The CW's main website at However, the websites of all CW Plus affiliates continue to be hosted on the 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 domain.


Like the predecessor WB 100+ Station Group, The CW Plus utilizes a dual programming model differing from CW-affiliated stations in large and medium-sized markets. Dayparts on CW Plus affiliates with no CW programming are programmed by the network – primarily featuring programs currently airing in syndication, with syndicated film packages filling select weekend timeslots, and paid programming filling overnight and some early afternoon timeslots;[6] this relieves the local affiliate's operator from the duty of having to acquire syndicated programming to fill timeslots outside The CW's network schedule. However, some over-the-air CW Plus affiliates may fill paid programming time with content from another subchannel network such as MeTV, This TV or Antenna TV, particularly if the network whose content is sourced does not have an existing full-time affiliate in the market (only one station, KNOE-DT3, carries The CW's most direct competitor, MyNetworkTV in the late-night paid programming slot; late-night slotting has become a common fate for that service). The operator of the CW Plus affiliate handles local advertising sales for the station, cable-only outlet or subchannel, which incorporates local commercial inserts during the CW network and syndicated programming supplied by 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 with the debut of One Magnificent Morning, The CW Plus continued to carry syndicated E/I programs on early Saturday afternoons immediately after the conclusion of the block, resulting in a net surplus of seven hours of educational programming each week (five provided by The CW, and two by The CW Plus) that far exceeded the three hours required at minimum by the FCC. The supplementary syndicated E/I content was reduced to a single half-hour in September 2015 (consisting solely of Elizabeth Stanton's Great Big World) and shifted to a Saturday late-night timeslot; the supplementary syndication E/I window was eliminated in September 2016, with the required educational programming now coming exclusively through the One Magnificent Morning block.

Syndicated programs broadcast on The CW Plus during non-network programming hours as of September 2019 include Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, Seinfeld, Black-ish, Elementary, Family Guy, The Goldbergs, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, Bob's Burgers and Judge Jerry. Some syndicated programming provided by The CW Plus is substituted by the local affiliate's parent station or cable franchise operator with alternate shows if the rights to that program are held by another station in their market. Many subchannel affiliates also carry local newscasts produced by a co-managed station or through a news share agreement with another station in the same market in one or more of three designated "Live Local News Windows" (Monday through Fridays from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and, depending on the time zone, nightly at 10:00 or 9:00 p.m. and weekends at 6:00 or 5:00 p.m. local time). Though The CW Television Network does not carry any national news programming of its own, The CW Plus did carry The Daily Buzz, a syndicated morning news and talk program that had originally aired on its predecessor The WB 100+ beginning in September 2002[10][11] and remained on The CW Plus until September 2014 (eight months prior to the program's April 2015 cancellation).

The CW Plus operates three separate feeds for the Eastern, Mountain and Pacific Time Zones, whose master schedules are designed to align the start time of The CW's primetime programming with the network's broadcast affiliate feed; as such, The CW Daytime and One Magnificent Morning blocks (which are designed to be tape-delayed) are aired an hour early – compared to their preferred scheduling – on affiliates in the Central and Alaska time zones. The CW Plus prime time show names are shown on The CW web site; whereas, only times of prime time shows are on The CW Plus web site.


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

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 (107 of which serve as subchannel-only affiliates and the remaining 17 being primary channel affiliations) and six cable-only affiliates. Counting mainly over-the-air affiliates of the service, The CW Plus covers an estimated national audience reach of 72,376,767 U.S. residents or 23.16% of all households with at least one television set.[12]

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

In certain markets, satellite providers DirecTV and Dish Network carry stations that maintain primary affiliations with The CW Plus – and in some cases, also carry a subchannel-only affiliate of the service – as part of their local station tiers; however in areas served by a cable-only or subchannel affiliate, subscribers of both providers can only receive out-of-market broadcast affiliates of The CW (DirecTV carries affiliates from neighboring markets that have main channel affiliations with the network in some smaller markets, with the provider's designated coastal network feeds – WDCW in Washington, D.C. (or formerly XETV-TDT in Tijuana/San Diego) – available in lieu of a local or nearby affiliate in others; Dish Network provides CW programming to its subscribers in smaller markets through Nexstar Media Group-owned affiliates KTLA/Los Angeles and KWGN-TV/Denver and E. W. Scripps Company-owned 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[edit]

Designated market area (DMA) rankings are based on Nielsen estimates since September 2018.[13]

DMA Market Station[14] Year of
Former affiliation Ownership
78 BrownsvilleMcAllenHarlingen, Texas KCWT-CD 21
KMBH (LD2) 67.21

KXFX (CD2) 67.21
The WB
Entravision Communications
94 Charleston, South Carolina WCBD (DT2) 2.21 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
95 FlorenceMyrtle Beach, South Carolina WWMB (DT2) 21.2 1, 6 2006 UPN Howard Stirk Holdings
(operated through local marketing agreement with the Sinclair Broadcast Group)
96 Burlington, VermontPlattsburgh, New York WNNE 31 2018 NBC
(as semi-satellite of WPTZ)
Hearst Television
100 Boise, Idaho KYUU-LD 35.1 2011 RTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
101 Fort SmithFayetteville, Arkansas KHBS (DT2) 40.21
KHOG (DT2) 29.21
2008 none Hearst Television
104 Fort Wayne, Indiana WISE-TV 33 2016 NBC Quincy Media
105 Augusta, Georgia WAGT (CD2) 26.21 2016 none Gray Television
106 Johnstown-Altoona-State College, Pennsylvania WJAC-TV (DT4) 6.41 2019 TBD Sinclair Broadcast Group
107 GreenvilleNew Bern
Washington, North Carolina
WNCT (DT2) 12.21 2006 Weather radar Nexstar Media Group
108 SpringfieldHolyoke, Massachusetts WWLP (DT2) 22.2
WFXQ (CD2) 22.23
2015 none Nexstar Media Group
109 Reno, Nevada KRNS-CD 46
KREN (DT2) 27.2
affiliated with
DT1 until 2009)
The WB Entravision Communications
110 Lansing, Michigan WLAJ (DT2) 53.21 2006 The WB Shield Media, LLC
(operated through shared services and joint sales agreements by Nexstar Media Group)
111 Lincoln-Hastings-
Grand Island-Kearney, Nebraska
KNHL (DT3) 5.31
(both stations)
NBC (KCWH-LD; as simulcast of KSNB-TV/Superior)
none (KNHL-DT3)
Gray Television
112 Tallahassee, FloridaThomasville, Georgia WTLF 24
WTLH (DT2) 49.21
2006 The WB WTLF: MPS Media, LLC
WTLH-DT2: New Age Media
(both operated through master service agreements by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
113 PeoriaBloomington, Illinois WEEK (DT3) 25.31 2016 none Quincy Media
114 TylerLongview, Texas
LufkinNacogdoches, Texas
KYTX (DT2) 19.2 2012 MeTV Tegna Media
115 Sioux FallsMitchell, South Dakota KSFY (DT2) 13.2 2012 none Gray Television
116 MontgomerySelma, Alabama WBMM 22 2006 Daystar Bahakel Communications
117 Fargo, North Dakota KXJB (LD2) 30.2/28.21 2016 none Gray Television
118 Macon, Georgia WMAZ (DT2) 13.21 2006 The WB Tegna Media
119 YakimaPasco
RichlandKennewick, Washington
KIMA (DT2) 29.2 1
KEPR (DT2) 19.21
2009 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
120 Traverse CitySault Ste. Marie, Michigan WFQX (DT2) 32.21,3 2018 MeTV Cadillac Telecasting Company
(operated under shared services agreement with Heritage Broadcasting Group)
121 Lafayette, Louisiana KATC (DT2) 3.21 2010 none The E.W. Scripps Company
122 Bakersfield, California KGET (DT2) 17.21 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
123 Eugene, Oregon KMTR (DT2) 16.21 2006 The WB Roberts Media
(operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
124 Santa BarbaraSanta Maria
San Luis Obispo, California
KSBY (DT2) 6.21 2006 The WB Cordillera Communications
125 Youngstown, Ohio WFMJ (DT2) 21.2 2004 The WB Vindicator Printing Company
126 MontereySalinas, California KION (DT2) 46.21
KMUV (LD2) 46.21
2006 none News-Press & Gazette Company
127 Columbus, Georgia WLTZ (DT2) 38.21 2006 The WB SagamoreHill Broadcasting
128 Corpus Christi, Texas KRIS (DT2) 6.21 2006 The WB The E.W. Scripps Company
129 Wilmington, North Carolina WWAY (DT3) 3.31 2017 Cozi TV Morris Multimedia
130 La CrosseEau Claire, Wisconsin WXOW (DT2) 19.2 1
WQOW (DT2) 181
2006 The WB Quincy Media
131 Amarillo, Texas KVII (DT2) 7.21 2006 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
132 ChicoRedding, California KHSL (DT2) 12.21 2006 The WB Heartland Media
133 ColumbusTupelo, Mississippi WCBI (DT3) 4.3 2006 The WB Morris Multimedia
134 WausauRhinelander, Wisconsin WAOW (DT2) 9.2 1
WYOW (DT2) 341
2006 The WB Quincy Media
135 MedfordKlamath Falls, Oregon KTVL (DT2) 10.21 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
136 ColumbiaJefferson City, Missouri KOMU (DT3) 8.31 2006 The WB University of Missouri
137 Monroe, LouisianaEl Dorado, Arkansas KNOE (DT3) 8.31 2014 none Gray Television
138 Salisbury, Maryland WMDT (DT2) 47.21 2006 The WB Marquee Broadcasting, Inc.
139 Rockford, Illinois WREX (DT2) 13.21 2006 The WB Quincy Media
140 BeaumontPort Arthur, Texas KFDM-TV (DT2) 6.21 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
141 Topeka, Kansas KTKA (DT3) 49.31 2009 none Vaughan Media, LLC
(operated under shared services agreement with Nexstar Media Group)
142 MidlandOdessa-Big Spring, Texas KCWO-TV 4.1 2019 NBC (as satellite of KWES-TV) Gray Television
143 Lubbock, Texas KLCW-TV 22 2006 The WB Woods Communications Corporation
144 Duluth, MinnesotaSuperior, Wisconsin KDLH 3.1 2016 CBS Quincy Media
145 Palm Springs, California KCWQ-LD 2
KESQ (DT3) 2.3
2006 The WB News-Press & Gazette Company
146 BismarckMinotDickinson, North Dakota KXMA-TV 2.1
KXMB (DT2) 12.2
KXMC (DT2) 13.2
KXMD (DT2) 11.2
2016 none Nexstar Media Group
147 Anchorage, Alaska KYUR (DT2) 13.21 2006 The WB Vision Alaska LLC
148 Wichita Falls, TexasLawton, Oklahoma KAUZ (DT2) 6.21 2006 none American Spirit Media
(operated under joint sales and shared services agreements with Gray Television)
149 Sioux City, Iowa KTIV (DT2) 4.21 2006 The WB Quincy Media
150 Panama City, Florida WJHG (DT2) 7.21 2006 The WB Gray Television
151 Erie, Pennsylvania WSEE (DT2) 35.21 2006 none Lilly Broadcasting
152 Albany, Georgia WGCW-LD 36
WALB (DT4) 10.42
2019 Gray Television
153 Joplin, MissouriPittsburg, Kansas KFJX (DT2) 14.21 2018 none SagamoreHill Broadcasting
(operated under shared services and joint sales agreements by Morgan Murphy Media)
154 Rochester, Minnesota KTTC (DT2) 10.21 2006 The WB Quincy Media
155 Bangor, Maine WABI (DT2) 5.21 2006 The WB Gray Television
156 BiloxiGulfport, Mississippi WXXV (DT3) 25.3 2015 none Morris Multimedia
157 Gainesville, Florida WCJB (DT2) 20.21 2006 none Gray Television
158 Terre Haute, Indiana WTHI (DT3) 10.31 2017 Ion Television Heartland Media
159 Sherman, TexasAdaArdmore, Oklahoma KTEN (DT2) 10.21, 3 2006 none Lockwood Broadcasting
160 Binghamton, New York WBNG (DT2) 12.21 2007 none Quincy Media
161 Idaho FallsPocatello, Idaho KIFI (DT3) 8.31 2009 none News-Press & Gazette Company
162 Wheeling, West VirginiaSteubenville, Ohio "WBWO" 18
(cable only)
2006 The WB Turnpike Television
163 BluefieldBeckleyOak Hill, West Virginia WVVA (DT2) 6.21 2006 The WB Quincy Media
164 Missoula, Montana KPAX (DT2) 8.21 2006 none The E.W. Scripps Company
165 AbileneSweetwater, Texas KTXS (DT2) 12.21 2006 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
166 Yuma, ArizonaEl Centro, California KECY (DT3) 9.31 2010 none News-Press & Gazette Company
167 Billings, Montana KTVQ (DT2) 2.21 2006 none The E.W. Scripps Company
168 HattiesburgLaurel, Mississippi WHPM (LD2) 23.22 2012 none Waypoint Media, LLC
169 Utica, New York WKTV (DT3) 2.31 2017 MeTV Heartland Media
170 ClarksburgWeston, West Virginia WVFX (DT2) 10.2 2006 none Gray Television
171 Rapid City, South Dakota KCLO (DT2) 3.21 2018 Ion Television Nexstar Media Group
172 Lake Charles, Louisiana KPLC (DT2) 7.21, 3 2017 none Gray Television
173 Dothan, Alabama WRGX-LD2 23.21
WTVY-DT3 4.31
2006 UPN Gray Television
174 Quincy, IllinoisKeokuk, Iowa WGEM (DT2) 10.21 2006 The WB Quincy Media
175 Harrisonburg, Virginia WSVW (LD2) 30.21 2019 none Gray Television
176 ElmiraCorning, New York WENY (DT2) 36.2 2006 The WB Lilly Broadcasting
177 Jackson, Tennessee WNBJ (LD2) 39.21 2018 none SagamoreHill Broadcasting
178 Watertown, New York WWTI (DT2) 50.21 2006 The WB Nexstar Media Group
179 Alexandria, Louisiana KALB (DT3) 5.3 2015 none Gray Television
180 Jonesboro, Arkansas KAIT (DT3) 8.31 2018 none Gray Television
181 Bowling Green, Kentucky WBKO (DT3) 13.31 2006 The WB Gray Television
182 Marquette, Michigan WBKP 5.1
WBUP (DT2) 10.2
2006 ABC (WBKP)
none (WBUP-DT2)
Marks Radio Group
183 Charlottesville, Virginia WVIR (DT3) 29.21
WVIR (CD3) 29.21
The WB Gray Television
184 Laredo, Texas KYLX (LD2) 13.21 2015 none Gray Television
185 ButteBozeman, Montana KXLF (DT2) 4.21
KBZK (DT2) 7.2 1
2006 none The E.W. Scripps Company
186 Bend, Oregon KTVZ (DT2) 21.21 2006 none News-Press & Gazette Company
187 Grand JunctionMontrose, Colorado KJCT-LP (DT2) 8.21 2014 none Gray Television
188 Lafayette, Indiana WLFI (DT2) 18.21 2017 none Heartland Media
189 Twin Falls, Idaho KMVT (DT2) 11.21 2006 none Gray Television
190 Lima, Ohio served by WBDT, Dayton, OH (cable only)
191 Meridian, Mississippi WTOK (DT3) 11.31 2006 none Gray Television
192 Great Falls, Montana KRTV (DT2) 3.21 2006 none The E.W. Scripps Company
193 Greenwood-Greenville, Mississippi "WBWD"
(cable only)
2006 The WB Suddenlink Communications
194 Parkersburg, West Virginia WOVA (LD2) 22.21 2018 none Gray Television
195 Eureka, California KECA-LD 291 2014 none Sinclair Broadcast Group
196 San Angelo, Texas KTXE (LD2) 38.2 2006 The WB Sinclair Broadcast Group
197 CheyenneScottsbluff, Nebraska KGWN (DT3) 5.31 2006–2008,
none Gray Television
198 Casper, Wyoming KCWY (DT2) 13.21 2015 none Gray Television
199 Mankato, Minnesota KMNF (LD2)1, 7 2019 none Gray Television
200 Ottumwa, Iowa-Kirksville, Missouri KYOU (DT4) 15.41 2018 Escape American Spirit Media
(operated under shared services agreement by Gray Television)
201 St. Joseph, Missouri KNPG (LD2) 211, 3, 5 2012 none News-Press & Gazette Company
202 Fairbanks, Alaska KATN (DT2) 2.31 2006 none Vision Alaska LLC
203 Victoria, Texas KVCT (DT3) 19.31 2018 This TV SagamoreHill Broadcasting
204 Zanesville, Ohio "Zanesville CW 13"
(cable only)
2008 none Spectrum
205 Helena, Montana KTVH (DT2) 9.24 2015 none The E.W. Scripps Company
206 Presque Isle, Maine WAGM (DT3) 8.31 2018 none Gray Television
207 Juneau, Alaska KJUD (DT2) 8.21 2006 none Vision Alaska LLC
208 Alpena, Michigan "WBAE"
(cable only)
2006 The WB Spectrum
209 North Platte, Nebraska KIIT (CD2)
(simulcast of KCWH-LD/Lincoln)
2018 None Gray Television
210 Glendive, Montana served by KBZK (DT2), Bozeman, MT (cable only)
N/A Tamuning, Guam KTKB-LD 26.1 2009–2011,
Independent KM Communications
  • 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's main channel maintains a separate schedule when not airing CW network programming.
  • 7 In the Mankato market, Consolidated Communications carries cable-only "KWYE" as the CW affiliate for that provider's subscribers, whereas Spectrum carries Quincy Media-owned CW affiliate KTTC-DT2/Rochester, Minnesota as the CW Plus outlet for its subscribers.

Former affiliates[edit]

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

See also[edit]

  • 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 Chicago CW affiliate WGN-TV; it served as a de facto affiliate of CW predecessor The WB for U.S. markets without an over-the-air affiliate from January 1995 to October 1999
  • Foxnet – a similar cable-only network for markets without a Fox affiliate, that operated from 1991 to 2006
  • CTV 2 Alberta – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in the Canadian province of Alberta; formerly Access
  • CTV 2 Atlantic – a similar cable-only affiliate of CTV Two in Atlantic Canada; formerly the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) and A Atlantic
  • Citytv Saskatchewan – a similar cable-only affiliate of City in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan


  1. ^ a b "CW Network LLC profile". Businessweek. Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Michael Schneider (March 3, 2008). "Strike, ratings slip lead to CW layoffs". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Jesse Heisiond. "WB 100 Plus Stations Act Locally" (PDF). The Hollywood Reporter. BPI – via
  4. ^ "The WB 100+ station group hits 8 million, more than doubling its household reach since launch". Time Warner (Press release). January 15, 2002.
  5. ^ a b "A Salute to The WB 100+ Station Group on its Fifth Anniversary" (PDF). TelevisionWeek. September 22, 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016 – via
  6. ^ a b Allison Romano (February 24, 2006). "CW Creates Small-Market Service". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  7. ^ Allison Romano (February 24, 2006). "The Mating Game". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Daisy Whitney (January 17, 2005). "100+ Vital to Growth in Markets" (PDF). TelevisionWeek – via
  9. ^ Jay Sherman (June 12, 2006). "CW Plus: Digital for the Little Guy" (PDF). TelevisionWeek – via
  10. ^ Dan Trigoboff (September 15, 2002). "Acme's Buzz to go national". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  11. ^ Dan Trigoboff (September 16, 2002). "ACME's Buzz grows". Broadcasting & Cable. Reed Business Information. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  12. ^ "Network Search: CW+". RabbitEars. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  13. ^ "Local Television Market Universe Estimates" (PDF). Nielsen N.V. September 22, 2018. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "CW PLUS Market Clearance (as of September 11, 2017)" (PDF). The CW Plus. The CW Network, LLC. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
  15. ^ "KX Adds The CW to Western North Dakota". Dakotawire. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  16. ^ "Gray in 4 New Deals, Closes 3 Earlier Ones". TVNewsCheck. NewsCheck Media. July 1, 2015. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  17. ^ "Notification of Suspension of Operations / Request for Silent STA". CDBS Public Access. Federal Communications Commission. July 7, 2015. Retrieved July 11, 2015.

External links[edit]