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Prime Time Entertainment Network
PTEN.jpg
Type Defunct broadcast television network
Country United States
Availability National
Owner Warner Bros. Domestic Television, Chris-Craft
Launch date January 20, 1993
Dissolved 1997

The Prime Time Entertainment Network (also known as PTEN) was a United States television network launched in 1993 by the Prime Time Consortium, a joint venture between Warner Bros. Domestic Television and the Chris-Craft group of independent stations. Originally, the station groups in the consortium helped finance the shows on PTEN, but that deal was restructured at the beginning of the network's second year. At its peak, PTEN had 177 stations covering 93% of the country.[1]

Contents

Origins

PTEN was launched as a potential fifth network, and offered packaged nights of programming to television stations, beginning with a two-hour block, with second block added one year later. [2] However, close to half of PTEN's initial affiliates were FOX stations, and PTEN programming was usually scheduled around FOX's then five-night prime time schedule.[3] Some PTEN-affiliated stations took issue with the network's barter split, which gave nine minutes of advertising time per hour to the syndicator, leaving only five minutes to the stations. The network also ran into difficulty when the studio was forced to let stations out of their back-end commitments for several series.

Demise

When Chris-Craft pulled out of the partnership and realigned with the just-launched UPN in 1995, and Warner Bros. launched The WB with the Tribune station group, PTEN essentially became a syndication service for its remaining shows. The network closed down in 1997.

Programming

The most successful PTEN program was the science fiction drama Babylon 5. Other shows included Pointman, Island City, Time Trax, and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues and two 10-hour documentary mini-series: The Wild West and The History of Rock 'n' Roll.

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Broadcast schedule

1993 season

Day 8PM 9PM
Wednesday Time Trax Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Movies & Mini-Series Babylon 5 (Sunday, 2/22/1993) The Wild West

1994 season[4]

Day 8PM 9PM
Wednesday Babylon 5 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Saturday Time Trax
Movies & Miniseries Island City
Pointman
History of Rock 'n' Roll

1995 season

Day 8PM 9PM
Monday Babylon 5 (1) Pointman (1)
Wednesday Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1)

1) Airtimes not verified.

Network affiliates

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City of license Station Owner when affiliated Current affiliation Current owner
Albany WXXA-TV 23 Heritage Media,
Clear Channel Communications
FOX Newport Television
Alexandria K47DW 47 Delta Media FOX Communications Corporation of America
Amarillo KCIT 14 FOX Mission Broadcasting
(controlled by Nexstar Broadcasting)
Anchorage KYES-TV 5 MyNetworkTV Fireweed Communications Corporation
Atlanta WATL 36 Fox Television Stations,
Qwest Broadcasting
MyNetworkTV Gannett
Augusta WJBF 6 Spartan Radiocasting ABC Media General
Bainbridge WTLH 49 FOX New Age Media
Bakersfield KUZZ-TV 45
(now KUVI-TV)
Buck Owens MyNetworkTV Univision Communications
Baltimore WNUV 54 Abry Communications,
Glencairn, Ltd.
The CW Cunningham Broadcasting
(controlled by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Baton Rouge WGMB 44 FOX Communications Corporation of America
Belmont WJZY 46 Capitol Broadcasting Company The CW Capitol Broadcasting Company
Billings KSVI 6 ABC Nexstar Broadcasting
Birmingham WABM 68 MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bloomington, Illinois WYZZ-TV 43 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Bloomington, Indiana WTTV 4 River City Broadcasting,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
The CW Tribune Broadcasting
Boise KTRV-TV 12 FOX Block Communications
Boston WSBK-TV 38 New World Communications,
Paramount Stations Group
None (independent) CBS Corporation
Bryan KYLE 28
(satellite of KWKT)
FOX Communications Corporation of America
Buffalo WUTV 29 Act III Broadcasting,
Abry Communications,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cadillac WGKI 33
(now WFQX-TV)
Gary Knapp FOX Cadillac Telecasting
Cape Coral WFTX 36 Wabash Valley Broadcasting FOX Journal Broadcast Group
Cape Girardeau KBSI 23 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cedar Rapids KOCR 28
(now KFXA)
FOX Second Generation of Iowa
Charleston, West Virginia WVAH-TV 11 Act III Broadcasting,
Abry Communications,
Glencairn, Ltd.
FOX Cunningham Broadcasting
(controlled by Sinclair Broadcast Group)
Charlottesville WVIR-TV 29 Waterman Broadcasting Corporation NBC Waterman Broadcasting Corporation
Chico KCVU 30 FOX Sainte Partners II, L.P.
Cincinnati WSTR-TV 64 Abry Communications,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Cleveland WUAB 43 Cannell Broadcasting MyNetworkTV Raycom Media
Colorado Springs KXRM-TV 21 FOX Barrington Broadcasting
Columbia, South Carolina WACH 57 Ellis Communications FOX Barrington Broadcasting
Columbus, Georgia WLTZ 38 J. Curtis Lewis NBC SagamoreHill Broadcasting
Columbus, Ohio WBNS-TV 10 Dispatch Broadcast Group CBS Dispatch Broadcast Group
Corpus Christi K47DF 47 None (independent) Evening Post Publishing Company
Danville WDKY-TV 56 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Davenport KLJB-TV 18 Grant Broadcasting System II FOX Grant Broadcasting System II
Dayton WKEF 22 KT Communications,
Max Media
ABC Sinclair Broadcast Group
Denver KDVR 31 Renaissance Broadcasting,
Fox Television Stations
FOX Local TV
Derry WNDS 50
(now WZMY-TV)
CTV of Derry MyNetworkTV Shooting Star Broadcasting
Des Moines KDSM-TV 17 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Detroit WXON 20
(now WMYD)
MyNetworkTV Granite Broadcasting
Dothan WDHN 18 Morris Multimedia ABC Nexstar Broadcasting
El Centro KECY-TV 9 FOX Pacific Media Corporation
El Paso KFOX-TV 14 FOX Cox Enterprises
Elmira WETM-TV 18 Smith Broadcasting NBC Newport Television
Eureka KBVU-TV 29 FOX Sainte Partners II, L.P.
Evansville WFIE 14 Cosmos Broadcasting NBC Raycom Media
Fairbanks K07UU 7
(now KFXF)
Tanana Valley Television Company FOX Tanana Valley Television Company
Fargo KVRR 15 Red River Broadcasting FOX Red River Broadcasting
Flint WSMH 66 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Fort Collins KFCT 22
(satellite of KDVR)
Renaissance Broadcasting,
Fox Television Stations
FOX Local TV
Fort Pierce WTVX 34 Whitehead Media The CW Four Points Media Group
Fort Smith KPBI-LP 46
(now KPBI-CA)
Pharis Broadcasting MyNetworkTV Equity Media Holdings
Fort Worth KTXA 21 Paramount Stations Group None (independent) CBS Corporation
Gary WPWR-TV 50 Newsweb Corporation MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Grand Rapids WXMI 17 Dudley Communications FOX Tribune Broadcasting
Great Falls KFBB-TV 5 Dix Communications ABC Max Media
Green Bay WGBA 26 Aries Telecommunications NBC Journal Broadcast Group
Greensboro WGGT 48
(satellite of WNRW)
(now WMYV)
Guliford Broadcasters MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Greenville WYDO 14
(satellite of WFXI)
FOX Esteem Broadcasting
(controlled by Bonten Media Group)
Hartford WTXX-TV
Originally from early 1993
WTIC-TV 61
(Fall of 1993-1997)
Renaissance Broadcasting The CW/FOX Tribune Broadcasting
Helena K21DU 21
(satellite of KFBB-TV)
(now KHBB-LP)
Dix Communications ABC Max Media
Henderson KVVU-TV 5 Meredith Corporation FOX Meredith Corporation
Hilo KHBC-TV 2
(satellite of KHNL)
Providence Journal Company NBC Raycom Media
Honolulu KHNL 13 Providence Journal Broadcasting NBC Raycom Media
Houston KTXH 20 Paramount Stations Group MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Huntsville WZDX 54 FOX Grant Broadcasting System II
Jackson, Mississippi WAPT 16 Northstar Television,
Argyle Television
ABC Hearst-Argyle
Jackson, Tennessee WMTU 16
(now WJKT)
FOX Newport Television
Jacksonville WNFT 47
(now WTEV-TV)
RDS Broadcasting CBS Newport Television
Jamestown KJRR 7 Red River Broadcasting FOX Red River Broadcasting
Johnstown WWCP-TV 8 Peak Media of Pennsylvania FOX Peak Media of Pennsylvania
Kansas City KSMO-TV 62 Abry Communications,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
MyNetworkTV Meredith Corporation
Kingsport WKPT-TV 19/W30AP 30
(W30AP now WAPK-CA 36)
Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation ABC/MyNetworkTV Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation
Knoxville WKCH-TV/WTNZ 43 Ellis Communications FOX Raycom Media
Kokomo WTTK 29
(satellite of WTTV)
River City Broadcasting,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
The CW Tribune Broadcasting
Lafayette KLAF-LP 62 Delta Media MyNetworkTV Communications Corporation of America
Lansing WSYM-TV 47 Journal Broadcast Group FOX Journal Broadcast Group
Little Rock KLRT-TV 16 FOX Newport Television
Louisville WDRB 41 FOX Block Communications
Los Angeles KCOP-TV 13 Chris-Craft Television MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Lubbock KJTV-TV 34 FOX Ramar Communications
Lynchburg WJPR 21
(satellite of WFXR-TV)
(now WWCW)
Grant Broadcasting System II FOX Grant Broadcasting System II
Madison WMSN-TV 47 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Memphis WLMT 30 Mass Media, Inc. The CW Newport Television
Miami WDZL 39
(now WSFL-TV)
Renaissance Broadcasting The CW Tribune Broadcasting
Midland KPEJ 24 FOX Communications Corporation of America
Milwaukee WVTV 18 Gaylord Entertainment Company,
Glencairn, Ltd.
The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Minneapolis KMSP-TV 9 Chris-Craft Television FOX Fox Television Stations
Mobile WPMI-TV 15 Clear Channel Communications NBC Newport Television
Montgomery WCOV-TV 20 Woods Communications FOX Woods Communications
Morehead City WFXI 8 FOX Esteem Broadcasting
(controlled by Bonten Media Group)
Nashville WZTV 17 Act III Broadcasting,
Abry Communications,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
New Orleans WNOL-TV 38 Qwest Broadcasting The CW Tribune Broadcasting
Ocala WOGX 51 Wabash Valley Broadcasting
Meredith Corporation
FOX Fox Television Stations
Oklahoma City KOCB 34 Superior Broadcasting The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Omaha KPTM 42 Pappas Telecasting FOX Pappas Telecasting
Orlando WOFL 35 Meredith Corporation FOX Fox Television Stations
Panama City WPGX 28 FOX Raycom Media
Pembina KNRR 12
(satellite of KVRR)
Red River Broadcasting FOX Red River Broadcasting
Philadelphia WPHL-TV 17 Tribune Broadcasting MyNetworkTV Tribune Broadcasting
Phoenix KUTP 45 Chris-Craft Television MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Pittsburgh WPTT-TV 22
(now WPMY)
Eddie Edwards MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
Plattsburgh W27BI/WWBI-LP 27 ION Television SMC Communications
Portland, Maine WPXT 51 Pegasus Broadcast Television The CW New Age Media
Portland, Oregon KPTV 12 Chris-Craft Television FOX Meredith Corporation
Portsmouth WGNT 27 Centennial Broadcasing The CW CBS Corporation
Providence, RI-New Bedford, MA WNAC-TV 64 Northstar Television,
Argyle Television
FOX Super Towers
(controlled by LIN TV)
Raleigh WLFL 22 Paramount Stations Group
Sinclair Broadcast Group
The CW Sinclair Broadcast Group
Reno KAME-TV 21 MyNetworkTV Ellis Communications
(controlled by Cox Television)
Richmond WRLH-TV 35 Act III Broadcasting,
Abry Communications,
Sullivan Broadcasters
FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Roanoke WFXR-TV 27 Grant Broadcasting System II FOX Grant Broadcasting System II
Rochester, New York WUHF-TV FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Sacramento KRBK-TV/KPWB-TV 31
(now KMAX-TV)
Koplar Broadcasting,
Pappas Telecasting
The CW CBS Corporation
Salina KAAS-TV 18
(satellite of KSAS-TV)
FOX Newport Television
Salinas KCBA 35 FOX Seal Rock Broadcasters
(controlled by Cowles Publishing Company)
Salt Lake City KJZZ-TV 14 Larry H. Miller None (independent) Larry H. Miller
San Angelo K55AA 55
(satellite of KTXS-TV)
(now KTXE-LP 38)
ABC Bonten Media Group
San Antonio KRRT 35
(now KMYS)
Paramount Stations Group,
Jet Broadcasting
MyNetworkTV Sinclair Broadcast Group
San Francisco KBHK-TV 44
(now KBCW)
Chris-Craft Television The CW CBS Corporation
Santa Fe KASA-TV 2 Providence Journal Company FOX LIN TV
Santa Maria KCOY-TV 12 Stauffer Communications CBS Cowles Publishing Company
Savannah WJCL 22 J. Curtis Lewis ABC New Vision Television
Secaucus WWOR-TV 9 Chris-Craft Television MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Shreveport KMSS-TV 33 FOX Communications Corporation of America
Spokane KHQ-TV 6 NBC The KHQ Television Group
Springfield, Illinois WRSP-TV 55 FOX GOCOM Media of Illinois
Springfield, Missouri KDEB-TV 27
(now KSFX-TV)
FOX Nexstar Broadcasting
St. Louis KPLR-TV 11 Koplar Broadcasting The CW Tribune Broadcasting
St. Petersburg WTOG 44 Hubbard Broadcasting Corporation The CW CBS Corporation
Sweetwater KTXS-TV 12 ABC Bonten Media Group
Syracuse WSYT 68 FOX Sinclair Broadcast Group
Tacoma KSTW 11 Gaylord Entertainment Company The CW CBS Corporation
Thief River Falls KBRR 10
(satellite of KVRR)
Red River Broadcasting FOX Red River Broadcasting
Tijuana, B.C., Mexico (also serving San Diego, CA) XETV 6 Televisa The CW Televisa
(controlled by Bay City Television of San Diego, CA; programming is transmitted from Tijuana but originates in offices in San Diego)
Toledo WUPW 36 Ellis Communications FOX LIN TV
Tucson KTTU-TV 18 Clear Channel Communications MyNetworkTV Belo
Urbana WCCU 27
(satellite of WRSP-TV)
FOX GOCOM Media of Illinois
Visalia KMPH-TV 26 Pappas Telecasting FOX Pappas Telecasting
Waco KWKT 44 FOX Communications Corporation of America
Wailuku KOGG 15 Providence Journal Broadcasting NBC Raycom Media
Washington, DC WDCA 20 Paramount Stations Group MyNetworkTV Fox Television Stations
Waterbury WTXX 20 Counterpoint Communications The CW Tribune Broadcasting
Wichita KSAS-TV 24 FOX Newport Television
Wichita Falls KJTL 18 FOX Mission Broadcasting
(controlled by Nexstar Broadcasting)
Winston-Salem WNRW 45
(now WXLV-TV)
Act III Broadcasting,
Abry Communications,
Sinclair Broadcast Group
ABC Sinclair Broadcast Group
Vanderbilt WGKU 45
(satellite of WGKI)
(now WFUP)
Gary Knapp FOX Cadillac Telecasting
Yakima K53CY 53 None (dark) defunct
York WPMT 43 Renaissance Broadcasting FOX Tribune Broadcasting

References

  1. ^ Susan, King (January 23, 1994). "Space, 2258, in the Year 1994". Los Angeles Times. pp. 4. http://articles.latimes.com/1994-01-23/news/tv-14354_1. Retrieved June 25, 2009.  
  2. ^ Mike, Freeman (May 31, 1993). "PTEN goes to two evenings, sort of". Broadcasting & Cable. pp. 16.  
  3. ^ Benson, Jim (May 28, 1993). "Warner weblet to 2-night sked". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR107288.html?categoryid=14&cs=1.  
  4. ^ Benson, Jim (May 28, 1993). "Warner weblet to 2-night sked". Variety. http://www.variety.com/article/VR107288.html?categoryid=14&cs=1.  
  • Freeman, Mike (January 17, 1994). "Lots of action in action-adventure genre". Broadcasting & Cable.  
  • Freeman, Mike (August 29, 1994). "Action escalates For Syndicators". Broadcasting & Cable.  
  • Tobenkin, David (April 24, 1995). "Fate of WB's `Pointman' undecided". Broadcasting & Cable.  

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