FOX is an American broadcast television network under the ownership of Fox Corporation. It was founded on October 9, 1986, and is the fifth of the nation-wide terrestrial networks, alongside NBC, CBS and ABC, and succeeding the defunct DuMont network.
The Fox Broadcasting Company (regularly shortened to just FOX) is a national television network in the United States owned by the Fox Entertainment Company and, by proxy, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The network spent twenty years building a reputation to rival the big three (ABC, NBC and CBS) national networks, beginning in March 1985 when Murdoch purchased half of 20th Century Fox studios only to buy the rest of the studio six months later. However, although the groundwork for the network began 1985, FOX wasn't officially launched until October 9, 1986 when the network began broadcast to 96 stations nationwide (comparatively, the big three had between 210 and 215 broadcast stations). Although the network was available in 80% of all homes, the only series broadcast in the beginning was The Late Show Starring Joan Rivers.
FOX became the iconoclast in comparison to its competition, preferring to target young, hip audiences rather than the older demographic which the big three had appealed to because of familiarity. On April 5, 1987 the network premiered its first primetime shows: Married... with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show. By 1993, FOX expanded into a full week schedule of primetime shows. But, their mark wasn't made on the industry until the early 1990s when Murdoch's News Corporation (later 21st Century Fox) bought up more television station groups and outbid CBS for the rights to show National Football Conference games from the NFL. As the years went on, the network created more and more original programming targeted towards younger audiences, expanding into drama (The X-Files, Beverly Hills 90210, The O.C.), animation (The Simpsons, Futurama, Family Guy, King of the Hill), sketch comedy (In Living Color, The Ben Stiller Show, MADtv) and sitcoms (Malcolm in the Middle, That 70's Show, Arrested Development). Currently, the network can be seen in approximately 96.18% of all U.S. households.
Since its foundation, FOX has run an owned-and-operated station division, Fox Television Stations, which was formed in 1986 from six independent stations formerly owned by Metromedia. FTS also oversees operations of the syndication service MyNetworkTV.
- Program Listing: A complete listing of shows aired on FOX.
Primetime Shows (2020-2021 Season)
Current Primetime Schedule
|Monday||L.A.'s Finest||The Masked Dancer|
|Tuesday||The Resident||Prodigal Son|
|Wednesday||The Masked Dancer||Name That Tune|
|Thursday||Hell's Kitchen||Call Me Kat||Last Man Standing|
|Sunday||The Simpsons||The Simpsons||The Great North||Bob's Burgers||Family Guy|
Current Non-Primetime Schedule
|Sunday||FOX News Sunday|
Afternoon and Evening
FOX owned-and-operated stations
FOX owns and operates the following television stations under its Fox Television Stations division:
|1||New York City NY||WNYW||27||5||FOX|
|2||Los Angeles CA||KTTV||11|
|5||Dallas/Ft. Worth TX||KDFW||35||4|
|6||San Francisco/Oakland CA||KTVU||44||2|
|7||Washington D C||WTTG||36||5|
|11||Tampa/St. Petersburg FL||WTVT||13|
|15||Minneapolis/St. Paul MN||KMSP-TV||9|
Fox owned MyNetworkTV and independent stations
Fox owns the following MyNetworkTV and independent stations:
|1||New York City NY||WWOR-TV||38||9||My Network TV|
|2||Los Angeles CA||KCOP-TV||13|
|3||Chicago IL||WPWR-TV||51||50|| The CW|
My Network TV (.2)
|5||Dallas/Ft. Worth TX||KDFI||36||27||My Network TV|
|6||San Francisco/Oakland CA||KICU||36||Independent|
|7||Washington DC||WDCA||35||20||My Network TV|
|15||Minneapolis/St. Paul MN||KFTC||29|
Official website for FOX