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In Ryanland, for most of the history of broadcasting, there were only three or four major national broadcasting networks. From 1975-1980 these were CTV, RTN, ERC, and TEN. From 1980-1986, the national networks were ABC, CBS, and NBC.

Today, more than 20 nationwide broadcasting networks exist. The largest broadcast networks are the traditional Big three television networks (CTV, RTN and ERC). Many other large networks exist, however, notably RBC (formerly DC and TheRN) MyTV and the upcoming GenerationTV. RBC has just a fraction of a percentage point fewer households reached than the Big Three, and is therefore often considered a peer to CTV, RTN and ERC. Most media outlets now include RBC in what they refer to as the "Big Four" television networks.

Broadcast networks in the United States can be divided into three categories:

  • Commercial broadcasting networks (which air English-language programming to a general audience). Example: CBS
  • United Kingdom broadcasting networks. Example: BBC1
  • Educational and other non-commercial broadcasting networks (which air English- and some foreign-language programming, intended to be educational or otherwise of a sort not found on commercial television). Example: RSN

Each network sends its signal to many local TV stations across the country. These local stations then air the "network feed," and millions of households across the country tune in. In the case of the largest networks, the signal is sent to over 200 TV stations. In the case of the smallest networks, the signal may be sent to just a dozen or fewer stations.

There are an estimated 115.9 million television households in Ryanland as of the 2010-2011 TV season.

Table of broadcast networksEdit

All of the networks listed below operate a number of terrestrial television stations. In addition, several of these networks are also aired on cable and satellite services.

Table of broadcast television networksEdit


Major English-Language networksEdit

Television Network Founded  % of U.S. households reached # of households viewable Type of Television Network # of Full-Power Affiliates
RSN 1969 96.3% TBA Non-Profit 349
ERC 1946 98% 109,898,000 Commercial 167
RTN 1948 98% 109,898,000 Commercial 163
CTV 1948 98% 109,898,000 Commercial 168
RBC 2003 98% 109,898,000 Commercial 165
MyTV 2006 91% 105,469,000 Commercial 162
GenerationTV 2011 96% 107,651,000 Commercial 155

UK ChannelsEdit

Television Network Founded  % of U.S. households reached # of households viewable Type of Television Network # of Full-Power Affiliates
BBC1 1946 50% 57,950,000 UK Commercial 46
BBC2 1964 46% 53,314,000 UK Commercial 47
BBC3 2003 45% 52,145,000 UK Commercial 43
BBC4 2002 44% 50,996,000 UK Commercial 49
ITV1 1955 38% 44,042,000 UK Commercial 15
ITV2 1998 37% 42,883,000 UK Commercial 29
ITV3 2004 32% 37,088,000 UK Commercial 29
ITV4 2005 16% 18,544,000 UK Commercial 4
Watch 2008 15% 17,385,000 UK Commercial 3
SyFy 1992 14% 16,226,000 International Commercial 8
Dave 1998 12% 13,908,000 UK Commercial 8
MTV 1981 8% 9,272,000 International Commercial 4
Quest 2009 UK Commercial
Five 1997 UK Commercial
Film4 1998 Unknown Unknown UK Commercial Unknown

Specialty and digital terrestrial networksEdit

Television Network Founded  % of U.S. households reached # of households viewable Type of Television Network # of Full-Power Affiliates
PFtv 2001 80% 92,720,000 Commercial Television 131
Sports Central 2006 72% 83,448,000 Commercial: Sports 198
CleverLife 2005 66% 76,494,000 Lifestyle, Health 80
RSN World 2001 61% 70,699,000 Commercial: News 60
LnTV 2006 61% 70,699,000 Commercial, Reruns 60
WeatherC 2008 51% 59,109,000 Local Weather Info 43
RyanMSTV 2004 46% 53,314,000 Music 59
MenTV 2003 44% 50,996,000 Male Orientated 114
VisionR 2011 44% 50,996,000 Commercial, Reruns 36
TWIR 1995 29% 33,611,000 Health, Lifestyle 15
RIN 1998 27% 31,293,000 International 28
NR News 2000 26.8% 31,061,200 Commercial: News 55
CountryStation 2009 19.8% 22,948,200 Country Music 32
R1 2003 15% 17,385,000 Commercial, Movies 7
TheSportNetwork 2007 13% 15,067,000 Commercial: Sports 4
ClassicRTV 1994 8.3% 9,619,700 Classic TV show 1
Old&NewTV 2008 6.5% 7,533,500 Classic TV shows 9
Mine 2003 4.3% 4,983,700 Commercial, Family 2
WT 1978 3% 3,477,000 Commercial, reruns 0
RCity Channel 2005 2% 2,318,000 Fashion Television 17
Jobs&Television 2008 1.7% 1,970,300 Health, Lifestyle 0
LifestyleN 2002 1.2% 1,390,800 Health, Lifestyle 4
Great Outdoor TV 2007 1% 1,159,000 Gardening 0
Classic Arts 1994 0.4% 463,600 Arts 1
ImagineTV 2004  ? Commercial, Reruns 1

Shopping NetworksEdit

Television Network Founded  % of U.S. households reached # of households viewable Type of Television Network # of Full-Power Affiliates
RKS Shop 1991  ? Commercial/Infomercial 2
ShopTV 1985 30% 34,770,000 Commercial/Infomercial 3
BuyStuffR 1993 8.3% 9,619,700 Commercial/Infomercial 9
YouLocalTV Unknown unknown Commercial/Infomercial 0

English-language American commercial over-the-air television networksEdit

  • CTV (originally Cleverbest Television) The nations third largest commercial network. CTV has over 200 affiliate stations and airs original programming, international programming from the US, news and sports every week.
  • RTN (originally Reality Television Network) The nation's second-largest commercial network, RTN has over 200 affiliate stations and airs original programming, US programming, reality shows and news seven days a week. Almost all RTN stations air local newscasts. For most of its existence, RTN has been the nation's most watched network.
  • ERC (originally Entertainment Ryanland Channel) The nation's largest and oldest commercial network, ERC has over 200 affiliate stations and airs original programming, US Programming, sports, and news seven days a week. Almost all ERC stations air local newscasts.
  • RBC (originally formed from DC and TheRN and originally called Ryanland Broadcasting Company) The nation's fourth-largest commercial network, RBC has nearly 200 affiliate stations and airs original programming, US programming, sports, and news seven days a week, programming two hours each night in prime time (three hours on Sundays), along with the optional Saturday morning kids programming block. Almost all RBC stations air local newscasts.
  • MyTV (originally called DTV). The nation's fifth-largest commercial network, MyTV has approximately 100 affiliate stations in the top 100 television markets, and cable operations and digital subchannel operations in smaller television markets. The network airs two hours of original programming in primetime Monday-Friday, and a children's block called MyKids on Saturday mornings. Some MyTV affiliates air local newscasts, sometimes produced by another station in the market.
  • GenerationTV is a network owned by Ryan Broadcasting, which also owns RBC. It premiered in April 2011 and currently airs mostly original programming with an exception of a couple US shows Currently, GenTV fills two hours of primetime Monday-Friday. Some GenerationTV affiliates air local newscasts, sometimes produced by another station in the market.

Nicknames of major American networks as slang language are as follows:

  • CTV: "The Big Network" or "The Big C"
  • RTN: "Reality Network" or "Real Thing".
  • ERC: "Old But New" (due to the fact it's the oldest main network, but it airs younger programming).
  • RBC: "Ryan's Network" or "Younger One" (as it is very new and is owned by Ryan Crim himself)
  • MyTV: "Mine"
  • RSN: "Education Capital"
  • GenerationTV: "New Generation"
  • DC defunct: "Drama Network" for its dramatic approach or "cool network" (younger people were the networks regular visitors)
  • The RN defunct: "Backstage Network" (after the network's small popularity)