|WikiProject United States / American Television||(Rated Template-class)|
|WikiProject Television||(Rated Template-class)|
|This template was considered for deletion on 21 September 2009. The result of the discussion was "keep".|
I moved ION to major broadcast networks. ION although mostly if not all, UHF consists of full powered television stations located in almost all major TV markets. The "regional" or "specialty" networks are mostly class A and low power stations with a few full power stations thrown in. Furthermore since ION has revamped it's schedule it has routinely beaten MyNetworkTV in evening prime time ratings (especially "Mama's Family"). So if you include MyNetworkTV in major networks you have to include ION as well or remove MyNetworkTV to a minor specialty network.
I thought this was too long to put in the edit summary line, so I'm putting it here instead. First, UPN and The WB are not merging; they're shutting down. The Tribune_Company is not going to have any stake in The CW beyond a 10-year affiliate agreement for its O&O stations. Second, I don't think we should shunt the two networks off onto the side while they still exist, which they will for a number of months. Third, I put them back in alphabetical order. Personally, I'm not sure we should even have anything in the template for The CW beyond the "planned launch" notation. That's the thing about Wikipedia: We can just leave UPN and The WB in the template until the day they actually shut down, and then yank them. --Aaron 02:44, 26 January 2006 (UTC)
I added The Tube to the broadcast television template since it's becoming more availiable in the country. Both Tribune and Sinclair will the network (which is 100% music videos) to some of their digital channels this summer. Nemalki 20:57, 23 March 2006 (UTC)
The table at right, taken from:
contains the number of viewers (in millions) that each network averaged per hour of prime time, for the week of June 5-11, 2006 and for the season.
This table challenges the meaning of "major" in the template. The template can be fixed in one of at least two ways:
I'm changing "major" to "English language" for now, but am curious about what others think. 220.127.116.11 06:07, 14 June 2006 (UTC).
Since this template does not indicate that it only lists currently broadcasting networks, I am assuming UPN and The WB will continue to be listed after September (and if not, they should, IMO, otherwise the template wording should be changed to indicate it only lists current networks). If this is the case, we should also be listing the DuMont Television Network as it was a major network during the first decade of TV. 23skidoo 06:38, 17 June 2006 (UTC)
This appears to be digital-only, but I'm wondering where it should go, since it's nothing like Weather Plus or The Tube? I think I'll created a "Digital-only religious networks:" section. Any comments? --CFIF (talk to me) 02:00, 29 July 2006 (UTC)
Are they on broadcast TV somewhere? Lambertman 14:21, 24 August 2006 (UTC)
Given the ratings, how long before we can consider moving this down to "specialty networks"? :) Lambertman 16:17, 17 September 2006 (UTC)
My consideration is not so much the ratings but the long-term programming strategy. If this is only to be primarily 12 hours a week (two of which will be recycled content) — plus all of the content will be only one genre — I'd be for the move. But I'll also happily wait for others to weigh in on the issue. — ArkansasTraveler 14:39, 18 September 2006 (UTC)
That's why I lumped them together and maintain they should return to that way. Lambertman 22:13, 4 November 2006 (UTC)
Thought it is mentioned in the Ion Network article, I think that PAX TV does deserve a mention in the "defunct networks" section of this template: It lasted several years and featured original programming.--Kevin586 (talk) 18:05, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
Second, I think it might help the organization of the template if networks were grouped by language first, then by type. The page could be clearer if all the English-language networks were listed in categories such as major, specialty, religious, then all the Spanish stations were divided likewise, then put the defunct networks in a separate group.
That is incredibly confusing wording to have the two groups named major and other major. Either throw them all together and get rid of having two groups, or come up with something better than other major to name the 2nd group, would be my advice.18.104.22.168 (talk) 20:14, 17 March 2009 (UTC)