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Further information: Primetime (TV series)

Prime time is the block of programming on television during the middle of the evening. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Image File history File links Gnome-globe. ... Primetime is a general-interest American news magazine show which debuted on ABC in 1989 with co-hosts Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer and originally had the title Primetime Live. ... A television program (US), television programme (UK) or simply television show is a segment of programming in television broadcasting. ...

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Definition

In North America, television networks feed their prime time programming in two blocks: one for the Eastern, Central, and Mountain time zones, and one for the Pacific, Alaskan, and Hawaiian time zones to their local affiliates. In Atlantic Canada (including Newfoundland) as well as Alaska and Hawaii there is no change in the interpretation or usage of "prime time" as the concept is not attached to time zones in any way. North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) None[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ... This article is about the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ...


When prime time is

The generally accepted times considered to be traditional prime time are 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific and 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central and Mountain Monday–Saturday.

  • On Sundays, prime time begins an hour earlier, at 7:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific and 6:00 p.m. Central and Mountain, ending at the same time as on the other six days of the week. Note that for cable networks, such as USA, TBS, and ABC Family, prime time is 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. all seven days of the week.
  • With the addition of newer networks such as FOX, The CW, and MyNetworkTV, they're now considered a common prime separate from traditional prime. Common prime is 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Eastern and Pacific and 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central and Mountain Monday–Saturday, beginning an hour earlier on Sundays as with traditional prime.
  • Before the FCC regulated time slots prior to prime time in the early 1970s, networks began programming at 7:30 on weeknights. For a historical look at prime time, see History of TV Prime Time

TBS also stands for Tokyo Broadcasting System, a Japanese television network. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney-ABC Television Group, a division of The Walt Disney Company. ... The Fox Broadcasting Company, usually referred to as just Fox (the company itself prefers the capitalized version FOX), is a television network in the United States. ... “The CW” redirects here. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by News Corporation. ... The FCCs official seal. ...

International

  • Prime time in Australia is from 6:00pm to 12:00am. However the prime of this is from 6:00pm to 10:30pm (as Australian TV stations start hour long programs at half past a particular hour), following Australian Eastern Standard Time, however official primetime is 6:00
  • Prime time in New Zealand is considered to be 7:30 to 10:30pm, but can be extended to cover the entire evening of television (6pm-11pm).
  • In Korea(South), tradition of this time is usually starts from 6:00pm until 9:00pm(for evening), 9:00pm to 12:00am(for night).
  • In a great part of Latin America, prime time is considered from 6:00pm or 7:00pm to 10:00 or 11:00pm. The time slot is usually used for News, Telenovelas and TV Series, and special time slots are used for Reality Shows, with great popularity.
  • In the Philippines, the conception of "prime time" varies per network, with ABS-CBN starting at 6:00 pm, while GMA starts at 6:30pm. Both stations end their "prime time" programming at the start of the late night newscast (usually at 11:30pm). Timeslots with largest viewest shares are usually between 7:30pm and 10:30pm.
  • In Germany prime time begins traditionally at 8:15pm. This is due to Tagesschau, the most popular German news program, being on from 8:00pm to 8:15pm each day. In the late 90s one channel, Sat.1, tried to move its prime programming to 8pm straight, but reverted to the common timeslots only months later.

Time Zone is also a historical computer game. ... For the history of Korea, see Korea. ... Latin America consists of the countries of South America and some of North America (including Central America and some the islands of the Caribbean) whose inhabitants mostly speak Romance languages, although Native American languages are also spoken. ... For other uses, see News (disambiguation). ... Telenovela is the Spanish and Portuguese word for prime time serial or soap opera. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Categories: Corporation stubs | Philippines | Television networks ... Global Media Arts (GMA) Network, Incorporated (PSE: GMA7 and GMAP), a Philippine multi-media conglomerate, is a television network in the Philippines. ... Tagesschau (View on the Day) is the title of a television news programme broadcast on several German-language television stations. ... Sat. ...

Timeslot's relationship to radio & TV revenue

Prime time is the daypart (block of a day's programming schedule) with the most viewers and is generally where television networks and local stations reap much of their advertising revenues. The Nielsen Ratings system is explicitly designed for the optimum measurement of audience viewership by dayparts with prime time being of most interest. In broadcasting, dayparting is the practice of dividing the day into several parts, during each of which a different type of radio programming or television programming apropos for that time is aired. ... A television network is a distribution network for television content whereby a central operation provides programming for many television stations. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...


The existence of prime time in the United States is largely an artifact of now repealed regulations of the Federal Communications Commission which limited the number of hours that a network can require its affiliates to broadcast. The FCCs official seal. ...


Additionally, networks may also choose to provide local affiliates the opportunity to air sporting events or other special events which may fall outside of standard designated network broadcast times. An affiliate is a commercial entity with a relationship with a peer or a larger entity. ...


Prime time and international broadcasting

Outside North America "Prime Time" is used in international broadcasting to refer to when the most audience is available to an international broadcaster in a particular time zone (Australian Eastern Standard Time, for example) or block of contiguous time zones (Eastern North America, as in EST + CST).

  • In the case of the Pacific Time Zone (Americans) prime time is from 03:00 UTC to 0700 UTC.
  • GMT prime time is exactly 12 hours from NZT prime time.

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Prime Time in Europe

Prime Time in the United Kingdom

In the UK, Prime time is generally seen as 7PM to 11PM, as this is when highest ratings are achieved and thus when popular shows are screened such as the country's three most popular soaps (Eastenders, Coronation Street & Emerdale)


Prime Time in Germany

In Germany, the term "prime time" has the same meaning as in the US. Public and privately owned TV stations air their premium programme according to German audience's television habits.
The oldest public national broadcasting network of Germany, the Consortium of Broadcasting Networks in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Rundfunkanstalten in Deutschland = ARD), also referred to as "The First" (Das Erste) airs the Tagesschau, Germany's most watched news broadcast, at 8:00 p.m. The Tagesschau is scheduled for 15 minutes; its end marks the beginning of the prime time. All other channels have chosen to start their prime time at 8:15 p.m. Several attempts by Germany's privately owned broadcasters like Sat.1 to change the prime time start from 8:15 to 8:00 p.m. were not successful. ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – the Consortium of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany), is a joint organization of Germanys regional public broadcasting agencies. ... Tagesschau (View on the Day) is the title of a television news programme broadcast on several German-language television stations affiliated with the ARD network. ... Sat. ...


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