Grit (TV network)
Digital broadcast television network|
Nationwide via OTA digital television|
(covering 86% of the U.S.)
April 3, 2014 |
by Jonathan Katz
|Slogan||Television with Backbone|
Katz Broadcasting, LLC|
(E. W. Scripps Company)
|Parent||Grit Media, LLC|
Jonathan Katz (president/CEO, Katz Broadcasting)|
Bill Cox (SVP of programming, Grit)
|August 18, 2014|
|Affiliates||List of Grit affiliates|
Grit is an American digital multicast television network that is owned by Katz Broadcasting. The network features classic TV series and feature films targeted at men between the ages of 25 and 55 years old.
The network is available in many media markets via the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations and on the digital tiers of select cable providers through a local affiliate of the network.
Originally, Katz sold the network to affiliated TV stations via ad split but by October 2015 had moved to paying carriage fees in exchange for distributing the network's ad inventory.1 Grit used direct response advertising as a meter of viewers before switching to Nielsen rating C-3.3 It is available on Dish Network channel 217.
Grit was announced by Katz Broadcasting along with a sister network Escape on April 3, 2014, with a formal launch scheduled for that summer with initial affiliates announced at this time being Univision Communications owned stations. On August 11, 2014, Katz announced that the two networks would launch simultaneously on August 18. Grit launched at Noon Eastern Time on that date, with the 1952 film High Noon as the network's inaugural broadcast, leading off a week-long festival of John Wayne films.
Katz estimated, based on direct response advertising business by September 2015, the network had over 250,000 prime time viewer and available in 91 million homes and 81% of the country. At that time, Grit along with its sister network, Escape, were signing up for national ratings from Nielsen. Previously handling the network's direct response advertising, Marathon Ventures would continue after the change over with advertising and sponsorship sales.
Katz Broadcasting president and CEO Jonathan Katz based the demographic-targeted concept of Escape and Grit after Bounce TV, a network Katz co-founded with Martin Luther King III and Andrew Young in 2011 that is targeted at African American audiences. Katz stated Grit and Escape are "the country’s first ever male-centric and female-centric broadcast networks," featuring different programming from other classic television multicast networks that Katz referred to as "generic brands with generic names, created by studios to serve the studios."
Grit's program schedule features an extensive library of films through multi-year program licensing agreements with several major film studios: Warner Bros. Pictures, Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
When the network was first announced, Grit entered into an affiliation agreement with Univision Communications, which launched the network in 24 markets served by a station owned by the group or operated through local marketing agreements with Entravision Communications – giving Grit affiliates in 12 of the 20 largest U.S. television markets (including markets such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Dallas-Fort Worth). The network immediately sought carriage on the digital subchannels of television stations owned by other broadcasting companies; on June 17, 2014, Katz signed group deals to carry Grit on stations owned and/or operated by Raycom Media in 26 markets.
On July 17, 2014, Katz announced affiliation deals with the Cox Media Group to carry Grit on WFTV in Orlando and KMYT-TV in Tulsa; as well as KJWP in the Philadelphia market, and Citadel Communications-owned stations in Providence (WLNE-TV) and Lincoln (KLKN). It also expanded its affiliation deal with Univision Communications to add stations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Phoenix to the network's originally announced Univision-owned charter affiliates.
On October 9, 2014, the Sinclair Broadcast Group announced that it would carry the network on stations it owns and/or operates in 47 markets. The deal lasted for three years, and Sinclair dropped the network on their stations from February 2017 until the start of 2018 in preference for their co-owned network with MGM (and Grit's most direct competitor), Charge!.
On November 16, 2015, Katz announced an affiliation deal with Media General adding the network to five more markets.
List of affiliates
Starting July 23, 2018
|City of license/market||Station||Virtual
|Owner||Launch date||Notes †|
|Birmingham||WBRC||6.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
Fort Walton Beach
|WJTC||44.2||Deerfield Media||January 1, 2015|
|Ozark (Dothan)||WDFX-TV||34.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Phoenix||KASW||61.3||Nexstar Media Group||August 2016|
|KTVW-DT||33.3||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Fayetteville||KNWA-TV||51.3||Nexstar Media Group||September 2016|
|Hanford (Fresno)||KFTV-DT||21.4||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Ontario (Los Angeles)||KFTR-DT||46.4|
|Vallejo (San Francisco–|
|Monterey–Salinas||KMMD-CD||39.3||Caballero Television||January 22, 2018|
|San Diego (San Diego)||KFMB-TV||8.3||TEGNA Inc||July 2016|
|Santa Maria (Santa Barbara)||KCOY-TV||12.3||News-Press & Gazette Company||March 30, 2018|
|Stockton (Sacramento)||KTFK-DT||64.4||Univision Communications|
|Sterling (Denver)||KCDO-TV||3.2||Channel 3 TV Company LLC|
|New Haven||WCTX||59.2||Nexstar Media Group|
|Wilmington (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)||KJWP||2.3||PMCM TV, LLC||August 18, 2014|
|Fort Myers||WGPS-LP||22.6||WGPS of Southwest Florida, LLC|
|Jacksonville||WRCZ-LD||35.1||DTV America Corporation||October 2, 2017|
|Hollywood (Miami)||WAMI-DT||69.4||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Orlando||WRDQ||27.4||Cox Media Group||April 15, 2015|
|Panama City||WPGX||28.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Tampa–St. Petersburg||WFTS-TV||28.3||E. W. Scripps Company||April 15, 2015|
|West Palm Beach||WFLX||29.3||Raycom Media|
(operated by the E. W. Scripps Company)
|August 18, 2014|
|Augusta||WFXG||54.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Savannah||WTOC-TV||11.3||March 18, 2015|
|Honolulu||KHNL||13.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Boise||KNIN||9.3||Raycom Media||March 2, 2017|
|Idaho Falls/Pocatello||KPIF||15.3||Pocatello Channel 15, LLC||October 2, 2017|
|Champaign||WCIA||3.4||Nexstar Media Group||August 23, 2016|
|Joliet (Chicago)||WGBO-DT||66.3||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Rockford||WTVO||17.4||Nexstar Media Group||September 1, 2016|
|Evansville||WFIE||14.3||Raycom Media||October 28, 2014|
|Fort Wayne||WEDX-LD||29.1||DTV America Corporation||Launch date TBD|
|Indianapolis||WRTV||6.2||E. W. Scripps Company|
|Terre Haute||WAWV-TV||38.2||Nexstar Media Group||August 23, 2016|
|Ottumwa–Keokuk, IA–Kirksville, MO||KYOU-TV||15.3||American Spirit Media |
(operated by Raycom Media)
|August 18, 2014||Moved from 15.2, which joined NBC January 24, 2018|
|Derby (Wichita)||KDCU-DT||31.2||Entravision Communications||Launched July 2, 2018|
|Lawrence–Kansas City, MO||KMCI-TV||38.4||E. W. Scripps Company||Launched April 15, 2015|
|Wichita||KGPT-CD||26.3||Great Plains Television Network|
|Bowling Green||WCZU-LD||39.5||DTV America Corporation||September 23, 2016|
|Louisville||WAVE||3.2||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Newport (Cincinnati, Ohio)||WXIX-TV||19.3||July 2015|
|Baton Rouge||WBXH-CD||39.3||Raycom Media||August 1, 2015|
|Lafayette||KATC-TV||3.3||Cordillera Communications||June 28, 2016|
|Lake Charles||KPLC||7.4||Raycom Media||December 31, 2015||Moved to KPLC-TV DT4 when the CW was added in its old DT2 slot on August 31, 2017|
|Monroe/El Dorado||KARD||14.3||Nexstar Media Group||September 12, 2016|
|New Orleans||WVUE-DT||8.3||Louisiana Media Company|
(operated by Raycom Media)
|August 18, 2014|
|Shreveport||KSLA||12.2||Raycom Media||December 31, 2015|
|Salisbury||WGDV-LD||32.6||Marquee Broadcasting||October 2016|
|Marlborough (Boston)||WUTF-DT||66.4||Univision Communications|
(operated by Entravision Communications)
|April 1, 2017|
|New Bedford (Providence, Rhode Island)||WLNE-TV||6.2||Citadel Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Battle Creek–Kalamazoo–Grand Rapids||WOTV||41.3||Nexstar Media Group||January 2016|
|Lake City–Cadillac–Traverse City||WMNN-LD||26.5||Freelancer Television Broadcasting||early 2016||Replaced original Grit affiliate WPBN-DT3|
|Mount Clemens–Detroit||WADL||38.2||Adell Broadcasting Corporation||July 15, 2015|
|Mankato-St. James||K16CG-D||16.6||Cooperative Television|
|Minneapolis-St. Paul||KMBD-LD||43.7||DTV America Corporation|
|Redwood Falls||K46FY-D||46.1||Redwood TV Improvement Corporation|
|Jackson||WDBD||40.3||Raycom Media||October 2014|
|Cape Girardeau–Paducah, KY||KFVS-TV||12.3||Raycom Media||October 6, 2014|
|Columbia–Jefferson City||KQFX-LD||22.3||News-Press & Gazette Company||April 6, 2018|
|Joplin||KODE||12.2||Nexstar Media Group||August 25, 2016|
|Springfield||KOLR||10.3||August 20, 2016|
|St. Joseph||KNPG-LD||21.5||News-Press & Gazette Company||April 6, 2018|
|Billings–Hardin||KHMT||4.3||Nexstar Media Group||September 2, 2016|
|Lincoln||KLKN||8.2||Citadel Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Paterson (New York City)||WXTV-DT||41.4||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Albuquerque||KWBQ||19.2||Tamer Media||January 11, 2016|
|Buffalo||WKBW-TV||7.4||E. W. Scripps Company||June 2017|
(operated by Nexstar Media Group)
|September 3, 2016|
|Charlotte||WBTV||3.3||Raycom Media||October 8, 2014|
|Greenville||WPDU-LD||45.1||DTV America Corporation||TBD|
|Wilmington||WSFX-TV||26.3||American Spirit Media|
(operated by Raycom Media)
|August 18, 2014|
|Bismarck/Minot||KNDB||26.3||BEK Sports Network, Inc||August 2018|
|Fargo/Valley City/Grand Forks||KRDK-TV||4.6 (38)||Major Market Broadcasting||January 2015|
|Cincinnati||WXIX-TV||19.3||Raycom Media||July 2015|
|Cleveland||WEWS-TV||5.2||E. W. Scripps Company||April 14, 2017||Replaced Cozi TV
The network was originally carried on WUAB 43.3 from August 18, 2014 until January 5, 2018 when it's subchannel was deactivated. WUAB 43.3 continued to carry Grit, even after WEWS 5.2 picked up the network.
|Toledo||WTOL||11.3||Raycom Media||November 18, 2014|
|Oklahoma City||KTOU-LD||21.8||HC2 Holdings||2018|
|Tulsa||KMYT-TV||41.3||Cox Media Group||August 18, 2014|
|Erie||WFXP||66.3||Nexstar Media Group||August 28, 2016|
|Johnstown/Altoona/State College||WTAJ-TV||10.4||Nexstar Media Group||October 2017|
|Wilkes-Barre/Scranton||WBRE-TV||28.3||August 27, 2016|
|Pittsburgh||WPCW||19.3||CBS Corporation||July 1, 2017|
|Culebra||W46EO-D||45.1||TV Red de Puerto Rico, Inc.|
|Charleston||WCSC-TV||5.3||Raycom Media||December 31, 2015|
|Greenville||W28DB-D||28.3||Carolina Christian Broadcasting||July 30, 2018|
|Myrtle Beach||WMBF-TV||32.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Chattanooga||[[Wdef 12.4||Altennga Broadcasting||January 8, 2018|
|Knoxville||WTNZ||43.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Memphis||WMC||5.3||December 31, 2015|
|Nashville||WKRN-TV||2.4||Nexstar Media Group||2017|
|Abilene||KRBC-TV||9.2||Nexstar Media Group||August 25, 2016|
|Alvin (Houston)||KFTH-DT||67.3||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Amarillo||KCIT||14.2||Nexstar Media Group||August 25, 2016|
|Austin||KNVA||54.2||January 29, 2016|
|Del Rio (San Antonio)||KYVV-TV||28.1||Stryker Media LLC||July 1, 2018|
|El Paso||KINT-TV||26.2||Entravision Communications||June 2018|
|Irving (Dallas–Fort Worth)||KSTR-DT||49.3||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Laredo||KETF-CD||31.4||Entravision Communications||July 23, 2018|
|Lubbock||KCBD||11.3||Raycom Media||August 18, 2014|
|Midland-Odessa||KMID||2.4||Nexstar Media Group||September 2016|
|San Angelo||KLST||8.3||August 25, 2016|
|San Antonio||KWEX-DT||41.3||Univision Communications||August 18, 2014|
|Wichita Falls||KJTL||18.3||Nexstar Media Group||September 1, 2016|
|Provo (Salt Lake City)||KUCW||30.3||Nexstar Media Group||September 2, 2016|
|Burlington||WVNY||22.3||Nexstar Media Group||August 23, 2016|
|Arlington (Washington, D.C.)||WFDC-DT||14.3||Univision Communications|
(operated by Entravision Communications
|August 18, 2014|
|Ashland (Richmond)||WUPV||65.3||Raycom Media|
|Vancouver (Portland, Oregon)||KPDX||49.4||Meredith Corporation||February 2017|
|Huntington-Charleston||WOWK-TV||13.4||Nexstar Media Group||October 2017|
|Green Bay||WACY-TV||32.2||E. W. Scripps Company||August 11, 2015|
|La Crosse||WLAX||25.4||Nexstar Media Group||August 30, 2016|
|Madison||WIFS||57.8||Byrne Acquisition Group, LLC||April 30, 2018|
|Milwaukee||WTMJ-TV||4.4||E. W. Scripps Company||March 2018||moved to WTMJ from WCGV-DT3 (24.3), which left the air January 8, 2018|
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