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1996-1997 Television Season

The 1996-1997 television season is the 51st network season in the United States television history. It began on Monday, September 9, 1996 and ended on Sunday, May 25, 1997. The effective start date of the 1996-97 season for the purposes of audience measurement was September 9, 1996 through September 14, 1997.

Demographic Estimates

Universe estimates used to calculate a program or network's rating within that particular demographic for the 1996-97 television season.

DemographicPopulationShare
Households97,000,000
Persons 2+257,050,000

Events

1996

October

  1. ID is launched as Discovery Civilization Network.
  2. Science is launched as Discovery Science Network.
  3. Destination America is launched as Discovery Travel & Living Network.
  4. Discovery Family is launched as Discovery Kids Channel.
  5. Fox News is launched.
  6. Fox & Friends premieres on Fox News.
  7. Your World with Neil Cavuto premieres on Fox News.

November

  1. ESPNews is launched.

1997

  1. Panorama Mundial premieres on CNN Español.

March

  1. CNN Español is launched.

September

  1. We TV is launched as Romance Classics.
  2. Saturday Morning premieres on CBS.

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