Today Sinclair announced new deals to bring popular hit shows like Law & Order Criminal Intent, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and more to their popular free broadcast TV networks Comet, CHARGE!, and TBD.
“These networks are on a roll as viewers continue to leave cable TV networks in search of new entertainment options such as free over-the-air multicast networks and streaming. For the first four months of 2023 Comet, CHARGE! and TBD ratings are up a collective 21% among P25-54 in primetime with each network registering double digit increases*,” said Adam Ware, SVP, Growth Networks Group. “These key series acquisitions combined with continued ratings and distribution growth perfectly position Comet, CHARGE! and TBD (The Stack) to offer advertisers meaningful options to reach network TV audiences in the upcoming 2023/24 broadcast season. Stay tuned as we continue to invest in the future of free over the air television.”
Here is what you can expect to find on Comet, CHARGE!, and TBD this year:
Comet, for fans of sci-fi and fantasy entertainment programming, adds the long-running NBC hit-series Grimm. Inspired by Grimms’ fairy tales, the series follows a homicide detective fighting supernatural forces. The hit series carries an 89% Rotten Tomatoes score and was the highest rated Friday night program on NBC during its run. Grimm premieres on Comet this summer, leading the network’s enhanced primetime block alongside Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files.
CHARGE!, home to the biggest police franchises in TV history, adds the iconic Dick Wolf series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent to anchor its primetime lineup. The long-running primetime hit, starring Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe, joins CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, creating the definitive line-up of police procedurals on CHARGE! this fall.
TBD, one of the youngest skewing free TV networks available, will launch TheLaugh List, an exclusive, original primetime series, featuring funny viral videos from the producers of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Vin Di Bona Productions. Premiering this Fall, TheLaugh List will join TBD’s successful young adult primetime block of off-network series including Wipeout, Fear Factor, and World’s Dumbest.
In many markets, these networks for free love the air with an antenna. Comet is also available to stream for free through its app and multiple services.