ABC, abbreviated the American Broadcasting Company, launched on April 19, 1948. It began using in-credit text logos on their programs in 1953. Since then, NBC, CBS and ABC were known as the three traditional commercial broadcast television networks. They have dominated television for more than 30 years.

Partnership with Disney

ABC was acquired by The Walt Disney Company in 1995. Beginning on September 28, 1997, this company aired movies once a week on Sundays, under The Wonderful World of Disney series, which lasted through Christmas Eve (December 24) of 2008.

Children's programming

The network's first children's programming block, Disney's One Saturday Morning, launched on September 13, 1997, and ran for two hours every Saturday morning on ABC. Five years later, on September 14, 2002, the same day when Discovery Kids on NBC also launched, Disney's One Saturday Morning was replaced by a new block called ABC Kids. Most shows that aired there were originally from Disney Channel. ABC Kids lasted for nine years, through August 27, 2011.

ABC today

ABC's official website (abc.com, later abc.go.com) launched on May 22, 1996.

ABC began broadcasting their programs in HDTV (16:9/1080i) format since the 2000s, and analog transmissions were shut down on June 12, 2009, like in all other over-the-air television networks.

Programming

Title Premiere date
(first known)
Ended
(or last aired)
Grinch Night October 29, 1977
Pontoffel Pock and His Magic Piano May 2, 1980 July 29, 1981
The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat May 20, 1982 August 7, 1983
Mary Poppins May 3, 1987 November 24, 1988
Full House September 22, 1987 August 29, 1995
Sonic the Hedgehog September 18, 1993 June 3, 1995
Hook December 11, 1994 December 26, 1996
The Lion King November 3, 1996 May 10, 1998
Toy Story September 28, 1997 June 3, 2006
Pocahontas March 1, 1998 February 3, 2002
The Hunchback of Notre Dame October 18, 1998
Matilda March 14, 1999
Hercules May 23, 1999
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride October 17, 1999 October 22, 2000
Mulan May 14, 2000
The Mask May 21, 2000 September 23, 2001
A Bug's Life September 30, 2001 February 16, 2018
Toy Story 2 November 4, 2001 June 10, 2006
Beauty and the Beast (Platinum Edition) November 10, 2002
The Lion King: Special Edition February 7, 2004
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone May 9, 2004 February 7, 2015
Monsters, Inc. October 30, 2004 June 14, 2008
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) November 25, 2004 December 25, 2014
Aladdin January 22, 2005
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets May 7, 2005 May 29, 2016
Pocahontas: 10th Anniversary Edition June 25, 2005
Finding Nemo November 24, 2005 May 25, 2016
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban October 28, 2006 February 20, 2010
Shrek 2 November 24, 2006 December 26, 2009
The Cat in the Hat (2003) August 25, 2007 December 20, 2008
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire April 26, 2008 December 29, 2012
Shrek the Third November 20, 2009 May 2, 2015
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix February 27, 2010 December 30, 2012
Despicable Me February 9, 2013 January 31, 2015
Toy Story 3 February 9, 2014 present
Up February 16, 2014 present
Toy Story (2010 Re-Release) December 10, 2015 May 21, 2016
Mary Poppins (50th Anniversary Edition) December 12, 2015 December 9, 2017
Monsters University April 23, 2016 May 13, 2017
Frozen December 11, 2016 September 30, 2018
Tangled February 19, 2017
Big Hero 6 August 5, 2017 present
Inside Out February 7, 2018
Wreck-It Ralph February 23, 2018
Toy Story 2 (2010 Re-Release) May 15, 2019
The Lion King (2011 Re-Release) May 28, 2019
The Lego Movie September 5, 2019

Weblinks

http://www.abc.com

  • ABC.com (1996-1998)

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