What Channel Is CMT on Spectrum? (2023 Update)

What Channel Is CMT on Spectrum? (2023 Update)

If you’re a fan of country music, then Country Music Television is probably already on your radar. CMT burst onto the scene with music videos, original shows, and other great country-themed content. The channel’s focus has shifted tremendously in the decades since its debut, but it’s still worth watching for its sitcom reruns alone. Here’s how to find CMT on your Spectrum cable guide, regardless of where you’re at in the United States.

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CMT Channel Guide

City and StateCMT Channel on Spectrum
Albany, NY84
Anaheim, CA293
Austin, TX70
Bakersfield, CA53
Birmingham, AL79
Buffalo, NY21
Charlotte, NC51
Cincinnati, OH72
Cleveland, OH88
Columbus, OH77
Corpus Christi, TX43
Dallas, TX91
Durham, NC69
El Paso, TX71
Indianapolis, IN43
Kansas City, MO76
Lexington, KY56
Long Beach, CA154
Los Angeles, CA293
Louisville, KY66
Milwaukee, WI91
Montgomery, AL63
New York, NY293
Raleigh, NC69
Reno, NV68
San Antonio, TX51
San Diego, CA66

The History of CMT

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Over the years, CMT has evolved from an MTV competitor to a place for syndicated sitcoms.


CMT stands for Country Music Television. The station emerged in 1983 as an alternative to MTV and other music-centric stations that revolved around contemporary pop. Its daily schedule was filled with music videos, concert documentaries, and other programs revolving around country artists, their lives, and their hit music. In the early years, CMT kept the focus strictly on music videos. It became the go-to station for country music lovers who didn’t connect with the MTV generation.

But, as time went on and audience needs shifted, CMT felt it needed to expand its programming beyond the initial premise. Conveniently, this coincided with the network’s acquisition by Westinghouse in 1997 — the same parent corporation behind CBS and MTV. This purchase marked a significant turning point for CMT. Music videos and other country music programming declined, but viewership was on the up and up.

From the addition of reality shows like CMT Crossroads and CMT Cribs to the development of the CMT Music Awards and eventually even scripted original dramas, CMT evolved tremendously throughout the 2000s and into the ‘10s. Alas, a restructuring move in 2017 put all scripted shows on hiatus and returned the network’s focus to unscripted original programming. Of course, this doesn’t include the many syndicated network dramas and sitcoms that air reruns on CMT.

CMT Sister Stations

CMT Music
Comedy Central
TV Land
Pop TV
The Movie Channel
Paramount Network
Smithsonian Channel

CMT Programming

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reruns of past episodes air on CMT.

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Country Music Television might not have as much to do with country music these days, especially compared to its programming at launch in the 1980s. But, it nevertheless positions itself as a network for country music fans. Looking at the types of original programs and syndicated shows it plays, it’s hard to tell exactly what that means. By and large, it looks like your run-of-the-mill cable network stuffed to the gills with syndicated sitcoms. Here’s what you might encounter on a typical day on CMT.


Just ten years ago, CMT had a long list of original dramas, sitcoms, and reality shows to its name. From Nashville to The Dude Perfect Show, Still the King to Party Down South, CMT had plenty to offer its country music fanbase. Alas, all scripted shows and most of its unscripted programming have since been canceled. All that remains is CMT Crossroads: a program that brings together country artists with big-name musicians from other genres for unique musical collaborations. The CMT Music Awards also air on the network once a year.


Much of CMT’s daily programming now revolves around syndicated programming. The list is as extensive as the network’s lineup of originals once was. On any given day, you might find The Golden Girls, The King of Queens, Last Man Standing, or Mike & Molly. CMT also plays reruns of Mom, Reba, Roseanne, and Young Sheldon. Sister station Paramount Network has also given CMT the rights to rerun Yellowstone episodes. Out of everything on this list, Reba and Yellowstone are the only two that even remotely fit the country music theme.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CMT?

CMT is Country Music Television. It’s a television network that initially geared its programming toward country music and the lives of country musicians. Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, it served as a platform for showcasing country music videos, original shows, and syndicated programs related to the genre. Today, it’s simply a place to watch syndicated sitcom reruns.

Does CMT play music videos?

Although CMT initially gained popularity for playing country music videos, it has since changed tremendously over the years. You’d be hard-pressed to find any music videos on the station today. It typically reserves these for its CMT Music channel, which is not available from all television providers. Instead, CMT has changed its focus to syndicated programs from other networks.

Why did CMT cancel Nashville?

CMT canceled Nashville during a time when parent company ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) wanted to cut costs throughout its catalog of networks. For CMT, this meant canceling all scripted original programs in an effort to shift focus back to cheaper reality shows and other unscripted programs. Sadly, this made Nashville’s sixth season its last one. 

What's the difference between CMT and CMT Music?

These days, CMT plays syndicated sitcoms and network dramas as well as the occasional new episode of CMT Crossroads. There’s also the CMT Music Awards, which air once annually. CMT Music, on the other hand, is the place to find country music videos and other unscripted content related to the genre. In other words, CMT Music is the music-focused network many assume CMT would be.

Does CMT play movies?

CMT does play the occasional film, typically on the weekends. For instance, the network has scheduled showings of Dear John (2010), The Vow (2012), and Where the Heart Is (2000) for the first weekend in September. These movies loosely fit the theme of country music more often than not (but the connection between the film and the genre isn’t always the strongest).

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