- Fox started as a competitor to ABC, CBS, and NBC and has become the fourth major television network.
- The Simpsons is the longest-running American animated program and sitcom.
- Fox gained popularity with shows like America’s Most Wanted, Cops, In Living Color, and Martin.
- Fox became the most-watched U.S. broadcast network in the 18-49 demographic in 2005.
- Fox offers 17 hours of regularly scheduled network programming per week, excluding news shows.
With 1.4 million viewers each day, Fox is undoubtedly one of the top networks of the 2020s. However, it wasn’t always the case for the company. Starting in the 1980s, Fox had to jump through quite a few hoops to have the popularity that it has now. Let’s talk about the history, and where viewers can find Fox and its sister channels on AT&T U-Verse these days.
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Fox Channel Guide
|Fox Business Network
|Fox News International
|Not Available on AT&T U-Verse
|Not Available on AT&T U-Verse
|Fox Entertainment (Local)
|2 – 69
While channels will vary for your local Fox network, you will find it between channels 2-69. This will depend on your location. If you want to find the channel easily, you can look it up on your online AT&T U-Verse account, or scroll through the channels via your TV.
The History of Fox
Fox (stylized as FOX), is an American news and entertainment network that was launched as a competitor to the “Big Three” channels of the time, ABC, CBS, and NBC. Under the name Fox Broadcasting Company, the network went live on October 9, 1986, and over time has easily become the fourth television network.
The Late Show, a late-night discussion show hosted by comedian Joan Rivers, was its debut program. Regretfully, The Late Show’s ratings declined dramatically following a solid start, and Joan Rivers left in early 1987. Following her exit, a series of guest hosts hosted the show.
The network changed its name to “Fox” in 1987. The sitcom Married… with Children and the sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show premiered early that year. The supernatural drama series Werewolf debuted at the end of 1987, along with comedies Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Karen’s Song, and The New Adventures of Beans Baxter.
Fox added a third night of programming on Mondays for the 1989–1990 TV season. The animated series The Simpsons made its premiere in late 1989 and quickly gained popularity. It’s currently both the longest-running American animated program and the longest-running sitcom.
Additionally, Fox debuted the crime-focused show America’s Most Wanted and the documentary series Cops for the first time in 1989. For around 20 years, these two shows would be mainstays on the network. These programs assisted the network in reaching a younger adult audience between the ages of 18 and 34. When the network debuted In Living Color in 1990 and Martin in 1992, it garnered even more attention. The popularity of the channel surged as a result of this programming, which catered mostly to black viewers.
With the acquisition of the National Football League (NFL) broadcast television rights from CBS, Fox was able to finally get a foothold as a popular network. The exclusive U.S. television rights to Super Bowl XXXI in 1997 were also included in this agreement. With the NFL rights and a sizable market share for the first time ever, Fox solidified its position as the country’s fourth major network.
With the 1995 premiere of MADtv, Fox also achieved success in the late-night programming market. The sketch comedy series was the network’s most popular late-night offering and easily competed with NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
Fox started to outperform ABC and NBC in the early 2000s, first in age demographics and then in total viewership. Starting in 2002, Fox came in second to CBS in total viewership. Fox became the most-watched U.S. broadcast network in the coveted 18–49 demographic for the first time in 2005. With their live broadcasting of Super Bowl XLVIII in February 2014, Fox achieved another surge in viewership. The live sports show became the second-most-viewed television program in American history.
20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Television, and FX Networks were sold to The Walt Disney Company for $71.3 billion in 2018, following an agreement by 21st Century Fox shareholders and The Walt Disney Company. Fox Sports, Fox News, and Fox Business cable channels were not included in the sale, nor were the Fox Broadcasting Company and its television stations.
As of 2022, Fox offers 17 hours of regularly scheduled network programming per week, along with sports programming (typically on weekends). This does not include news shows.
Fox News Programming
Fox News offers 20 hours of programming each weekday, with political commentary, local and global news, and more. A few popular shows on the network include Fox & Friends First in the early mornings, Outnumbered in the afternoons, and The Ingraham Angle in the evenings. Of course, you can also catch repeats of many of these shows on Saturdays and Sundays.
Fox Business Network Programming
If you’re looking to watch everything business-related, you can tune into Fox Business Network. This channel covers everything from the local and national economy to financial news and more. Just a few popular shows include Mornings with Maria, Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Making Money with Charles Payne, and The Evening Edit.
Fox News International Programming
Unfortunately, Fox News International is not offered by AT&T U-Verse. However, the channel is available online for American viewers and, of course, is on international cable networks for people who reside outside of the U.S. Have no fear though, this channel showcases similar shows to the original Fox News channel, so you aren’t missing anything if you don’t tune in.
Fox Weather Programming
Along with Fox News International, Fox Weather also isn’t available on AT&T U-Verse. However, if you need to access weather reports, you can look up the channel online, or tune into your local Fox channel.
Fox Sports Programming
While local Fox channels release some sports programming (specifically on weekends), you can watch sports 24/7 on the Fox Sports network. The network showcases games from college football, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NASCAR, just to name a few.
Fox Entertainment Programming
Want to watch your local Fox channel? Fox Entertainment provides programming to 208 local market affiliates. You’ll find a plethora of shows, from drama to comedy and everything in between. The most popular options include The Simpsons, The Masked Singer, 9-1-1, and LEGO Masters.
Fox on AT&T U-Verse Network Wrap-Up
Fox has quite a few different networks, along with partnerships with sites like Tubi. No matter what you’re looking for, it will be easy to find it on one of the numerous Fox channels. All you need to do is click the right channel number!