Paramount Network (Spike)
Paramount Network is an American general entertainment cable and satellite channel owned by the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom.
The channel was originally founded by a partnership between WSM, Inc. and Group W as The Nashville Network (TNN) and began broadcasting March 7, 1983. It initially featured programming catering towards the culture of the Southern United States, including country music, variety shows, outdoors programming, and motor racing coverage (such as NASCAR). TNN was purchased by the Gaylord Entertainment Company in 1983. After Gaylord bought CMT in 1991, TNN’s music programming was shifted to CMT, leaving TNN to focus on entertainment and lifestyle programming. In 1995, TNN and CMT were acquired by Westinghouse/CBS, which was in turn acquired by Viacom in 1999.
On January 18, 2018, Spike re-branded as Paramount Network, aiming to align it with the Paramount Pictures film studio (which previously lent its name to the now-defunct broadcast television network UPN). The network has been positioned by Viacom as a general “flagship” outlet for original scripted series, competing with other “premium” basic cable networks such as AMC and FX. As of February 2015 (when it was still known as Spike), approximately 93.4 million households in the United States (80% of those with television) receive Paramount Network.