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NBC, whose initials stand for National Broadcasting Company, is also known as the Peacock network from its peacock logo. The network grew out of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) branching out into television. RCA owned two networks, NBC-Red and NBC-Blue. After the FCC found this to be a monopoly, the two networks were divided with NBC-Blue eventually becoming the ABC network and NBC-Red becoming simply NBC.

NBC was the first network to offer a early-morning news program in 1952, the first to broadcast a program in color in 1953 (the switch to color broadcasting was complete in 1965), the first to offer a made-for-television movie in 1964, and the first to broadcast in stereo in 1984.

In the 1950s and 1960s, NBC was generally second-place in the ratings race to CBS, but in the 1970s, ABC came from behind, leaving NBC in third-place. In the 1980s, however, NBC began improving its fortunes with shows like Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, Family Ties, and The Cosby Show. In 1985, General Electric acquired RCA, primarily for NBC, which was responsible for almost half of RCA's profits at that point. General Elctric still owns NBC today.

There was a brief downturn in the transition to the 1990s, but NBC's ratings again took a turn for the better with popular shows like ER, Seinfeld, Frasier, and Friends. NBC did especially well with its "Must See TV" night of comedies on Thursday, the most desired day of the week for advertisers. Unfortunately for NBC, the new century brought another downturn for the network, with NBC falling behind CBS then ABC again.

NBC has the rights to broadcast the Olympics through the year 2012, and it owns stakes in cable channels such as A&E, Bravo, and the History Channel. Additionally, NBC owns the cable news network CNBC and the second-largest U.S. Spanish-language television network Telemundo.
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Website: http://www.nbc.com
Country: USA
First Broadcast: April 30, 1939
Parent Company: NBC Universal (General Electric)
Reaching Households: 110.2 million
A. D. The Bible Continues
American Odyssey
Mr. Robinson
One Big Happy
Premier Boxing Champions on NBC
The Slap (US)
American Comedy Awards
Caught on Camera With Nick Cannon
Chicago PD
Cris Collinsworth’s NFL Special
Food Fighters (US)
Grand Slam Tennis on NBC
How Murray Saved Christmas
iHeartRadio Music Awards
Late Night with Seth Meyers
LPGA Tour Golf on NBC
Marry Me
The Maya Rudolph Show
The Mysteries Of Laura
NBC News Exclusive with Brian Williams
The NBC Primetime Preview Show
The Night Shift
People Magazine Awards
Peter Pan Live!
PGA Tour Golf on NBC
PRO Boxing on NBC
Road to the Super Bowl
Running Wild with Bear Grylls
The Ryder Cup
Skiing & Snowboarding on NBC
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Undateable (2014)
USA Gymnastics
The Blacklist
College Basketball on NBC
Crossing Lines
The Farm (2013)
Hollywood Game Night
The Million Second Quiz
NBC Specials
The Sound of Music Live!
What We Wasted Our Year On
The Winner Is
Women's College Basketball on NBC
Year End News Review
Chicago Fire
College Ice Hockey (NBC)
Escape Routes
NFL Honors
The Olympic Zone
Saturday College Football
Sports Illustrated
Take It All
1st Look
American Giving Awards
Dew Tour
It's Worth What?
Michael Bublé's Christmas In New York
The Voice (US)
Who's Still Standing
American Ninja Warrior
The Sing-Off
U.S. Figure Skating Championship
America's Got Talent
Football Night in America
NBC Sunday Night Football
National Heads-Up Poker Championship
The Apprentice (US)
The Biggest Loser
NBC News Special
World of Adventure Sports
Last Comic Standing
New Year's Eve with Carson Daly
Last Call with Carson Daly
Early Today
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
National Dog Show
Christmas In Rockefeller Center
World Music Awards
Dateline NBC
Weekend Today
The Breeders Cup
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
Saturday Night Live
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
Super Bowl
Days of our Lives
Miss USA
Miss Universe
Today (US)
Meet the Press (US)
The Golden Globes
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The Stanley Cup