Battle of the Networks: The Current Top Ten

The top TV networks, ranked by the impact, influence, and quality of both current and formerly-running properties. HBO currently leads FX for overall swagger, with Netflix hot on on their heels.


1) HBO: Launched in 1972
Top currently-running properties: Game of Thrones, Succession, The Deuce, Westworld, Last Week Tonight, Veep, Real Time with Bill Maher, Silicon Valley, Insecure, Big Little Lies, High Maintenance, Barry, True Detective, The Young Pope, Crashing
Top formerly-running properties: The Wire, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Larry Sanders Show, The Leftovers, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, Sex in the City, Oz, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Band of Brothers, Flight of the Conchords, The Night Of, Eastbound and Down


2)  FX/FXX: Launched in 1994
Top currently-running properties: Fargo, Atlanta, Better Things, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, American Crime Story, American Horror Story, Baskets
Top formerly-running properties: The Americans, Louie, The Shield, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Rescue Me, Nip/Tuck, You’re the Worst


3)  Netflix: Launched in 1997
Top currently-running properties: Stranger Things, The Crown, Master of None, Black Mirror, Bojack Horseman, Glow, Mindhunter, Big Mouth, Making a Murderer, The End of the Fxxxing World, American Vandal, Narcos, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jessica Jones, Ozark
Top formerly-running properties: Godless, Love, Wild Wild Country


4)  Comedy Central: Launched in 1991
Top currently-running properties: The Daily Show, South Park, Nathan For You, Broad City, Drunk History, Tosh.0
Top formerly-running properties: Chappelle’s Show, The Colbert Report, Key and Peele, The Man Show, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Review, Workaholics, Crank Yankers


5)   AMC: Launched in 1984
Top currently-running properties: Better Call Saul, The Walking Dead, McMafia, Fear the Walking Dead.
Top formerly-running properties: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Halt and Catch Fire, Hell on Wheels.


6) Amazon Studios: Launched in 2013
Top currently-running properties: Transparent, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fleabag, Catastrophe, The Man in the High Castle, Bosch, Sneaky Pete, Jack Ryan.
Top formerly-running properties: One Mississippi, Forever, Mozart in the Jungle


7)  Showtime: Launched in 1976
Top currently-running properties: Billions, Homeland, Smilf, Ray Donovan, Shameless, The Affair, Penny Dreadful
Top formerly-running properties: Dexter, Nurse Jackie, Californication, Weeds, The Tudors, Episodes, Masters of Sex, Twin Peaks S3


8) FOX: Launched in 1986
Top currently-running properties: Family Guy, The Simpsons, Empire, The X-Files
Top formerly-running properties: Arrested Development, 24, That 70’s Show, 90210, Melrose Place, In Living Color, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Malcolm in the Middle, Prison Break, House, Married…with Children, Party of Five, Undeclared.


9) CBS: Launched in 1941
Top currently-running properties: The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, 60 Minutes, The Good Wife
Top formerly-running properties: CSI, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, Everybody Loves Raymond, Murphy Brown


10) NBC: Launched in 1939
Top currently-running properties: The Good Place, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Blacklist, Meet the Press, Law & Order: SVU, This is Us
Top formerly-running properties: Seinfeld, The West Wing, Cheers, Law and Order, Friends, Parks and Rec, ER, Friday Night Lights, The Office, Frasier, Freaks and Geeks, The Cosby Show, Homicide: Life on the Street, 30 Rock, L.A. Law, Hannibal


In the Mix: Hulu, Viceland, PBS, BBC, Channel 4, Cinemax, ABC, USA, Starz, Sundance

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