Cartoon Network is an American pay television channel fully owned by the Turner Broadcasting System. The channel was launched on October 1, 1992, and primarily broadcasts animated television series, mostly children's programming, ranging from action to animated comedy. It operates usually from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM (ET/PT) and is targeted at children in between 7-15. Its overnight daypart block Adult Swim is aimed at adults and is treated as a separate entity for promotional purposes and as a separate channel by Nielsen for ratings purposes. A Spanish language audio track for select programs is accessible via second audio programing (SAP); some cable and satellite companies offer the Spanish feed as a separate channel by removing the main English-language audio track.

As of January 2016, Cartoon Network is available to approximately 94.0 million pay television households (80.7% of households with television) in the United States.


When Cartoon Network launched in 1992, they aired Hanna-Barbera, MGM, Paramount, Warner Bros. (pre-1948 toons and post-1948 toons aired as part of a licensing agreement with Warner Communications) and Disney (under a licensing agreement with the Walt Disney Company (hence a Donald Duck cartoon clip during CN's prelaunch reel).

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