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What Channel Is CBS On?

Where’s CBS in your local channel lineup? CableTV.com has your number.

What’s CBS?

Launched in 1927—yes, there was TV back then—CBS is the most-watched broadcast network in the US (hence the eyeball logo). Formerly known as the Columbia Broadcasting System, it’s home to long-running hits like Survivor, The Big Bang Theory, and three NCIS series, as well as 48 Hours, CBS Sports, and The Grammys.

We should also mention dumb guilty pleasures Big Brother and Undercover Boss—there, done. We can’t live on Face the Nation and 60 Minutes alone, right?

What channel is CBS on near me?

The channel number of CBS varies by city and by whether you have a cable or satellite provider (or use an antenna). There are over 200 local CBS TV stations across the country, with at least one in every state, including the US Virgin Islands, Guam, and Puerto Rico. The Eye is everywhere.

We’ve listed the CBS channel numbers and available providers for five cities below; if your hometown or state isn’t included, check out CBS’s official stations and affiliates directory.

CBS stations in major US cities

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ProviderNew York City, NY (WCBS) Los Angeles, CA (KCBS) Chicago, IL (WBBM) Houston, TX (KHOU) Las Vegas, NV (KLAS)Atlanta, GA (WGCL)Cleveland, OH (WOIO)Kansas City, MO (KCTV)Phoenix, AZ (KPHO)Seattle, WA (KIRO)
DIRECTV2221184619557
DISH2221184619557
Spectrum22211844357
XfinityN/A2211N/A9N/A3N/A7
Antenna2221184619557

Data effective as of 08/03/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Get CBS with cable or satellite TV

With most cable and satellite providers, local channels like CBS are included with all plans, from the least expensive up to fully loaded packages. Here are the basic TV plans that carry CBS stations:

  • DIRECTV—Select ($39.99/mo.)
  • DISH—America’s Top 120 ($54.99/mo.)
  • Spectrum—Select ($44.99/mo.)
  • Xfinity—Extra ($49.99/mo.)

Data as of 05/20/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

With Spectrum and Xfinity, you can also bundle internet and home phone service with your TV. DIRECTV and DISH don’t have their own internet or phone services, but they offer “bundle” specials with outside internet providers in select areas.

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Get CBS with an antenna

You don’t necessarily need a cable or satellite subscription to get CBS, or any other local channel for that matter. With so many affiliate stations in the US, receiving a CBS station is easy nearly anywhere if you have an antenna.

Here are three digital HD indoor and outdoor antennas we recommend at CableTV.com:

Data as of 05/20/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Get CBS with livestreaming TV services

Internet-based livestreaming TV services are cheaper than cable and satellite in most cases, but they don’t always have local stations like CBS.

For example: Hulu + Live TV, a favorite here at CableTV.com, features CBS content only on demand in most areas, not live. Another big name in livestreaming, Sling TV, doesn’t carry any CBS stations.

Livestreaming TV services that do play nice with CBS include these providers:

Data as of 05/20/2020. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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Get CBS with CBS All Access

If you want nothing but CBS, there’s CBS All Access. It’s a streaming app that features nearly all of CBS’s current content, as well as a deep library of classics from the vault and some exclusive originals like Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and the Star Trek–free Why Women Kill and The Good Fight.

CBS All Access carries live local affiliate programming in only a few markets, though—it’s mostly an on-demand streaming app, though you’ll be able to stream new CBS shows within 24 hours. Also, it doesn’t feature full seasons of shows produced and owned by studios outside of CBS. Network hit The Big Bang Theory now streams exclusively on HBO Max, for one big Bazinga! of an example.

If you want to try CBS All Access, the app is compatible with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS/Android, PlayStation, and Xbox devices.

What’s on CBS?

CBS is the most popular network in America for a reason: it has hit shows across genres. Sure, most of CBS’s slate is made up of procedural law dramas and laugh-tracked sitcoms, but that’s not all there is to the network—here’s some of what CBS currently airs.

Dramas

  • NCIS
  • NCIS: Los Angeles
  • NCIS: New Orleans
  • Blue Bloods
  • FBI
  • SEAL Team
  • S.W.A.T.
  • MacGyver
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Evil

Comedies

  • Young Sheldon
  • Mom
  • The Neighborhood
  • The Unicorn
  • Bob Hearts Abishola

Reality shows

  • Survivor
  • The Amazing Race
  • Love Island
  • Big Brother
  • Undercover Boss
  • Whistleblower

Talk and news shows

  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  • The Late Late Show with James Corden
  • The Talk
  • 60 Minutes
  • 48 Hours
  • Face the Nation
  • CBS This Morning
  • CBS Evening News

What’s on CBS Sports?

CBS Sports, the sports division of CBS (obviously), covers pro and college football, soccer, golf, tennis, bull riding, and a little thing known as NCAA basketball on the network. Wins for the ages, as star CBS Sports announcer Jim Nantz would say.

CBS Sports shares the broadcast schedule with regular CBS programming, so it’s mostly consigned to the weekends (with the exception of the NCAA Tournament). If you want 24/7 sports, there’s CBS Sports Network, CBS’s cable channel, which is available on most cable, satellite, and livestreaming TV services.

Here’s some of what you’ll find on CBS Sports:

  • NCAA Tournament
  • Road to the Final Four
  • NFL on CBS
  • Super Bowl (rotating years)
  • College football
  • PGA Golf
  • World Team Tennis
  • Davis Cup Tennis
  • Professional Bull Riders
  • WNBA Basketball
  • NWSL Soccer
  • UEFA Soccer (beginning 2121)

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