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A&E, founded in 1984 as the Arts & Entertainment Network, is an American cable television channel that focuses on the broadcast of non-fiction programming, including reality docusoaps, true crime, and documentary miniseries. At the time of its launch, A&E was available to a mere 9.3 million homes in the U.S. and Canada but has since grown its subscriber base to over 96 million households - accounting for approximately 83% of all households with television in the United States. A&E is owned by A+E Networks, a joint venture with Hearst Communications and Disney–ABC Television Group, a unit of The Walt Disney Company.

In 1987, A&E revived the one-hour docuseries Biography, which quickly became the network's signature show. In 1994, airings of Biography went from weekly broadcasts to five nights a week, becoming A&E's top-rated show with record rating numbers, consequently winning Primetime Emmy Awards in 1999 and 2002. Since then, programs such as Duck Dynasty, Bates Motel, and Storage Wars have performed extremely well including helping place A&E fourth in 2013 among cable channels in the key 18-49 age demographic according to Nielsen ratings data.

A&E premiered Live PD, a police patrol reality series, in October 2016. The series originally aired in an eight-episode run, but its success prompted the network to order additional episodes, as well as produce various spin-offs. A survey by Inscape found Live PD to be the most-watched program among non-live (DVR and VOD) and over-the-top viewers in 2018. This took the channel out of its rating slump suffered since the end of Duck Dynasty in 2017. Live PD was canceled in June 2020 amid protests around the police murder of George Floyd when it was revealed that the show's production destroyed ride-along footage of the police killing of Javier Ambler.

A&E Network Ratings Chart

Ratings chart for A&E Network

A&E Ratings: Historically, A&E has enjoyed ratings boost from series such as Biography, Flight 93, Duck Dynasty, rerun of HBO's The Sopranos, and most recently Live PD. The Sopranos's premiere in January 2007 averaged 3.86 million viewers, making it the most-watched premiere of a rerun off-network series in cable television history at the time. A&E regularly ranks in the top 20 basic U.S. cable channels in prime time ratings, riding on the strength of current non-fiction shows such as 60 Days In and Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.

A&E Network Weekly Ratings

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Comments (124)

  1. DylanDylan
    May 12, 2022 22:08 GMT

    A&E Network is dead to me. Live PD should’ve never been canceled. Everything would’ve been fine if Live PD stayed on the air.

  2. MadisonMadison
    Jul 5, 2020 17:00 GMT

    Bring back LivePD and maybe you won’t loose your sad pathetic channel

    1. Jaime AniskoffJaime Aniskoff
      Nov 22, 2020 00:56 GMT

      Live PD was the best it showed what police deal with on a daily basis, I refused to watch that channel since the cancelation of this show.

  3. Kathryn HKathryn H
    Jul 9, 2020 20:51 GMT

    No A&E without LivePD.

    1. DanielDaniel
      Nov 15, 2020 23:53 GMT

      Absolutely fine with A&E sans Live PD!

  4. Perry SPerry S
    Jul 10, 2020 23:13 GMT

    Live PD is the only reason this network existed. They seriously want people to watch old Storage Wars marathons every Friday and Saturday nights.
    I hope a network with a pair picks this up and doesn't cave to twitter mobs.

    1. JoyceJoyce
      Sep 17, 2020 20:53 GMT

      I agree LivePD was the live blood of A&E! Bring back LivePD!

  5. Bob SchipperkeBob Schipperke
    Jul 9, 2020 03:40 GMT

    Bring back LivePD! I have stopped watching television due to the pull of LivePD. Less cameras on police is going in the wrong direction. Visit your lawyers, then do the right thing. Please.

  6. Anita MartinezAnita Martinez
    Jul 10, 2020 05:59 GMT

    Bring back Live PD or we will not only boycott you but your sponsers included

    Jul 12, 2020 02:54 GMT

    I predicted the plummeting ratings of A&E ratings due to the knee jerk reaction to cancel Live PD. Your network and Disney will continue in its demise. Everyone that I have spoken with have stopped watching your channel. May you will lose millions of $$$$.

  8. WandaWanda
    Jul 11, 2020 01:18 GMT


  9. PaulPaul
    Jul 12, 2020 23:33 GMT

    Goodbye a & e....i promised to boycott your horrible network and that's exactly what I've done.not one minute of viewing.i am no fan of liberal dan Abram but at least his shows were gritty and real not the usual fluff of "REALITY TV".You caved to the libs and now you're paying.time to sell out or close the doors.

  10. KeithKeith
    Jul 11, 2020 03:25 GMT

    How are people liking the storage wars rerun marathon this Friday night?
    Bring Live PD back, then I’ll watch your channel again.

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