NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States having been formed by RCA in 1926. NBC is currently the most watched network newscast in the United States, with an average of 9.3 million viewers. Although Brian Williams has been suspended, many expect his return to the news show Which without him has been declining in viewership.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Grimm, Chicago Fire, Hannibal, The Blacklist, Chicago P.D., The Night Shift, The Mysteries of Laura, Constantine, State of Affairs, the Tonight show with Jimmy Fallon, Meet the Press, Today, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, Early Today, The Voice and many other very popular shows.
The famous three-note NBC chimes came about after several years of development. These three notes G-E-C were heard first over Atlanta’s WSB, The chimes outline what is known to musicians as a second inversion C Major triad. Someone at NBC in New York heard the WSB version of the notes during the a broadcast of a Georgia Tech football game and asked permission to use it on the national network. NBC started to use the three notes in 1931, and it was the first audio trademark to be accepted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A similar sequence of these notes were also used that went G-E’-C’-G, known as “the fourth chime” and used during wartime (especially in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor), on D-Day, and disasters. This is a historical thing about the NBC chimes that very few remember.
One of the most watched shows on NBC is the Tonight Show. The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is an American late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon on NBC. The show’s new host and location premiered on February 17, 2014 and is produced by Broadway Video and Universal Television. It is the seventh version of NBC’s long-running Tonight Show franchise, with Fallon serving as the sixth host. The show also stars sidekick and announcer Steve Higgins and house band The Roots. The Tonight Show is produced by former Daily Show executive producer Josh Lieb and executively produced by Lorne Michaels. The show records from Studio 6B in Rockefeller Center, New York City.
Although moving the show from California to New York was not cheered on by the West it has slowly been accepted and is an iconic representation of the power and magnetism of New York City.