A historic, unprecedented, abnormal election cycle will theoretically end the evening of Nov. 8. Consequently, just about every network and news outlet is covering the affair live.
If you are looking to not watch any Election Day coverage, The Weather Channel promises to not cover the events in any way. Instead, it will air nine hours of rainbows and clouds, and other nature footage set to smooth jazz. But for election junkies unable to tear themselves away from either results or just election-themed programming, here is a guide to who will be airing what, starting when.
NBC, CBS, and ABC will all give over primetime to coverage, going into the wee hours of the morning on the East Coast.
CBS will begin at 6:30/5:30c, while also devoting a full hour longer to “CBS This Morning” earlier in the day. Scott Pelley will anchor the evening.
ABC will kick things off at 7/6c with its ABC News team, led by George Stephanopoulos.
NBC will also begin its coverage at 7/6c, after the usual nightly newscast. Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, and Chuck Todd will report, joined by Tom Brokaw.
“PBS NewsHour” goes live on your local PBS station starting at 8/7c. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor the evening.
Fox will have Fox News anchor Shepard Smith holding down the fort from 8-10 p.m. Smith will be joined by fellow Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and others.
For Spanish-language needs, Telemundo and Univision will both air coverage beginning at 7/6c.
Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC will all be in wall-to-wall coverage from first vote cast to last concession speech (and then some). Fox Business Network, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and C-SPAN will also begin airing coverage starting in the early evening.
Lifetime will a special live “The View” beginning at 9/8c. The 2.5-hour “The View Live Election Special” will have all the hosts delivering news and opinion.
Comedy Central will start things off with a special election-themed episode of “Drunk History” at 10:30/9:30c. At 11/10c, “The Daily Show” goes into its own live coverage for an hour, followed by a live “@Midnight.”
Stephen Colbert’s live Showtime special, “Stephen Colbert’s Live Election Night Democracy’s Series Finale: Who’s Going to Clean Up This S–t” begins at 11/10c. A plethora of guests, including Jeff Goldblum, Katy Perry, Patton Oswalt and John Legend, will join him. CBS will re-air the special on Friday.
MTV will be covering the vote as well as encouraging people to rock it, starting at 3 p.m. in the afternoon. Across its linear channels, Snapchat, Facebook Live, and YouTube, the Viacom suite of MTV networks will offer surprise music performances alongside their New York-based coverage.
TV One will televise a six-hour election night party hosted by TV One NewsHour managing editor Roland S. Martin, beginning at 7/6c. Other guests at the event include Kerry Washington, Cedric the Entertainer, Aretha Franklin, John Legend and Tika Sumpter.
Discovery network Velocity is trying to capitalize on election fever with a special of its own, “Cars & Stripes: 2016 Election Special,” starting at 8/7c. Velocity will be airing clips from shows like “Graveyard Carz” with updates on the electoral college count and projections interspersed. (Sibling network Science Channel will also be giving updates using the same graphics.)
Many news outlets will be streaming their coverage as well. YouTube will be offering free live streams of NBC News, PBS, MTV News, Bloomberg, Telemundo, and The Young Turks. BuzzFeed News has teamed up with Twitter to live stream coverage for up to five hours. A host of news outlets will be using Facebook Live to offer analysis and up-to-the-minute results. Verizon’s go90 streaming service will have feeds from the Huffington Post and Fox News from 7/6c through midnight.
Additionally, the streams of several TV networks, including CNN, will be made available without a pay TV subscription.
Dish Network’s Sling TV will be offering a free trial of its service that includes news networks like CNN on Tuesday — you won’t even need to give Sling your credit card to sign up.