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February 28, 2015
Hallmark Channel’s newest original scripted series, Good Witch, debuts to an average 2.9 total viewers million viewers and a 2.7 household rating, becoming the highest rated and most watched episode of any of the network’s original series ever.
February 1, 2015
Kitten Bowl II premieres on Hallmark Channel, registering growth over Kitten Bowl I of 28% among Total Viewers, 37% among Women 25-54, 38% among Women 18-49, 40% among Adults 18-49, and 28% among Adults 25-54.
January 1, 2015
Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas concludes with a reach a total of 66 million viewers.
December 7, 2014
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries’ original holiday premiere of A Christmas Secret becomes the most-watched movie in network history among Households and Total Viewers.
November 29, 2015
The Hallmark Channel premiere of Christmas Under Wraps, one of “The 12 New Movies of Christmas”, becomes the network’s most-watched telecast in network history. 
October 31, 2014
Hallmark Channel kicks off its annual holiday franchise, Countdown to Christmas, to its most-watched opening weekend of all time.
October 29, 2014
Hallmark Channel’s first original primetime series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, is renewed for a third season.
September 29, 2014
Hallmark Movie Channel officially transitions to become Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
September 15, 2014
Hallmark Hall of Fame original world premieres move exclusively to Hallmark Channel, beginning with the debut of One Christmas Eve on November 30, 2014.
September 15, 2014
Season 3 of the Hallmark Channel’s Emmy®-Nominated lifestyle program, Home & Family, debuts. 
July 19, 2014
Season 2 of Hallmark Channel original scripted series, Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, debuts.
April 20, 2014
Hallmark Channel’s third original scripted series, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, debuts.
January 14, 2014
Hallmark Channel’s second original scripted series, “When Calls the Heart”, is off to a strong start with its season premiere earning a 1.5 HH rating
November 25, 2013
“Christmas with Tucker”, Hallmark Movie Channel’s first-ever original holiday movie, anchoring the network’s inaugural “Most Wonderful Movies of Christmas” initiative, premieres with 1.2 HH rating
November 5, 2013
Hallmark Channel marks its highest “Countdown to Christmas” kick-off weekend in network history - ranking as the #1 cable network among W25-54 for the entire weekend
October 19, 2013
The 2-hour movie pilot premiere of Hallmark Channel’s second upcoming scripted series, “When Calls the Heart”, opens as the #1 movie of the week and the day on ad-supported cable
October 12, 2013
Backdoor pilot for Hallmark Channel’s third scripted series, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” debuts as the #1 cable movie of Saturday
June 23, 2013
Hallmark Channel launches TV Everywhere services for Time Warner Cable, Verizon Fios, Cablevision’s Optimum TV and Bright House Networks subscribers. 
July 20, 2013
Hallmark Channel’s first-ever original scripted series, “Cedar Cove”, launches as one of the summer’s top new drama premieres with 2.4 HH rating  
April 5, 2013
Hallmark Channel announces new three-hour original special, “Kitten Bowl”, featuring the world’s most adorable – and adoptable – kittens, airing February 2, 2014
March 13, 2013 
Hallmark Channel has acquired hit legal drama, “The Good Wife”, to air on weekdays starting January 2014. 
March 4, 2013 
Hallmark Channel and Meredith Video Studios announce an exciting new partnership anchored by an exclusive cable syndication agreement bringing award-winning lifestyle program “The Better Show” to Hallmark Channel’s lineup of daytime lifestyle programming.
February 27, 2013
Hallmark Channel announces the launch of “Walmart and P&G present Walden Family Theater,” a new Friday night appointment viewing franchise for family movies. Created in collaboration with Walmart, Procter & Gamble, award-winning family entertainment producer, Walden Media, and fast-growing independent studio, ARC Entertainment, “Walden Family Theater” reflects a shared commitment to fill the void on TV for quality family entertainment.
January 28, 2013
Hallmark Movie Channel surpasses critical distribution benchmark of 50 million homes.
November 17, 2012
Hallmark Channel achieves a seminal feat in the social media world, surpassing 1,000,000 fans on Facebook.
March 26, 2012
Hallmark Channel’s and Hallmark Movie Channel’s combined Facebook pages reach more than 1,000,000 fans.
February 14, 2012
Crown Media Family Networks and DISH Network L.L.C. announces a multi-year renewal of their affiliation agreement. As part of the new agreement, Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel are featured in DISH’s new family-friendly specialty bundle, the Heartland TV package.
January 9, 2012
Hallmark Movie Channel reaches 45 million subscribers.
November 27, 2011
Hallmark Channel delivers its highest-rated day (11/27) and weekend (11/26 – 27) in network history, averaging a 1.5 HH rating with 1,290,000 homes and 1.4 HH rating with 1,249,000 homes, respectively.
November 25, 2011
Hallmark Channel debuts “Jingle All the Way”, a ½-hour holiday animation special based on the popular Hallmark Cards’ voice-activated interactive plush toy, Jingle the Husky Pup. As the first-ever a full program centered around a Hallmark Cards character, the special marks an unprecedented synergy between Hallmark Channel and its parent company. Kids tuning in to the special with their plush toy at hand enjoyed Jingle’s interactivity as he responded to verbal cues in the program with a series of barks, howls, and other dog noises.
November 11, 2011
Hallmark Channel premieres first annual “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards”, hosted by Emmy-winning TV personality, Carson Kressley, and featuring such celebrity presenters and judges as Betty White, Peter Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Jillian Michaels, Faith Ford, Jason Lewis, Michael Vartan, Joey Lawrence, and many more.
October 1, 2011
Hallmark Channel tapes the first annual “American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards” in front of a live audience in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hilton. The program recognizes eight extraordinary dogs, chosen from thousands of nominees, who have made life-changing and life-saving contributions to peoples’ lives.
July 11, 2011
Crown Media Holdings Inc. announces the designation of Crown Media Family Networks as the new name and branding for unit housing Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
July 7, 2011
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie series moves to from CBS to ABC. New deal allows Hallmark Channel to air four encores, beginning one week after initial network premiere.
June 1, 2011
The table is set - production begins on Hallmark Channel's new series, "Emeril's Table", starring world-renowned master chef Emeril Lagasse.
May 31, 2011
Hallmark Channel announces partnership with American Humane Association to produce and air “Hero Dog Awards”, a national search for America’s most remarkable dogs.
April 18, 2011
Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page surpasses 500,000 fans.
July 7, 2011
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie series moves to from CBS to ABC. New deal allows Hallmark Channel to air four encores, beginning one week after initial network premiere.
June 1, 2011
The table is set - production begins on Hallmark Channel's new series, "Emeril's Table", starring world-renowned master chef Emeril Lagasse.
May 31, 2011
Hallmark Channel announces partnership with American Humane Association to produce and air “Hero Dog Awards”, a national search for America’s most remarkable dogs.
April 18, 2011
Hallmark Channel’s Facebook page surpasses 500,000 fans.
March 22, 2011
Hallmark Channel launches Facebook app “Inside the Mind of Dr. Frasier Crane”.
February 28, 2011
Hallmark Movie Channel reaches 40 million subscribers.
February 8, 2011
Hallmark Channel acquires all 11 seasons and 264 episodes of Emmy® Award-winning sitcom Frasier. Series makes its debut on Hallmark Channel on April 4, 2011.
February 1, 2011
“Goodnight For Justice,” starring Luke Perry and directed by Jason Priestly - both alums of “Beverly Hills 90210” – premiers on Hallmark Movie Channel, brining the network it’s highest ratings ever with a 1.5 HH rating.
December 6, 2010
Hallmark Channel announces the launch of The Ultimate Holiday App, the most comprehensive holiday guide and gift book application now available at the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad users.
September 7, 2010
Hallmark Channel announces the launch of “Hallmark Channel Home” – a new daytime franchise airing September 13 from 10 a.m. ET/PT to 6 p.m. The franchise provides a new destination for lifestyle programming beginning with the highly-touted launch of the sixth season of the Emmy® Award-winning “The Martha Stewart Show” exclusively on Hallmark Channel.
March 29, 2010
Hallmark Movie Channel officially becomes a Nielsen-measured cable network.
March 4, 2010
The International Family Film Festival (IFFF) honors Hallmark Channel with the 3rd annual IFFF Film Excellence Award for its “consistently high standards, production qualities and excellence of storytelling in the family genre of cinematic arts.”
January 26, 2010
Hallmark Channel announces a multi-year strategic partnership with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc., to exclusively televise original episodes of the Emmy™ Award-winning, popular daytime home and lifestyle series “The Martha Stewart Show” on Hallmark Channel beginning September 2010.
January 5, 2010
Hallmark Channel, the leader in holiday programming with more than 450 hours of holiday-themed programs, delivers its highest-rated month in network history with a 1.5 HH Prime Time rating in December 2009, earning a #5 ranking among all ad-supported cable networks.
October 19, 2009
Hallmark Movie Channel secures distribution in the top 30 television markets throughout the United States. Hallmark Movie Channel, sibling network to Hallmark Channel, now has distribution to 25 million households. The growth represents an increase of more than 100 percent over one year ago, making it one of the fastest-growing emerging cable channels
October 19, 2009
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Cards jointly announces a special night of programming entitled “Movie Night with hoops&yoyo,” the first-ever synergistic creative on-air programming and marketing endeavor between the world-renowned card company and the Hallmark Channel cable television network
September 17, 2009
Hallmark Channel announces plans to present coverage of the country’s most popular New Year’s Day event, “The 121st Rose Parade,” on Friday, Jan. 1, 2010.
June 1, 2009
William J. Abbott named President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
February 14, 2009
Hallmark Channel’s original holiday movie, “The Christmas Choir,” wins the MOVIEGUIDE® Epiphany award for most inspiring TV program of 2008.
December 30, 2008
Hallmark Channel closes 2008 as its best year ever, ranking #8 in Primetime for the full year.
December 10, 2008
Hallmark Channel becomes the first cable network to combine Nielsen’s TV, Retailer and product usage ratings via a licensing agreement of the NielsenConnections Brand Target Audience products.
June 23, 2008
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel today announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Cox Communications for the right to distribute the High Definition version of Hallmark Movie Channel.
May 20, 2008
Starcom and Hallmark Channel announces the first official deal of the ’08-’09 Upfront season. The multi-million dollar deal includes multiple clients across the agency and features a multi-platform promotion, “Every Day is a Holiday,” which includes on-air and online presence. This partnership allows the agency’s clients to choose a specific time of year important to their brands and products in order to break through the clutter with customized packages that include vignettes.
May 3, 2008
Hallmark Channel is awarded a CAMIE Awards for the network’s commitment to wholesome programming as well as its original movie, “The Note,” starring Genie Francis.
April 2, 2008
Hallmark Movie Channel in HD launches with a celebratory event in Peoria, Ill., to answer the age-old question, “Will it play in Peoria?”
March 26, 2008
Hallmark Channel acquires the rights to one of the most popular baby boomer series, “The Golden Girls,” from Disney-ABC Domestic Television.
March 26, 2008
Hallmark Channel commissions a study from Millward Brown which reports that baby boomers are more engaged with linear television and less likely to change the channel or multi-task while watching television. The study also found that boomers have more spending power and 50% of boomers don’t stick to any one brand – good news for advertisers looking to attract new customers.
January 15, 2008
Hallmark Channel and Limbo, the world’s largest mobile entertainment community, team up to create and launch the cable network’s first-ever mobile interactive initiative.
November 28, 2007
Hallmark Channel completed a major deal with CBS Television Distribution to acquire several award-winning series, including the critically acclaimed “7th Heaven,” the ever popular “Cheers” and classic baby boomer favorite, “I Love Lucy,” along with additional episodes of “Matlock” and “Touched By An Angel.”
October 29, 2007
Hallmark Channel streams its award-winning original series, “Adoption,” on its website, www.hallmarkchannel.com, marking the first time the family-friendly network has scheduled a full-length program online. It also marks a shift in marketing strategy as the network, best known for its appeal and popularity with baby boomers, targets younger viewers.
August 28, 2007
Hallmark Channel is now available in 85 million homes, an increase of 9.894 million homes year-to-date making it the third-highest increase among all measured networks.
May 29, 2007
Hallmark Channel acquires “Murder, She Wrote” series from NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
May 1, 2007
Hallmark Channel surpasses the 80 million subscriber mark and is now available in over 82 million U.S. homes.
March 27, 2007
Hallmark Channel launches “Watch With Me,” a new national public affairs initiative aimed to encourage family co-viewing. The multi-platform initiative will live on-air, on-line, in-schools and in-markets.
March 27, 2007
Hallmark Channel commissions a study from Yankelovich which reveals that 88% of respondents feel there has been a significant increase in the number of television shows with sexual, violent, crude or obscene content over the last five years and 68% of parents think that there are not enough shows for parents and children to watch together. As a result, more viewers are seeking programming to watch with others in their family.
December 20, 2006
Hallmark Channel launches on Comcast Cable throughout the New England area and Boston.
December 2, 2006
The original holiday movie premiere, “The Christmas Card”, out-delivers “Marchof the Penguins”, scoring an overwhelming 4.2 HH rating, making it the network’s new highest-ever-rated telecast.
November 25, 2006
The U.S. television premiere of “March of the Penguins” ranks as the highest-rated telecast in network history with a 4.1 HH rating.
October 4, 2006
Henry S. Schleiff named President and Chief Executive Officer of Crown Media Holdings, Inc., owner and operator of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel.
August 5, 2006
Hallmark Channel celebrates its 5th anniversary and continues to rank as the most successful cable network launch in history.
October 17, 2005
Hallmark Channel reaches 70 million subscribers and continues to be the fastest-growing network since its launch (Aug ‘01-Aug ‘05).
August 17, 2005
Hallmark Channel beats the broadcast networks to premiere the United States’ first-ever televised biopic of the late Pope John Paul II. The four-hour movie event, “A Man Who Became Pope,” scores the network’s highest-ever weekday Prime Time delivery (1,050,000) at the time of air.
July 7, 2004
Hallmark Channel acquires “Walker, Texas Ranger.”
January 20, 2004
Hallmark Channel launches its Sponsorship Solutions Unit, a new area within the National Advertising Sales department, which focuses on integrating advertisers’ brands with that of the network’s in its acclaimed original movies.
November 11, 2003
Crown Media announces the test launch of a second 24-hour network, Hallmark Movie Channel, a digital network which airs original Hallmark Channel movies, Hallmark Hall of Fame presentations and films from the Crown Media library.
November 5, 2003
Hallmark Channel secures key nationwide distribution agreement with Comcast. The network now has substantial carriage agreements with all major MSOs.
July 29, 2003
Hallmark Channel announces the acquisition of several renowned series, including “Matlock,” “Little House on the Prairie,” “The Lone Ranger” and M*A*S*H, television’s most-watched show of all time.
June 9, 2003
Hallmark Channel's parent, Crown Media Holdings, Inc., signs agreement with iN DEMAND, under which Crown Media provides content for broadcast in high definition on iN DEMAND’s HD networks.
December 2, 2002
Hallmark Channel and Time Warner Cable complete a far-reaching agreement that markedly increases Time Warner Cable’s existing carriage commitment of the channel.
November 4, 2002
Hallmark Channel signs pivotal nationwide launch agreement with Adelphia Communications.
October 14, 2002
Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Gold Crown® stores partner for the “Hallmark Keepsake Sweepstakes,” launching the largest retail-basic cable marketing promotion ever.
September 1, 2002
Hallmark Channel and Cable ONE announce agreement to add channel to premium digital offerings in 25 markets.
August 19, 2002
Tom Berenger, Luke Perry and Burt Reynolds wrangle cattle through Times Square. The “Johnson County War” stunt marks the largest marketing campaign to date for a Hallmark Channel original movie.
August 5, 2002
Hallmark Channel celebrates its 1st anniversary and becomes the most successful launch in cable history, adding over 14 million subscribers and making it the fastest-growing cable network in that time frame.
March 13, 2002
Hallmark Channel announces the production of 24 exclusive original movies from RHI Entertainment, LLC.
October 15, 2001
Hallmark Channel secures large-scale distribution agreement with Charter Communications.
August 5, 2001
Hallmark Channel launches; the network is repositioned on DirecTV resulting in an immediate increase of over 7 million subscribers.
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