On August 19, 1996, WCIV swapped network affiliations with WCBD-TV and became an ABC affiliate. This affiliation switch, which occured due to a group-wide ABC affiliation deal with the station's owner at the time (Allbritton Communications), saw NBC return to WCBD-TV for the first time since 1962.
On October 15, 2011, WCIV started broadcasting their newscasts in high-definition and introduced a slightly updated version of it's logo.
1Owned by Tennessee Broadcasting. Sinclair is seeking an FCC "failing station" waiver to purchase this station. 2Nominally owned by Cunningham Broadcasting and operated by Sinclair under an LMA. However, trusts belonging to members of Sinclair's founding Smith family control almost all of Cunningham's stock. 3Operated by Nexstar Media Group under an LMA. 4Owned by Second Generation Ltd. and managed by Sinclair. Sinclair is seeking an FCC "failing station" waiver to purchase the station's license. 5Owned by Manhan Media and managed by Sinclair. 6Owned by Howard Stirk Holdings, operated by Sinclair under an LMA. 7Owned by Mercury Broadcasting Company and operated by Sinclair. 8Owned by Deerfield Media and operated by Sinclair under an LMA. 9Owned by South Sound Broadcasting, but operated by Sinclair under an LMA. 10Owned by Roderts Media, but operated by Sinclair. 11Owned by Mitts Telecasting and operated by Sinclair. 12Owned by GOCOM Media and operated by Sinclair. 13Owned by Waitt Broadcasting, but operated by Sinclair under an SSA. 14Owned by Granite Broadcasting Corporation and operated by Sinclair through a JSA and SSA. 15Owned by New Age Media and operated by Sinclair under an MSA. 16Owned by MPS Media, but operated by New Age Media under an LMA. 17Co-owned with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 18Owned by Diamond Sports Group, a joint venture of Sinclair and Entertainment Studios. 19Co-owned with Yankee Global Enterprises, The Blackstone Group, Amazon, RedBird Capital and Mubadala Investment Company. 20Sale of station to Nexstar Media Group pending FCC approval. 21Co-owned with Chicago Cubs.