What Are Some of the Most Popular Public Television Programs?

As of 2015, popular programs on the Public Broadcasting Service include “Antiques Roadshow,” “Nova,” “American Experience,” “Sesame Street” and “Frontline.” PBS a non-commercial public broadcaster that airs programs on more than 350 public television stations across the United States.

“Antiques Roadshow" is the most popular program on PBS and is watched by an estimated 8 million viewers each week. The series shows antique experts traveling the country, giving free appraisals of antiques and collectibles. “Nova” is an award-winning science show featuring documentaries and mini-series that explore topics ranging from the latest technology to the mysteries of the natural world. As of 2015, "Nova" has been airing on PBS for more than 40 years. “American Experience" features documentaries exploring the people and events that have shaped American history. It is the most-watched history series on television.

“Sesame Street” is a popular children’s educational show that features humorous skits, celebrity guests and Jim Henson’s Muppets, including Bert, Ernie, Elmo and Big Bird. "Sesame Street" began airing on PBS in 1969. As of 2015, it has won more than 150 Emmy Awards. “Frontline" is a public affairs series that uses documentaries and investigative reports to explore complex political issues. Since its debut on PBS in 1983, “Frontline” has won every major broadcast journalism award, including 17 Peabody Awards and 69 Emmy Awards.