The pickup by Fox Television Stations of the syndicated panel show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution will deliver seasons five and six.
Syndicated talk series The Real has been renewed by the Fox Television Stations for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons on all of its owned and operated television stations in 17 markets reaching more than 37% of television households.
This season, The Real went live, allowing for viewer participation across social media platforms.
The Real had more than 12 million social actions (likes, comments, shares on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram) last season and on is on pace to eclipse that number midway through this season, according to its distributor, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
In addition, WBDTD said, the show has the youngest average age of all talk shows in syndication (51).
“Since the 2010-11 season, 23 talk shows have launched and The Real and Steve Harvey are the only two series to last four or more seasons,” said Ken Werner, WBDTD president. “While there are other panel talk series on the air, what truly makes The Real stand out from the pack is that it is comprised of four very strong, very authentic and very engaging hosts whose chemistry is unrivaled. Fox has been with us since the start, and we are thrilled that together we have built a strong franchise that will continue to entertain, inform and inspire viewers for years and years to come.”
Frank Cicha, SVP of programming, Fox Television Stations, said: “On one hand, it’s very gratifying to be renewing a program that started as a test. On the other hand, it doesn’t matter how it got here. Warner Bros. set out to fill a void and it fit our audience perfectly. Congrats to the cast and crew.”
In season four, The Real was live for the first time, giving the viewers a chance to interact with the hosts during the show in real time, via social media.