The trio of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution syndicated talkers has been renewed in more than half of the country with broadcast station groups including Tribune, Sinclair and Hearst.
‘Maury,’ ‘Springer,’ ‘Wilkos’ Sold Through 2014
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution’s hit talk show franchises Maury, The Jerry Springer Show and The Steve Wilkos Show have all been sold through September 2014 to station groups including Tribune, Sinclair and Hearst, it was announced today.
All three talk shows have been renewed on station groups covering more than 50% of the U.S. for the next three seasons in national syndication.
Tribune stations include WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles and WPHL Philadelphia; Sinclair stations include WPGH Pittsburgh and WTTE Columbus, Ohio; and Hearst stations include WKCF Orlando and WMOR Tampa, both Florida.
“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with ‘Maury’ ‘Jerry’ and ‘Steve’,” said Sean Compton, president, Programming and Entertainment, Tribune Broadcasting. “Each show has delivered significant ratings growth on a year-to-year basis and continue to drive big revenue increases for the Tribune stations. These shows serve our viewers and advertisers very well.”
For the 2009-10 season Maury posted a 2.0 rating up 11% in households from 2008-09 (1.8) and was the No. 1 syndicated talk show in adults 18-34 for the 2009-10 season with a 1.2 rating (tied with Oprah); The Jerry Springer Show posted a 1.3 rating, up 18% in households from 2008-09 (1.1) and The Steve Wilkos Show averaged a 1.2 rating, up 20% over 2008-09 (1.0), according to NBC.
At the start of the 2010-11 season, Maury, which is currently in its 13th season, delivered its highest household rating for a season premiere in three years (1.5, 1.6, 1.9: +19% vs. last season’s season premiere), NBC says; The Jerry Springer Show just began its 20th season in national syndication with its highest household rating for a season premiere in three years (0.9, 1.1, 1.4: +27% vs. last year’s season premiere); and The Steve Wilkos Show is delivering its highest households rating for a season premiere in the program’s four-year history (0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.3: +18% vs. last year’s season premiere.)