The game show has been bought by stations covering more than 75% of the U.S., with upgrades to 5-8 p.m. in over half the country.
Distributor Debmar-Mercury has renewed Family Feud, produced by Fremantle Media North America, through 2015 in more than 75% of the U.S., including stations belonging to the Fox, Sinclair, CBS, Tribune, Cox, Capital, NBC, Sunbeam, Newport and Belo broadcast groups.
The renewal of the game show follows ratings increases of 40% in the key demo of women 25-54 and household gains of 35% versus the same time period in 2010.
Ira Bernstein, co-president of Debmar-Mercury, said: “Stations have wasted no time in securing this franchise well into the future with these long-term renewals, extending Family Feud through 2015 and making it a viable alternative to off-network sitcoms for many stations seeking strong early fringe and access programming.”
And Co-President Mort Marcus added: “Fremantle has taken extraordinary steps to turn Family Feud into a ratings phenomenon over the past two seasons, recruiting an outstanding host [Steve Harvey] and creative team whose incredible work have made this show a must-have for station groups. We couldn’t be more pleased by the enthusiastic response it has received in the marketplace.”
Starting next season, new episodes of Family Feud will be shot in HD.