USA hit has been sold to stations owned by NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Hearst-Argyle, Tribune, Fisher, Scripps, Raycom, Belo and Post-Newsweek.
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has sold Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series Monk to local broadcast stations covering more than 80% of the U.S. for weekend runs starting in fall 2008, it was announced today by Sean O’Boyle, senior vice president and general Sales manager of NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.
Monk, the highest-rated original scripted series in basic cable history, has been sold to stations owned by NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Hearst-Argyle, Tribune, Fisher, Scripps, Raycom, Belo, Post-Newsweek among others.
It was previously announced that Monk had been sold to WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles and WFLD Chicago for weekend off-network syndication runs starting in Sept. 2008. New markets include WPHL Philadelphia, WSBK Boston, KNTV San Francisco, WFAA Dallas, WTTG Washington, KPRC Houston and KOMO Seattle.
Monk finished its fifth season averaging a 4.1 HH rating, up 26% from its first season on USA. The series’ Aug. 25 season finale was the No. 1 show in its time period, including all broadcast networks, in households and women 25-54. The Monk finale was watched by 5.6 million viewers, up 7% from its season four finale.
The critically acclaimed original series stars Tony Shalhoub (Big Night, Wings, Men in Black), who has now won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and two SAG Awards for Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his portrayal of Adrian Monk, a brilliant detective who suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder.