Syndication’s top two game shows renewed for two years beyond current run, taking them through 2015-16.
ABC O&Os Reup ‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy’
Syndication’s top-rated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy today were renewed by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group through the 2015-16 season.
Both shows were renewed for two more years beyond stations’ current contracts by the ABC-owned stations that currently air the shows: WABC New York; KABC Los Angeles; WLS Chicago; WPVI Philadelphia; KGO San Francisco; WTVD Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and KFSN Fresno, Calif. This group represents 21% of U.S. households.
The new deal will take Wheel of Fortune through its 33rd season and Jeopardy through its 32nd season. Pat Sajak and Vanna White, co-hosts of Wheel of Fortune, and Jeopardy host Alex Trebek recently renewed their contracts to continue hosting their respective shows through the 2015-16 season.
“The ABC Owned Stations have been a fantastic broadcast partner for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy for the last few decades, and we look forward to many more years of this prosperous relationship,” said Joe DiSalvo, president of Sales for CBS Television Distribution. “Wheel and Jeopardy continue to hit primetime-size ratings every night and truly prove the power that syndicated programming brings to a station’s lineup.”
“Our ABC-owned stations have been the local destinations for Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy for nearly 30 years,” said Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. “Both shows are strong perennial performers and we are thrilled to continue to offer them to our viewers and advertisers.”
Both shows are produced by Sony Pictures Television and executive produced by Harry Friedman. They are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.