‘Bones' Picked Up for Second Cycle in Broadcast Syndication

Twentieth Television has cleared its hour-long drama Bones for a second cycle in weekend broadcast syndication.

The off-Fox show, starring Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, has been picked up through the 2012-13 season on Fox, Tribune, Local TV and Sinclair stations. That represents 70% of the U.S. on more than 85 TV stations. Bones also airs on TNT, which acquired the rights to the show in January 2008 and started airing it last fall.

According to Nielsen, Bones is the fourth-highest rated off-net weekend hour with a 2.3 season-to-date household rating. CBS Television Distribution's CSI: New York is the highest-rated weekend hour at a 3.4, followed by NBC Universal's Law & Order: Criminal Intent at a 3.0 and CTD's CSI: Miami at a 2.4. NBCU's House comes in fifth at a 2.1.

Bones has aired on Fox for five seasons and is executive produced by Hart Hanson, Barry Josephson, Ian Toynton and Stephen Nathan. It's based on the best-selling series of novels by Kathy Reichs.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for more than 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for The Global Entertainment Marketing Academy of Arts & Sciences (G.E.M.A.). She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997 - September 2002.