Debmar-Mercury has cleared The Jeremy Kyle Show, starring Britain's top-rated talk show host,
in more than 70 percent of the country and in nine of the top ten markets. Kyle has been on the air in Britain since 2005, but all-new episodes are being produced for an American audience. The show will premiere on U.S. TV stations next fall.
Fox acquired the show in top-three markets New York, Los
Angeles and Chicago, while Sinclair, Hearst, CBS, Cox, Newport and CW Plus broadcast
groups also will air the show next season. Jeremy Kyle was sold on a cash plus
barter basis, with ten minutes of local and four minutes of national inventory in each hour-long episode.
"Top stations from across the country have committed
to a full season of The Jeremy Kyle
Show, confirming our strong belief that this new U.S. version of a
proven commodity will work as well with viewers here as it has in the U.K.," said
Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Ira Bernstein and Mort Marcus in a statement.
Debmar-Mercury is partnering with ITV Studios America to distribute
and produce Jeremy Kyle. In Britain, Kyle hosts ITV1's top-rated daytime program, averaging more than 30% audience
Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. 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.
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