Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak and Vanna White, and Alex Trebek, host of Jeopardy!, all have renewed their talent contracts with producer Sony Pictures Television through 2019-20, said Harry Friedman, executive producer of both shows, on Tuesday.
“Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! is a testament to their incredible talents,” said Friedman, who on Sunday was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys.
Wheel of Fortune is currently celebrating its 34th season in syndication, having debuted in 1983, while Jeopardy! its 33rd, having launched in 1984. The hosts of both shows have been with their respective programs since they started in syndication.
Both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are sold through next season, and with the talent renewed, CBS Television Distribution will start reupping both shows on TV stations across the country.
Season to date in households through April 16, Wheel of Fortune is averaging a 6.3, 10.2 million viewers and a 2.1 among women 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. Jeopardy! is averaging a 6.1 in households, 9.5 million viewers and a 1.9 among women 25-54.
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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