Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6:30 p.m. ET
Starting this fall, CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray will air on seven of the eight ABC Owned Stations, making moves in four markets.
“We’ve had a successful relationship with ABC stations since Rachael Raylaunched eight years ago,” said Joe DiSalvo, CTD's president of sales, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to expand that relationship and add Rachael to their strong daytime lineups in more markets.”
Since its 2006 debut, Rachael Ray has aired on three ABC-owned stations — WABC New York, WPVI Philadelphia and WTVD Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Last fall, with the premiere of Sony Pictures Television’s Queen Latifah, Rachael Ray was moved to CBS’ duopoly stations in Los Angeles and San Francisco: KCAL and KBCW.
Starting this September, the show will air on KABC Los Angeles and KGO San Francisco, which are more-watched stations. In addition, in Chicago the show moves to ABC’s WLS from Tribune's WGN, and in Houston it moves to ABC’s KTRK from NRJ’s independent, KUBE, marking a huge upgrade in that market.
The ABC owned stations have a hole to fill at 3 p.m. with next year’s departure of Disney/ABC’s Katie. Rachel Ray is likely a candidate for that slot, but it could also air earlier in the day with something else — such as General Hospital, which has been on a ratings upswing this year — moving to the afternoon.
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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.