Warner Bros.' The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been
renewed in 96% of the country through the 2016-17 TV season, according to Ken
Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Valari
Staab, president of the NBC Owned TV Stations. That will bring the show through
14 seasons on the air.
Ellen's launch group remains NBC's 10-owned TV
stations, which include WNBC New York, KNBC Los Angeles, WMAQ Chicago, WCAU
Philadelphia, KXAS Dallas-Ft. Worth, KNTV San Francisco, WRC Washington, D.C.,
WTVJ Miami, KNSD San Diego and WVIT Connecticut. NBC has had good results this
season pairing Ellen with NBCU's own Steve Harvey, which is
produced by Endemol USA. Harvey also in renewal talks with stations and
expected to be picked up by stations through 2015-16.
"Ellen is 'the crown jewel' of the NBC Owned
Television Stations' daytime lineup. In fact, Ellen is the top choice
for women 25-54 in her time period in seven of our markets, including New York,
Los Angeles and Chicago, this season," said Staab in a statement.
Beyond the NBC-owned stations, the series also has been sold
to stations in the Hearst Television, Gannett, Belo, Sinclair Broadcast Group,
LIN Television, Post-Newsweek Stations, CBS Television Stations, Raycom Media,
Scripps Media, Allbritton Communications, Cox Broadcasting, Communications Corp
of America, Grey Television, Journal Broadcast Group, Local TV, Media General,
Meredith, Nexstar Broadcasting, Max Media, Mission Broadcasting groups and many
This season, Ellen ties CBS Television Distribution's
Dr. Phil as the top-rated talk show among daytime's key daytime
demographic of women aged 25-54, with both shows scoring a 1.7 season to date.
Year-to-year, Ellen is up 13% in that demo. In the recently finished
February sweeps, Ellen was in second behind Phil, with a 1.8
to Phil's1.9, but final national results for the sweep are not yet
DeGeneres executive produces the series with Mary Connelly,
Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner. Originating from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, The
Ellen DeGeneres Show is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD
Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, Warner Bros.' first-run
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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