Warners Clears More 'Big Bang' Markets

Warner Bros. has cleared its hot off-net sitcom The Big
Bang Theory
in eight more markets, bringing the show's total sales to just
over 30 markets. (See related: 'Big Bang' Clears Eight More Markets)

The show, which is continuing to pace ahead of Two and a
Half Men
in cash license fees, is encountering bidding wars in most

The show is now sold to Tribune's WPHL Philadelphia (market
no. 4); CBS' WFOR/WBFS Miami (market no. 17); Local TV's WJW Cleveland (market
no. 18); Meredith's KPTV/KPDX Portland, Ore. (market no. 22); Sinclair's WSTR
Cincinnati (market no. 33); Newport's WHP Harrisburg, Pa. (market no. 39);
Sinclair's WMYV Greensboro, N.C. (market no. 46); and Block's WDRB Louisville,
Ky. (market 49).

Fox acquired Big Bang for a fall 2011 start in tenmarkets, while TBS picked up a cable run of the show for a simultaneous start. TBS paid a record-setting $1.5 million an episode for the show, according to
industry sources.

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.