Syndication’s top-rated games — Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! — are renewed through 2017-18, says Joe DiSavlo, president of sales for CBS Television Distribution, which distributes the shows to TV stations.
The ABC Owned Station Group, Sinclair, Media General, Gray Television, Hearst, Graham Media, Tribune, Cox, Meredith, Dispatch Broadcasting, NBC and Scripps all renewed the two veteran games, which rank one and two in households among syndicated game shows.
The new deal will take Wheel of Fortune through its 35th season and Jeopardy! through its 34th season; the shows’ hosts Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Alex Trebek have all renewed their deals through the 2017-2018 season.
“Not only are Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! iconic brands that have consistently delivered ratings and revenue to stations for years, but they are beloved by viewers who have made them appointment viewing in households across the country,” said DiSalvo in a statement. “They are two of the most sought after shows by political advertisers, so our station partners will benefit from locking up these shows through the upcoming 2016 presidential election season.”
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are produced by Sony Pictures Television. Harry Friedman is executive producer.
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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