‘Wings’ flies directly to USA berth

The USA Network has acquired rights to 116 episodes of “Wings,” Paramount’s half-hour sitcom on NBC.

The deal marks the second time in recent months that a successful sitcom has been sold to cable, bypassing the syndie marketplace.

USA was the culprit in stealing these programs from syndication. In October, USA bought the rights to “Major Dad,” now airing on CBS.

The sale of “Wings” to USA had been expected. Paramount, parent of Paramount Domestic Television, owns 50% of the USA Network.

“Wings” bowed on NBC in 1990 behind the network’s powerhouse program “Cheers, ” also a Paramount product. During the 1991-92 season the show averaged a 14.6/ 22. No airdate for USA has been announced.

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