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BV, O&O’s renew ‘Crusaders’

Buena Vista Television has reached second-year renewal deals with five of the six NBC O&Os for the weekly advocacy newsmag “The Crusaders,” but sources say the syndicator is holding off on a deal with Gotham’s WNBC-TV because of uncertainty over the time period in which the show will air.

The renewals are significant because the O&O group comprised the only stations that did not initially provide “The Crusaders” with firm two-year agreements.

The program, a candidate to become a strip in fall 1995, is cleared in 145 markets covering 90% of the country.

In New York, BVTV plans to start canvassing other stations for a possible “Crusaders” deal.

But the syndicator has not ruled out making a deal with WNBC, which couldn’t commit to carry the show in access. The station has already slated the one-hour weekend version of Warner Bros.’ “Entertainment News Television” to air in the 7 p.m. slot.

KNBC-TV in Los Angeles will also carry “ENT,” but it was still able to commit at least one access slot on the weekends to “The Crusaders.” Other NBC stations picking up the show for a second year are in Chicago, D.C., Denver and Miami.

The Peacock pickups come after a record 5.9 rating for the series during the first week in January.

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