Trib stations buy ‘Heaven’

Spelling Entertainment’s Worldvision Enterprises has licensed the off-network rights to the WB Network drama “7th Heaven” to 15 stations in the Tribune Broadcasting group.

The Spelling-produced family drama about a minister and his troop of five children will debut as a syndie strip in fall 2000. Worldvision is offering the show to stations for a two-year license term and an exchange of barter advertising time. Tribune Broadcasting is a partner in the WB Network with Time Warner.

Tribune outlets on board for “7th Heaven” include WPIX New York, KTLA Los Angeles and WGN Chicago. All told, the show is now cleared for a syndie bow in 33% of U.S. TV households and seven of the top 10 markets.

In its second season, “7th Heaven” has averaged a 3.6 national Nielsen household rating and 6 share, and a 1.8/5 in the key demographic of adults 18-49.

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