A change in pedigree hasn’t hurt “Family Feud.”
Tribune Entertainment, which late last year acquired syndication rights to “Feud” from FreMantle Media (formerly Pearson Television), has locked up the gameshow for a fourth season in 72% of the country.
Stations reupping their pacts for the show, which continues to be produced by FreMantle, include all Fox O&Os plus outlets within the CBS, Belo, Cox, Meredith, Young and Fisher groups.
As for why stations want to keep playing “Feud,” Tribune senior VP of domestic and cable sales Steve Mulderrig believes that “they realize the value of this proven performer as opposed to the checkered performance of new entries.”
Speaking of which, Tribune wasn’t able to save two relatively new gamers, rookie “Card Sharks” and sophomore “To Tell The Truth,” which it picked up in its deal with FreMantle. Both were recently canceled.
“Feud” regularly runs fourth among the game pack, behind “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy!” and “Hollywood Squares.” Show seems to be holding its own — its 2.3 season-to-date Nielsen score is just slightly off where it was this time last year.