'Scrubs,' 'Trace' get two more years

Two successful syndicated off-network series, Buena Vista TV’s “Scrubs” and Warner Bros. Domestic TV’s “Without a Trace,” have picked up two-year renewals.

A spokeswoman said that Buena Vista has signed some deals through the 2010-11 season, but the company is not releasing any specifics. The stations don’t pay cash license fees for the five-a-week series but hand over three minutes within each half-hour run for Buena Vista to sell nationally. (Stations keep the four other minutes.)

“Trace” has scored two-year renewals, through 2009-10, from CBS TV stations in 18 markets, led by WCBS New York, KCBS Los Angeles and WBBM Chicago. As with “Scrubs,” no license fees are involved; Warner Bros. carves out seven minutes from each of two weekend runs of “Trace” for national sale, leaving seven to the stations. The syndie reruns deliver a U.S. clearance of 98%.

“Scrubs” premiered in September on stations in 97% of the country. Ratings in men 18-34 have doubled those earned in the time period a year earlier in the season to date (September through the end of June). “Scrubs” averages a solid 1.8 household rating season to date; its lineup includes WNYW New York, KCAL Los Angeles, WFLD Chicago and WPHL Philadelphia.

“Trace” is the second-highest-rated weekend off-net syndie series, behind “CSI: Miami.”

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