'Ellen' Renewed Peacock Stations Through 2017

Syndie talkshow ties with 'Dr. Phil' for top spot with women 25-54

NBC Owned TV stations will keep “The Ellen Degeneres Show” on their lineups for years to come, as the daytime yakker was renewed through the 2016-2017 season.

NBC stations in Gotham, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas, among other major areas, picked the show up through 2017. Series has also been sold to stations including Hearst TV, Sinclair Broadcast Group and Raycom Media.

“Ellen” has almost cleared the entire country thanks to the Peacock affiliates and 179 other stations.

Renewal arrives on the heels of speculation from earlier in the year that ABC stations would make a play for “Ellen” in top syndie markets including Los Angeles, Gotham and Chicago. Previous deal with the Peacock stations was through 2014.

Series, currently in its tenth season, reigns as the top syndie talkshow among daytime’s key demo of women 25-54, tying with “Dr. Phil” for the 2012-2013. “Ellen’s” ratings have continued to tick upwards, even when last fall saw several competing entrants to the daytime talkshow space, including Katie Couric and Steve Harvey.

“‘Ellen’ is having its best season ever during the tenth anniversary of the show,” said Telepictures Prods. prexy Hilary Estey McLoughlin. Skein is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Prods. in association with Warner Bros.’ Telepictures. “It is a testament to Ellen’s brilliance as a talent and our extraordinary production team…We are so proud of the show and grateful for all the support and partnership of NBC and all our stations.”

Valari Staab, head of NBC Owned TV Stations, called the program the “crown jewel of the NBC Owned Television Stations daytime lineup.”

“‘Ellen’ is the top choice for women 25-54 in her time period in seven of our markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago this season,” Staab said.

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