The syndication market may not be what it once was, but it’s not dead yet. Warner Bros. TV has just sold the off-network rights to Chuck Lorre’s “Mom” to Tribune Broadcasting. “Mom” will start its run on Tribune stations in the fall of 2017.
The Anna Faris-Allison Janney comedy is heading into its fourth season on CBS this fall, a darker and yet sweeter Lorre vehicle than something like Lorre’s “Two and a Half Men.” Janney has collected two supporting actress Emmy wins for the role of recovering alcoholic Bonnie Plunkett.
Ratings for Season 3 were down some from the Season 2 average of 9.99 million viewers same-day viewers and a 2.3 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic, but the same could be said of almost any other show on the channel guide, and the series’ live-plus-seven-days average this season of 9.65 million was enough for a spot at number 40 on the 2015-16 season’s top-rated series, and 34 on the list of top shows in the 18-49 demo.
“‘Mom’ has all of the elements required for off-net comedy success,” Ken Werner, WB Domestic TV Distribution’s president, said in a statement. “There has been a Chuck Lorre multi-camera comedy atop the off-net syndication ratings for an astounding 457 weeks in a row dating back to 2007. We believe ‘Mom’ will join the ranks of successful syndication comedies for the master of great sitcoms, Chuck Lorre.”
In addition to Tribune, WBDTD has also parceled off the rights to “Mom” to stations owned by CBS, Hearst, TEGNA, Nexstar, Meredith and others.
Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky and Nick Bakay serve as executive producers for the series, which was created by Lorre, Gorodetsky and Gemma Baker, who serves as co-executive producer. “Mom” is from Chuck Lorre Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.