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Warner Bros. Renews The Ellen Degeneres Show on the NBC Local

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) has renewed Telepictures Productions’ Emmy Award–winning talk program “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” for three additional seasons on the owned-and-operated television stations of the NBC Local Media Division. The joint announcement was made today by Ken Werner, President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, and John Wallace, President, NBC Local Media Division.

“Ellen is one of those unique personalities that comes along once in a generation,” said Werner. “Her program has been embraced by viewers as their generation’s talk franchise, and we couldn’t be happier that the NBC stations will continue to have ‘Ellen’ as the cornerstone of their syndicated lineup for years to come.”

Ellen DeGeneres said, “I’m so excited to sign on for three more years at NBC. They were the ones that believed in my show from day one. So, I’m thrilled to know I’ll be here ’til at least 2014. Things will be a lot different by then. I won’t be dancing over my coffee table anymore. Through the magic of 3-D, I’ll be dancing over YOURS!”

Under terms of the multiyear deal, “Ellen” will continue to be broadcast on NBC’s 10 owned-and-operated stations – including WNBC-TV in New York, KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and WMAQ-TV in Chicago – through the end of the 2013–2014 television season. The agreement furthers a long-standing relationship between WBDTD and NBC on behalf of “Ellen,” which launched on the NBC-owned stations in September 2003 and had been previously renewed through 2010–2011. The three-year extension will take “Ellen” through its 11th season on the air.

“Ellen is a singular talent who has the rare ability to truly connect and engage with the audience,” said Wallace. “Her show has been the foundation of our programming schedule since its launch, and we’re thrilled that ‘Ellen’ will remain with our stations for many years to come.”

“We are excited to be extending our relationship with NBC, who have been great partners for ‘Ellen’ and Telepictures over the last seven years,” said Hilary Estey McLoughlin, President, Telepictures Productions. “Ellen is a true icon, a brilliant and beloved personality who has universally connected with the audience, and we look forward to her continued ratings growth.”

Currently in its seventh season, “Ellen” ranks as the #2 talk show (tied) in syndication among the key talk demographic of Women 25–54, behind only “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Season to date, “Ellen” posts yearly gains among Households and all Women demos versus the same time frame from last year: 2.3 Household rating is up +5% from 2.2, Women 25–54 rating of 1.6 is up +14% from 1.4, Women 18–49 rating of 1.4 is up +17% from 1.2, and Women 18–34 rating of 1.2 is up +20% from 1.0. (Source: Live + SD AA Ratings, Premiere–02/01/09 vs. Premiere–01/31/10)

2 Responses

  1. ANNA O'NEILL says:

    She is o.k. but I feel sure you could select a funnier host for this “give-a-way show” plus celebrities. The latter is what makes your show. People are excited to “WIN” expensive prizes and enjoy well- known guests. That is what makes your show popular and not necessarily Ellen. I just don’t find her act comical Whoever awards big gifts are considered a “Hero” So, have you considered securing a better host for your show? It is time she stopped her dancing. It is not appealing . That change would make an improvement. Stop the entry music by Tony much sooner and the clapping will cease much more quickly..

  2. Molly Scanlon says:

    Thank you for renewing The Ellen Degeneres Show. It is she who is the generous person and giving to all of human kind through her good nature spirit. I am a woman in that key demographic 45 – 54 and LOVE Ellen as a person and her funny stories and real life experiences. I have enjoyed seeing her make sure that the unfortunate people in this financial crisis of our country get rewarded. As Oprah moves on Ellen will succeed in this mantel of day time talk. Keep on keeping on…we want more Ellen, more dancing, more laughs and just plain old fun.

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