That was fast: NCIS: LA sold into syndication
Fastest syndication EVER?
After only seven weeks on the air, syndication rights for NCIS: LA have been bought by USA Network, which has already had a great syndication run with the original NCIS.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, NCIS: LL Cool J LA is going for roughly $1.9 2.5 million per episode:(THR updated the story from their original report of 1.9 million).
The unusually quick deal is testament to the popularity of the “NCIS” brand — and the ability for top cable networks to capitalize on crime procedurals in syndication. In its seventh season, “NCIS” has grown to become the most-watched drama series on TV.
Update: Not quite as fast, but The Mentalist has been sold into syndication as well.