'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!' Reupped Through 2016 by ABC Owned Television Stations Group

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October 29th, 2012

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"Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" Reupped Through 2016 by ABC Owned Television Stations Group

Syndication's #1 and #2 Game Shows Renewed For Two Years Beyond Current Run

LOS ANGELES - October 29, 2012 - Syndication's top-rated game shows WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY! were renewed by the ABC Owned Television Stations Group through the 2015-2016 season, it was announced today by Joe DiSalvo, President of Sales for CBS Television Distribution.

Both shows were renewed for two more years beyond stations' current contracts by the ABC-owned stations that currently air the shows: New York (WABC-TV); Los Angeles (KABC-TV); Chicago (WLS-TV); Philadelphia (WPVI-TV); San Francisco (KGO-TV); Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (WTVD-TV); and Fresno, Calif. (KFSN-TV). This group represents 21% of U.S. households.

The new deal will take WHEEL OF FORTUNE through its 33rd season and JEOPARDY! through its 32nd season. Pat Sajak and Vanna White, co-hosts of WHEEL OF FORTUNE, and JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek recently renewed their contracts to continue hosting their respective shows through the 2015-2016 season.

"The ABC Owned Stations have been a fantastic broadcast partner for WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY! for the last few decades, and we look forward to many more years of this prosperous relationship," DiSalvo said. "WHEEL and JEOPARDY! continue to hit prime-time size ratings every night and truly prove the power that syndicated programming brings to a station's lineup."

"Our ABC-owned stations have been the local destinations for WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY! for nearly 30 years," said Rebecca Campbell, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group. "Both shows are strong perennial performers and we are thrilled to continue to offer them to our viewers and advertisers."

With more than 30 million viewers per week, WHEEL OF FORTUNE has been the #1 syndicated game show since its inception. It has earned six Emmy Awards, including the 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. JEOPARDY!, the #2 game show in syndication, reaches 25 million viewers each week. JEOPARDY!, the winner of a 2011 Peabody Award and 30 Emmy Awards, including the 2012 Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Program, was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most awards won by a TV Game Show.

Both shows are produced by Sony Pictures Television, A Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, and executive produced by Harry Friedman. They are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.

 

 
  • Phil

    What about the respective hosts? Are their contracts renewed to that year?

  • Phil

    Nevermind I read the whole article and I see they are re-upped! I’m a bit surprised Trebek is still doing the show, I thought he was planning on retiring.

  • Nick

    Trebek is Jeopardy. Without him, the show is done. So, it has to do with the fact that a) they need him, and b) he sincerely loves his job.

  • RG-X

    4 more years of Get a clue, buy a vowel & I’ll take things I never knew for 500!

  • JSunkist

    The world will go dark the day just one of these is the first to end.

    I haven’t watched either in a long time, but they’re (to me) easy shows to always come back to and love again.

    I got to see an April Fools thing, I want to say in 1997, where Trebek and Sajak swapped rolls. Sajak and White opposed each other on Wheel! Sajak landed on the 1,000,000 space :) I think he got a called consonant, too. Don’t remember much else from it, I do believe Sajak though went to the bonus round, but I don’t remember anything from that,

  • Nick

    Yay! I watch this evey night. (I know, I have no life).

  • Tyson

    Art Fleming was Jeopardy for a long time too. Alex Trebek’s done a good job replacing him. There is likely someone in the world who could replace Trebek one day, albeit there’s seemingly no need to do so for a while.

  • AppleStinx

    Jeopardy strategy that I still don’t understand after all these years: contestant B is in second place with less than half of the money of contestant A. Time is running out in double jeopardy, there are several high value clues and one $400 clue. Contestant B: “I think it’s time for me to go to a different category hahaha I’d like to have blah blah blah blah (recites full category name) for 400, Alex… please.” Argh!

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