TBS Acquires Cable Syndication Rights to Sony Pictures Television's 'Rules of Engagement'

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December 19th, 2012

via press release:

Sony Pictures Television Sells Rules Of Engagement Cable Syndication Rights To Turner For January 2, 2013 Debut

Series Previously Sold to Tribune, CBS, Weigel in Top 3 Markets and Cleared in 96% of the U.S.

CULVER CITY, Calif., Dec. 19, 2012 -- Sony Pictures Television has sold the cable syndication rights to the CBS hit comedy series Rules of Engagement to Turner Broadcasting's TBS, it was announced today by John Weiser , President of U.S. Distribution, Sony Pictures Television.

"We recently shot our 100th episode, which speaks to the ongoing appeal of this series and its cast," said Weiser. "This show consistently outperforms its competition in adult demos and households and we're very excited to be partnering with our friends at Turner Broadcasting."A consistent performer in every time slot for CBS during its broadcast network run, Rules of Engagement has grown in its time period for each of its five seasons as the #1 CBS network comedy in repeatability.

The series is currently airing in broadcast syndication in 96% of the country on leading stations in major markets including New York (Tribune), Los Angeles (KCAL9/CBS) and Chicago (WCIU-TV/Weigel).

Rules of Engagement is a comedy about the different phases of male/female relationships, as seen through the eyes of a newly engaged couple, Adam ( Oliver Hudson ) and Jennifer ( Bianca Kajlich ), a long-time married pair, Jeff ( Patrick Warburton ) and Audrey ( Megyn Price ), and a single guy on the prowl, Russell ( David Spade ) and his assistant, Timmy ( Adhir Kalyan ).

Tom Hertz , Doug Robinson and Jack Giarraputo serve as executive producers on "Rules of Engagement" which is produced by Happy Madison Productions and CBS Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.


Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms.  In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 32 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide.  SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc.  SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.


SOURCE Sony Pictures Television

  • Kyle

    Does that mean this will give CBS some more incentive to produce more episodes of Rules of Engagement? I hope so. I enjoy this show.

  • The Rookie

    ROE, the little show that could. Great for the underdog!

  • Ccemerson

    Bill or Robert, enlighten me. How does syndication happen in the modern age when Netflix or on demand features all episodes of these series ??? Will someday soon independent channels with out a network affiliation (ABC,NBC,CBS or Fox) not be on the air because off network reruns are not in demand on stations or profitable ??

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @Kyle: it doesn’t give CBS any more incentive since they don’t own it. Does it give Sony more incentive to offer discounts for future seasons? We’ll see. Edit: probably not since it was already syndicated in 96% of the country plus WGN America on cable.

    @Ccemerson: if by “the modern age” you mean today, today way more people still watch stuff via syndication than on Netflix and way, way, way more at the top. Last week Big Bang Theory repeats averaged a 4.1 adults 18-49 rating in syndication (not just on TBS, but TBS + local stations), that’s better than almost all broadcast originals.

    Today, in most cases there’s just much more financial incentive w/TV than Netflix. That explains why sometimes high-end shows (Big Bang Theory) aren’t available on Netflix, but even at the low end of the ratings spectrum, TV deals are more lucrative. Which I guess is why Community will air on Comedy Central in Syndication and I’d guess some local stations as well, but isn’t currently available on Netflix streaming.

  • david

    The release did not mention that the show also airs on WGN America too. They show it at 12 AM EST Monday threw Friday nights.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Robert Seidman

    @David: indeed. while it was not spun as an exclusive deal, they did’t point out that it wasn’t the exclusive cable rights.

  • onion

    @Kyle: it doesn’t give CBS any more incentive since they don’t own it. Does it give Sony more incentive to offer discounts for future seasons? We’ll see. Edit: probably not since it was already syndicated in 96% of the country plus WGN America on cable.

    So, This release might be the end of RoE is real near?

  • Oliver

    @Robert Seidman

    The reason Community isn’t on Netflix is because Hulu Plus paid for the exclusive digital rights.

  • Cory

    Curious to see how these do. If they don’t do that well, I bet TBS just sticks with BBT, as they consistently get 1.3-1.5’s every night they’re on.

  • RJ

    Sony controls all North American Rights, while CBS controls all International Rights. If the show was big overseas somewhere, CBS would have incentive to keep the show going. I don’t know if it is big anywhere else in the world, but it does air in multiple countries.

  • DW

    i dont know why this is big news?. i guess its a slow news week?. reruns have been on wgn america since sept and in syndi too. and netflix. i really like the show but did this need a big press release?.

  • Dan

    The only reason the show is still on the air is because of syndication, the show always performs well but CBS always puts it in the backburner. I will be extremely surprised if it gets an 8th season

  • The Cool Max

    Awesome news. TBS treats shows well in syndication. I was fortunate enough to see the 100th tape of ROE. Love ROE.

  • Juan

    Three words: Cougar Town Repeats!
    I remember that when TBS renewed Cougar Town they said they were going to show repeats. Awareness for the new season is really low, we haven’t even seen any promos with actual footage from the show :( I guess it will be a good final season.

  • Ram510

    YES YES YES!!!!! Wow with this and Psych and The League getting renewed this is a GREAT morning!!!! Now I’m sure Rules of Engagement will get another season after this, I’m calling it now! Same with Community, as long as the actors don’t kill each other first


    Don’t give up on TBS and Cougar Town just yet. I feel as long as the ratings are around a 1.0 it’ll get a 6th season and reach syndication. But u agree they should be showing repeats by now

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