via press release:
“STEVE HARVEY” CELEBRATES 500TH EPISODE, MONDAY, APRIL 27
Milestone to be Commemorated With an Episode Full of Surprises
Plus Updates from Fan Favorite Guests
CHICAGO, IL (April 24, 2015) — “Steve Harvey,” the Emmy Award-winning daytime show with comedian, radio mogul and best-selling author Steve Harvey at the helm, will celebrate the 500th episode of the nationally syndicated hit show on MONDAY, APRIL 27. The milestone will be commemorated with an episode full of surprises, as Steve Harvey takes a walk down memory lane and updates viewers on some of the show’s most memorable guests. Members of the studio audience will get the opportunity of a lifetime, as each day April 27 – May 1, one lucky person will be chosen to step into the “Steve Harvey Money Booth” and will be given 20 seconds to collect as much cash as they can. Throughout the week, the show is giving away up to a quarter of a million dollars in cash and prizes!
Endemol Shine North America Co-CEO’s and Co-Chairmen Cris Abrego and Charlie Corwin said, “This milestone is a tribute to the hard work of the incredibly talented Steve Harvey, executive producers Alex Duda and Rushion McDonald and the entire producing team at Steve Harvey. Every week, they deliver a unique combination of humor and heart to a daytime audience that continues to grow. We are grateful to NBCU for being dedicated partners who have helped us earn our spot in the competitive daytime television landscape.”
“In 500 episodes, Steve has grown year by year into one of daytime TV’s most popular hosts, dispensing his singular mix of relatable advice with a comedic touch,” said Ted Harbert, Chairman of NBC Broadcasting. “Congratulations to Steve Harvey, his talented production team led by Alex Duda and Rushion McDonald and the entire staff and crew. And thank you to our production partner Endemol for their close collaboration on this wonderful show.”
With an emphasis on talking to real people with real issues, Steve Harvey brings his comical and insightful common sense approach to everyday problems. His varied life experience allows him to entertain, inform and inspire, while covering a vast range of relatable topics such as marriage, dating, finance, parenting, friendship, workplace issues and the daily dramas we face throughout our lives, all with his unique comedic spin.
Since debuting in 2012, both the show and host have received several prestigious accolades including a People’s Choice Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards and an Emmy Award in 2014 for Outstanding Talk Show/Informative. “Steve Harvey” is once again nominated in the categories of Outstanding Host and Show for this year’s Emmys, which will be awarded on April 26.
“Steve Harvey” has shown ratings growth every season since its debut and currently is delivering its best season to date. This season, an average of 2.6 million viewers tune-in daily, which is a +5% increase vs. 2013-14’s season performance and a +36% increase vs. 2012-13’s premiere season. “Steve Harvey” continues to deliver for local stations around the country and has firmly established itself as appointment television. The show delivered double, and in some cases, triple digit growth in household ratings over its lead-in in New York (+55% WNBC 3pm), Los Angeles (+63% KNBC 3pm), Chicago (+118% WMAQ 2pm), Philadelphia (+73% WCAU 2pm), Dallas (+70% KXAS 2PM), Washington DC (+129% WRC 2pm), Atlanta (+60% WAGA 3pm), and Houston (+33% KRIV 3pm) for the recently completed February 2015 sweep.
“Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol Shine North America, distributed by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and is taped in front of a live studio audience at WMAQ in Chicago. Alex Duda, Steve Harvey and Rushion McDonald are executive producers. Jason Kurtz is co-executive producer. The show is currently cleared in 99% of the country and has been sold through 2016 to NBC Owned TV Stations, Hearst, Cox, Fox and Sinclair, among others. “Steve Harvey” airs weekdays. Check local listings or go to http://www.steveharveytv.com/ for time and channel.