via press release:
CHICAGO, IL – January 10, 2013 – NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution has renewed “Steve Harvey” for its second season in national syndication, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and David Goldberg, Chairman and CEO , Endemol North America.
Steve Harvey is the host of the new one-hour daytime show and was chosen by the 2013 People’s Choice Awards as Favorite New Talk Show Host. “Steve Harvey” is currently sold is currently sold in 98% of the country including all of the NBC Owned Television stations. Since the show’s debut, markets that are upgrading “Steve Harvey” include Detroit, Phoenix, Portland (OR), Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Oklahoma City, Austin, Buffalo, Fresno, Ft. Meyers, Tucson, Honolulu, Des Moines, Madison, Tri Cities and Burlington, among many others. In addition, NBCUniversal is actively extending the show with stations across the U.S. for 2014-2016.
“The instant success of ‘Steve Harvey’ with the daytime audience is being greeted with long term commitments from our station partners,” said NBCU’s Wallach.
“This project was a long time in the making and it would not have been possible without the incredibly talented Steve Harvey. His humor, honesty and insight were an immediate hit with the daytime audience,” said David Goldberg, Chairman and CEO, Endemol, North America. ”I am grateful to Rushion McDonald, Mr. Harvey’s manager and longtime business partner, who has been instrumental from the beginning, and to Barry and his team at NBCU who put their full power and resources behind the show from day one,” he said. I must also commend Alex Duda, executive producer, for her talent and tireless commitment. She and her team made our out-of-the-gate success possible. We have a bright future to look forward to,” he concluded.
In its premiere season, “Steve Harvey” has been a phenomenon in all key rating benchmarks. In the November 2012 sweep, “Steve Harvey” is the only new syndicated strip to increase over year-ago time periods, build on its lead-in and grow in consecutive quarter-hour ratings among Households and Women 25-54. In fact, “Steve Harvey” is one of only 4 syndicated talk shows over the last decade to accomplish all three of these feats in its premiere November sweep, alongside “Dr. Phil,” “Ellen” and “Dr. Oz.”
Each weekday, Steve Harvey weaves universal relationship themes into his one-hour show, bringing a blend of common sense advice and insightful humor to a vast range of relatable topics such as marriage, romance, parenting, friendship and workplace.
“Steve Harvey” is produced by Endemol USA with Steve Harvey, Alex Duda and Rushion McDonald serving as executive producers. The show is distributed in national syndication by NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. “Steve Harvey” is taped before a live studio audience at the state-of-the-art HD NBC 5 studios in downtown Chicago.