or


[09/12/05 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution Reaches New Deal with Top-Rated Talk Show Host Maury Povich

[via press release from NBC Universal Television Studio]

NBC UNIVERSAL DOMESTIC TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION REACHES NEW DEAL WITH TOP-RATED TALK SHOW HOST MAURY POVICH

'Maury' Renewed on Tribune & Sinclair Broadcasting Stations Through 2006-2007 TV Season

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA-September 12, 2005 -NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution has signed Maury Povich to a new, multi-year contract and has renewed the hit syndicated series "Maury" on the majority of both the Tribune Broadcasting and Sinclair Broadcasting stations through the 2006-2007 TV season, it was announced today by Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution.

Povich, who is entering his 40th year in broadcasting, has reached a new accord with NBC Universal that will keep him hosting the hit talk show for years to come. "Maury," which will kick off its eighth season in national syndication on Monday Sept. 12, has been renewed in more than 98% of the U.S. for the upcoming 2005-2006 TV season. It is currently the youngest skewing talk show in all of national syndication (41.1 average median age), according to Nielsen Media Research.

"'Maury' continues to attract millions of viewers on a daily and weekly basis, a true testament to Maury himself and the very strong loyal following he has attracted over the years," says Wallach. "Tribune, Sinclair and other broadcasters that have renewed 'Maury' for the next several seasons, have enjoyed strong ratings over the years with the show and we look forward to many more seasons with them."

"I am delighted to continue my relationship with NBC Universal. Our years together are a testimony to the respect we have for each other," says Povich. "I am very excited about our plans for the coming season and we believe it will be on that we can build on for years to come."

"Maury" has been renewed on 16 Tribune Broadcasting stations through the 2006-2007 season, representing 36% of the U.S. and 10 of the top 12 markets. Stations in the deal include WPIX-TV New York, KTLA-TV Los Angeles, WGN-TV Chicago and WPHL-TV Philadelphia.

Sinclair Broadcasting has renewed "Maury" in 24 markets, covering 15% of the U.S. Sinclair stations signed on for more "Maury" include WLFL-TV Raleigh, KDNL-TV St. Louis and WPGH-TV Pittsburgh.

"Maury" finished the 2004-2005 TV season as the third highest-rated talk show in national syndication in both women 18-34 (2.2) and women 18-49 (2.1), according to Nielsen Media Research. In early fringe across all markets, "Maury's" 1.8 average rating with women 18-49 ranks #3 among all shows in syndication, behind only "Oprah" and "Dr. Phil."

Povich is truly one of the pioneers of television with a broadcasting career spanning an amazing 40 years. This also marks his 20th consecutive season in national syndication and Povich is the only individual to ever have three back-to-back hits in syndication: "A Current Affair," "The Maury Povich Show" and now, "Maury."

Povich began his broadcasting career in 1966 as a news reporter and sportscaster at WTTG-TV Washington D.C. The following year, he became the original host of the station's popular midday talk show, Panorama, which brought the rising star widespread acclaim and national recognition.

From 1977-1983, he anchored the news in such major markets as Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Philadelphia. When media mogul Rupert Murdoch acquired the Metromedia television station group in 1986, one of his first successful moves was to bring Povich to New York to host "A Current Affair."

Povich left "A Current Affair" to host the highly successful talk series, "The Maury Povich Show" in national syndication from 1991-1998. NBC Universal's "Maury" debuted in 1998 and is currently in its eighth season.

Povich resides in Manhattan with his wife and their son. He has two grown daughters who live in New York City and Los Angeles with their families. Family and children's causes play a special role in the life of Povich, whose efforts to raise awareness for the National Adoption Month led then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to honor the talk show host at a special City Hall ceremony in 1995.

Povich recently served two consecutive terms as president of the New York Chapter of the National Television Academy (NTA). Previous presidents of the New York Chapter of the (NTA) have included such luminary figures as Ed Sullivan, Mark Goodson and Walter Cronkite.

"Maury" is taped at NBC Universal's state-of-the-art studios in the heart of Midtown Manhattan and is distributed by NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. It is sold in more than 98% of the U.S. for the coming season. Paul Faulhaber is executive producer. Stephanie Posner is supervising producer. John Pascarella is senior producer.

About NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution
NBC Universal is a leader in providing entertainment programming to the domestic and international marketplaces. The NBC Universal Television Distribution division is responsible for the global distribution of NBC Universal product to all forms of television throughout the world. This includes distribution of current and library film and television product, including formats and non-scripted programming, in the pay, free, and basic markets, as well as the domestic syndication of first-run syndicated TV programs and theatrical and TV movie packages.

Current and upcoming first-run strip syndicated programming at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution includes Martha, Access Hollywood, Blind Date, The Jerry Springer Show, Maury and Starting Over. Current and upcoming first-run weekly syndicated programming includes The Chris Matthews Show, The George Michael Sports Machine, Rebecca's Garden, The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, Your Total Health and the off-network distribution of Crossing Jordan, Fear Factor, Providence, Law & Order and many more series.





  [september 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· ACCESS HOLLYWOOD (SYNDICATION)
· BLIND DATE (SYNDICATION)
· CHRIS MATTHEWS SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· CROSSING JORDAN (NBC)
· CURRENT AFFAIR, A (SYNDICATION)
· DR. PHIL (SYNDICATION)
· FEAR FACTOR (NBC)
· JERRY SPRINGER SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· LAW & ORDER (NBC)
· MARTHA (HALLMARK)
· MAURY (SYNDICATION)
· OPRAH WINFREY SHOW, THE (SYNDICATION)
· PROVIDENCE (NBC)
· STARTING OVER (SYNDICATION)
· YOUR TOTAL HEALTH (SYNDICATION)





[06/28/16 - 03:42 PM]
OWN Delivers 2Q 2016 Primetime Growth and Most-Watched Week in Network History
OWN spins the numbers for the quarter to date.

[06/28/16 - 02:37 PM]
Sarah Gadon to Star in Netflix and CBC Miniseries "Alias Grace"
The six-hour miniseries, inspired by the historical true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks, is written and produced by Sarah Polley and directed by Mary Harron.

[06/28/16 - 02:29 PM]
Smithsonian Channel Goes Wild on Wednesdays This Summer with Some of the World's Deadliest Predators
Through five consecutive weeks of one-hour specials, the stunt will span the globe in search of elusive sharks, mighty lizard kings, viper queens, killer hornets and desert lions.

[06/28/16 - 12:31 PM]
Double the Episodes, Double the Surprises on the Second Season of "Cooks vs. Cons"
New episodes begin Sunday, July 10 at 10:00/9:00c on Food Network.

[06/28/16 - 12:16 PM]
Hallmark Channel's Most Recent Original Premiere Marks 4th Consecutive Week with Top HH-Rated Movie of the Week
The Hallmark Channel spins the numbers for the week of June 20-26.

[06/28/16 - 11:18 AM]
All Eyes Were on the 2016 "BET Awards" as 7.2mm Total Viewers Tuned in Across 12 Viacom Networks for the Premiere Telecast on Sunday, June 26
BET spins the numbers for Sunday, June 26.

[06/28/16 - 11:09 AM]
Bravo Media's Lavish Ladies from Down Under Return for a New Season of "The Real Housewives of Melbourne" on Friday, July 22 at 9 PM ET/PT
Newcomer Susie McLean will join returning cast members Chyka Keebaugh, Gamble Breaux, Gina Liano, Jackie Gillies, Janet Roach, Lydia Schiavello and Pettifleur Berenger.

[06/28/16 - 10:54 AM]
"ER Week" Is Back on Discovery Life with Unpredicatble Moments Leading Up to the Premiere of "Trauma Doctors"
These elite doctors take the emergency room to the streets providing on-site medical treatments that are normally only done in hospitals, transforming a patient's chance of survival.

[06/28/16 - 10:50 AM]
ESPN Remembers Legendary Coach Pat Summitt
ESPN Classic will be the home of Tennessee's National Championship title games, where Summitt led the Lady Vols to national titles in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2007 and 2008.

[06/28/16 - 10:35 AM]
U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks to Receive Pat Tillman Award for Service at The 2016 ESPYS
Marks is also a member of the 2016 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team and is training for the 2016 Paralympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro in September.

[06/28/16 - 10:28 AM]
Heartwarming Documentary "Open Your Eyes," Following Nepalese Spouses on a Remarkable Odyssey to Restore Their Sight, Debuts July 18, Exclusively on HBO
The film follows Manisara and Durga, an aging couple from the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, as they embark on a transformative odyssey to regain the sight they lost over the years by undergoing this life-changing procedure.

[06/28/16 - 10:21 AM]
Diane Sawyer Holds Exclusive Interview with Jaycee Dugard, on ABC News' "20/20," Friday, July 8
Sawyer interviewed Dugard in 2011 when she talked about her horrendous experience in captivity for the first time on the eve of the release of her first memoir "A Stolen Life."

[06/28/16 - 09:24 AM]
SundanceTV Greenlights Original Scripted Series "Hap and Leonard" for a Second Season
Plus: John Wirth will join as showrunner and executive producer.

[06/28/16 - 09:06 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "American Ninja Warrior" Hold Onto Top Spot
The Peacock leads the night among total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/28/16 - 09:05 AM]
Fans Can Now Share Adult Swim Themed Images, GIFs, Sounds, and Custom Bumps With New App
The new Adult Swim Keyboard also features sharable soundboards and animated GIFs from the network's colorful show characters.