"DATELINE" SOLD IN 85% OF THE U.S. FOR ITS THIRD SEASON IN NATIONAL SYNDICATION
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. - Feb. 26, 2019 - NBCUniversal Television Distribution has already sold "Dateline" in more than 85% of the country when it returns for its third season in national syndication, it was announced today by Sean O'Boyle, Executive Vice President of Syndication Sales, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution.
The syndicated version of "Dateline" is currently in its second season airing on FOX Television Stations as well as leading station groups across the country and has been renewed for season three on Sinclair, Hearst, Tribune, Nexstar, Graham Media, Gray, COX Media Group, Tegna, Scripps, Sunbeam, Weigel, Block, Hubbard and more.
"Dateline" continues to be the gold standard in true crime shows as it remains a dominant and competitive performer with steady ratings growth. Delivering a 1.4 household rating in its first season, "Dateline" has been the highest-rated one-hour syndicated strip to premiere in the last six seasons. Currently in its second season, "Dateline" continues to deliver for its local stations having grown by 17% year-to-year when airing in the same time period and growing by 8% when airing in a new time period among household ratings. It is also one of the few syndicated shows to grow from its first to last quarter hour as it sees a 7% growth in households.
"Dateline" is produced for syndication by NBC News' Peacock Productions with Andy Cashman serving as executive producer. David Corvo is the senior executive producer and Liz Cole is the executive producer for "Dateline NBC."
ABOUT "DATELINE NBC"
"Dateline NBC" is the longest-running series in NBC primetime history. Now in its 27th season, "Dateline NBC" is anchored by Lester Holt and features correspondents Andrea Canning, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy. Airing Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. CT, the #1 most-watched Friday newsmagazine reaches more than 18 million people every week through its broadcast and millions more through its social media platforms. David Corvo is the senior executive producer, and Liz Cole is the executive producer. Follow "Dateline" on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
ABOUT PEACOCK PRODUCTIONS
Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News, is a nonfiction production company that combines the editorial expertise, technical resources and seasoned talent of NBCUniversal to create series, events and live specials for global audiences. Peacock Productions reaches more than 300 million people worldwide every year across broadcast, cable, syndication and emerging platforms with its award-winning specials and series. Elizabeth Cole is president of Peacock Productions.
ABOUT NBC UNIVERSAL TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION
NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution is responsible for the production, sales and distribution of NBCUniversal products to broadcast television within the United States. The division develops and produces first-run programming and distributes these shows, along with off-network content, in broadcast syndication. Current first-run broadcast syndicated programming includes "Steve," "Access," "Access Live," "Maury," "The Jerry Springer Show" and "The Steve Wilkos Show," and in fall 2019 the division will premiere "The Kelly Clarkson Show" and "Judge Jerry." In addition, the division distributes the retro television broadcast network Cozi TV and weekend syndicated series "On the Money" and "Open House." Current off-network programming includes "American Ninja Warrior," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Chicago P.D" and "Dateline."