Several online sources are reporting that Fox O&O stations (owned and operated) have picked up The Wendy Williams Show through the 2011-2012 season. The show is currently distributed through Debmar-Mercury. Williams' New York-based show began airing nationally in July after getting good ratings over a six-week period in the summer of 2008.
The hit talkie will air in Fox's big league markets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas. According to a report at Broadcastingcable.com,
Wendy Williams has improved 23 percent in households, according to Debmar-Mercury. The show also is doing well among young female audiences that advertisers seek, increasing 43 percent among women 18-34, 38 percent among women 18-49 and 37 percent in women 25-54 compared to the show's first eight weeks on the air.
As for Fox,
There was no question that we wanted to renew The Wendy Williams Show given what we've seen thus far in both content and ratings, said Frank Cicha, Fox's senior VP of programming, in a statement. We anticipate even further growth as the show continues to emerge as a key building block, and Wendy as a key personality, of our daytime landscape.
Photo credit: The Wendy Williams Show