Meredith Vieira will be sticking around daytime television. The veteran journalist's self-titled NBCUniversal talk show has been picked up for Season 2 by NBC stations.
“We are proud to have Meredith Vieira on our stations for a second season,” said Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations. “Meredith is genuine, smart, warm and funny, and she has our strong support to help her continue to grow her show in this very challenging day part.”
While most new talk shows featuring big name celebs are pretty much guaranteed second season pick-ups, because of the way they are sold, Broadcasting & Cable's Paige Albiniak calls Meredith's renewal a "surprise early-season pick-up".
“The Meredith Vieira Show has the full commitment and support of NBCUniversal and we could not be happier to bring it back for a second season,” said Ed Swindler, president of NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution and NBC Broadcast Operations. “With its singular host and talented producers, Meredith has grown creatively since launch, continues to gain viewers and we are optimistic it will emerge as a staple in daytime.”
The Meredith Vieira Show is averaging a 1.2 live plus same day household rating so far this season, according to Nielsen. The program, which premiered in September, is sold throughout 98 percent of the country.