January 2, 2007
‘Wheel,’ ‘Jeopardy!’ Renewed to 2012
LOS ANGELES - Let the games continue: "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" will be airing through at least 2011-12. The game show renewals were announced Tuesday by Roger King, chief executive officer of CBS Television Distribution.
Whether "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak and assistant Vanna White and "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek have job security into the next decade was unclear: CBS Television Distribution said it does not comment on talent contracts.
"Wheel of Fortune," in its 24th season, draws more than 46 million viewers weekly and consistently has ranked as the top-rated syndicated show, CBS said. "Jeopardy!" is in its 23rd season, is seen by more than 37 million viewers a week and is among syndication's top three shows.
The series have been renewed through 2012 in about a third of the country, with ABC, CBS, Post-Newsweek, Hearst-Argyle and Sinclair's station groups signing on for extensions.
CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.