'Ellen DeGeneres Show' Renewed Through 2016-17 Season

7:55 AM PST 03/11/2013 by Marisa Guthrie

UPDATED: The daytime talker has been picked up on all 10 NBC owned and operated stations and 179 additional stations.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show has been renewed through the 2016-17 season in 96 percent of the country. The renewal includes all 10 NBC owned and operated stations and 179 additional stations.

Nationally, Ellen is tied with Dr. Phil for the No. 1 syndicated talk show this season among the key 25-54 demographic for women. And Ellen is No. 1 in the time period with that demo in seven of NBC’s key markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The show is up 13 percent year-over-year among women 25-54 and is pulling in 3.2 million viewers on average, its most-watched season since 2005-06.

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It’s been a rocky year for daytime. Freshman talkers hosted by Ricki Lake and Jeff Probst have been canceled. Anderson Cooper’s revamped Anderson Live will not make it past its second season. And there is a major overhaul in store for The View next season with Joy Behar departing. There also are rumors that Elisabeth Hasselbeck also will be exiting, but on Monday's show, View co-executive producer Barbara Walters denied that Hasselbeck is departing. 

The Ellen announcement came Monday morning from Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Valari Staab, president of NBC Owned Television Stations.

“Ellen is quite simply the best,” Werner said in a statement. “Day in and day out she and her team produce a unique and compelling hour of entertainment, which is appointment television for legions of women. We are absolutely thrilled that NBC, Ellen, Warner Bros. and all of our station partners will be continuing our successful relationship for years to come."

Added Staab: “Ellen is the crown jewel of the NBC Owned Television Stations daytime lineup. We are proud and thrilled to extend our relationship with Ellen DeGeneres, all the great people working on her show and our friends at Warner Bros.”

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