Tribune, Sinclair Purchase Second Round of 'Two and a Half Men'
Two and a Half Men has been sold for a second off-network syndication cycle which will keep reruns of the Charlie Sheen/Jon Cryer sitcom on Tribune and Sinclair stations through September 2012.
Two and a Half Men has been the top-rated syndicated sitcom among the 25-54 demographic for the last 163 weeks. Both station groups have renewed the show in all of their markets. Tribune is in 19 markets -- including top markets New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. And Sinclair is in 21 mostly mid-size markets. That clears Two and a Half men in 47% of the country.
"Two and a Half Men is an enormous hit in syndication. It is a dominant show that invigorated the off-network sitcom marketplace and the stations that licensed it,” Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, said in a statement. “Tribune and Sinclair realized that with fewer hit sitcoms coming down the ’pike, securing a franchise performer like Two and a Half Men is vital to maintaining their market position in the years to come.
The show has been a lucrative one for WBDTD. The company bagged license fees of approximately $2 million per episode when it sold the show in 2006. And News Corp.-owned FX, which began airing the reruns of Two and a Half Men this year, paid $850,000 per episode.