Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution a broadcast weekend off-net window for the TNT drama Rizzoli & Isles in 95% of the country for a fall 2015 debut. The detective series debuted its fourth season June 25 as the highest-rated cable premiere of the summer, drawing 6.6 million total viewers, with 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49 — up double digits in viewership and the key demos compared with the previous season. Rizzoli & Isles has been sold into 170 markets including stations owned by Fox, CBS, Sinclair, Hearst, Gannett, Lin, Local TV, Cox, Raycom, Weigel, Meredith, Mission, Nexstar, New Age, Journal, Scripps, Gray, Grant, Max Media, London, West Virginia, Media, Lockwood, Drewry, Cordillera, Bonten, Bahakel, Citadel, Diversified, Woods, Schurz and Mckinnon. The show was developed for TV by Janet Tamaro, who serves as executive producer with Bill Haber and Michael Katleman. The series is from Hurdler Productions and Ostar Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television.
BET Networks has licensed rights to air current season episodes of ABC’s Scandal. The pact calls for each episode to air on BET no earlier than eight days after its original broadcast on ABC, exclusively starting in the fall. BET also will debut the first two seasons of the series this summer and is also licensing exclusive off-network cable rights to the series starting in fall 2014. Scandal, created by Shonda Rhimes and starring Kerry Washington, has been a hit for ABC, posting a series-high 9.1 million viewers for its Season 2 finale May 16. It also is big among BET’s core black audience, averaging 2.8 million African American viewers per week to rank as broadcast’s top series in that demo.
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