“Wendy Williams” has been renewed through the 2016-17 season on FOX Television Stations. That mean Williams will get to dish Hot Topics in daytime for a sixth, seventh and eighth season. “Wendy Williams” also returned with new episodes June 3, instead of going on hiatus.
“‘The Wendy Williams Show’ has as much momentum as any show on our air right now, both qualitatively and quantitatively,” said Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming for the FOX Television Stations. “Over the last few years, it’s evolved into the ideal lead-out to our morning news blocks. Like our news, the show delivers a day/date immediacy that serves as a blueprint for where we want to be the rest of the day.”
The syndicated talk show has seen strong growth this past year, which is one reason Williams decided to air live episodes through the summer, instead of going into repeats.
After a strong start earlier this year, show ratings continued to climb during May Sweeps. “Wendy Williams” was the only syndicated talk show to post year-to-year growth, leaping 43 percent to reach a 1.2/8 in the demo, according to the release from Debmar-Mercury. It the New York market, the show doubled in rating year-to-year in the key daytime demo of women 25-54; while the Los Angeles market saw a 58 percent bump.
The ratings surge has also led to new pickups. WJW Cleveland, KPTV Portland, WSOC Charlotte, KUSI San Diego, WCMH Columbus, WSPA Greenville-Spartanbu?rg, WPTV West Palm Beach, WALA Mobile and WLUK Green Bay have acquired the syndicated series.
Williams will be pulling double duty this summer. In addition to shooting new episodes by day, she’ll start a seven-week run in Broadway’s Chicago on June 25.