News out today, and also in part via a press release from Disney/ABC Domestic Television, is that Katie Couric’s new talker, Katie has been sold in 95 of the top 100 markets and has been cleared in 93% of the U.S. The show is set to debut in September of 2012, leaving many wondering what is the true fate of General Hospital, since Katie looks to be taking over their timeslot.
Now according to the Disney release, “In only four months, Katie Couric’s highly anticipated nationally syndicated talk show, Katie, has already been cleared in 93% of the country. The sales momentum behind ‘Katie’ has been truly remarkable. The multi-talented Katie Couric is in a class all her own, which is why we believe the show has led the charge in the first-run syndication marketplace this year. We are committed to an extraordinary launch with these preeminent stations across the country.”
Disney-ABC Domestic Television has secured outstanding station clearances and key early fringe time periods for the LIVE one-hour daily daytime talk show. Sales to date include 95 of the top 100 markets. In addition to the ABC Owned station group, “Katie” has also been sold to leading stations from broadcast groups including Allbritton Communications, Belo Corporation, Cox Media Group, Gannett Broadcasting, Granite, Griffin, Hearst Television, LIN Broadcasting, McGraw-Hill, Media General, Meredith, Raycom, Scripps Howard Broadcasting, Sinclair and Young Broadcasting, among others.”
So can ABC/Disney restructure their daytime line-up to include GH and Couric? We think so, by certainly getting rid of The Revolution! But, let us know your thoughts?