CBS’s "How I Met Your Mother" will be shared in syndication by two networks, as FX will start airing the program in September while Lifetime, which signed a syndication deal for the show in 2008, will also air the program, reports Deadline.com.
It’s rare for an off-network show–especially a comedy–to be shared by two cable networks, the story points out. On the drama side, “CSI” is shared by Spike and USA.
Lifetime’s exclusive rights to “Mother,” from Twentieth Television, will expire in September, when FX plans to begin showing repeats of the program, the story notes. While Lifetime caters to women, FX focuses on a male audience, so the arrangement works for both networks while having little audience overlap, the piece notes.
FX is likely to pair "How I Met Your Mother" with its off-network series "Two and a Half Men," the story adds.