CBS Television Distribution may not have Oprah Winfrey locked up for the future, but it has renewed “Dr. Phil” through the 2013-14 season in 70 percent of the country, B&C reports.
There had been speculation that high license fees and dropping ratings would spell the end of the show after its contract expired in 2011. CTD executives said they were able to make the deals work by structuring license fees attractively. Stations from the CBS, Gannett, Belo, LIN Television, Cox and Media General groups re-upped the show.