CULVER CITY, Calif., Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the success of its two previous cycles, Sony Pictures Television will begin selling a third cycle of the hit comedy series THE KING OF QUEENS, it was announced today by John Weiser, President of U.S. Distribution, Sony Pictures Television.
"THE KING OF QUEENS has become a true contemporary classic," said Weiser. "Its broad, family-friendly comedy has made it a consistently solid player in the off-net arena and we're putting an aggressive sales effort behind this third cycle."
Now in its eleventh off-network season, the classic everyman family comedy has consistently delivered nearly 1.3 million viewers every day to date in the 2013-14, outperforming many newer off-network comedies.
THE KING OF QUEENS continues to be a strong performer for its top stations across the country, building +33% over its lead-in in New York, +50% over its lead-in in Philadelphia, +100% over its lead-in in San Francisco and +100% over its lead-in in Boston.
Proving its stability, the THE KING OF QUEENS also retains 89% of its total audience year-to-year, bettering many key comedies including Two and a Half Men (78%), How I Met Your Mother (83%), The Office (82%) and 30 Rock (79%).
THE KING OF QUEENS is set in the working-class suburb of Queens, New York. The show follows Doug Heffernan (Kevin James), an amiable deliveryman, and his wife, spitfire legal secretary Carrie Heffernan (Leah Remini), as they explore the everyday challenges of love, life, family, and marriage. Doug and Carrie also have to deal with Carrie's twice-widowed father, Arthur Spooner (Jerry Stiller), who lives in their basement. His constant presence and oddball behavior add to their daily adventures.
THE KING OF QUEENS is produced by Hanley Productions, Inc. and CBS Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. The series was created by Michael J. Weithorn and David Litt. The series is executive produced by Tony Sheehan, Kevin James, David Bickel, Ilana Wernick, Chris Downey, Rock Reuben and Jeff Sussman.
Sony Pictures Television (http://www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 13 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 840 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.
Source: NSS, Live+SD P2+ (000), 9/9-11/1/13; year to year vs 9/10-11/2/2012; local markets=NSI Live+SD HH rtg vs ¼ hr TP lead-in
SOURCE Sony Pictures Television