The Drew Barrymore Show has been given an early renewal for a fifth season on the CBS Stations, which is a drama-free renewal. This comes after the show got off to a late start with its fourth season and had conflict behind the scenes.
It is the first time that the syndicated daytime chat program has been picked up since the significant reorganization that took place at CBS Media Ventures, the company that produces and distributes the show.
Wendy McMahon, who is now the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures, was given responsibility for the show.
The renewal also comes after a difficult fall for The Drew Barrymore Show, whose host had first planned a comeback on September 18 while the writers were still on strike. However, the decision was reversed in the midst of picketing of the show and protest from members of the Writers Guild of America during the strike.
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In its place, Season 4 premiered on October 16 after the strike, however it did so without the three writers who were members of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and who declined to return to the show.
Whether it was the fact that viewers of the show were able to move past the controversy or the fact that there was a lack of original entertainment programming in the fall as a result of the double strike by the Writers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild of America, The Drew Barrymore Show has been averaging a respectable 1.1 million viewers, with a growth of +9% in households and +4% in total viewers from October to December.
CBS Stations, which were the program’s core launch group, continue to serve as the show’s anchors in large cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. It has been renewed through the year 2025, which is the same length of time as another daytime chat show, The Kelly Clarkson Show, which airs on NBCU.
This season, “The Drew Barrymore Show is firing on all cylinders,” McMahon described the show as being. Drew continues to propel the show into the cultural zeitgeist with her compassionate and thoughtful interviews.
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These interviews bring viewers into her living room, giving them the impression that they are listening to a conversation between two friends that they are a part of. The experience is unlike anything else that can be found on television.
The magic that Drew is generating during the daytime hours is simply remarkable, and we are pleased to continue to offer all of that to our stations.
Next up on The Drew Barrymore Show is a special episode that will show tomorrow, January 12, featuring the cast of the new Mean Girls film. The cast includes Renee Rapp, Angourie Rice, Avantika, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Auli’I Cravalho, and Jaquel Spivey.