Syndication Update: "Let’s Play Crosswords" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"
– Program Partners’ and Merv Griffin new game show Let’s Play Crosswords, which already cleared five NBC O&Os, has now cleared 65% of the country, making the program a “firm go” for this fall. Station groups that bought the show include stations owned by Belo, Tribune, Young, and Raycom.
Notable clearances: The show has cleared duopolies for the most part, but the program did clear stand alone stations in Sacramento (KTXL/Fox), St. Louis (KPLR/CW), Charlotte (WCNC/NBC), and San Diego (KGTV/ABC), Buffalo (WGRZ/NBC) and Dayton (WHIO/CBS).
Interestingly, the show has not cleared four markets where NBC owns stations and were not part of the original deal, such as Philadelphia and Miami. There’s a possibility those stations may come on later.