'Dish Nation' renewed for second season
A unique show in syndication that highlights radio personalities across the nation has been renewed for a second season on multiple stations, including those owned by Fox, Sinclair and Tribune.
Dish Nation, a satirical show from Twentieth TV that has earned the distinction as the youngest-skewing program in all of syndication, averaged 1.3 million viewers in January — an 18 percent jump from its premiere in September. The half-hour nightly show features radio teams like Atlanta’s Rickey Smiley Morning Show and New York’s The Big Show with Scott & Todd as they dish about pop culture and Hollywood gossip.
“We promised that Dish Nation would be a hilarious and fresh alternative within the entertainment news genre,” said Paul Franklin, Twentieth TV’s General Manager of Broadcast Sales, in a statement. “Based on the positive station response, social media buzz, and reinforced by continuous ratings growth – Dish Nation has delivered. Building from a summer test with the Fox Television Stations to a successful first season, we are thrilled to continue the momentum – and the laughs – with this second season renewal.”
Twentieth says Dish Nation tops all new first-run programs, including talk shows featuring Steve Harvey and Katie Couric, by ranking No. 1 among adults 18-34.
Cicha added: “Dish Nation is different, which is something we wholeheartedly support. Given the encouraging ratings and execution so far, we believe this has the potential to be a future franchise for us.”
“Dish Nation’s” radio teams include Atlanta’s Rickey Smiley Morning Show, heard locally on Atlanta’s WHTA and syndicated in over 60 markets nationwide. It is hosted by Rickey Smiley and features Ebony Steele, Headkrack, Rock-T, Gary with da Tea; New York’s The Big Show with Scott & Todd on WPLJ (hosted by Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill; featuring Cooper Lawrence and Joe Pardavila); Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, based out of Dallas, Texas and hosted by Kidd Kraddick, and featuring Kellie Rasberry, Jenna, Big Al Mack and J-Si; plus, additional guest radio personalities.
“Dish Nation” is produced by the Emmy-award winning Studio City and distributed by Twentieth Television. Stu Weiss serves as Executive Producer and Matt Blanock is Co-Executive Producer.
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