NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution says the hit comedy “The Office” will debut off-network, running five days a week, beginning September 21st. The list of 165 stations carrying the sitcom appears to cut across a wide number of major groups and local owners.
“I think ‘The Office’ will play well in syndication because it’s a character comedy and it’s pretty dense with humor and story,” said Executive Producer, Greg Daniels. “Steve Carell and the ensemble cast are mostly from improv backgrounds and they do a lot of funny stuff when they are just listening or barely on camera, so there are really great moments that you only catch on multiple viewings,” he noted.
“The Office” has been NBC’s top-rated comedy for the last three years and has grown its audience each season, including double-digit growth during the 2008-2009 TV season. The series grew 14% in Adults 18-34, 14% in Adults 18-49 and 17% in Adults 25-54 vs. last season and it improved on its lead-in by 96% in Adults 18-49, the most growth over a network show of any sitcom on any network, according to Nielsen Media Research.
“The Office” has been sold in 98% of the US for its off-network debut. To see who has it in your market, click the pdf in the attachment box on the right.