ViacomCBS Secures Exclusive Domestic Streaming Rights To Hit “FBI” Series From NBCUniversal In Multi-Platform Content Licensing Deal
Paramount+ Subscribers In The U.S. Gain Access To All Seasons Beginning Friday, October 1; Current Season Episodes Broadcast On CBS And Available To Stream Live And On Demand On Paramount+
ViacomCBS (NASDAQ: VIAC; VIACA) today announced the acquisition of the hit CBS drama FBI from NBCUniversal in a new, multi-year content licensing agreement featuring exclusive domestic streaming rights for the Dick Wolf and Wolf Entertainment series. As part of the deal, ViacomCBS also secured non-exclusive media rights for its leading portfolio of U.S. cable networks.
The first three seasons of the show are available to stream on Friday, October 1 for Paramount+ subscribers in the U.S. The fourth and current season will continue to air on the CBS Television Network and be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.
“CBS is the proud home of Dick Wolf’s signature FBI series and we look forward to growing its considerable audience even further with more viewer touch points domestically and globally,” said George Cheeks, President & CEO of CBS, and Chief Content Officer, News & Sports for Paramount+. “We are committed to maximizing the power and impact of one of our most popular franchises by growing the FBI brand across the ViacomCBS portfolio.”
“Over the course of NBCUniversal’s long relationship with Dick Wolf, we’ve seen the power of the Wolf Entertainment shows to resonate with viewers around the world, and FBI is no exception,” said Belinda Menendez, President and Chief Revenue Officer for NBCUniversal Global Distribution. “ViacomCBS is a valuable partner to us and we’re thrilled that through this agreement, audiences across America will soon have more ways to discover and enjoy this hugely successful show.”
From Emmy(R) Award winner Dick Wolf and the team behind the Law & Order brand, FBI is a fast-paced drama about the inner workings of the New York office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This elite unit brings to bear all their talents, intellect and technical expertise on major cases in order to keep New York and the country safe. Over the past four seasons, the series has starred an amazing ensemble cast, including Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza, John Boyd and Katherine Renee Turner. FBI is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios. Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Alex Chapple, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers.
Last season, FBI scored 11 million weekly viewers, ranked as television’s #3 drama and was Wolf Entertainment’s most-watched show on any network. The series now serves as the launch pad for CBS’s Tuesday block of three FBI dramas.
Barbara Zaneri, Chief Program Acquisitions Officer for ViacomCBS, negotiated the deal with NBCUniversal Global Distribution.
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
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About FBI TV Show
CBS has renewed all three hit FBI dramas for two additional seasons, beginning with the 2022-2023 broadcast season. The returning CBS Original series dominate their back-to-back Tuesday time slots: FBI is the #2 broadcast series, FBI: INTERNATIONAL is the #2 new drama and FBI: MOST WANTED is a top10 broadcast series. CBS is the #1 primetime network on FBI Tuesdays, winning all three time periods and delivering over 1.4 million more viewers than its closest competitor.
"The FBIs are one of the most successful brands in the entire TV landscape and a powerful cornerstone of our #1 lineup," said Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment. "They've attracted a dedicated, loyal fan base, thanks to the extraordinary vision of executive producer Dick Wolf and the talents of all three outstanding casts and creative teams. I know we and our viewers look forward to two additional seasons of engaging, heroic stories."
"Everybody who works on these three shows is over the moon about the multi-year pickups," said Dick Wolf, executive producer and FBI brand creator. "We are all incredibly grateful to CBS and our partners at Universal Television and CBS Studios. And I personally would like to thank the incredible casts, talented writers and dedicated producers, not to mention three crews who never missed an airdate despite the difficulties of producing full seasons during the COVID-19 pandemic."
FBI (8:00-9:00 PM) is Tuesday's #1 program, averaging 10.35 million viewers, the #2 broadcast series and a time period winner in viewers. On Paramount+, FBI is among the top five most-watched current CBS series on the service year-to-date. This season, FBI has amassed 9.7 billion potential social media impressions.
Missy Peregrym, Zeeko Zaki, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza, John Boyd and Katherine Renee Turner star. Dick Wolf, Rick Eid, Alex Chapple, Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski serve as executive producers. FBI is produced by Wolf Entertainment and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with CBS Studios. The series will return for seasons five and six.Keep track of the cancel/renew status of all your favorite TV shows. Discover and bookmark our cancelled shows 2021 list and renewed shows 2021-2022 database.
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