America Now, co-hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic, has been renewed for a fourth season, it was announced Tuesday by Paul McTear, president and ceo of Raycom Media and Paul Bucceri, managing director of ITV Studios International and ceo of ITV Studios America.
Originally launched in 2010 as programming for the Raycom stations group, which operates 52 stations in 36 markets, America Now entered syndication in 2012 to other groups and markets through Trifecta Entertainment and Media.
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America Now is not done live, but is recorded and then distributed. It incorporates reports from Raycom stations as well as doing original reporting. It’s mantra is to provide "news you can really use" to improve your lifestyle on such topics family, health, diet and pets.
It was originally a weekend-only show but in Sept. 2011, when Gibbons joined, American Now expanded to five days a week.
According to Raycom, America Now had a 1.4 rating and 4 percent share of the audience in the 14-metered markets where it airs earlier this year. They say that is up 10 percent from last year. America Now still does not air in most of the largest U.S. TV markets.
“Season 4 of America Now promises even more great stories and smart solutions from our hosts and experts,” said Buccieri.
“Year after year more and more people have come to rely on the show as a guide to great information that helps them live their lives better,” added McTear.
- Leeza Gibbons
- Raycom Media