VIDEO: ELLEN Is First U.S. Daily Talk Show to Air in China
"The Ellen DeGeneres Show" has become the first U.S. daily talk show to be carried in China with the eleventh season of the multiple Emmy Award-winning daytime talk show now available on China's leading online video service provider Sohu Video, it was announced last week by Dr. Charles Zhang, Chairman and CEO of Sohu.com Inc. and Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. Check out a clip below!
Episodes of "Ellen" will be subtitled in Chinese and delivered within 48 Hours from the U.S. original broadcast. The episodes launched on Sohu will be available for viewers on demand 24-7, remaining on Sohu until the license period ends.
"Sohu offers Chinese Internet users a diversified portfolio of top-quality content, with a wide coverage of hot TV dramas, animation and now U.S. talk shows," said Zhang. "'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' is one of the most well-known talk shows in the U.S., and we believe it could also have strong appeal and relevance with the Chinese audience."
"Ellen has clearly differentiated herself and her talk show from so many of the controversial conflict-oriented talk shows as it has become an increasingly positive alternative in daytime featuring the biggest stars from worlds of film, television and music," said Schlesinger. "She has an unmatched and unique brand of family-friendly humor and love of pop culture that appeal to audiences of all ages in a very fun one-hour of programming. We are thrilled that 'Ellen' will now be seen in China and is the first U.S. talk show available there."
In the show's 11th season, "Ellen" has achieved its strongest ratings ever and is the #1 rated daytime talk show in the U.S. with Women 25-54. Ellen set a new viewership high the week of Dec. 2 (3.0 HH rating, 4.2 million). Then the week of Dec. 9, the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted show set records in both categories, averaging a 3.2 HH rating and 4.4 million total viewers.
About "The Ellen DeGeneres Show": "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" now in its eleventh season continues to be the daytime destination for laughter and fun, highlighting Ellen's one-of-a-kind observational humor, warmth and generosity, and features the biggest stars from television, film, music and more. The show has now earned an impressive total of 45 Daytime Emmy Awards. "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" premiered on September 8, 2003 and was the highest-rated freshman Syndicated show of the 2003-2004 season. Originating from Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" is produced by A Very Good Production and WAD Productions, Inc. in association with Telepictures, an industry leading and Emmy award-winning producer of Syndicated programming, and is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin and Andy Lassner serve as executive producers.