ABC Outbids CBS For Peanuts’ Specials
ABC has secured broadcast rights for the classic holiday PEANUTS specials from rights holder United Media ending the specials 35-year run on CBS. The main reason for the switch was that the new deal was more lucrative for the rights holder. However no specific monetary details were released. The agreement also guarantees that ITS THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN and A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING will be aired each year, which wasnt always an absolute on CBS. Last years ratings for the special, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS, were the highest in its time slot among adults 18-49 and households. ABCs three-year deal will start in 2001.