LONDON – UKTV, the multi-channel network operator owned by BBC Worldwide and Scripps Networks Interactive, has inked a deal for two seasons each of ABC Studios' shows Castle and Body of Proof.
The pay-TV operator has snapped up exclusive pay TV rights to the fresh seasons of both from Disney U.K. and Ireland for its channel Alibi. UKTV head of acquisitions and co-productions Alexandra Finlay brokered the deal with Disney for seasons five and six of Castle and seasons three and four of Body of Proof.
The deal means Alibi continues to be the first look home for British viewers of the shows.
Alibi said Castle ratings have continued to build for the channel with the fourth series averaging 366,000 individuals, up 65% on slot average.
Body of Proof is Alibi’s highest-ever rated program, with the second season averaging 577,000 individuals, up 450% on slot average.
Castle, created by Andrew Marlowe, stars Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives) as a best-selling mystery novelist who solves New York City’s most unusual crimes with an NYPD detective played by Stana Katic.
Body of Proof stars Dana Delany (Desperate Housewives) as a medical examiner, a former neurosurgeon forced to change her career after a devastating accident. When it comes to understanding the dead she is remarkable, but her family and relationships have to take a back seat to her ambition.
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