Comedian Steve Harvey is honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California

Comedian Steve Harvey is honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on May 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California

*NBCUniversal Domestic TV Distribution’s “Steve Harvey” has solidified its status as the breakout new syndicated talk show of 2012-13, reports Deadline.com.

On the heels of the Endemol USA-produced talker getting an early renewal for next season by stations — including the core NBC Stations group, in January – the show now has been picked up for two additional seasons, through 2016, in more than 65% of the U.S.

“Steve Harvey’s engaging, funny and warm style has been a hit with our audiences,” said Valari Staab, President, NBC Owned TV Stations. “The show has strengthened our daytime lineups and proven to be a strong lead-in to ‘Ellen’ and, in turn, our local newscasts.”

Steve Harvey got off to a solid start last fall and by the May sweep, it was the #1 new first-run show with women 18-49 and women 25-54 nationally, topping fellow rookie “Katie,” and was the only new show to build over its lead-in and improve the year-ago time period.

Across the metered markets in May, “Steve Harvey” was up over its lead-in by +24% in households, and +25% with women 25-54. Compared to the May 2012 time period average, “Steve Harvey” showed +44% increases in households and was up +42% with women 25-54. It also gave a ratings boost to veteran “Ellen.”

Additionally, Harvey received a 2013 People’s Choice Award as Favorite New Daytime Show Host.