NEW YORK – Martha Stewart has won an 11th season out of Martha Stewart Living despite her ongoing legal woes.
The domestic diva's daily syndicated show will return to the air next year because the ratings have been unaffected by an insider trading scandal.
Since Stewart's troubles began last spring, the ratings for Living have been flat year-to-year. She averages about two million viewers each day.
"Despite everything that's happened, viewers keep watching," said Mediaweek Online's TV industry analyst, Marc Berman. "The show's at a point where there are still enough viewers to bring it back. Economically it's still a viable show to renew."
There was some doubt about the future of Martha Stewart Living. It is down more than 50 percent from its heyday about five years ago.
Despite the renewal, TV industry observers say there's a chance Stewart could lose her longtime morning timeslots on some stations around the U.S.
Living it Up! With Ali & Jack, a new syndicated show from Stewart's own distributor, King World, is expected to take her place on some stations.
A King World spokeswoman said there were no confirmed time slots for next season's episodes of Martha Stewart's Living and would not say if it will be replaced in some markets by Living It Up!
Rocked by the scandal, Stewart has already canceled her annual Christmas primetime special on CBS, but sales of her Martha Stewart Everyday collection of home products have been soaring since the holiday shopping season began.