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2017 best ever year for CBS UK Channels’ share of commercial impacts (SOCI) as the portfolio delivers continued growth

Bumper 2018 schedule for the Portfolio includes Donal MacIntyre’s return to CBS Reality with original series “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files,”

Horror Channel gaining momentum with more “Star Trek,”

CBS Action continuing to entertain viewers with “NCIS” and “CSI”

and CBS Drama turning up the nostalgia with key acquisitions of “ER” and “Dynasty”

UK Channels CBS Reality, CBS Action, CBS Drama and Horror Channel, which are owned by AMC Networks International – UK (AMCNI) and CBS Studios International announced that 2017 was their best ever year yet of SOCI (share of commercial impacts) growth for advertisers, resulting in a delivery of 2.58% of the UK’s adult commercial TV audience in 2017. This is a 4% increase against 2016 and an 18% increase against two years ago.

The CBS UK Channels also garnered an overall UK audience share of 1.51% in 2017, up 4% on 2016 according to official BARB data. The channels’ record-breaking month was May with 1.62% share of UK viewers, and the strongest share of UK viewers was reached on 24th September with 1.92%.

Kevin Dickie, SVP, Channels Group, UK, MEA & Poland, AMC Networks International, said, “2017 was another record year of audience delivery for our CBS portfolio in the UK with another 4% growth in our share of the market. We remain focussed on maintaining this growth by producing more original crime content for CBS Reality; bringing iconic series such as “ER” and “Dynasty” to CBS Drama and featuring the best in horror, sci-fi and fantasy on Horror Channel and the top detective and western dramas on CBS Action.”

Robert Haiat, SVP Business Development from CBS Studios International said, “With strong brands and a wide range of compelling programming, the CBS UK channel portfolio continues to make a strong impact in the market. We are looking forward to working with the AMCNI team to deliver viewers and advertisers a robust schedule of CBS Original Series and world-class library programming in 2018.”

CBS Reality is the most watched factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst adult women and the tenth most watched non-PSB channel amongst all adults[1]. The channel has upped its original programming slate by premiering seven new series and one new documentary in 2017, including “Written in Blood,” “Voice of a Serial Killer” and “Click for Murder.”

[1] based on 0900-2959 daypart, All adults 2017

Source: BARB/Techedge, audience shares based on whole day viewing, adults

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