Telefutura is now
New Univision network appears to tap a new audience
By Steve McClellan -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/20/2002 7:00:00 PM
Univision's launch last week of its second broadcast network, Telefutura, boosted the tune-in level of Hispanic homes to Spanish-language TV and didn't appear to draw viewers away from Univision or Telemundo.
In its first two days (Jan. 14-15), Telefutura averaged a 4 share in Hispanic homes and among adults 18 to 49. Telemundo averaged a 9 share, up one point from last year, in households and was flat, with a 9 share, in adults 18 to 49. Univision was up a point in both, to a 34 share in households and a 32 share in adults 18-49. Tune-in for Hispanic TV rose six points, to a 47 share.
Telefutura is designed to counter-program both Univision and Telemundo. While both of those established networks air mostly novellas in prime time, Telefutura will counter with movies—although it will air a full slate of novellas in the daytime. The new network will also carry some sports and music programming, at least one new talk show, and a smattering of family, teen and children's shows.
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