TNS Super Bowl Ad Data Shows Networks Biggest Advertisers
Report says NBC's promos for Leno, Conan and other shows were worth $42 mil. in airtime
By Claire Atkinson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/11/2010 10:48:47 AM
Much of that value would now appear to have been a waste given that NBC has said it is now moving Jay Leno back into his original 11:35 p.m. time slot, and also negotiating to push Conan back to 12:05 a.m.
The data comes from TNS Media Intelligence which released new ad spending figures on Super Bowl advertising, Monday, Jan. 11. "In a typical Super Bowl, 15-20 percent of all commercial time is a plug by the network for its own programming," read the report, along with its estimate that the airtime NBC put aside for promotions was worth $42 million. Of course, during any Super Bowl, networks may have unsold airtime that they use for their own needs.
In fact, NBC was relatively light on network promotions compared to previous years. Jon Swallen, TNS senior VP of research told B&C that NBC used seven minutes and five seconds for its own promotions, pointing to relatively high demand for spots which cost $3 million in 2009. In 2008, Fox network aired more promotions, at seven minutes and 55 seconds while in 2007, CBS ran as many as nine minutes and 35 seconds of network promotions.
Separately, TNS valued the Super Bowl ad economy of the past 20 years at $2.7 billion; the figure spent by advertisers on the big game the past 20 years. The top advertisers over that period were: Anheuser-Busch, Pepsi Cola-Co., followed by General Motors, Walt Disney and Time Warner.
In a sign of the times, General Motors will be absent for the second year running, while Pepsi has scaled back, opting against promoting its drinks brands in favor of spots from its Frito-Lay division. It is the first time in 23 years that a Pepsi soft drink won't appear during the game. First time advertisers are replacing the big guns however, with Cash4Gold, Castrol, Denny's, Teleflora and Vizio appearing last year and Electronic Arts and HomeAway, a vacation rentals firm, slated to air this time around.
Over the past 20 years the cost of a spot has more than quadrupled to a high point of $3 million in 2009 when NBC aired the event. This year, CBS is reportedly asking between $2.5 million and $2.8 million. Clutter has also expanded. According to TNS data last year's Super Bowl contained 45 minutes and five seconds of network ads.
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