Automakers, Studios Dip Into Upfront Market
Fox, ABC make early sales in deliberate market
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 5/31/2012 5:17:07 PM
Those two categories are extremely competitive when it comes to buying high-rated shows near the weekend, so they are often among the first to buy ads in the upfront market. They also tend to pay some of the highest prices.
A source familiar with the deals said Fox was getting price increases in the high single digits for its early upfront sales. ABC was getting mid to high single digit increases, according to Advertising Age, which was first to report the deals.
Often, the first upfront sales create a rush on the market, but one source indicated that things were moving a bit slower. During upfront presentation week, buyers insisted this would be a deliberate market, and that they would not be stampeded into paying higher prices in what they see as a less robust market than last year.
Fox was first out of the gate last year. Having a smaller primetime schedule combined with a young viewership creates demand for Fox's commercial inventory.
This year, Fox faces a challenge in the upfront, because buyers expect lower ratings for both American Idol and The X Factor than they estimated -- and paid for -- last year.
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