SNTA Research Touts Power of Syndicated Shows to Reach Boomer Audiences
By John Consoli -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/25/2012 1:59:07 PM
The report, "Seizing The Boomer Market-A $3.4 Trillion Opportunity," cites the 81 million baby boomers in the U.S. that make up 35% of the adult population; by 2017, the report continues, boomers will control 70% of U.S. disposable income.
It's a message that Alan Wurtzel, research president at NBCUniversal, has been pushing for the past several years to help motivate marketers to advertise more on NBC. But the SNTA research also points specifically to syndicated TV programming, saying it outperforms the broadcast networks in certain categories with this financially powerful demo.
Using data from media audience measuring group GfK MRI for adults 45-64, the SNTA report shows that syndicated sci-fi, game shows, talk shows, dramas and entertainment news magazines all over-index among baby boomer viewers more than network primetime programming in categories such as dining, life insurance, home gardening, pharmaceuticals, pets, hair coloring, diet soda and vitamins.
Using Nielsen C3 ratings from the May 2012 sweeps month, daytime syndication among the 45-64 demo had more shows in the top 10 Monday-Friday than did the Big Four broadcast networks and all of cable, excluding sports and specials. Syndication averaged four shows per day in the top 10; CBS averaged three; and ABC, NBC, Fox and cable averaged two or less depending on the night.
"Syndication is a strong performer for marketers looking to improve delivery and commercial recall for baby boomers all year long," the report states.
The highest-rated syndicated show among boomers from Sept. 19, 2011, through August 5, 2012, was Judge Judy with a 4.8 in that demo. The Big Bang Theory in syndication averaged a 4.7; Wheel of Fortune, a 4.5; Two and a Half Men, a 4.2; Jeopardy!, a 3.6; and Entertainment Tonight, a 2.8.
Other 45-64 ratings for syndicated shows in those months through Aug. 5 are: Criminal Minds (2.3); Law & Order (2.2); Inside Edition (2.1); Family Feud (2.0); Monk (1.9); Dr. Phil (1.9); Law & Order: SVU (1.9); Judge Joe Brown (1.6); Numb3rs (1.7); The Closer (1.7); Everybody Loves Raymond (1.6); Cold Case (1.6); Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1.6); and Live! With Kelly (1.6).
If the numbers themselves weren't enticing enough, the SNTA report -- which uses Kantar Strategy for the 45-64 demo -- also indicates that cost-per-thousand pricing for the top-rated shows watched by baby boomers are 142% cheaper than network primetime shows.
All that said, how are boomers as an advertiser target for key categories, including home furnishings and automotive? The report says 52% of adults 45-64 are homeowners, 53% own two or more cars and 58% are new-car prospects. It also says that 48% of baby boomers own a DVR, 56% own two or more PCs and 66% are tablet users.
But while baby boomers do have DVRs, 92% of adults 45-64 in DVR households watch syndication programming live versus 76% who watch network primetime programming live.
Citing Nielsen NPower data -- a Web-based research analysis tool -- the report shows that during the summer of 2011, syndication programming loses only about 10% of its audience, while the network primetime audience declines by a range of 30%-35%.
In the middle of July 2012, according to Nielsen NPower data, syndicated programming accounted for eight of the top 10 highest-rated telecasts among adults 25-64, 17 of the top 25 and 28 of the top 50.
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