AMC Networks' Profits Hurt by Dish Takedown
Ad revenues rise 9.1% on strength of original shows
By Jon Lafayette -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/8/2012 9:39:54 AM
Net income was $36.6 million, or 51 cents a share, down 8.5% from $40 million, or 55 cents a share, a year ago.
As part of last month's settlement in a lawsuit over the Voom high-definition service (which became a part of AMC when it was spun off from Cablevision Systems), AMC and Cablevision received $700 million in cash and AMC's cable channels, taken down form Dish since the summer, were restored.
Despite the Dish Network takedown, revenues rose 17% to $322 million on new digital and new licensing deals.
"We've enjoyed a long relationship with Dish Network and are delighted to partner with them again in bringing our channels and programming to their subscribers," said CEO Josh Sapan in a statement. "While the litigation and associated carriage dispute impacted our third-quarter financials, that issue is behind us and we are fully focused on continuing our strategy of investing in quality original programming."
Sapan added: "We continue to see very healthy demand for our popular programming from advertisers and viewers alike. We're particularly proud of the stellar performance of AMC's The Walking Dead, which premiered last month to become the biggest show of the fall season among adults 18-49, outperforming broadcast and cable hits including Modern Family, The Big Bang Theory, The Voice and Jersey Shore."
Cash flow for the company's national networks -- AMC, WE tv, IFC and Sundance Channel -- fell 5.5% to $116.4 million.
Revenues rose 18.5% to $306.2 million. Affiliate fees rose 24.3% because of digital and licensing revenue, offset by the decline in affiliate fees caused by the Dish takedown.
Advertising revenues rose 9.1% to $107 million. The company said the increase was due to strong demand for original programming, primarily at AMC.
Hell with Dish, AMC should definetly keep The Rifleman and add The original Superman with George Reeves and also The Lone Ranger with Clayton Moore. They could have most of the day on Saturdays to play episodes of all three shows and watch their ratings go way up just from doing that. I hope someone with some brains really checks into doing this.
Michael Weisser - 12/22/2012 7:29:28 AM EST
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