Telemundo, Univision Grew Viewership, 18-49 Ratings in Fourth Quarter
By John Consoli -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/2/2013 2:29:38 PM
Through mid-December, Univision averaged 3.7 million viewers per primetime night this season, up 4.6%, while Telemundo averaged 1.2 million viewers in primetime, up 5.2%. In the 18-49 demo, Univision averaged a 1.49 rating, up a slight 0.7% from a 1.48 last season, while Telemundo was up 4.2% to a 0.50 from a .048. Yes, the percentage gains are small and off lower bases of total viewers, but at least they well rival the hefty declines shown by most of their English-language broadcast network counterparts.
Univision Communications' other broadcast network, TeleFutura, which does not air novelas in primetime but instead offers English-language movies and other types of programming -- albeit off another smaller audience base -- was up 35.6% in viewers to 687,000 per night, and up 26.1% in the 18-49 demo to a 0.29.
And come next Monday, TeleFutura gets a total revamping, starting with a new name: UniMás. Beginning Jan. 7, UniMás will target a more specific Hispanic millennial audience, and premiere some new primetime programming, including a 9 p.m. crime drama, Made in Cartagena, and a 10 p.m. novela, Quién Eres Tú? (Who Are You?).
The news for the Spanish-language networks was not all good, however. Smaller distribution networks Azteca and Estrella TV both showed hefty declines in viewership and demo ratings in the fourth quarter. Azteca viewership was down 38.8% to 130,000 viewers per night in primetime, while Estrella TV was down 4% to 220,000 viewers. In the 18-49 demo in primetime, Azteca was down 25% to a 0.06, while Estrella was down 11.1% to 0.08%.
But those aforementioned gains by Univision and Telemundo are even more impressive when factoring in that new Spanish-language broadcast network MundoFox began airing programming in the fourth quarter.
And those Univision and Telemundo gains came from new female viewers; both networks lost male viewers in fourth quarter. Univision's male 18-49 ratings dropped 9% in the fourth quarter to a 1.21 in primetime, but its female 18-49 rating grew 7.9% to a 1.77. Telemundo's male 18-49 ratings declined 2.2% in the fourth quarter to a 0.44, but female 18-49 increased by 9.8% to a 0.56.
Through a similar mid-December period, Fox was down in live-plus-same-day viewing of regularly scheduled primetime programming by 22.4% to 5.8 million; ABC was down 10.5% to 7.7 million; CBS was down 6.9% to 10.6 million; and The CW was down 3.6% to 1.6 million. NBC was up 15.2% to 8.4 million. In the 18-49 demo, Fox was down 21.4% to a 2.2; CBS was down 14.3% to a 2.4; The CW was down 14.3% to a 0.6%; and ABC was down 12.5% to a 2.1. NBC was up 20% to a 3.0.
What's working for Univision and Telemundo in primetime? What else: novelas. Univision's primetime novelas Por Ella Soy Eva (For Her, I'm Eva) at 8 p.m., Amores Verdaderos (True Love) at 9 p.m. and Amor Bravío (Fierce Love) at 10 p.m. have all produced higher 18-49 ratings on various nights -- and on many more nights higher 18-34 ratings -- than many of the English-language broadcast networks they compete against head-to-head. Abismo de Pasión (Abyss of Passion), which concluded its 9 p.m. run in early November, averaged 5.5 million total viewers and 2.9 million adults 18-49 for its finale.
Telemundo's three primetime novelas, Pablo Escobar: El Patron del Mal (Pablo Escobar, The Drug Lord), Una Maid en Manhattan (Maid in Manhattan) and Corazón Valiente (Fearless Heart) all rank among the top 15 highest-rated primetime programs in Telemundo history. Pablo Escobar has averaged 1.7 million viewers per night, Una Maid en Manhattan has averaged 1.5 million and Corazón Valiente has averaged 1.3 million. Each has produced additional viewership on Telemundo.com.
Meanwhile, Univision continues to make itself a major player in primetime overall. Among adults 18-49 during the entirety of last year, through mid-December, Univision scored higher ratings than ABC for at least one primetime show on 145 nights; the network beat CBS for at least one primetime show on 129 nights and Fox on 128 nights. Among adults 18-34, Univision scored higher ratings than ABC for at least one show on 244 nights, higher than CBS on 269 nights and higher than Fox on 143 nights.
Overall in primetime during 2012, Univision has beaten at least one of the English-language networks 18-49 in at least one primetime period on 279 nights, and delivered higher 18-34 ratings than at least one of the English-language networks on 333 nights.
Univision also rightly touts to advertisers that it finished 2012 with a higher percentage of live viewership -- 92% -- among adults 18-49 during primetime, than CBS (70%), NBC (67%), ABC (66%), Fox (64%) and The CW (60%).
Here's another selling point Univision continues to hammer home to marketers: For the sixth consecutive year, the network finished first on Friday nights among all the broadcast networks in the adults 18-34 demo, beating its closest competitor, NBC, by 31%. Overall, for the entire year 2012, Univision finished fourth in the 18-34 demo in primetime among all networks, ahead of CBS on the broadcast side and higher than all cable networks.
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