First-rate fourth quarter

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While it's still a tough ad market out there, NBC and CBS both claim to have had their best fourth-quarter scatter markets ever in terms of dollar volume.

NBC posted $300 million in scatter sales across all dayparts, more than $200
million in prime time, sources say.

CBS sources say it did $260 million in scatter, with about $200 million in
prime time.

Much of that success, particularly for NBC, came at the expense of ABC, which
had to devote a big chunk of fourth-quarter scatter inventory to make-goods.

Another factor: A pile of money got shifted from the third quarter
(terrorist-attack coverage) to the fourth quarter.

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