TOO FAST, TOO FORWARD?
Cable dramas like Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Fargo may earn the buzz but they aren't the best buy for advertisers.
According to a new research from the U.S. digital service TiVo, viewers are far more likely to skip through the commercials when watching recorded programming.
The TiVo research covered the time period of January to June of 2014 and focused on a sample of 350,000 TiVo boxes in the United States.
And according to the TiVo data, viewers are more inclined to race through the ads at breakneck pace while watching recorded episodes of TV's currently most-talked-about drama shows.
The TiVo list compiles the top 10 shows with the lowest commercial retention, with AMC's Mad Men topping the list with only 27 per cent, followed by the FX series Justified (30 per cent), AMC's Halt and Catch Fire (31 per cent), FX's Fargo (33 per cent) and the FX series The Americans and the USA Network legal drama Suits (both 33 per cent).
The list is rounded out by AMC's The Walking Dead (34 per cent), History's Vikings (35 per cent), SyFy's Warehouse 13 (35 per cent) and Bravo's cooking-competition series Top Chef (36 per cent).
It's worth pointing out that both advertisers and TV networks factor ad-skipping into their pricing of commercials. All ad buys are based on the audience levels for commercials – not the programs – that are viewed live and up to three days after their initial broadcast date.
And which shows have the highest commercial retention (meaning viewers actually watch the ads)? Welcome to the wild world of reality television.
Three unscripted series tie for first place: HGTV's House Hunters International, TBS's Bam's Bad Ass Game Show and HGTV's Caribbean Life, with an impressive 84 per cent of ads retained by viewers.
The high-commercial retention list also shows that HGTV's Love It or List It has 83 per cent of ads retained by viewers, followed by Discovery's Gold Rush with 82 per cent and the Nickelodeon family drama Haunted Hathaways with 81 per cent (Haunted Hathaways is the only scripted show on the list).
Also on the list: HGTV's Island Hunters (81 per cent), HGTV's Property Virgins (80 per cent), House Hunters Reno (80 per cent) and Beachfront Bargain (79 per cent).
Obviously, the shows with the highest ad retention are not the type of shows that earn Entertainment Weekly covers, but they're great ad buys if only for the fact that they cost far less.
According to the media firm SQAD, a 30-second primetime spot on The Walking Dead costs $97,000 (U.S.), while the same-length commercial on Love It or List It costs an average of $13,000.
The message here: Viewers want to find out what happens to Don Draper on Mad Men and the human survivors on The Walking Dead, but they're not very interested in the car and lifestyle ads during commercials.
But when viewers watch Property Virgins or Love It or List It, they're more willing to sit through commercials for wood stain or home furnishings.
Suddenly the expression "all that glitters is not gold" has new meaning.
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Source: Vanity Fair
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