TV Networks Endure Sharp Ratings Declines, Makegoods Are An Issue

Now four months into the 2020-21 TV season, major TV networks are still dealing with worse-than-normal audience under-delivery advertising promises this season. That makes it harder to have makegood viewership rating guarantees made in the upfront period.


Growing Fees Slow Spot Automation Growth

Per-transaction fees and resistance by walled gardens are hampering the development of tools to streamline the complicated world of buying and selling spot TV advertising.


Spot Automation: A Timeline

A user’s guide to automation development at Hudson MX, ProvantageX, Videa and WideOrbit.

Lower NFL Ratings Mean More Makegoods

TV networks are giving away more commercial time this NFL season than a year ago to make up for one of the worst ratings declines in a decade, a rare sign of weakness for the biggest draw on television.

NBC Offers Makegoods As Games End Down

The network falls short on guarantees to advertisers, and ratings see especially big declines among adults 18-49. Adding in cable and streaming gives numbers a small bump.