LONDON – 9 February 2021 – AMC Networks International – UK announced today that its portfolio of ViacomCBS UK channels has continued its strong growth in 2020. The portfolio, which consists of CBS Reality, CBS Justice, CBS Drama and Horror Channel, delivered its highest ever share of adult commercial impacts with a 3.19% SOCI (share of commercial impacts), up by an unprecedented 17% on 2019.
Flagship channel CBS Reality maintained its position as the #1 factual entertainment channel in the UK amongst women 16+. The channel delivered 1.42% of the UK’s adult commercial TV audience in 2020, and attracted 5.6 million adults every month. CBS Justice and CBS Drama also achieved their highest ever share to date while reaching 3.5 and 3.3 million adults every month, respectively.
CBS Reality’s true crime documentary programming boosted the channel’s prime time market share by 16% to 0.88% in 2020, driven by the channel’s investment in original content, in addition to its acquired programming consisting of audience favourites led by “Judge Judy”. CBS Reality original series “New Scotland Yard Files” presented by former New Scotland Yard detective Peter Bleksley, became the highest rating premiere series in the channel’s history. The series launched on 12 March and averaged 275,000 adults (1.8% share) across its ten premiere episodes. Another true crime original, “Evidence of Evil” entered its third season and delivered record results, 193,400 adults across its eight episode premiere run.
2020 also saw a further expansion of the portfolio’s AVOD footprint, with a curated selection of CBS Reality and Horror Channel content now available on My5, in addition to YouView, Freeview Play and Freesat.
Kevin Dickie, EVP/MD of AMC Networks International – UK, commented, “The UK broadcast industry has faced numerous challenges this past year. I’m thankful for the dedication of my colleagues and the resilience of our many partners during these times. It is them, and our incredibly loyal audiences, that not only helped us get through last year, but achieve some strong results. The ViacomCBS UK channel portfolio has continued on its year-on-year growth trajectory, delivering a share of 3.19% of the total UK commercial network. We look forward to offering more acclaimed original and popular acquired programming to serve our audiences and partners over the coming months.”
In 2021, CBS Reality continues to showcase its true crime offering, including its most popular titles “Murder by the Sea” and “Evidence of Evil”, both of which returned with new episodes in January, in addition to “New Scotland Yard Files” and “The Real Prime Suspect”. Exclusive channel acquisitions include “Forensics”, “Homicide Elite” and “World’s Most Unexplained”.
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Source: BARB TechEdge, based on daypart 0900-2959
About CBS Reality
CBS Reality features original true crime content including “The Real Prime Suspect”, “Donal MacIntyre’s Murder Files” and “Voice of a Killer”. CBS Reality reaches viewers in more than 25 million homes throughout the UK via the Sky, Virgin Media, Freesat and Freeview platforms. CBS Reality is part of the ViacomCBS UK channel portfolio, operated by AMC Networks International – UK.
About AMC Networks International – UK
AMC Networks International – UK is a business unit of AMC Networks International, a leading producer and distributor of television channels reaching subscribers in more than 130 countries and territories and spanning a range of genres, including movies and series, lifestyle, entertainment, sports, children’s and factual. AMC Networks International is the global division of AMC Networks. For more information, please visit: www.amcnetworks.com/amc-networks-international/