Top imported drama titles gain as others fadeWednesday, July 10th, 2013
CBS distributed Europe’s three most valuable imported drama series titles in 2012. NCIS led the pack by generating $205 million, according to the Top 100 Imported Drama Titles in Europe report. The three CSI franchises appear in the top 10. Only one of the top 10 titles (Sturm der Liebe) originated from outside the US. These rankings are based on the value created by each title for the broadcasters.
Top 10 Imported Drama Titles by value created in 2012
Total Value Title Distributor ($ mil.) ----- ----------- ----------- 1 NCIS CBS 204.6 2 CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION CBS 188.0 3 CSI: MIAMI CBS 168.4 4 CRIMINAL MINDS DISNEY 161.8 5 CSI: NY CBS 124.6 6 HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER 20TH CENTURY FOX 122.2 7 MENTALIST, THE WARNER BROS 122.0 8 BIG BANG THEORY, THE WARNER BROS 117.2 9 HOUSE M.D. NBC UNIVERSAL 101.9 10 STURM DER LIEBE GLOBAL SCREEN 93.2
Source: Essential Television Statistics, Madigan Cluff, Digital TV Research
Michael Cluff, co-author of the report, said: “Although the revenues delivered by imported drama [covering 1,677 titles] fell significantly in 2012 compared to 2011, the revenues of the top 20 titles rose by 7.5% to $2,152 million. With overall revenues to free-to-air channels falling, this suggests that the major dramas have pulled their weight, driving advertising and other revenue to prime slots on the major channels.”
Jonathan Bailey, co-author of the report, added: “Only 23% of hours screened for the top 100 titles appeared in primetime in 2012 [17,076 hours from 75,349 in total], although these titles contributed 63% of the total value which is up from a 59% share in 2008.”
Top 100 imported drama series value created by distributor in 2012 ($ million)
The top five distributors accounted for 64 of the top 100 titles by value created in 2012. CBS was the clear leader, with second-placed Disney some way behind.
However, the US companies are probably not as dominant as many people would have guessed. Indeed, sixth-placed Global Screen beat Sony by some distance. There are two German companies (Global Screen and ZDF Enterprises) and two British companies (All3Media and ITV Studios) in the top 10. All3Media takes eighth place with only one title – Midsomer Murders.
The Top 100 Imported Drama Titles in Europe report covers 119 channels (nearly all of which are free-to-air) across 21 territories.
Madigan Cluff has established program value by taking the combined annual net net advertising, license and public subsidy revenues for each channel profiled. These annual revenue figures were then split for each channel by hour and by month following the advertising rate card and other investment patterns established for the channel or similar channels in the same market. Channels that carry no advertising or that have advertising break patterns which do not extend across all transmission hours had their value allocated by using the most comparable channel available.
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