National Linear TV Advertising Spending Down 8% in October

Standard Media Index October
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Advertiser spending on national linear TV was down 7% in October compared to a year ago, with a sharp drop in activity in the scatter market...

Spending on the broadcast networks dropped 12% while spending on cable was down 4%. Syndication declined 19%.

The figures come from data and analytics company Standard Media Index.

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This year’s upfront took place before the ad market turned soft and advertising spending based on upfront buyer was down just 0.3% compared to a year ago. But scatter buys, made closer to when the commercials are schedule to air, plummeted 39%. 

Direct response advertising was down 15%.

Spending on Entertainment programming was down 6%, spending on sports dropped10% and spending on news fell down 9%. 

Spending by consumer packaged good advertisers was down 4%. Spending by financial services advertisers was down 20% and tech companies showed a 30% drop in spending. Entertainment and media companies’ spending was down 10%.

Pharma spending was up 9% and general business spending was up 11%.  ■

Standard Media Index October

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