The turnaround is complete at Disney's
This really isn't much of a surprise. Thanks to a strong rookie class that included monster hits like Desperate Housewives and Lost, ABC has a lot of people suddenly tuning in. With a 12% surge in viewers, and an even more impressive 16% spike in ratings coming from the coveted 18- to 49-year-old target audience, Disney had sponsors just where it wanted them.
It's not just the sheer number that has sponsors earmarking their budgets for ABC. On average, they will be paying 4% to 6% more for each set of eyeballs.
Disney's gains are likely to translate into losses for its competitors, especially for General Electric
Despite the growth spurts in ad-dependent online giants like Yahoo!
So for ABC, a network that was once both lost and desperate, the only thing meatier than the perpetual cliffhangers in its hot, young, hour-long shows are the ads that lie in between.
Some more prime-time headlines:
- It was apparent by last October that ABC had finally licked its woes.
- Two weeks ago, the major networks rolled out their new fall lineups.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has been on TV before. Then his wife told him to get off the set. He owns shares of Disney. The Fool has a disclosure policy. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.