TV Reach Finder


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This report tackles a long-overdue need: revisiting and revising TV reach tables to accurately reflect today's TV viewing environment.

Because of the increasing rating fragmentation affecting all sectors of linear TV, plus the impact of cord cutting (a more recent phenomenon), MDI has revisited its TV Reach Finder report and fully updated its tables to reflect the current 2019-2020 situation.

It has been evident for some time that long held assumptions about TV's reach capabilities need to be rethought in light of today's audience definitions, rating fragmentation and the constant increases in commercial loads that are causing people to avoid ad messages by skipping commercials and spending more time with ad-free TV. This report analyzes the situation, including comparisons with old TV reach tables, and presents our independent estimates of what TV reach tables should look like today.

Using a variety of sources, including our own estimates, the bulk of this report presents 4-week adult reach tables by GRP level, starting with 1 GRP and rising one point at a time to 500 GRPs, after which we extend the tables to 1000 GRPs in 100 GRP intervals. Tables are provided covering early AM, daytime, early fringe, primetime and late fringe, for 18 basic demos (adults/men/women aged 18+, 18-34, 18-49, 25-54, 55+ and H.H. income $150,000+).

We have also included a formula for combining reach estimates across dayparts, which will be of interest to users of this report.

Detailed information, including the introduction and table guide, is available by clicking on the button to the left.

Editorial Note:
Media Dynamics, Inc. is the source for TV Upfront Report, based on decades of experience and careful review of all of the available research on TV viewing habits, the growth of broadband-only users, and­ the increased penetration of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services, such as Netflix and Hulu. We also have had the opportunity to review actual reach tabs made recently and compared them to what the often-outdated reach tables show—some of the contrasts have been shocking, especially for the 18-34s and the affluent segments. Ultimately, we synthesize all of this information into our independent estimates.

Published August 2019; 245 pages

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