Magazine article Variety

Procedurals Power Syndie Hours

Magazine article Variety

Procedurals Power Syndie Hours

Article excerpt

Crime absolutely pays when it comes to distributing dramas.

For years now, syndicating hourlongs to TV stations has been a weakening proposition. Serialized dramas - think "Desperate Housewives," "Grey's Anatomy" or even an action thriller like "24" - don't repeat well, especially when the show plays only on weekends. Increasingly, subscription video on demand (SVOD) providers such as Netflix and Amazon are where the money's at for shows that tell an ongoing story.

Hourlong procédurals, however, still play well wherever they air, and for that reason, cable networks pay high prices to strip them, often keeping them out of broadcasters' hands other than for weekend plays.

Looking at the weekend shows, the leader is CBS Television Distribution's "Criminal Minds" at a 3.0 same-day household rating season to date. The show is down a bit (9%) year to year, but overall, playing well on TV stations.

Following "Criminal Minds" are a slew of other procédurals: NBCUniversal's "Law & Order" (2.9), and NBCU's "Monk" (2.5), helped by its primetime play on News Corp. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.