TV networks are hoping for a return to normalcy after a turbulent 2020.
Advertisers will spend $19.90 billion upfront in the 2021-2022 TV season, an increase of 7.6% over the previous cycle.

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For the 2021-2022 TV season, US upfront ad spending will bounce back to nearly pre-pandemic levels, if not to its 2018-2019 peak, according to our latest estimates.

US upfront ad spending will bounce back to nearly pre-pandemic levels this year.

Advertisers will increase their upfront TV spending by 7.6% this year to $19.90 billion-this assumes a continuing recovery from the pandemic and economic crisis in the US.

Our upfront TV ad spending forecast includes TV ad spending resulting from the national primetime TV upfronts. This includes linear and digital inventory that broadcast networks and cable channels sell during the upfronts but excludes upfront commitments that don’t ultimately result in a transaction. Because some upfront commitments get canceled, commitment estimates differ from what advertisers end up spending.

We last forecast upfront TV ad spending in June 2020, when we expected big decreases as a result of the pandemic-but those decreases took a different shape than we had predicted at the time.

In June 2020, we estimated only a 1.4% drop in upfront TV ad spending for the 2019-2020 season, but the pandemic led TV advertisers to ultimately cancel $3 billion of their upfront commitments for that season, according to Media Dynamics. This development led us to lower our estimate for the 2019-2020 upfronts, and we now believe upfront TV ad …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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