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AMC sees success for UK portfolio of ViacomCBS channels

AMC Networks International’s UK division saw solid continued growth in 2020 across its portfolio of ViacomCBS channels, the broadcaster said.

The portfolio of ViacomCBS Uk channels consists of CBS Reality, CBS Justice, CBS Drama and Horror Channel. AMC said that the channels delivered their highest ever share of adult commercial impacts with a 3.19% SOCI (share of commercial impacts), up by 17% on 2019.

CBS Reality delivered 1.42% of the UK’s commercial TV audience in 2020, attracting 5.6 million adults every month and maintaining its position as the top factual entertainment channel for women aged 16+. There was also success for CBS Justice and CBS Drama, which reached 3.5 and 3.3 million adults every month respectively.

Content highlighted as particularly successful across the channels included old favourites like Judge Judy along with original series New Scotland Yard Files.

In 2020, the Group also expanded its AVOD footprint, adding a curated selection of content from CBS Reality and Horror Channel to My5, YouView, Freeview Play and Freesat. 

Kevin Dickie, EVP/MD of AMC Networks International – UK, said: “The UK broadcast industry has faced numerous challenges this past year. I’m thankful for the dedication of my colleagues and the resilience of our many partners during these times. It is them, and our incredibly loyal audiences, that not only helped us get through last year, but achieve some strong results. 

“The ViacomCBS UK channel portfolio has continued on its year-on-year growth trajectory, delivering a share of 3.19% of the total UK commercial network. We look forward to offering more acclaimed original and popular acquired programming to serve our audiences and partners over the coming months.”