Everyone Loves 'Raymond,' Especially Media Buyers: Finale Spots Fetch $1.3 Million
Meanwhile, to ensure that both advertisers and TV viewers get the most out of "Everybody Loves Raymond's" final episode--the series' 210th--the network Monday unveiled plans for a multi-platform marketing and publicity campaign, which kicks off this week.
The effort--designed to prove that everyone does indeed love comedian Ray Romano's autobiographical character--includes a vote on CBS.com for viewers' all-time favorite episodes; on-air tributes by celebrities such as "King Of Queens" star Kevin James to basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; heavy promotion on Viacom radio and cable properties.
The "Raymond" finale will also receive co-marketing support from CBS's 200-plus affiliated stations, as well as special "Raymond"-themed content on CBS' "Eye on America."
CBS is also pulling out all the promotional stops with the network's Viacom cable network siblings, including VH1, Comedy Central, and Nick at Nite.