TV, Digital Boost Univision Earnings

TV and digital revenues boosted Univision to double-digit growth for its second-quarter earnings results.

The Spanish-language TV and media company had nearly a 30% gain in profits to $40.7 million compared with the year-ago profit of $31.8 million. Revenue rose 10.4% to $676.5 million. TV and digital revenue rose, while radio revenue was unchanged.

Randy Falco, president/chief executive of Univision, said: "We also had a very successful upfront -- which tells us that our aggressive push to take share from the English-language networks is working."

Univision's TV ratings keep climbing. For the July sweeps, Univision is on pace to be ranked first in prime time among adults 18-49 and 18-34 for the first time in its history.

After 22 days of the July sweeps period, Univision was at 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 874,000 among adults 18-34. Fox was in second place with 1.499 million, followed by NBC at 1.474 million, CBS at 1.440 million and ABC with 1.154 million. For younger 18-34 viewers, Univision was followed by Fox with 730,000, NBC at 573,000, CBS at 489,000, and ABC with 427,000.



Univision gained 6% among adults 18-49, with Fox down 20%, NBC off 12%, and ABC down 24%.

CBS still leads in overall viewers at 5.35 million, followed by NBC with 4.67 million, ABC at 3.61 million, Univision with 3.59 million, and Fox, at 3.49 million.

Univision has a median age of 37 -- the youngest viewers during prime time among the top five broadcast networks. ABC is at 55; CBS, 58; NBC, 54; and Fox, 47.

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