Linear TV Reach Challenges Continue, Samba TV Study Finds

In a world of diminishing ad data for linear TV advertising campaigns, improving reach remains a constant problem, according to smart TV measurement company Samba TV.

In fourth-quarter 2021, linear TV impressions grew 19% versus the same period a year before --- largely due to higher NFL programming.

But TV marketers on average only witnessed an increased household reach of 6%. Samba says this was mostly attributable to linear TV issues -- not reaching cord-cutters who abandoned traditional pay TV bundles, as well as “light” TV viewers.”

Digging deeper, Samba TV's research found that 97% of linear TV ad budgets in the fourth quarter reached just half of linear TV viewers (55%). Only 3% of quarterly impressions were consumed by “light” TV viewers, the company says -- down 25% versus the same period a year ago.



In addition, “medium” TV viewers slipped -- down 5%, comprising 30% of fourth-quarter impressions.

“Heavy” TV viewers accounted for 67% of those impressions, which were up 4%.

However, there were some positive signs for linear TV. For the first time in almost two years, Samba found that higher NFL fourth-quarter viewership was responsible for driving up reach by 3% versus the third quarter of 2021. NFL programming typically brings in a wider range of viewers, Samba says.

The average daily percentage of linear household reach was around 44% in the fourth quarter of 2021 -- up from just over 40% in the third quarter of 2021. It had been as high as 54%, in the first quarter of 2020.

Samba says it gathers viewership data via content-recognition technology on opted-in smart TV sets, and through cable TV providers. It did not disclose specific details.

1 comment about "Linear TV Reach Challenges Continue, Samba TV Study Finds".
Check to receive email when comments are posted.
  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, February 7, 2022 at 7:49 a.m.

    Wayne, it's called the heavy user syndrome  and every activity---like sex, brushing your teeth, beer drinking, etc. and the media----including digital media----has it. Something like 60% of digital ad "impressions" go to 20% of the users. So what? There's no way to avoid it as light users constitute such a difficult -to -reach group that sacrificing 10 or 15 "impressions" among heavy users to obtain one "impression" against light users has never been shown to be a good trade-off.

Next story loading loading..