AMC Fearfest Garners Highest Delivery in Halloween Stunt's History
Record Demo Growth and Delivery Pushed AMC into Top Five Network Status
NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2008 - For its 12th annual Halloween movie marathon, AMC re-branded Monsterfest to AMC FEARFEST and showcased a broad selection of films from the thriller and horror genre, from October 24 - 31. This rebrand, along with new premiere titles including Constantine, Panic Room and Return to the House on Haunted Hill, contributed to the network achieving its strongest Halloween programming stunt, among total viewers (780K) in its history. The network ranked 5th in delivery of Men 25-54 for the week (10/24-10/31) and achieved top ten status in other key demos compared to all other basic cable nets during the same measurement period.
"AMC has always been an important destination for fans of this genre, and by re-branding, we were able to bring our audience an even broader range of films from our extensive movie library," said Tom Halleen, SVP of programming and scheduling. "The unique way we package and stunt our movies continues to resonate strongly with viewers, and we're excited that our strategy paid off with our highest ratings ever for this programming event."
AMC FEARFEST' 08 ranked as the strongest year ever in Adult 25-54 performance, delivering 704k A25-54 viewers
AMC FEARFEST' 08 attracted the most Adults 18-49 (429K) and Men 25-54 (221k)
AMC's FEARFEST '08 ranked AMC as a top 10 network Adults 18-49 compared to all other basic cable nets during the same measurement period (10/24-10/31/08) in primetime (M-Su 8-11p)
HH ratings were up +39% from 2007 (.5 HH RTG). Among AMC's core A25-54 demo, AMC FEARFEST '08 exceeded 2007's Monsterfest performance by +50% and 2006 numbers by +30%.
Looking strictly at the telecasts airing in prime (M-Su 8p-11p), AMC FEARFEST '08 earned a 1.0 HH rating which is up +30% from Monsterfest '07. The stunt drew 704k A25-54 viewers and more than 1.2 million total viewers, an increase of +39%/+31% from year ago.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, live data. All telecasts airing during 2008 Fearfest compared to previous years. All net comparison based on 10/24-10/31/08 M-Su 8-11p & M-Su 6a-6a daypart averages of all networks broadcasting more than 51% of the daypart
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