TV Ad Spending Rose 5% in February

SMI Data: Broadcast Down 2%, Cable Up 11%

Advertising spending on TV was up 5% in February from a year ago, according to research company Standard Media Index.

Spending on broadcast was down 2%, though CBS had a huge month crowned by the Super Bowl.

Cable saw an 11% increase in spending. Among the strongest performers were HGTV, ESPN and TBS, with double-digit upticks.

Syndication, local, cable and spot TV all showed gains.

Ad buys made in the upfront were up 3%, with broadcast down 2% and cable up 8%.

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