U.S. Network Ad Spend Up


New York -- Nielsen Media Research's Nielsen Monitor-Plus service announced last week that ad spending across 11 major media rose 3.8 percent to almost $69.3
billion for January through September.

In the previous week, Taylor Nelson Sofres' CMR/TNS Media Intelligence service had reported
that its tabulations for the nine-month span indicated that major-media ad
spending grew 2.2 percent to $84.4 billion across 15 media.

Both research firms arrived at different percentages of growth or decline for
the various media measured in common.

In addition, Nielsen showed cable growing 3.3 percent to nearly $9 billion
(versus a 1 percent dip to almost $7.8 billion by CMR's count), Internet down
nearly 1 percent to $5.6 billion (vs. CMR's 19.2 percent drop to $3.8 billion)
and Spanish-language TV up 4.3 percent to nearly $1.4 billion (vs. CMR's 25.5
percent jump to $1.4 billion).

Network-TV sales for the nine months rose 7.9 percent to $14.2 billion,
Nielsen said. CMR's tally was close -- up 7.6 percent to nearly $14.4