via press release:
DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS U.S. PORTFOLIO ACHIEVES ROBUST DELIVERY GAINS FOR FOURTH QUARTER, DECEMBER AND FULL-YEAR 2012
-- Discovery Channel Records Best Quarter/Month Ever Among M25-54 Delivery--
--Animal Planet Logs Most-Watched Year Ever in Prime and Total Day--
Silver Spring, Md. – Bolstered by high-performing new and returning series across Discovery Channel and TLC, as well as Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Science Channel, Destination America, Velocity, Military Channel, Discovery Fit & Health, OWN and The Hub, Discovery Communications’ U.S. network portfolio grew its P25-54 Prime delivery +17% in fourth quarter 2012; +12% in December 2012; and +8% for Full Year 2012 vs. same time periods in 2011.
Discovery Channel scored its best quarter ever in 4Q 2012 among M25-54 delivery and best month ever in December among HH, P/M25-54, and P2+ delivery, driven by new and returning hit series. Gold Rushwas the #1 program in all of television among M25-54 delivery on Fridays in 4Q and Jungle Gold andYukon Men finished as the #2 and #3 non-sports cable programs on 4Q Fridays among M25-54 delivery.On Wednesdays in 4Q, premieres of Amish Mafia and Moonshiners finished as the #2 and #3 cable programs among M25-54 delivery (excludes sports/news).
Propelled by hit series including Long Island Medium, Breaking Amish and Sister Wives, TLC was the #2 ad-supported cable network in delivery on Sunday nights in 4Q among P25-54 and #3 among HH, P2+, W25-54 and P/W18-49/18-34. The network placed among the top 10 ad-supported cable networks in Prime delivery in 2012 and 4Q with W25-54/18-49/18-34.
2012 marked Animal Planet’s most-watched year ever in Prime and Total Day among P/M25-54/18-49 with eight shows delivering over 1M viewers P2+ , highlighted by Mermaids: The Body Found, River Monsters, Finding Bigfoot and Call of the Wildman. Animal Planet ranks among the top three fastest-growing, ad supported cable networks in 2012 based on P25-54 and M25-54 delivery (+17% and +23% vs. 2011, respectively) and delivered its best ever 4Q in 2012 in Prime and Total Day among M25-54/18-49.
Investigation Discovery recorded its best year ever and best 4Q ever in HHs, P2+ and key demos, and its best month ever in December among HH Prime delivery. December also marked 44 consecutive months of year-over-year Prime delivery gains among HH, P/W 25-54 and P2+, the longest current streak of any ad-supported cable network. In 2012, ID was the #7 network for women in daytime and a top 10 network in total day.
Led by series favorites An Idiot Abroad and Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and special event Firefly 10th Anniversary Special: Browncoats Unite, Science Channel marked its most-watched year in network history in 2012 with P/M25-54/18-49 and P2+. The network boasts 17 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth in Prime among P25-54 in delivery.
Destination America earned its best year ever in 2012 and best quarter ever in 4Q in Prime and Total Day among HH, P2+ and key demos. Since its debut on 5/28/12, Destination America ranks #1 in Prime for M25-54 delivery among ad-supported cable networks with less than 60M subscribers and in Total Day for M 25-54/18-49 delivery.
Velocity had its best quarter ever in 4Q and best month ever in December in Prime HH delivery and earned double-digit increases across HH, P2+ and all key demos for the year, 4Q and December vs. the same time period a year ago. Driven by the success of signature series like Untold Stories of the ER,Shocking Family Secrets and Secretly Pregnant, Discovery Fit & Health recorded gains across HHs and W25-54 delivery in 4Q. For Prime delivery in HH and P2+, Military Channel earned its best year, 4Q and December ever and has logged 12 consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth.
Discovery’s joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and The Hub each earned gains for the quarter, month and year. OWN logged robust double-digit gains for the year, quarter and saw its 11th consecutive month of growth and The Hub saw its fifth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in 4Q 2012 across key demos of K2-11/6-11, P/W18-49 and P2+.
Source: The Nielsen Company; Prime delivery fourth quarter 2012 vs. fourth quarter 2011, December 2012 vs. 2011 and Full Year 2012 vs. 2011 unless otherwise noted.
About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.8 billion cumulative subscribers in 209 countries and territories. Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through 149 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as U.S. joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3. For more information, please visitwww.discoverycommunications.com.