Audiences and ratings on the rise for TCM, powered by movies

By in Art, Culture, Entertainment on November 3, 2016

Johannesburg, South Africa – A strong performer in the general entertainment category within Turner’s African footprint is its movie channel, TCM – Powered by Movies.

Turner’s all-American movie channel has emerged from its 2015 rebranding and repositioning as a strong contender among the movie channel offering on the DStv platform. ‘Powered by Movies’, the new pay-off line, is bearing fruit as the channel attracts a strong male audience (25 – 45 age group) that enjoys modern blockbusters and the monthly themed promotional blocks.

“As the channel continues to perform on the DStv Premium and family packages, we are pleased to announce TCM’s expansion to all DStv packages, including both the Access and Easy View options, from this month,” states Pierre Branco, Vice-President of Southern Europe and General Manager of Africa for Turner. “Being able to reach a wider DStv audience gives us a further opportunity to entrench the channel’s revised brand positioning and grow our ratings.”

The channel has increased its ratings 32% YoY and achieved 37% market share, with the average daily time spent watching the channel up 5% to 57 minutes per day.

“TCM attracts a strong male audience skew, up to 63% in September from 56% in August, which is a positive indication that our target audience loves the new-look channel and the exciting line-up of Hollywood blockbusters that we broadcast on a daily basis.”

Some of the channels’ top-performing titles over the past few months include ‘The Fast and Furious’ in June, ‘The Mummy’ in August and ‘Blood Diamond’ in September.

“Movies fans have a feast of exclusive titles to look forward to as we head into the holiday season and the new year, with a Spielberg festival in December, and new titles including ‘Underworld’, ‘We Were Soldiers’ and ‘K-19’,” comments Branco.

“We are looking forward to showcasing Turner’s general entertainment offering, including TCM, at our stand (S53) at Discop, as we look to increase our presence across platforms and territories on the continent. The Turner team is excited and ready to welcome this year’s Discop delegates,” says Branco.