“Scripps’ impressive 10% revenue growth in the third quarter was fueled in part by the company’s multiplatform distribution strategy – to ensure viewers can find our high-quality programming content anywhere they watch TV. We have now launched our free, ad-supported TV (FAST) networks across major connected TV services, and in the third quarter, that paid off with a solid beat of Scripps Networks’ revenue expectations. We’re just getting started and expect that strategy to fuel continued revenue growth against an impressive run rate,” said Adam Symson, Scripps’ president and CEO.
“In the midst of an economic climate that is challenging consumer spending and confidence, Scripps is leaning into its leadership in free TV to benefit the company and shareholders. Pay TV prices are rising, subscription on-demand services have nearly doubled in price, and the TV marketplace is more confusing to the consumer than ever. It is clear from the results of our earliest initiatives that Americans are seeking to add an option that is free and easy — broadcast television. We are very pleased to see our marketing efforts beginning to increase antenna sales. Because we already capture nearly a third of all over-the-air viewing, more antenna use means more consumers spending time with our nine Scripps Networks and our local broadcast stations.
“In Local Media, we achieved a record level of political advertising revenue for a midterm election, despite less spending than we expected for key races in our Florida and Montana markets. We know that political campaigns continue to rely greatly on local broadcasters to share their messaging with voters, and we have full confidence campaigns and PACs will return to us during the 2024 presidential election cycle and beyond.”
- Scripps Networks division revenue was higher than expected in the third quarter at 4% over Q3 2021. Connected TV (CTV) revenue grew 57% year over year as the division launched more channels on major streaming services. The division expects to reach an annual run rate of more than $100 million in CTV revenue next year.
- Against a strong Q3 2021 core advertising comparison, Local Media delivered revenue growth of 14% by capturing $63 million in political advertising revenue and a 7% increase in retransmission revenue. About 75% of Scripps’ subscriber households will renew in 2023 and should lead to revenue growth and margin expansion.
- Due to cost-management efforts, expenses for both divisions came in as expected despite rising inflation.
- On Sept. 29, the company announced the creation of Scripps News – a news division that will combine the teams at Newsy, Scripps Washington Bureau and other national news resources under one brand with a mission of producing fact-based, non-partisan reporting. It launches Jan. 1 across all platforms.
- Scripps’ Free TV Project – created to promote the use of digital TV antennas – kicked off in July and is already seeing an impact on sales. Data from leading national antenna manufacturers shows a 30% increase in antenna sales from Q2 to Q3 in the 13 markets where Scripps ran its marketing campaign.
- The Scripps Howard Fund’s 2022 “If You Give a Child a Book…” campaign raised $1 million during its seventh-annual childhood literacy campaign, which will provide 200,000 books for kids across the country. The Fund also raised nearly $500,000 from Scripps employees, Scripps family members and viewers to help people in Southwest Florida affected by Hurricane Ian.