March 12, 2007

Average Station Revenue of Top Companies

Fox Viacom/CBS TV* NBC ABC Tribune Gannett Hearst Sinclair Belo Cox
1995 70.6 34.1 93.3 113.4 68.7 38.9 44.3 14.1 50.4 64.1
1996 55 36.5 82.1 113.5 54.8 34.3 44.3 14.5 29.3 52.7
1997 60.7 28.5 95 117.2 52.1 37.5 29.5 14 31.3 54
1998 64.1 25.2 101.2 121.1 54.4 39.8 26 13.2 33.2 55.3
1999 67.2 25.8 105.7 121.9 50.6 39 25.4 12.7 41.6 48.9
2000 70 45.8 113.8 134.4 54.1 40.5 26.6 12.9 39.7 38.6
2001 49.2 38.2 41.2 114.8 45.4 34.6 22.2 11.8 32.8 40.6
2002 60.3 46.4 43.6 116.6 46.3 39.9 23.7 13 35.3 40.4
2003 59.7 44 42.5 117.1 39.1 35.7 20.9 12.3 34 36.2
2004 69.6 60.2 76.2 124.8 51.1 46 31 13.3 35.2 46.4
2005 65.7 56 73 115.9 47 41.3 24.7 33 12.5 41.5

Local TV news remains an enormously profitable business, but it is more lucrative for some companies than others. ABC-owned stations take in the most revenue, and generally, network owned stations fare better.