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Q2 TV Sales Up 6 Percent to $18.4 Billion

Favorable year-ago comps and a whole bunch of additional NBA playoff games helped lift second-quarter TV ad sales revenue by 6 percent to $18.4 billion. According to a new report from Kantar Media, TV spend accounted for a little more than half (51 percent) of the $35.8 billion that was invested in all U.S. media during the period spanning April 1-June 30.

Ratings Slump Dings Broadcast Sales

Diluted prime-time deliveries and a calendar quirk that moved NCAA Final Four dollars into April contributed to a $317 million decline in first-quarter broadcast TV ad expenditures. According to a new report from Kantar Media, clients in Q1 invested $5.77 billion in network TV time, down 5 percent from $6.09 billion in the year-ago period.

Fast Break: TBS to Air Final Four in 2014

After three years of sharing the rights to the NCAA Men’s Division I National Basketball Tournament, CBS and Turner Sports have agreed to accelerate their transition game. Beginning in March 2014, TBS will begin carrying the two national semi-final games, better known as the Final Four.

CBS in the Red Zone With Super Bowl Ad Sales

Although the 2012-13 NFL season isn’t set to kick off for another five weeks, CBS on Thursday said it is already nearing a sellout of its available in-game inventory for Super Bowl XLVII.

TV Rules the Roost in Q1

Thanks in large part to a robust sports market, first-quarter TV ad expenditures rose 8 percent versus the year-ago period.

The CW Wraps Upfront Deals; Turner Joins the Fray

The CW is the first network to finish writing its upfront business, taking in approximately $400 million to $410 million in advance commitments for the 2012-13 TV season. Volume was down slightly versus last year’s bazaar.

Kentucky Fried Ratings: Slight Uptick for NCAA Hoops Final

Despite yet another late finish in the East and a lopsided pairing on the floor, CBS’ coverage of the 2012 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game put up respectable numbers.