As TLC’s Cable Rivals Struggle, Chief Howard Lee Brings in Record Ratings

With powerful franchises and insatiable fans, Adweek's TV Executive of the Year is bucking linear's downward trend

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"I think that our viewer somehow is the programmer of our lineup," Howard Lee says. Courtesy of TLC

When life for families around the country ground to a halt due to Covid-19, which forced them into quarantine, TLC president and general manager Howard Lee knew there would be plenty of stories to tell. So he began to brainstorm.

This story first appeared in the Oct. 26, 2020, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.
@kelseymsutton Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.