TV advertising revenue reached record high in 2013

  • £4.63 billion invested in TV advertising in 2013
  • Fourth consecutive year of growth for TV advertising
  • Over 700 new or returning advertisers on TV in 2013

London, 7 March 2014: Total TV advertising revenue in the UK increased by 3.5% in 2013 to reach a new record high of £4.63 billion, according to full year revenue figures provided to Thinkbox by the UK commercial TV broadcasters. This is the fourth consecutive year that TV ad revenue has grown in the UK.

The figures represent all the money invested by advertisers in commercial TV: linear spot and sponsorship, Broadcaster VOD, and product placement.

Lindsey Clay, Thinkbox’s Chief Executive: “Businesses know that TV works. The strength of TV ad investment reflects commercial TV’s health and also acknowledges the mountain of evidence proving TV’s unrivalled ability to create business profit.”

TV advertising investment is forecast to grow again in 2014, boosted by the World Cup in Brazil. The Advertising Association/Warc predicts TV ad revenue to grow by 6% in 2014.

737 new or returning advertisers on TV

There were 737 new or returning advertisers to TV in 2013 (returning after no TV advertising for at least five years).  Notable new investors were Holiday Inn, Vitabiotics and Ricola. Together, new or returning advertisers accounted for 2% of total TV ad revenues, according to Nielsen data.

TV advertising is better value

TV advertising prices in 2013 were the cheapest in real terms on record, some 38.5% cheaper than 20 years ago.

Most watched TV ads in 2013

According to data from The Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board, the top three most viewed advertisers on TV in 2013 were DFS, Currys PC World and Aldi.  

Record ad viewing

Commercial impacts (the number of TV ads watched at normal speed) during 2013 were up 1.6% on 2012, and have grown by 10.4% over the last five years. The average viewer watched 47 ads a day – this is four ads more a day than five years ago. Collectively the UK watched an average of 2.8 billion ads a day in the first half of the year.

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Press contact:

  • Simon Tunstill | Head of Communications, Thinkbox | [email protected] | 020 7630 2326

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