Nothing is more important to a TV network than having great content.

TVWith the evolution and continuing fragmentation of the TV industry, and with so many options vying for consumers’ attention, offering the best content possible—and ensuring that shows remain strong from season to season to season—is the most viable way for TV networks to survive and be successful. At Element, we recognize the importance of making every show the best it can be, and we pride ourselves on offering the most effective program testing product in the industry. We combine the science of a sound, online program testing design that allows us to turn around results quickly and capture respondents’ second-by-second reactions, with the art of understanding what can be done to make a show better. And with our extensive client- and vendor-side experience, we understand the importance of building relationships with key stakeholders, and have the know-how that allows us to work with researchers and creatives alike to ensure each show maximizes its potential.


Series Maintenance & Spinoff Research Series Maintenance & Spinoff Research Series Maintenance & Spinoff Research

Industry: Media and Television

Area of Focus: TV Pilot Testing and Series Maintenance

Target: Program Viewers

Method: Quant online survey and focus groups

Background: A cable and satellite television channel had a hit reality show with an ensemble cast whose contracts were up for renewal. Our client wanted to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the current show, which cast members contributed most and least to viewer satisfaction, and if any of the strong cast members could be spun off to a new show without hurting the original series.

Business Questions: Does the original series have positive or negative momentum? Which cast members are most valuable to viewers? Which storylines are of most interest for the show’s next season? Are any of the cast members strong enough to carry a spinoff series? If one of those cast members were given his own show, how much would interest in the original series suffer?

Approach: Online survey conducted among viewers of the show, and focus groups among similar respondents.

Outcome: Study findings were used to postpone producing a spinoff featuring one of the original series’ cast members, identify the current and potential cast members with the most appeal, and determine the best storylines to focus on in the show’s next season.

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