New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 21, 2006–Galavisión, the nation’s #1 Spanish-language cable network, today announced that in the 2005-2006 season it delivered its highest audience ever in the network’s history for Total Day and Primetime. During this season, the cable network was #1 in Primetime regardless of language among Hispanic Adults 18-34 and 18-49 and Hispanic Men 18-34 and 18-49.
Galavisión posted significant audience increases from last season among Adults 18-34 (+13%) and 18-49 (+8%) in Total Day, and Adults 18-34 (+25%) and 18-49 (+27%) in Primetime. Galavisión has long been well established as the #1 Spanish-language cable network in the nation and 2005-2006 marks the fourth consecutive season that the network has also ranked as the #1 cable network in any language among Hispanic Adults 18-34 and Hispanic Men 18-34 during Primetime. Galavisión is also the leader in distribution among Spanish-language cable networks reaching 81% (7.1 million) of U.S. Hispanic cable homes, 3 million more homes than its nearest competitor.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with our success this season,” said Joanne Lynch, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Galavisión. “Our new primetime programming lineup was an integral part of this year’s outstanding growth in audience levels, up 21% from last year, helping us achieve broadcast-like numbers. Additionally, we had a major increase in distribution which allows us to reach more viewers and deliver on our promise to connect Hispanic America to the news, sports and entertainment that matter most.”
The cable network continued to entertain viewers with its highest rated program, “El Chavo”, the classic comedy airing Mon-Fri 6pm ET/PT. The program outperformed Telemundo during the same time period among Females 12-17 (+6%), 12-24 (+30%), and 18-34 (+7%).
Galavisión brought soccer fans exclusive coverage of the 2005 FIFA U-17 Soccer Tournament. Airing in the fourth quarter, the tournament was the highest rated sports event in the history of Spanish-language cable television. Additionally, the final match held on October 2, 2005, was the #1 program in its time period beating all Spanish-language television, cable or broadcast, by delivering 1.1 million Adults 18-49.
New Primetime Shows are a Hit
— “En Profundidad” (In-Depth), a monthly news magazine, is one of Galavisión’s top rated programs among Adults, Men and Women 18-49.
— “Acceso Maximo” (All Access), the network’s first live, interactive show, is posting sizeable audience growth to its time period among Adults 18-34 (+7%), Women 18-34 (+43%) and A18-49 (+10%).
— “El Rastro del Crimen” (The Trail of the Crime), a weekly crime investigation series, ranks among Galavision’s top 10 programs and delivered double-digit audience growth among Adults 18-34 (+23%) and 18-49 (+36%).
Source: NHTI – Nielsen Media Research. Galavision 05/06 Season (9/19/05-9/17/06). Audience growth vs. 04/05 Season, program growth based on programs debut vs. comparable time period 04/05.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 99% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 87% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 69 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 4 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and a 50% interest in Mexico-based Disa Records as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S., and a non-voting 14.9% interest in Entravision Communications Corporation, a public Spanish-language media company. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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Univision Communications Inc (the “Company”) has filed a proxy statement and other documents regarding the proposed acquisition of the Company by Umbrella Acquisition Inc. (“Umbrella”) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE COMPANY AND THE PROPOSED MERGER. A definitive proxy statement has been sent to security holders of the Company seeking their approval of the transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents may also be obtained free of charge on the Company’s website at http://www.univision.net or by directing a request to Univision Communications Inc., 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 3050, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Attention: Investor Relations.
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