ComScore Swings to Profit in Q4

ComScore Swings to Profit in Q4

comScore, which completed its acquisition of Rentrak in January, swung to a profit in the fourth quarter.

Net income was $4.4 million, or 11 cents a share, in the quarter, compared to a $2.7 million loss a year ago.

Revenue rose 10% to $97.7 million. U.S. Revenue was up 11.5% to $71 million.

The combination with Rentrak should make comScore a more formidable competitor to Nielsen in the media audience measurement business. The company said it plans to move quickly rolling out new products that combine comScore’s web measurement products with Rentrak’s set-top box-based TV ratings.

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Ainsley Earhardt Named ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host

Ainsley Earhardt Named ‘Fox & Friends’ Co-Host

Ainsley Earhardt has been named co-host on Fox & Friends, succeeding Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

She’ll make her debut on the Fox News Channel (FNC) program, alongside Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, on Feb. 29. Earhardt was most recently a co-host of Fox & Friends First, the network’s 5-6 a.m. program. She has been a substitute co-host for Fox & Friends on various occasions.

“Ainsley’s relentless work ethic, congeniality and enthusiasm for connecting with our viewers and staff are extremely refreshing,” said Roger Ailes, Fox News chairman and CEO. “She’s a superb team player and an excellent on-air host; we look forward to her joining the show during such a pivotal news year.”

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VH1’s ‘The Breaks’ Greenlit to Series

VH1’s 'The Breaks' Greenlit to SeriesVH1 original movie “The Breaks” is being developed into a series.

VH1 original movie The Breaks has been greenlit for a series, with a late 2016 premiere scheduled.

The movie’s Jan. 4 debut delivered a 1.3 rating in the adult 18-49 demo and 1.8 million total viewers; that ranks as the No. 2 cable original movie of 2016 to date among adults 18-49, according to VH1.

Inspired by Dan Charnas’ book The Big Payback, the project is the narrative history of the hip-hop business. It is written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (The Wire, The Walking Dead), with the story by Mann and Charnas.

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