Highlights From Our Second Quarter Earnings

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VH1 Crushed ratings. Spike’s Lip Sync Battle rules its time slot. Nickelodeon simply dominates kids’ programming. There was a lot to like in Viacom’s second quarter 2016 earnings report, which went out this morning. These are just a few of the highlights. For more, click over to our Investor Relations page, where you can get a full picture of the scale and direction of our business.

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Coming Right Up: More Incredible Content From Viacom

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

With some of the most well-known television networks in America and a major Hollywood studio in the Viacom family, we are constantly launching new original content, delivering new seasons of your favorite shows, or feeding your nostalgia with reboots of iconic characters. There’s so much, in fact, that it’s tough to keep track of it all. So we’ve put together the little calendar below to give you a sense of what you can expect from VH1, BET, CMT, Nickelodeon, and the rest of the Viacom family just through the end of August. We have new seasons of MTV’s Scream and TV Land’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, the CMT Music Awards and the Guys’ Choice Awards and the VMAs, and new original series, including Crashletes on Nick. The summer will be huge for Paramount, with new installments in the much-loved TMNT and Star Trek series, in addition to the visually stunning Ben-Hur – a calendar of their upcoming releases is below the Viacom chart.

The exact dates and names of series may change, but this much is certain: it is an excellent time here at Viacom.

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Viacom Unites for All Fankind

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

They are NBA superstars and pajama-clad preschoolers, Grammy Award winners and Viacom employees, Country music singers and MTV Wolf Pack girls making videos on their bedroom floor.

As different as this group of celebrities and everyday folks may be in their day-to-day lives, they share one common attribute: they are enormous fans of our brands.

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Gettin Our Comic Con On

The annual San Diego Comic Con is home to diehard fans celebrating their favorite comic books, movies, TV shows, and characters with outlandish costumes, fan activations, and packed panel discussions. With deep stables of iconic properties, Viacom’s MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon helped drive the festival’s excitement, giving hardcore fans a close-up dose of their favorite shows. Viacom booths integrated fans into their worlds while panel events with cast members and producers connected them with beloved characters. And all three brands teased upcoming or current shows, including MTV’s Scream, Comedy Central’s Moonbeam City, and Nick’s Pig Goat Banana Cricket.

Check out what each brand served up to its fans during the event:

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Jim Gaffigan Brings Original Laughs to TV Land

Stuart Winchester by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

You may have caught episodes of TV Land’s critically acclaimed Younger starring Sutton Foster and Hillary Duff earlier this year. This evolution from the home of classic TV to a go-to spot for new, funny, fresh original series continues with the debut of The Jim Gaffigan Show. This new comedy explores comedian Jim Gaffigan’s struggle to find a balance between fatherhood, stand-up comedy and an insatiable appetite. Get a taste of the show with the clip below. The series premieres Wednesday, July 15 at 10 p.m. eastern/9 p.m. central.

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Lip Syncing Is Real Winner for Spike TV

Dwayne Johnson rocks the stage in his Lip Sync Battle debut.

Dwayne Johnson rocks the stage in his Lip Sync Battle debut.

Viewers watching the debut of Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV saw actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson bust some ferocious dance moves while perfectly lip-synching Taylor Swift’s Shake It OffLip Sync Battle was the most watched premiere in network history, with over 3 million viewers.  The show also scored big on social media. #LipSyncBattle was trending in the United States and worldwide during both the East and West Coast airings, and has generated more than 15 million video views on YouTube and Facebook.

Lip Sync Battle airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

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Cynopsis Salutes Viacom at Social Good Awards

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A group of Viacom colleagues woke up early this morning to attend the inaugural Cynopsis Social Good Awards, which celebrates programs within the TV industry that improve our community.  Viacom Velocity, MTV, BET and Nickelodeon took top prizes in a range of categories. Here’s a look at some of the impactful efforts honored.

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Introducing Noggin, Nickelodeon’s Mobile Subscription Service for Preschoolers

Daina Amorosano by Daina Amorosano, Viacom

In addition to outlining its upcoming development slate at its annual Upfront presentation today, Nickelodeon highlighted a range of other initiatives, including the launch of Noggin, a new mobile subscription service for preschoolers.  Available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch starting March 5, the paid service will be ad-free and offered for $5.99 a month.  Read More