NEW YORK (AP) — Viacom said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 4 percent, boosted by strong results at its TV networks that offset a decline at its movie-making business.
Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman noted during a conference call with analysts that ratings rose on a year-over-year basis at many of the New York company's networks including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT Spike and TV Land.
He added that Nickelodeon took the top spot among networks for kids age two to 11 for the second-straight quarter and posted a 4 percent increase in revenue, while two of its top competitors posted declines.
The company's total advertising revenue increased 3 percent, while domestic advertising increased 2 percent. For the current quarter, the company expects domestic advertising growth in the "middle-single digits," Dauman said.
Meanwhile, total affiliate revenue increased 10 percent.
For the quarter ended March 31, earned $502 million, or $1.13 per share. That was up from $478 million, or 96 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue edged up 1 percent to $3.17 billion from $3.14 billion.
Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of $1.05 per share on $3.19 billion in revenue.
While media networks revenue rose 6 percent to $2.38 billion, revenue at the company's filmed entertainment arm, which includes Paramount Pictures, fell 12 percent to $831 million.
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