2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Programming Seen by 7.5 Million Viewers





2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee Programming Seen by 7.5 Million Viewers, Including Most-Watched Finals Since 2015
The live finals broadcast on ION, Bounce, Laff and TrueReal combined to reach 3.7 million viewers, while the semifinals on June 1 reached 3.1 million viewers – the highest audience ever for the semis.
[via press release from The E.W. Scripps Company]
2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee programming seen by 7.5 million viewers, including most-watched finals since 2015

The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals drew its largest television audience since 2015.

Viewership of finals up +147% over previous year

CINCINNATI, June 15, 2022 — The 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals drew its largest television audience since 2015.

Viewership of the finals live on June 2 was +147% higher than in 2021*. Harini Logan, 14, from San Antonio, Texas, won this year’s Bee in the event’s first-ever spell-off.

Overall, Spelling Bee programming across the Scripps networks was seen by 7.5 million viewers**. That includes the finals, semifinals and the “Road to the Bee” one-hour original special.

The E.W. Scripps Company decided last fall to move the Bee to its own networks in an effort to make the competition more accessible than in recent years, with the semifinals and finals airing for the first time on Scripps national television networks ION, Bounce, Laff and TrueReal. Those networks can be found free and over-the-air as well as on cable and streaming platforms.

Other highlights:

The live finals broadcast on ION, Bounce, Laff and TrueReal combined to reach 3.7 million viewers**, while the semifinals on June 1 reached 3.1 million viewers – the highest audience ever for the semis.

Streaming added significantly to the overall audience. Altogether, Bee programming was watched for nearly 5 million hours (4.5 million on linear TV and 320,0000 via streaming).

“We are gratified to see the sizable increase in viewership we expected by bringing the Bee to free TV – the media platform accessible to nearly every American across the country,” Scripps President and CEO Adam Symson said. “The Bee is now even better positioned to connect with the next generation of spellers.”

The Bee was cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was held in a mostly virtual format in 2021. This year’s competition returned to the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center just outside of Washington, D.C.

The Bee is the nation’s longest-running educational program, having launched in 1925. The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) is the longtime steward of the Bee and owns ION, Bounce, Laff and TrueReal. ION is the No. 5 most-watched entertainment network in primetime, and Bounce is the No. 2 most-watched network targeted to African Americans across broadcast and cable TV.

Sources: Nielsen. * Average audience grossed across the networks that simulcasted the shows. Live+Same Day. **Audience based on a one-minute qualifier, Live+Same Day;

About the Scripps National Spelling Bee

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, having launched in 1925. The purpose of the Scripps National Spelling Bee is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives. Visit spellingbee.com for more information about the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

About ION

ION (@iontv) is a top-five rated broadcast television network featuring a lineup of popular off-network series, original and holiday movies and more. ION is available to 99% of U.S. television homes free and over the air with a digital antenna, on cable, on DISH channel 250 and DIRECTV channel 305, and over the top on Pluto TV. ION is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



“Finding Happy” Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate





New All-Black Female-Driven Series “Finding Happy” Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate
Other highlights include the return of “Johnson” and the sequel to “Faith Heist.”
[via press release from Bounce TV]
New All-Black Female-Driven Series “Finding Happy” Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate

May 5, 2022 – ATLANTA – Bounce, the popular broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, today unveiled its upcoming original programming schedule. The lineup features an all-new original series about Black women that is written, produced, directed by, and starring Black women, “Finding Happy.”

Overview:

New original Scripted Series:

· “Finding Happy” (Fall 2022)

Returning Series

· “Johnson” (July 10)

New Original Movies:

· “Faith Heist 2” (Holidays 2022)

Special Events

· “Scripps National Spelling Bee” (June 1-2)

· “Bounce Trumpet Awards” (Juneteenth, June 19)

Original Series

“Finding Happy” is a dramedy following the Black female experience through the unfulfilled life of Yaz Carter, beginning with her unhappy 36th birthday. The 10-episode debut season features Yaz’s loving-but-complicated family, her stagnant career in the evolving landscape of radio, and a merry-go-round of unrequited love while dating in the love desert of Atlanta. “Finding Happy” reveals over time that true happiness can only be found within.

B. Simone (MTV’s “Wild ‘n Out”) stars as Yaz along with Kim Coles (“Living Single”), Marketta Patrice (“Black Jesus”), Angela Gibbs (“Hacks”), Stevie Baggs Jr (“Ruthless”) and Mike Merrill (“A La Carte”). Kendra Jo serves as the showrunner/writer and co-creator along with Yasmine Coleman and Angela Wells. Eric C. Rhone, Cedric the Entertainer, Yasmine Coleman, Angela Wells, Kendra Jo, and Reesha L. Archibald are the show’s executive producers.

“Finding Happy” is being developed as a companion show to Bounce’s male-centric breakout hit “Johnson.” Deji LaRay, who created the dramedy, returns for season two on July 10, and Terri J. Vaughn has joined the ensemble cast alongside LaRay, Thomas Q. Jones, D.L. Hughley, Derrex Brady, and Philip A. Smithey.

Both “Johnson” and “Finding Happy” come from Cedric The Entertainer & Eric C. Rhone’s production company, A Bird & A Bird Entertainment, and the pair serve as co-executive producers.

Original Movies

“Faith Heist 2” – In time for the holidays comes “Faith Heist 2” as Bounce premieres a sequel to last year’s popular movie “Faith Heist,” which was nominated for multiple Gemini Awards, Canada’s version of the Emmys. The original cast members, including Jonathan Langdon, Dalmar Abuzeid, and Sagine Semajuste, reprise their roles as Pastor Benjamin (Langdon) and his motley crew of congregants. This time, they find themselves locked in the local mall just as a fearsome team of armed thieves breaks in to rob the place and all the money raised by the church for a worthy Christmas charity. Unable to flee or signal for help, the pastor & his friends realize it’s up to them to battle the crooks and save the mall – all before Christmas morning. “Faith Heist 2” is being produced by JB Sugar and No Equal Entertainment.

Other Bounce original programming highlights include the iconic Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will be airing on sister network ION and several other Scripps networks June 1-2, and the prestigious Bounce Trumpet Awards, returning to television for a special 30th-anniversary telecast on Juneteenth.

Special Events

Scripps National Spelling Bee The nation’s most extensive and longest-running educational program is coming home to Scripps Networks, where it will air on ION and Bounce and other networks. An accomplished actor, director, educator, and lifelong children’s literacy advocate LeVar Burton will serve as host. The televised semifinals on June 1 and finals on June 2, 2022, are taking place at National Harbor, Maryland.

Bounce Trumpet Awards – The gala event celebrates the best in African American excellence and achievement. A beacon to inspire, enlighten and raise the human spirit to its highest potential, the program recognizes Black humanitarians who have succeeded against immense odds and augment the richness of society by striving for the justice and equality of all. The program will air on the Juneteenth holiday, Sunday, June 19, a date that serves as the perfect fit for what this event stands for and offers a significant way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show. This year’s honorees include Courtney B. Vance, Stan Lathan, Zaila Avant-garde, Princess Sarah Culberson, Senators Raphael Warnock, and Jon Ossoff.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) features a programming mix of original series and movies, theatrical motion pictures, off-network series, specials, and events designed for African American audiences. Bounce is available to 98% of U.S. television homes free and over the air with a digital antenna, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over the top on Roku, Pluto TV, and Apple TV; on mobile devices via the Bounce app; and on the web via BounceTV.com.Bounce XL, Scripps Networks’ newest free ad-supported television (FAST) channel, is available on Samsung TV Plus, Pluto TV, and Xumo. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).